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Rotherham based Gala Tent pegs international expansion

posted 6 Dec 2012, 06:24 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 6 Dec 2012, 06:25 ]
Gala Tent, the UK’s largest importer and distributor of tents, marquees and pop-up awnings, has agreed £2.3m of finance as part of the company's international expansion. 

The Manvers-based business, which employs 30 staff, has developed export sales in European countries including Holland, Norway, Spain, Ireland and Germany. 

Founded in 1999, Gala Tent has grown to sell more than 10,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 90,000 event accessories and furniture products in the UK. 

The deal, led by Lee Bloodworth, HSBC’s senior international commercial manager in South Yorkshire, will allow Gala Tent to increase its overseas production of components which are exclusively designed by Gala and built in the UK.

This in turn will help the company to accrue stock throughout the winter in preparation for the business’s busy summer period.

Jason Mace, managing director of Gala Tent, said: “We are at an exciting phase of growth and the business required an international bank that can facilitate the flexibility we require to make the most of our importing activity, allow us to further penetrate the European market and continue to develop our presence in the UK.

"The team at HSBC have worked with us to ensure the right financial products will facilitate our strategic growth goals for the future of the business.”