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English Marquee Company unlocks growth potential with investment in new premises at Potter Space Ripon

A North Yorkshire based marquee Hire company, which specialises in providing bespoke structures for weddings, parties and corporate events across the UK, has expanded its operations after signing the lease on a new warehouse and offices at Potter Space Ripon.

The English Marquee Company (EMC), based at Hampsthwaite near Harrogate, has seen demand for its services grow significantly in the last two years, with the business experiencing a strong bounce-back from the initial disruption of the pandemic.

The company provides marquees for everything from a private family party to major corporate events hosting hundreds of guests, with the unique ability to offer a high degree of flexibility in the Marquee’s design due to their diverse range of structures.

In moving into the 17,500 sq. ft Unit 53 at the Potter Space Ripon business park, located close to junction 50 of the A1M at Melmerby, EMC will have more space available for stockholding, which in turn will enable it to grow and create new jobs. In addition to more than 16,000 sq. ft of warehousing and storage space, the new home for EMC gives the team 1,000 sq. ft of office space and plenty of outdoor space across the one acre plot.

The unit’s design and build is in line with other new units at the business park, including the adjacent Unit 52, which was Potter Space’s first carbon neutral building. This was recognised with an International Green Apple Award for its environmental features, including EV charging, along with the broader welfare benefits provided to all users of Potter Space Ripon by the creation of an attractive outdoor environment, complete with picnic areas.

EMC’s events director Tor Peters said: “Moving to our new base at Potter Space Ripon is fantastic as it enables us to grow in every way possible and take our business forward as a marquee and event hire company that’s a ‘structure specialist’. We have taken on more stock, expanded our team and have the capacity to deliver more events with ever more creative solutions.

“It’s an exciting new chapter for EMC and we look forward to Potter Space Ripon being the place where we can build a long-term sustainable future for our growing team. We’d like to thank the Potter Space team and agents Fox Lloyd Jones and Gent Visick for helping us make our vision a reality and their amazing support during what is a huge moment for the business.”

Jason Rockett, managing director at Potter Space, added: “We’re delighted that the English Marquee Company has chosen Potter Space Ripon to take its business to the next level and fulfil its growth ambitions. It has been a pleasure to work closely with EMC, which is something we like to do with all our customers in order to best meet their needs.”

Nick Salkeld, director at Fox Lloyd Jones, commented: “It’s always rewarding to see that Grade A industrial and warehouse space such as unit 53 at Ripon can provide the springboard for SME size businesses to accelerate growth. The high quality unit, and Potter Space Ripon as a whole, seem a perfect fit for EMC to serve a growing UK-wide client base and I wish the team every success as it begins this next exciting chapter.”

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About Potter Space: Potter Space owns, develops, and operates five business parks in Ripon, Droitwich, Knowsley, Selby, and Ely. The business manages more than 1.6m square feet of existing commercial space at close to 100% occupancy and with over 40 long-standing customers. Potter Space also has 400,000 square feet of consented land, with over 2.8m square feet of land in strategic planning. Knowsley, Selby and Ely business parks also have successful rail terminals, fully utilised by Potter Space customers. Having received environmental awards for its first carbon neutral unit, Potter Space continues to aim for a minimum BREEAM ‘Very Good’ accreditation in its future plans, prioritising sustainability, biodiversity, health and wellbeing across all 5 business parks. Providing a ‘Home for Business’ has always been and remains the number one priority for Potter Space for its customers.

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