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Meet the team

Polite, professional perfectionists

“Can I just say a whopping ‘thank you’ to you and your team, especially Chris, who did such a fantastic job, was so patient with me when I needed little extras, and who worked so hard to create the perfect marquee for our wedding.”
Claire

Bisley Marquees & Hire Company (Bisley Leisure Hire Ltd) was set up in 1997 by husband and wife team David and Caroline Ashmead in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Since then, the company has grown in size, knowledge, and expertise, and has supplied many local families, businesses, and celebrities, with first-class event marquees, furniture hire, toilets, refrigerated trailers, and showers.

Caroline Ashmead

Caroline, joint director of the company, manages the day to day running of the business. From overseeing events to keeping the company’s accounts in order, organising the lorries, and generally ensuring everything runs smoothly. Caroline loves IT and can often be found behind the scenes, tinkering with the latest technology!

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys spending time with her pony, rabbits, and cat, and supporting her daughters Vicki and Charlotte in their riding competitions.

Charlotte Ashmead and Emily Bush

Charlotte and Emily are the Event Managers, and your first point of contact in the office. From initial enquiry, through to site visits and the setup of your event, they will be with you every step of the way, helping you plan your perfect day. Between them they have a breadth of experience of the events industry, and are always happy to share their experience and ideas.

Outside of work, Charlotte can be found with her two horses, ET and Bea, riding around the village or taking part in riding competitions. Emily and resident marquee dog Raisin are happiest when out exploring the countryside – when Raisin’s not too busy guarding the office!

Chris Ashmead

Chris, Caroline and David’s son, joined the company in 2008 and became a director in 2014. Chris leads the marquee erecting teams, ensuring the most appropriate team is allocated to each build. Happiest when outdoors and getting stuck in, Chris can usually be found out on site or driving one of the Bisley lorries.

Never able to sit still for long, on his rare days off Chris can be found working on a building project at home, or out and about with Raisin and Emily.

David Ashmead

David, joint company director, heads up the toilet, fridge, generator and shower unit delivery team. When David isn’t on site making deliveries, he can be found in his workshop ensuring all the hire equipment is not only in immaculate condition, but also to the highest safety standards. David has manufactured a number of bespoke furniture pieces, as well as building several of the toilet units during the winter months.

David and his cat Pippa enjoy spending time in the garden – when they get the chance!

The Marquee & Delivery Team

The marquee and delivery team have a huge range of skills between them, from lighting and sound, through to lorry driving and equipment maintenance. These hardworking and friendly individuals are key in the set up and take down of your event.

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