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A little bit about us
For more than forty years, the Florey name has been synonymous with excellence in the event hire industry. Florey is not a faceless corporation - it is still proud to be a family-run business that continues to deliver quality service.
Father and son, Simon and Peter Florey, as well as family-member Mark Florey, deal directly with our clients and offer a wealth of knowledge gained over their combined 70 years + of marquee expertise. Backed by a great team in the office and on-site, we make sure your event is meticulously planned and nothing is left to chance.
Each project is unique and provides a platform for our creative approach and vision to bring your special event to life. Many clients comment on the level of our service. Whether it is a wedding, a corporate event or a family party, our keen eye for detail ensures the commission runs smoothly every step of the way.
We are happy to do as much as or little towards your event as you wish. We can work closely with your chosen suppliers, party planners, and event organisers, and deliver a first class product, on time. We do not and will not let you down.
Over the years we have worked on thousands of events and no two are the same. We have worked all over the UK and have even occasionally got our passports out to work abroad to show our immaculate structures on the other side of the water. We enjoy meeting the challenge of working on different sites week in week out, achieving what our clients want and experiencing new demands on our resources and ingenuity.
We create new ideas and are not afraid to push boundaries, to evolve our methods, and yet maintain our standards and services at their highest quality. Every year we come up with new concepts and solutions, colours and layouts to try and stay ahead of the field.. In the very rare circumstance of being unable to achieve our client's specification, we will let you know immediately and not take on a contract if we feel we can not offer you what you are after..
A brief look at our History:
We don't want to just hide behind some pictures on a website, so we hope you can understand a little bit more about us, right from our beginnings, up to who we are and where we are now.
Simon Florey originally founded Witney Marquees back in the 70's, which at the time was one of a very small handful of marquee hire companies. From starting the company with just one traditional marquee Simon built Witney Marquees up to be one of the largest marquee hire companies in the UK. They were one of the first companies to bring into their hire stock aluminium framed marquees from Germany - these have gone on to be the backbone of nearly every single company in the UK.
In their hey day Witney Marquees worked on up to thirty weddings a week! This company is now part of a much bigger organisation - Mar-Key Group based on the South Coast.
Coinciding with Peter finishing his education in the mid-90's, Simon aimed to set up a much smaller organisation with a focus on supplying a select first class service providing bespoke marquee structures. The desire to be the best - rather than the biggest - saw the founding of Simon Florey and Son, and this aim has remained the same today. Now known as Florey's the company will take on only a handful of contracts each week but will always deliver 100% customer satisfaction. We work with customers who share our ethos to provide the best for a unique occasion.
Our office and warehouse is based in-between Oxford and Swindon, giving good access via the M4 and M40. Our goal has been to own all our stock which means we can guarantee the quality and range of what we provide to our clients. This now includes lighting, furniture, generators, marquees, staging, flooring and bar units, thus making it easier for our customers to organise an event from one point of contact. Any product we do not supply is usually sourced from one of our reliable contacts, and is often added to our stock supplies.
Our understanding is that our clients want a personal service, with a point of contact available seven days a week, which is what we aim to deliver. Our use of specialist CAD software allows us to provide clients with detailed 3D drawings giving a feel for the layout and flow for our events. Although we have a huge stock to fit all the sites we work on, we never hire this all out within a short time frame as we will only take on what we can manage well, rather than taking on so much we cannot deliver a first class service. To facilitate this we use a stock control system that monitors where all of our stock is, so it is never double-booked ensuring that our clients get what they have ordered, not what was left on the shelf!
Our core of dedicated staff are employed full time and are fully trained in Health and Safety, First Aid and manual handling, and they know that our high standards have to be maintained. This is great for our regular customers as they know who they are dealing with, and that their reliability is guaranteed. One reason, we believe, that so much of our business comes from repeat commissions.
We have our own fleet of trucks, vans and 4x4 vehicles, capable of delivering to a range of venues, including those with difficult or restricted access, and those which may be 'off the beaten track'. Our continued investment means we also have grass tired forklift trucks which cause minimal damage to any lawn or field where we are allowed access..
We have worked on some of the biggest, wildest, over the top, discreet, elegant, select and suave, brash and lavish events, for all sorts of interesting people and clients over the years. We respect the privacy of our clients, especially when we have non disclosure agreements!
We have a saying that we are only as good as our last job and this keeps our focus on maintaining the highest standards of work for every single marquee we hire out.
Simon Florey and Son Marquee Hire, Hale Farm Barns, Kingston Lisle, Oxfordshire OX12 9QZ
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