We look at the different styles of structures, how best to choose suppliers, and how one of those is giving back to their local communities.
Outdoor events have become increasingly more popular in a post- pandemic world, offering more space than most indoor venues. However, in the often-chilly climate of Great Britain, good protection from the elements is a must-have. Temporary structures such as marquees are the best way to expand internal spaces or shelter your delegates during outdoor events.
What to choose
Knowing which kind of structure you need can be a bit of a minefield for the uninitiated. Traditional marquees are by far the most popular, covering a large area but with some work to erect. Stretch tents are usable over much smaller areas, but with a modern aesthetic, while tipis are quirky and smaller but a great option if your event needs several spaces with unique purposes. Giant structures, also known as large span aluminium frames, are a great option for large events needing to accommodate thousands of delegates. Able to span 50 metres, these structures do often need a crane to erect them.
Who to use
Choosing the right marquee provider is make or break for your event, but how best can you find a provider able to meet your needs? You should contact your potential providers directly and
talk through your requirements, discuss pricing, and ask any questions you have. Aspects such as timing and construction, insurance, and any personalised requirements are important to work out before you make a decision. Find out if the supplier is accredited or members of any associations, and their cancellation policies.
Another aspect to consider when choosing a provider is the impact that they have on their local community. Corporate social responsibility, or CSR, is fast becoming a major focus across the events industry as businesses become more aware of the effect they can have on the world around them. The past few years have seen a huge push for businesses to operate sustainability, both in terms of the environment but also in terms of their impact on the community. Philip Marken, Director of Community Canvas, told us how his marquee business practises CRS: “By reinvesting 100% of our profits back into the local community, we support projects which benefit the environment while supporting young learners and emergent graduates as they establish their careers. Our social aims support event planners who want to ensure their event is sustainable, equitable, and contributes back to the community.”
Naturally, with the world’s growing awareness of the effect we have on the environment and the devastation of climate change, funding sustainable initiatives within the local community is a popular way for businesses to practise CSR: “We also support a climate action grants scheme, giving money to projects which build community and reduce waste or carbon emissions,” Philip shares. “With every Community Canvas booking, we also plant trees in community woodlands local to us. You can even choose your tree type and where it gets planted!”