Big three fight it out to land HAC contract

Three big-name suppliers are locked in a drawn-out pitch battle to pick up the contract to supply temporary structures at the Honorary Artillery Company (HAC).

Three big-name suppliers are locked in a drawn-out pitch battle to pick up the contract to supply temporary structures at the Honorary Artillery Company (HAC). The three-way contest follows the appointment by the HAC of the European Group to host events on the grounds (Event, October). Owen Brown, Arena Structures and previous incumbent De Boer Structures have presented their pitches and have been asked to submit more detailed proposals. European Group managing director Paul Southern said: “No decision has been made and discussions are on-going.” De Boer managing director Theo den Bieman added: “It is not a given that we will be handed the contract. We worked with The Ultimate Experience when it had the venue’s contract but we are not exclusively tied to any one event management company.” Southern plans to organise corporate screenings of two of England’s Euro 2004 matches in June. The games against Switzerland and the deciding group match Croatia will be shown on big screens at the venue for corporate guests. The news comes hot on the heels of European’s success at the Corporate Event Association awards. It won Hospitality Company of the Year for its work at the Open Golf Championship, the Cathcart Spring Proms and polo event the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final. Meanwhile, De Boer has reported strong business during the festive season, with structures at HAC and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, both in the City. It supplied two Jumbo structures at the HAC for The Ultimate Experience’s Heroes-themed parties while at Lincoln’s Inn Fields it provided a structure for Fortesqueue’s Primary Colours parties.

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