Business of the Month - Acacia Marquees
How many staff do you have at Acacia Marquees, and what role does each individual play within the company?
At Acacia Marquees, Martin Powell manages all of the day to day running of the business, carries out site visits, looks after the marketing and finances as well as running the sites and putting up the marquees on a daily business. With only one other person employed, Pete is a valuable asset to the company. Being in charge of all the technical aspects of the site, he's the guy who makes Acacia tick. We do recieve a helping hand from a family member (Martins mum) to keep all of the linings and chair covers looking there best through hours of painstaking cleaning throughout the season. We don’t get a lot of time to do anything else during the season, however Pete is a very keen on fitness and nutrition, and I (Martin) am very keen on music and play the guitar/dj in my spare time.
How long has Acacia Marquees been established?
The business started trading in April 2013 and we are currently coming to the end of our second season. We have seen steady growth year on year with 2015 looking to be our busiest season yet. Although we specialise in wedding marquees, we have carried out work for nationally recognised companies and festivals over the past 18 months.
Tell us more about what Acacia Marquees do on a daily basis?
During the season (April to September) we have a variety of tasks to complete under a strict timeline that must be adhered too. Most events take place on the weekend, therefore our week would begin on a Monday where we will either be loading and checking the equipment ready to take to site or more likely be at the previous weeks event taking down the equipment ready to move to the next location. This process would normally take up the Monday and most of the Tuesday but hopefully we can start working on the next marquee by the Tuesday afternoon. Through Wednesday and Thursday we will frantically be working to ensure all of the structures are up, equipment has been delivered and that everything is in place for the event. We work to a strict guideline that all marquees are up, dressed and ready for use by the Thursday night, this then gives us all of Friday to hook up the electrics and carry out any snagging that may need to be addressed. We operate under this system for the clients benefit, they then have all of Friday to dress the marquee as they see fit for the Saturdays event (less stressful for them and more professional in my opinion).
Do you have any products/services you would like us to promote?
We specialise in Wedding marquees throughout Powys, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire. We are also working with event management companies in 2015 for events throughout England and Wales as well as high end Anniversary Balls and award ceremony’s.
Is there anything special happening right now you'd like to tell us about?
We were nominated in May 2014 and are now a finalist for the Powys business awards 2014. Our category is the Start up Business Award sponsored by Antur Teifi. We have already gone through the judging panel stage (three judes asking about the business and what we do) as well as a filming day at one of the marquees to show them what we do on a weekly basis. The award ceremony will take place and the Winners will be announced at an awards dinner to be held on Friday 3rd October 2014 at The Infantry Battle, Brecon courtesy of Sodexo.
To contact Acacia Marquees and enquire about first class wedding marquees contact Martin Powell on: 01497 820 882 (work) or 07795 958 421 (mobile). Alternatively you can visit them online via www.acacia-marquees.co.uk to find out more about what they do and what they can do for you. Thank you for your time Acacia Marquees and good luck in all your future endeavours.