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February 9, 2009
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Thorns launches events staffing business




Capitalising on its experience and expertise within the events and exhibitions markets, Thorns Group is launching a new specialist staffing company Thorns Support Services.

The business will provide both short-term staff and longer-term contract personnel to customers including catering companies, hoteliers, restaurateurs, exhibition organisers and sporting arenas. Other target customers will range from office-based businesses to shopping centres.

Expertise to be offered to customers will include kitchen cleaners, porters, back-of-house staff, warehouse operatives and security personnel.

Based at Thorns’ London head offices, the new venture will complement the existing activities of the group, the origins of which date back more than 50 years and now involves three separate divisions – Thorns Furniture and Catering Hire, Camden Exhibition Services and Classic Technical Services.

Thorns Support Services is to be headed by managing director Wayne Smith, whose previous experience includes senior management positions in the support services sector as well as management roles in the retail industry. He has managed support contracts at high-profile venues, including Wembley Stadium, the NEC and Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal football grounds.

“Companies are increasingly seeking flexible, cost-effective staffing solutions, whether requiring extra personnel for a large, one-off event or needing additional contract workers over a period of several weeks or months,” said Smith. “Thorns Support Services will be able to meet these requirements through a combination of permanent staff and additional freelance workers who can respond to customers’ specific needs as and when they arise.”


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