After more than a decade building his marquee business, Jason Mace hit his stride in 2013 - and now he’s been shortlisted for director of the year.
Jason, who started Gala Tent with a £2,000 debt on his credit card 14 years ago, has grown the 30-strong company into one of the largest manufacturers of marquees and gazebos in the UK.
He has also helped others establish 100 marquee hire companies across the country, creating several hundred jobs.
Two years ago Gala moved into purpose-built premises in the Dearne Valley and export is now 15 per cent of business.
Last year he branched out, investing £80,000 in The Real Steakhouse at the Double Barrel, a pub that had closed, in Thurcroft. And he bought signwriting business Sign Man, so Gala could offer its own custom printing services.
He has beaten off strong competition from dozens of others to be shortlisted for the prestigious Institute of Directors (Yorkshire and the Humber) director of the year.
He said: “It is a fantastic feeling to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. I have a great team behind me at Gala Tent, but it is great to be recognised for my individual achievements and I will be keeping my fingers crossed for the regional final.”
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on May 1 at the Queens Hotel, Leeds.
The regional winner will go through to the national ceremony on October 24 in London.
Jason has introduced an apprentice mentor scheme, in which the company is investing in developing its own talent, and he is a supporter of Rotherham Young Enterprise and is set to talk about his involvement at a special dinner at the House of Lords in May.
Founded in 1999, Gala Tent now sells more than 10,000 tents and marquees each year and 90,000 event accessories and furniture products. The company is a preferred supplier for organisations including the military, NHS, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Police, St John Ambulance and AA.