GREG GILMOUR – PART OWNER
Mardigras Event Hire – Hawkes Bay
What is the nature of your business?
Mardigras Event Hire is a Family owned Event and Party hire business located in Hastings, in the heart of Hawke’s Bay. We supply marquees, furniture, tableware, and catering equipment to a majority of events, parties and weddings in the local area.
What is the market for Mardigras Event Hire?
Our market is predominantly local, as opposed to national. Major Events, concerts, Mission, Church Road, Black Barn, Corporate dinners, Exhibitions, wine and Primary sector Awards, Field days, funerals, fundraisers, weddings, and just about any celebration.
How did you get involved in this business?
I had grown up in the hire industry starting work as a kid in the school holidays at Porirua Hire Centre in the late seventies and early 80’s. This lead to employment with TSL Rentals (Hiremaster Party and Event Wellington).
Having worked there for a few years, I left to travel through South East Asia with my now wife, Maxine in 1993. Her parents John and Anne Lane owned and operated Hiremaster Hastings and invited Maxine and I to work the summer season for them. During the six month period, we had introduced a few changes to the way things were done in the business and loved the lifestyle in Hawkes Bay.
Mark, my brother in law and myself, are owner-directors. Between us, we share similar values and approach to the running of the business. We employ ten full time and casuals with up to 16 altogether over the summer.