ABOUT ES GLOBAL
ES Global Holdings Limited (ES Global) provides innovative and creative solutions for music, sporting, corporate and hospitality events. ES Global specialises in the delivery of dynamic stages, temporary structures, event overlay and expert project management.
The company was founded in 1974 – the Edwin Shirley Group. Since then, it has established itself as a market leader within its sector.
The team has developed products that make possible the delivery of world class temporary, re-locatable arenas, stages and public event structures. Projects of note include structures for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and the Water Polo arena at the Olympic site in Stratford for London 2012.
In 2010, the company never reclaimed a major debt, and – as a result – went into administration. The staging and projects side of the company was purchased by a Middle East based UK investor, and renamed ‘ES Global’. Olly Watts and Jeff Burke, who already worked on this side of the business continued to work for the new company. Subsequently, after nearly two years of working for the investors, then went on to purchase the company in 2013. This is where they called upon support from The Route – Finance…
ES Global today
Today, ES Global employs 25 staff and has a regular bank of contractors. International contracts see the company working in Brazil, Qatar, The UK and North America.
With a turnover of £8m+ in the last financial year, ES Global is in a strong position and has a healthy pipeline of business. The company has a growth projection of 20 per cent per year.
Working with The Route – Finance has been a positive experience. When we started the project, we fully anticipated that we may – at some stage – we would have to sell a larger proportion of equity, but that hasn’t been the case.
The company always provides regular quarterly updates for both ES Global and our investors.”
– Olly Watts
Director ES Global
ES Global is the perfect example of a small business needing help and support to meet its growth potential.
As is being heavily reported, this type of alternative funding is the way forward for so many small businesses – as recognised by our own investment community.”
– William Fleischmann-Allen
Head of The Route – Finance