Gala Tent remains optimistic after achieving a 5% growth at the end of the first quarter of 2020 and moving into March is still confident of further growth, despite the threat of COVID – 19 looming, which poses a real danger to every business on the planet.
Managing Director Jason Mace, said, “I believe the country has a rough ride ahead over the next quarter, but we remain optimistic as in these types of situations is where Gala Tent becomes more creative. We are already seeing signs of where we can provide a vital service. The emergency services are some of our biggest market bases right now, where our Patent covers and easy to deploy pop up frameworks provide instant cover for Crime Scene Investigations, and we are also seeing an uptake in orders for tents for storage for hospitals. We are also ready to deploy portable hygiene testing tents when we get the go ahead.
Gala are also seeing an increase in enquiries for home workers looking to bring the outside in, where individuals trapped at home can still work, play and rest under a Gala Tent cover.
Darren Perry, Sales Manager at Gala Tent said, “We have even had orders where individuals who would normally take their mother for Sunday Lunch have chosen to order a Gala Tent instead. Mums love the garden so why not? And especially if they are to isolate for up to three months, it seems to be the most logical gift.”
Mace also added, “If the government does shut the majority of UK business down, I have already informed staff they will be paid in full until this pandemic is over.”
Gala’s sister company Gala Technology is also enjoying an uptake in business, with its homeworking payment solution SOTpay.
Steven Jones, Commercial Director for Gala Technology said, “I would urge all organisations who are accepting payments over the telephone, whether in the office or at home, to strongly consider their approach and to ascertain how Gala Technology could support with office or homeworking right now.”
Founded in 1999, Gala Tent has grown to sell over 15,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 90,000 event accessories and furniture products in the UK.
In the UK, Gala Tent is a preferred supplier for organisations including the military, NHS, the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Police Service, St John’s Ambulance and AA, as well as to thousands of homeworkers nationally.