WOODHOUSE 1990 TO 1999

The early 1990s eased out of recession and once again entrepreneurialism grabbed hold and the small business sector led the nationwide recovery.

1990 Devon County Show Main Arena

1991 National Eisteddfod 20’ Shedding (Trade Stands)

Woodhouses celebrated the improving business outlook and in 1992 supplied their best temporary stables to the Barcelona Olympic Games.  In the same season, Woodhouses bought their first aluminium framed structures which were fast gaining traction at UK shows and events.  With these in their hire stock and despite Woodhouses belief in the superiority of their tried and tested timber Shedding structures, they relented and joined the movement introducing their own proprietary design 6 x 6m Clearspan Trade Stands at the 1994 Suffolk County Show. This robust and versatile design continues to stand the test of time and forms the basis of their leading trade stands product range today.

1994 First Clearspan Trade Stand, Suffolk County Show

1994 Ghana 25m Clearspan

1st June 1995 Sale of the Woodhouse business to Tony Marsh

At the end of the 1994 show season,  the Woodhouse Directors made the difficult decision to sell the business to ensure its continuity and that of its employees in Nottingham. The process lasted 6 months and on the 1st june 1995, the 105 year old business was sold to Tony and Adrienne Marsh who proudly took on the baton of the 5th generation family interest. The business handover began during the middle of the 1995 show and event season and lasted over 3 seasons as the Woodhouse brothers transferred their contracts and relationships in this personal service led industry.

1st June 1995 Sale Letter to Clients and Employees

In the second half of the 1990’s Woodhouses accelerated the modernisation of its hire stock, its fleet and the use of forklifts on site. Significant investment was committed to Clearspan Trade Stands, aluminium Grandstands and recycled plastic trackboards.  Design time was spent looking at what shape, size and materials should define the next generation of temporary stable. This was a considered position as with a hire stock of some 4,000 timber stables this was a gargantuan task and investment!

Competition was now firmly in place across all hire product ranges and Woodhouses were holding their own while they transitioned their traditional hire products to compete with the modern aluminium structures which packed-up smaller requiring less transport and fewer manpower hours to erect and take-down.

In 1997 the 1st Labour Government since the 1970s was elected with a large majority and took up the administration reins, their goal to eliminate the “Boom & Bust Cycle”. Needless to say what would a modern decade look like without one of the same and in 1999 the Dot-Com bubble  burst!

  • I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for everything you have done at Greenwich Park for London 2012.

    It has been a pleasure working with you and your team, and I would have no hesitation using Woodhouse again or recommending you to others. I think your stables are first class and you rightfully received great credit from athletes and grooms alike. Your approach throughout the design, installation, use and derig was great. Nothing was ever too much for you. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team.

    London Olympics

    Stephen Jepson, Greenwich Park Venue Project Manager

  • The service from Woodhouse was first class, the white tenting was stunning, the stand extras did help. Your team were great, especially Jack, for whom nothing was too much trouble.

    Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014

    Pam Swift, Tradestand Director

  • Peter – Your team have been fantastic – I know that we kept chucking curve balls your way but as ever Jack and Marcin are amazing – they just keep churning the stables and tents out and all with a smile.

    The Queens 90th Birthday Celebration & Royal Windsor Horse Show

    Nick Brooks - Ward, Project Director - 2016

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