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About Us

THE COMPANY

Since 1993 Covered Occasion Marquees have been providing top quality marquees and related products for private individuals, corporate clients, professional party planners and other agents within the industry.

Our top priority has remained the same since the business started: to offer unrivalled marquee and tent hire with the emphasis on quality, service and customer satisfaction.

We have contributed towards thousands of successful events including: –

  • Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Landmark Birthday Parties
  • Private & Corporate Anniversaries
  • Bar & Bat Mitzvahs
  • Sporting & Hospitality Events
  • Product & Building Launches
  • Summer Balls & Christmas Parties
  • Company Fun Days
  • Parties for Party’s Sake!

Annually the vast majority of our work is repeat business, or as a result of a direct referral from a satisfied client: a testament to our exemplary service.

We understand that planning any event can be challenging, so we aim to make the whole experience as simple and stress-free as possible. We offer: –

  • Free, no obligation site surveys / meetings – as many as required to ensure the success of your event.
  • Detailed but unambiguous quotations, that include AutoCAD layout plans where required.
  • Thorough communication throughout the lead up to your event.
  • Liaison with all contractors involved in the event (caterers, bands, DJs, florists etc) to ensure they have all they need prior to and during the event.
  • Event personnel during the event, to operate our equipment and ultimately for your peace of mind, leaving you free to enjoy your day.

Our planning team has almost 50 years’ experience in the marquee hire industry, so we are well placed to advise the best possible solutions, even when your requirements are challenging or out of the ordinary.

We are often not the cheapest company you will speak to, but our clients tell us we offer good value for money and the peace of mind they require. Please see our Testimonials page for some recent comments.

As recommended marquee suppliers to such prestigious venues as Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey), Aynhoe Park and Avington Park, and preferred suppliers to a number of high-end caterers and party organisers, we guarantee a level of service and quality second to none.

Started with a handful of small tents, Covered Occasions has grown year on year to become one of the biggest marquee companies in the south of England. Despite this we have never forgotten the importance of close client contact and attention to detail: as the saying goes we are “big enough to cope but small enough to care”.

Operating from a purpose built 7 acre site just outside Marlborough in Wiltshire, with excellent access to the M4 corridor, we service events all over the UK, and further afield if our clients require…

With continual re-investment in marquee equipment, and bespoke washing facilities at our operations, we stand alone in our area for quality and range of kit.

We rise to any challenge and have a positive “can do” approach. This gives us the ability to exceed expectations and deliver the goods. As a result we have developed an enviable reputation for producing inspirational wedding, party and corporate event venues.

 

THE SENIOR TEAM

Jeremy Sumbler
Director 
jeremy@coveredoccasions.co.uk

There is not a lot about marquees and the industry Jeremy doesn’t know. Some say he lives and breathes tents, certainly he is not shy of putting in the hours. He has an exceptionally loyal client list, who value his honesty and integrity.

When he does get some spare time, he is likely to be found with a beachcaster somewhere on the south Devon coast.

Tom Freeston
Operations Director
tom@coveredoccasions.co.uk

Tom joined the company in 2006, and has rapidly become integral to the success and smooth running of the operation. Half his time is office-based, planning and client-liaison, and half travelling between sites ensuring everything is exactly as it should be..

Tom gets little free time, but when he does he can be found at various courses working on his severe golf handicap.

Jamie Looker 
Senior Account Manager, and self-imposed Office Cleaner
jamie@coveredoccasions.co.uk

Jamie joined Covered Occasions in 2010, with 20 years experience in the marquee industry. With a substantial client list that followed him, he believes in close liaison with all participants of an event, has an eye for detail and insists on a high level of delivery.

When he is not ferrying his children around the country, he enjoys a drop of fishing, or strumming on his 12-string.

Sharon Henson 
Accounts. She who must be obeyed.
accounts@coveredoccasions.co.uk

Sharon has so many responsibilities we couldn’t list them all. Ultimately she holds the purse strings, and generally keeps her beady eyes on us all.

Martin Dobson 

Site Foreman

Martin built his first marquee in 1978, and has been in the industry ever since. As such he is a font of knowledge, and has site responsibility for many of our regular contracts and larger events.

Aigars Millers 
Electrical & Lighting Manager / Site Foreman.

Our Latvian friend Aigars worked as a seasonal crew member since 2007, but we liked him so much we made him stay. Like many sparkies he gets excited about anything with a plug on it, and his problem solving proves invaluable. He is also a fantastic tenter, and manages many of our sites.

Igor Krupenin
Site Foreman

Once a champion professional wrestler in his native Russia, Igor can certainly look after himself. Joining us in the mid-noughties, his positivity, wicked sense of humour and high quality of workmanship have become much valued, and he is now a mainstay of our site operations.

Matthew Jenkins
Trainee Site Foreman

Our newest recruit, Matt has been with us for a couple of seasons and is coming on leaps and bounds. Quick to learn, exceptionally polite and hard-working, Matt is a welcome addition to our team.

Gilmour the Jack Russell

Company Mascot

Unlike his namesake David Gilmour, this chap can’t play a mean guitar or bankroll a small country, but he is a legend. Having only been on the team for a few months he has already become a part of the woodwork. He judges no-one, and is much loved by staff, suppliers, customers and even the post lady…