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Movers and shakers: De Boer events team expands


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De Boer’s events team welcomes two new members, Kate Knapp, Senior Sales Manager (photographed on the left) and Klaudia Zamorska, Project Coordinator (photographed on the right).

For the past six years, Klaudia has delivered sustainable temporary building projects for museums, art galleries and travelling exhibitions across the UK, including The Rolling Stones Exhibition, National Maritime Museum and Hampton Court Palace.

“I am delighted to have joined the team at De Boer and have enjoyed getting my teeth stuck into a wide variety of projects, including a prestigious car manufacturer and an amazing temporary theatre in London. I’m also looking forward to working on the upcoming Southampton Boat Show in September,” commented Klaudia. 

Kate has extensive event experience, having organised the exhibition programme for designer sheepskin boot business, ‘Love From Australia’, which she also co-founded, at prestigious international fashion events including London Fashion Week and Modefabriek in the Netherlands.  Kate was also responsible for generating the sales revenue for the entire UK and European market.

Additionally, Kate recently launched the newly branded business awards event for the small and medium enterprise market in Northamptonshire, securing twenty-four new sponsors. 

Kate added: “I am thrilled to be supporting my team and sales director to exceed this year’s targets and I’m really looking forward to winning my first contract and seeing it through to fruition.”

John Cochrane, De Boer UK Sales Director-Events, commented:

“This has been a busy year for De Boer and we are pleased to welcome Kate and Klaudia to our team and I know they will both bring creativity, enthusiasm and intelligence to the Company.” 

Soaring success for De Boer and Farnborough International Airshow


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De Boer secures contract as structures provider for Farnborough International Airshow until 2024

De Boer and Farnborough International Ltd are celebrating their long-term partnership following the recent agreement of a contract extension until 2024.  De Boer will now build the huge temporary exhibition space at the Farnborough International Airshow for the next five shows.

For 2016, De Boer will create the world’s largest temporary exhibition space for the Farnborough International Airshow, using a combination of four of the company’s Jumbo Halls, which reach over a kilometre in length, specialised chalet structures and the signature Emperor double-decker.

Over 50 De Boer personnel will create 71,000 square metres of exhibition space in just three months.  

Peter Spruce, Managing Director, De Boer, commented:

“We are immensely proud to have played our part in Farnborough International Airshow’s global legacy, building the huge exhibition village since 1996.  As we look to the future, we are committed to their ongoing upgrade programme across the Farnborough site to continue providing the best Airshow experience for visitors.

“The contract extension to 2024 is a tribute to the strong working relationship between Farnborough International Ltd and De Boer and a testament to the teamwork, innovation and expertise of the whole team.”

De Boer will also be introducing the state-of-the-art Anova Vista structure to future Airshows. With its panoramic glass walls, guests inside will be able to enjoy the air displays and views from across the Airshow.

Shaun Ormrod, Chief Executive Officer, Farnborough International Ltd, said:

“We are entering a new and exciting phase in Farnborough’s ground-breaking history as we look to enhance the Farnborough International Airshow experience. Our strong relationships with our main suppliers, including De Boer, will play a key role in delivering fantastic events in the future for both exhibitors and visitors.“

De Boer builds new home for Seawork International 2016


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This year De Boer constructed the new home of Seawork 2016, Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, which moved to Mayflower Park in Southampton.

The team created over 13,000 sqm of main exhibition space using the De Boer 30m clearspan Jumbo Halls, which was visited by 7,500 industry professionals across three days in June. In total, over seventy vessels and some 10,000 products and services were on display during the exhibition.

De Boer also builds the structures for the British Marine Southampton Boat Show, held at Mayflower Park.

John Cochrane, De Boer Sales Director – Events, commented:

“It was a pleasure to be back at Mayflower Park building the exhibition space for Seawork 2016 in its new home. It has been a privilege to assist with an event that adds such a great deal of value to the maritime community.”

“For Seawork International, our Jumbo Halls incorporated reinforced flooring systems helping to withstand the weight of the largest marine exhibits – some weighing up to three tonnes.”

De Boer also built ancillary structures, including Acropolis hexagonal pavilions to house the restaurant and an Alu Vista Hall for the main reception areas. The whole site took just eleven days to complete.

Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling, Events Director of Seawork 2016, added:

“We are delighted that this year’s event proved to be a resounding success. The De Boer team is professional and a delight to work with. We look forward to working with the team again at next year’s event.”

Limited edition Pink Galaxy


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De Boer and Walk the Walk celebrate 20 years of making a difference with special presentation to charity chief executive and founder, Nina Barough.

As part of Walk the Walk’s 20th anniversary celebrations, De Boer presented Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk, with a one-of-a-kind shoulder bag made from the pink PVC of the Pink Galaxy.

A one of a kind handbag

Earlier this year the Pink Galaxy celebrated its tenth birthday at MoonWalk London. The iconic hot pink circus tent was created especially for MoonWalk in 2006 and has become the central party hub for the fundraising event. 

The size of two football pitches, the Pink Galaxy allows over 15,000 MoonWalkers to limber up together and provides the party venue for the full and half marathon finale.

The unique ‘Erica’ bag, which is made from the Galaxy’s PVC covering, was the first of its kind created by luxury British handbag designers, Tusting, to commemorate Walk the Walk’s anniversary.

Nina Barough CBE, Chief Executive and Founder of Walk the Walk, said:

“Words cannot express how surprised and delighted I was to receive this unique bag. Not only is it just wonderful, but I am also extremely touched and honoured by the thought that went into creating this unique and wonderful gift, both from De Boer and from Tusting.

“De Boer’s Pink Galaxy has become as much of part of The MoonWalk as the glitz and glamour of all the decorated bras worn by our MoonWalkers. Every year a huge part of the anticipation and excitement of the event is when the pink roof goes up, and everybody knows the MoonWalk is in town!"

Legendary fundraising efforts 

Walk the Walk has raised over £111 million pounds towards breast cancer research and support initiatives over the last two decades.

As part of the presentation evening, held at De Boer’s hospitality suite at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, Peter Spruce, De Boer’s Managing Director, presented the charity with a donation for £10,000.

Peter Spruce, Managing Director De Boer, commented:

“We are immensely proud of our long association with MoonWalk and Walk the Walk supporting the charity’s legendary fundraising efforts to aid breast cancer research and care initiatives. We hope this small memento will bring happy memories for Nina for years to come.”

Earlier this year, Walk the Walk presented De Boer with a 10 years association award to recognise and celebrate the long standing relationship between client and supplier.

Pink hootenanny for Moonwalk Scotland


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De Boer builds Jumbo Hall as the hootenanny hub for MoonWalk Scotland, the annual fundraiser for charity, Walk the Walk.

De Boer’s Jumbo Hall hosted the huge hooley led by rock Ceilidh band, Bahookie, with over 3,000 MoonWalkers taking part in this special party celebrating twenty years of Walk the Walk.

This year’s MoonWalkers set off from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, to take part in a sponsored full, half, quarter or double marathon for grant making breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

Barbara Lestak, project manager at De Boer UK, commented:

“This is a very special year for Walk the Walk which is observing twenty years of fundraising and we’re honoured to help them celebrate this year. The Jumbo Hall provides over 2100 square metres of party space, equivalent to an entire football stadium, and made the perfect venue for this year’s celebratory pink hootenanny.”

For 2016, De Boer also provided ancillary structures including an Acropolis to receive guests and media; Alu Halls for volunteers, hospital facilities, kitchen and baggage; plus a Cocktail tents accommodating a helpdesk and selling WalkWear merchandise. A participants’ changing area was located in an aptly named ‘Party Tent’.

Nina Barough CBE, founder and chief executive of Walk the Walk, said:

“MoonWalk Scotland is always a very special and spectacular night and this was no exception. Not only for seeing our fantastic Jumbo Hall turn pink as it filled with pink tartan-clad, bra-wearing Moonwalkers, but also for the wonderful fundraising which is currently over £500,000 and rising…all round a  truly magnificent night! ”

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