Le Mark – 40 years young
UK - Le Mark Group is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. It all began in September 1983 in the kitchen and garage of the family home in Alconbury, supplying a range of self-adhesive tapes to the Arts Entertainment TV and Movie industry. The company was run by Stuart and his ex-wife Linda Gibbons as joint MDs.
The company grew and evolved, moving several times until finally settling in their current location at Houghton Hill Industries.
By the 1990s the product range had grown to include custom, and award-winning products, such as their much sought after dance floors. The familiar 90s TV shows such as; BBC TV’s Top of the Pops, Morecambe & Wise, Play Your Cards Right - all used Le Mark flooring.
Blankety Blank termed the phrase “a shiny floor show’ using Le Mark’s Studiotak peel clean stage floor covering.
The company continued to evolve their product range and moved into new and bigger events. Le Mark supplied, printed, and installed their Harmony Stage Floor for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. They still hold the record for the largest printed outdoor show floor, and installation, being 7,500sq.m.
Looking back, Stuart Gibbons said: “Le Mark has weathered two global recessions, a Banking crisis and COVID-19 – which pivoted our core business to make PPE masks and demountable screens and COVID signs during lockdown. We have built an enviable reputation for product innovation (five awards) having four separate business units with interconnected product groups.”
Adhesive products are still very much at the core of Le Mark, with dance and performance stage floors added to their catalogue. The company also has its own range of PPE gloves made for the rigging and stage building sector, and they are proud to be the first to design practical work wear for woman in that industry. A highpoint came in 2019 when HRH The Princess Royal visited Le Mark to open their third warehouse facility.
With Neil Baldock, and their youngest son Mark Gibbons, added as directors, the company has kept its focus fresh and always innovative, but still retaining its family values.
The 40th Birthday Anniversary on 1 September 2023 saw family, friends, staff and clients coming together, some travelling from Europe to join them for this milestone event.
The evening had a full programme of Live music; six performers from the Young Technicians Academy, where Stuart Gibbons is a patron, along with other local talent, will be on stage to perform in front of a large audience. A Beautiful Noise the UK’s leading Neil Diamond tribute band headlined later in the evening. There was a raffle and auction in support of Magpas Air Ambulance.

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