Gala tent adds new printing subsidiary

Tom Madden, owner of Sign Man, centre, signs the deal that gives Gala Tent a 50 per cent stake in his business, with Mark Thompson, left, and Jason Mace of Gala Tent.
Tom Madden, owner of Sign Man, centre, signs the deal that gives Gala Tent a 50 per cent stake in his business, with Mark Thompson, left, and Jason Mace of Gala Tent.
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Marquee and gazebo manufacturer Gala Tent is planning to create new jobs by doubling its capacity to make tents bearing customers’ own branding.

Gala has taken a 50 per cent stake in wide format digital printing business Sign Man.

Sign Man, which is run by Tom Madden, who has more than 35 years experience in digital printing, will relocate from Thurcroft to Gala’s purpose-built headquarters on Farfield Park, at Manvers, near Rotherham.

Gala’s founder and Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber Business Person of the Year, Jason Mace, said: “Sign Man is a perfect fit with our business.

“It will give us much greater control of our printing of branded goods, providing a much quicker and more efficient service to customers. We expect to be able to offer a much shorter lead time for the delivery of branded goods and it will also mean we can expand our custom printed business and increase our market share.

“We expect to create a number of new jobs in the digital printing business over the next six months, which is great news for the local economy.”

Sign Man’s Tom Madden said: “It is fantastic to have the backing of Gala Tent, as they have a strong reputation in the industry and a customer base that requires branded goods.

“We are excited to be relocating to the Dearne Valley and together with the backing of Gala Tent, we will be investing in the business to further increase our range of branded services to customers.”

The link up between the two companies came about almost by chance.

Jason Mace contacted Sign Man when he was looking for a company to print branded goods for the Double Barrel Steakhouse, which he recently launched in Thurcroft.

He was so impressed with Sign Man’s professional, quick and efficient delivery that he decided to propose a permanent link between the two firms.

n Gala Tent was founded in 1999 and sells more than 10,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 90,000 event accessories and furniture.