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Chives Farrance Ever since a young age, the focus has always been electrical engineering and since entering the industry at age 17, Chives Farrance has been pushing forth new and innovative ideas. Over the years Chives has graduated from Bridgwater College with various qualifications such as a BTEC National Diploma, City & Guilds Theatre and Entertainments Electrician, City & Guilds 236 part 1 & 2, Electrical installation; even attending the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, studying stage management and technical studies.

With over 25 years of experience in the field, Chives has extensive experience within the engineering and the events sector. Chives is able to tailor his skills to meet the needs of various clientele and has increased his efficiency in several of his assigned roles, attending the Institute of Learning Management level 5 course and expanding his capabilities by passing certifications such as Telehandler and MEWPS operation. Committed family man Chives Farrance is a Director of Rocketman Fireworks in Bridgwater; he needs no excuse to light up the sky with quite some spectacular displays. He has also been an active member of the HAE and EHA since Power & Pyro was established in 2016, a company he co-runs with Craig Cox, also based in Bridgwater, Somerset. Now Chairman of EHA, which was a great honour, Chives dedicates his time between work and family, injecting enthusiasm, energy, passion and drive into the hire and events industry.

It's not very often meeting Chives, he doesn't make an impact on you, driven by successes in life Chives strives for quality and consistency in many outlooks. A pure delight to work alongside, Chives is continually attracting and growing client portfolios making quite an impression on everyone he meets.

As a Director of Arcotherm I have had close association with the Event Industry for over 20 years and, through my recent additional role as Director of Brandon Event Hire, this association has been significantly enhanced.

Having previously been Chair of the EHA, and Vice Chair of the HAE EHA Board of Directors, I am passionately committed to developing the EHA profile - increasing our offering to the Event Industry and subsequently raising membership in what is often a much under-estimated sector of the hire industry.

I would welcome the opportunity to rejoin the Event Board and continue the excellent work being done, by helping to develop, innovate and implement new ideas within the event sector for everyone involved, and at whatever level.

I have been managing Marlow Marquees Ltd since April 2010. We bought the business as complete novices to the industry, and have learned the hard way about running a Marquee Hire firm. Although the first few years were a steep learning curve, we have come out of that in the last year or two feeling that we know our company, our strengths and weaknesses very well. Most importantly we have begun to build a strong client base, corporate and private client that we can be proud of.

As a female within the industry I do get a few strange looks when I work onsite, but this hands on approach gives me the knowledge that I need to be credible, and really explain to a client how the marquees will be built, and how they will look when complete; and often saying what is, and is not possible. My passion for my client’s events shows through and that’s what wins us a lot of our work. I also feel that we are passing on this customer service ethic to our team; who very often get compliments and glowing feedback from our clients. Our aim is to slowly build Marlow Marquees with a strong reputation of excellent customer service.

If I was selected to be part of the Board at the EHA I would like to think that I could represent the feelings of the Marquee Hire industry, and encourage other firms to join the EHA, as I can explain the benefits that joining has already provided for us. The EHA has opened my eyes to the whole of the hire industry and how we can help each other out, also learning more about the legal responsibilities that we all face and why they are so important. I know that the EHA would support us if we needed them, and what company wouldn’t want to grow, knowing that the EHA is backing them all the way?

My background

My career began in 1998 when I started work at Dun & Bradstreet as a Business Trainee, much like a modern apprenticeship, attending college a day a week, and ultimately gaining a Distinction in a GNVQ for Advanced Business. I love cars and followed my passion to move me into the world of motor vehicle fleet management, I worked in the Fleet Department at Dun & Bradstreet for 12 months before taking on a role of Fleet Controller at ING Car Lease UK Ltd. I was responsibility at 20 years old for 30 self employed drivers, coordinating vehicle movements across the UK, and a rental fleet of 250 of our own vehicles and managing their usage across the country, as well as making bookings with rental companies such as Enterprise, Thrifty, Northgate, Sixt based upon profit margins per booking. This role was very intense, and gave me an excellent grounding in logistics and man management. I then moved within ING to take a prestigious role of Account Executive working to manage ING’s major client, who at the time was the BBC. The BBC was rigorous, exact and had procedures and protocols for every aspect of the service that we provided to them. In this role I learned about working within such specific guidelines, working to very exact timescales, and negotiating with very important clients. In October 2007 I was promoted to Customer Services Manager for the office in Bracknell where I worked managing a team of 15 staff, all of whom were looking after our top 15 clients. In December 2009 I was made redundant as our Customer Service Department was moved to Leeds. I began writing Wills with my husband Ben, and then I took over the business and carried it on. I still write Wills for my clients now, but my Will writing takes very much a backseat role these days as the needs of Marlow Marquees has grown so much. I hope to be in a position within the next 12 months to solely concentrate on Marlow Marquees full time and grow it even more.