The Arena Group has merged its UK and Europe and Middle East and Asia Divisions to form Arena EMEA.

Under this new structure, the MEA division’s reputation for innovation and delivery of design led solutions, offering temporary architecture with a permanent feel, will be introduced into the UK. This will allow the business to focus on the core of its competitive advantage and deliver a consistent offering globally with a “joined-up” approach to innovation, expertise, and knowledge.

Sadly, as a result of this merger, Arena will lose the services of Chris Morris, CEO of the UK and Europe and Andrew Lawson, managing director of the UK structures and ice business. Both Morris and Lawson will work with Paul Berger, who has been appointed chief executive officer of Arena EMEA, and Tom Evans, the new head of structures and ice, EMEA, to ensure a smooth transition from a customer and employee perspective.

Arena EMEA’s new structure is designed to leverage from one central pool of kit and talent that will be run by a consolidated EMEA management team. This shift will allow for maximum utilisation of resources across the EMEA region, whilst ensuring that the “Arena Standard” is consistently delivered from all of our bases in the EMEA stretching from Korea to the UK.

Greg Lawlwaa, CEO of Arena Group, comments: “We believe that the formation of one EMEA Division will create a stronger business, both commercially and financially, and this move will allow us to offer a more efficient and innovative turnkey service to our clients which is even more important in these difficult times for the global events market. Under this new structure, we will continue to develop the Arena Standard into a highly creative, design led model offering temporary architecture with a permanent feel to the marketplace. This will allow us to focus on what I believe we do better than anyone else – the delivery of exceptional temporary solutions that will continue to exceed our clients’ expectations. Finally, I would like to personally thank Chris and Andrew for their tremendous contribution and commitment to Arena UK and Europe Division over the past 18 months, and we wish them well as they move to the next stage of their careers.”

Berger will be responsible for overseeing the merger of the two businesses as well as implementing his vision for Arena’s future. He says: “This merger brings together the most talented people in the event services industry, creating a platform to cement and grow our business with existing clients, as well as taking advantage of the new opportunities that will present themselves during these difficult times.”