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Fast blossoming JAR Site Solutions

Fast blossoming JAR Site Solutions

A family-run firm is fast blossoming into a UK industry leader - after crowning their first full year of operating with an invite to share in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal wedding.

JAR Site Solutions was formed by husband and wife team Jon and Alisha Riches in August 2017, drawing… on Jon's 20 year experience in security and construction projects.

But 2018 beat all their expectations as they ended the year by forming an official business partnership with their local Premier League football club, Crystal Palace FC.

And they were proud to be asked to assist officers on 19th May with a 50-plus strong security team supporting Thames Valley Police near WindsorCastle.

After setting up the previous autumn and joined on the exciting journey by many loyal clients, JAR Site Solutions started 2018 working at the London Stadium on a West Ham match, along with concerts at The O2 and a Private Boat party in Central London.

Founder Jon Riches, 46, said: "From there, we never looked back.

"Events came in thick and fast throughout the year, with the highlight being stood in Windsor with over 50 staff, supporting the Police at Prince Harry's Wedding.

"It was amazing and we as a company felt honoured to be there and help ensure a safe and enjoyable day.

"It was a hugely proud moment for all of us and experience I know my staff will never forget."

However, the firm have also been thrilled to work on many smaller events across London including the 'Jerk Cookout' in Croydon, their local town.

That project typified the close working, idea-sharing relationship the firm always encourage with all their clients - big or small.

Explaining the process on that job, Jon revealed: "Work started early, with meetings with the organiser to ensure we completely understood what he wanted us to achieve.

"Risk assessments and an event safety plan quickly followed, along with various SAG (Safety Advisory Group) Meetings.

"Eventually at the end of July the eagerly awaited event day came - but typical for the UK at the height of a scorching summer the heavens opened!

"As we plan for every eventuality this failed to deter our security team who clicked into action.

"We deployed several SIA (Security Industry Authority) staff and safety stewards on gates, checking tickets, bags searching etc, along with a five-man response team patrolling the inside of the event footprint.

"We are delighted to say the event was a huge success for the client and hats off to them for creating a wonderful day, and our staff for ensuring a friendly and safe atmosphere."

Both Jon and wife Alisha are licensed security operatives themselves, so love working on the ground leading their teams on many of their jobs.

Jon added: "We ended the year having over 200 staff managing partygoers at the London Eye seeing in New Year at the live, televised firework and music event.

"It was a great way to end our first full year and felt fitting that of course we were both there on the ground as usual, working alongside our crews.

"We can't wait to expand the business further and explore new opportunities with our amazing clients in 2019!"

Sales Contact: Jon Riches (Managing Director)
Tel: 0203 867 1621

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Event Promotion: Fireworks poster or Facebook post?

Event Promotion: Fireworks poster or Facebook post?

Find out whether a Facebook post outperforms a printed poster for community events with the latest Fireworks event report from TicketSource.

Over 60,000 customers were quizzed on their purchase habits for 160 Fireworks Displays across the UK. The report published by TicketSource.co.uk includes stats for online, in-house and telephone sales made… across the UK. While marketing predictions for any single event might be different, the report has sampled events both large and small for a broad industry analysis.

The report predicts the Friday 5th October to be the best time to start marketing efforts - with over 50% of sales last year being done before 1st November and 92% of all sales reported being completed online. But should event promoters focus on Facebook posts or Flyers/posters?



Posters and flyers are still a heavy influencer but Facebook/Twitter are catching up fast. With the use of mobile devices and social networks growing, it's important that all event organisers straddle the trend: With one foot in the digital world and the other in reality.

But the real surprise is the number of people that still rely on friends/family to research events - with a huge 38% of purchasers referred by people they knew. That's more than posters & posts put together!

Head of Marketing at TicketSource, Terry Rosoman, had this to say on the emerging trends: 'Crowdsourcing is nothing new - but this data highlights how much people still rely on their community for recommendations. People they know and trust. This is even visible online, with networks like Facebook and Mumsnet that are littered with people seeking recommendations. The trick to running a really popular event is to not just turn heads - but to get those heads talking.'

Download a full copy of the report here:www.ticketsource.co.uk/blog/fireworks-event-report-2018

TicketSource is the UK's leading online event ticketing company for local and community events. They're ranked as one fastest growing companies in Wales for 2016 and 2017. TicketSource.co.uk is also featured in Amazon.com's top 100k sites on the worldwide web.

Tel: 02920 713 203 Email: liam.martin@ticketsource.co.uk

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Gala Tent Pledges Support For Charity That Inspires Entrepreneurs

Gala Tent Pledges Support For Charity That Inspires Entrepreneurs

Leading marquee and gazebo designer and manufacturer Gala Tent was proud to sponsor the Peter Jones Foundation Enterprise Shoot Challenge recently, a fundraiser which raised £157k for Enterprise Education for young people.

Gala Tent's branding and print division Gala Graphics designed and printed gazebos, pop up banners and feather flags for… the event, which was held at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School in Reading and attended by over 100 delegates. The event included a clay pigeon shooting competition, followed by champagne reception and auction of a number of 'money can't buy' gifts to raise funds for the charity.

Glen Robinson, Managing Director of Gala Graphics, said: 'It was fantastic to see our gazebos, banners and flags and to be involved with such a high profile event that does so much good for young people.'
Gala Tent has been involved with the Peter Jones Foundation since 2011 when the National Enterprise Academy was established at Sheffield college, offering 16-18 year olds the opportunity to undertake a one year BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, as part of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Jason Mace, Managing Director of Gala Tent, said: 'It was a real privilege to sponsor this event which raised so much money for Enterprise Education. I am passionate about helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and working with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Sheffield College was something I have found really rewarding. There are some very enterprising young people in South Yorkshire and the Diploma gives them an even better chance to achieve their dream of running a successful business.'

Over the past seven years, Gala Tent has set challenges for students to create a new marquee and gazebo product range and Jason Mace gave them the benefit of mentoring and coaching to encourage their entrepreneurial skills.

Gala Tent, based in South Yorkshire, is the UK's largest supplier of marquees and gazebos, exporting across Europe and to the US. The company designs and manufactures a wide variety of solutions to suit both large and more compact garden and patio areas. All products are quick and simple to erect and are designed to withstand the worst of the British weather, with selected products tested to withstand up to 80 mph winds.

Founded in 1999, Gala Tent now sells over 15,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 90,000 event accessories and furniture products in the UK. Gala Tent is a preferred supplier for organisations including the military, NHS, the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Police Service, St John's Ambulance and AA, as well as to thousands of homeowners nationally.
For more details, visit the website www.galatent.co.uk or call 01709 913990.

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Ub40 And The Gipsy Kings To Headline Brand New Festival

Ub40 And The Gipsy Kings To Headline Brand New Festival

Boundless and Neil O'Brien Entertainment are proud to announce details of their inaugural summer festival, A Boundless Summer, which will take place in the grounds of
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018.

Set to become a highlight of the UK festival calendar, with tickets… starting at just £40 per adult (booking fees apply), this year's headline acts are UB40 (plus support ASWAD) and The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo, who will be performing at Borde Hill Garden on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July respectively, with further special guests to be confirmed in due course.

Bringing world-class acts to spectacular historical settings, A Boundless Summer is sure to give attendees a memorable and unique experience. Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage garden set in 200 acres of parkland with magnificent views across the Ouse Valley viaduct. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s, the Edwardian Garden it is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees. The Garden includes distinctive living 'rooms', each with its own unique style, from secret, sub-tropical dells to the sophisticated Rose and Italian gardens. Nestled at the heart of the 35-acre garden and woodland is the Elizabethan Mansion House.

The concerts will take place in the beautiful parkland setting in front of the lakes and with the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House. There will be a good quality range of catering and refreshments available to purchase on-site, and guests are able to pre-order a picnic hamper for collection on the evening of the show, to enjoy in the grounds. Attendees will also be able to bring in small camping chairs and picnic blankets from which to enjoy the concerts.

Boundless is a club dedicated to civil-service and public-sector workers - active and retired - looking to get more out of life for less. Members pay a small fee per year, and are given access to exclusive days out, holidays, ideas and offers. A Boundless Summer, the company's inaugural festival, is being opened up to the general public, who, for the first time, also have the option to join Boundless upon buying tickets, giving them access to the exclusive deals on offer year-round.

Legendary reggae and pop band, UB40 will be performing on Saturday 7th July, plus support ASWAD. UB40 are celebrating 40 years in the business along with the release of a new album in conjunction with PledgeMusic. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. UB40 have sold over 100 million records worldwide. The ethnic make-up of the band's line-up is diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage.

The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo will take to the stage on Sunday 8th July. It has been twenty-five years since they captured the world's imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians.

A Boundless Summer will also be hosted at Bowood House, Wiltshire, with Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Katherine Jenkins with The National Symphony Orchestra performing at the venue on Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July respectively.

Carl Fillery, CEO of Boundless said: 'We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first ever summer festival, A Boundless Summer, at Borde Hill Garden and Bowood House. The range of world-class acts on offer means there really is something for everybody. We're a club dedicated to helping people get the most from their free time, so we're delighted to be able to offer members of the public a chance to experience a Boundless event.'

Groups can book tickets for A Boundless Summer from the Borde Hill office on 014444 450326
and can be also purchased at www.boundlesssummer.co.uk OR www.bordehill.co.uk/events

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River Cottage Festival 2018

River Cottage Festival 2018

The River Cottage Festival is back! With the success of the last two years behind us we're bringing back an experience for all the family where you can make some wonderful memories whilst kicking back in the sunshine and unwind in our beautiful Devon countryside.
We've a jam-packed line up of… music, masterclasses and all the festival fun you could wish for!

It wouldn't be River Cottage if we didn't have some delectable delights on offer and this year is no different. Take yourselves off for a stroll around the farm and sample some of the best street food the South West has to offer. Or book yourself in to one of our Farm House Feasts and have a deliciously made lunch created by our talented chefs from the wonderful produce we grow on the farm.

For those wanting to immerse themselves in the River Cottage life we've got our famous foraging tours with the infamous John Wright, you could dip your toes into a masterclass or two or simply take a deep breath and bring out your inner yogi with a carefully crafted relaxation sessions.
The children will be kept busy with lots of activities pottery and felting workshops, bushcraft, the mud kitchen and forest school activities! And whilst they are having fun you can sit back with one of our ciders or a cocktail and enjoy the beautiful scenes we have to offer here on the farm.

The garden demo stage will be a flurry of familiar faces, this year we are excited to announce Bake Off's Prue Leigh in conversation with Hugh aswell as our very own Steve Lamb as host introducing other well respected talkers.

And not forgetting the music! Your soundtrack to the weekend includes mellow acoustic artists to help you chill out and soak up the magical River Cottage atmosphere and some lively foot-stomping bands to really get the party started once the sun sets (make sure you buy Gig Night tickets).

Finally, as the day comes to end you can stroll across the fields in the moonlight to the campsite where you can choose to stay in either your own tent or why not book a gorgeous Honeybell's tent for a little bit of luxury?

The Festival will be taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018, and under 16's can come for free.

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Upcoming Events

British Iris Society Spring Event

Sat 27th April 2019
RHS Garden Wisley,, Woking Surrey GU23 6QB

We Are Festival 2019

Fri 24th May 2019-Sun 26th May 2019
Damyns Hall, Upminster

Parklife 2019

Sat 8th June 2019-Sun 9th June 2019
Heaton Park, Manchester

Glastonbury 2019

Wed 26th June 2019-Sun 30th June 2019
Worthy Park, Pilton, Somerset

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