James Fletcher Marquees - Quality Marquees and pavilions for the North of England & Scotland
How it started
James Fletcher Marquees was established in 1981 by James and Mandy Fletcher. James grandfather had been involved with supplying PA systems for carnivals, shows, etc. where James had noticed that everywhere they went there was a marquee.
This was where the idea of a marquee hire business originated. When Mandy was made redundant from the local steelworks in 1980 we decided to purchase two small marquees and run the business on a part time basis supplying the local community.
Based in Country Durham James Fletcher Marquees supplies marquees and pavilions throughout the North of England and Scotland working in cities and towns including Leeds, York, Harrogate, Darlington, Newcastle and Carlisle. They also supply marquees for agricultural shows in Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria.
The first contract was to supply a marquee for the ‘lighting the beacon’ event to celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana.
A true family business
In 1983 James was made redundant and this was the ‘push’ needed to make marquee hire their future, James being responsible for the manual side and Mandy in the office.
Around this time, James brother John became involved and he has been with the company ever since, he is now the operations manager.
The next person to join was Mandy’s mother Pat, to help with the repairs and cleaning of marquees and linings. She remained until 2009 when she turned 80!
Adam, James and Mandy’s son has grown up with the business working weekends and holidays gaining the skills associated with erecting marquees. In 2005 after university Adam joined the company fulltime. He now has a good working knowledge of all aspects of the business, managerial, maintenance, clerical and hands on.
James Fletcher Marquees prides itself on being a true family business with the ability to keep in touch with our regular clients and have the scope to attract new contracts each year.
One of their first major clients was the Ramside Hall Group of Durham which is a relationship still going strong today almost 30 years later.
As the client base expanded so did the stock. The marquees became more elaborate, with a wider range of inner linings, lighting, tables and chairs, dance floors and toilets.
By the late 80’s the business had expanded to fifteen full time employees, most are still with the company today.
Two early major contracts were the official opening of Nissan by Margaret Thatcher and a visit by the Queen Mother to the English Estates headquarters
Since then they have supplied marquees for events attended by most of the senior Royal Family, Government ministers and other dignitaries.
James Fletcher Marquees began manufacturing most of their own traditional marquees and inner linings and during the mid 90’s they introduced the modern type of marquee, Roder structures to their range.
In 1995 they become members of MUTA, the trade association associated with marquee hire.
By then, the full time workforce was over 30. James Fletcher Marquees currently employ 35 fulltime staff and in the summer months they double their workforce.
About 80% of our workload is repeat orders and because most of our staff has been with us for many years, they have built up working relationships with clients. We try to use the same foreman and teams for the contracts they have done previously to ensure client continuity. Clients appreciate seeing the same people year after year.
Always striving for better
James Fletcher Marquees aim is to deliver equipment of the highest standard. They have a cleaning section with a specialist machine for washing the PVC covers. All inner linings are washed and checked after each use and all equipment is maintained and repaired as an ongoing process.