Merger creates new Events Group

Thursday, 11 September 2003
Merger creates new Events Group
UK - Two of the UK's most respected supply companies have announced a merger which will create a major new event structural and rigging company in the UK.

Star Hire (Event Services) Ltd and Star Rigging & Technical Services Ltd have joined forces to create Star Events Group Limited. The new company will offer clients a wide range of services, including equipment hire, installation and consultancy, within the field of music, broadcast and corporate, sporting and public events. The principals of the new company are Mark Armstrong, Roger Barrett, Phil Broad and Maddy Sheals - all of whom will be shareholder/directors with Pete Rayel as an additional shareholder.

The Group will have five divisions - Star Mobile (mobile, trailer-based stages); Star VerTech (stages and temporary structures); Star Design (creative design & visualization, structural analysis); Star Ice (temporary ice rinks) and Star Rigging (rigging solutions). There will also be three new appointments to the Board - Pete Holdich, director of Star VerTech, Jane Russen, director of Star Mobile and Roland Moss, financial director.

Director, Maddy Sheals, told PLASA Media: "After 27 years of Star Hire and five of Star Rigging, this is a very exciting development for all our people. It is one of those obvious 'right under your nose' things that made absolute sense the minute the idea was born. We look forward to great success, building on solid foundations and past achievements." To accommodate the merger, the Group is close to completing the expansion of its premises, adding 17,500sq.ft of buildings on a site now enlarged by approximately 1 acre.

(Ruth Rossington)

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