Kimberley Gosden
Anna Addison

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Essex events company enjoys a ?simply? stunning start

An award-winning events company has secured a number of projects just weeks after launching and is hoping to take on another member of staff as it expands its services.

Kimberley Gosden runs Simply Bows and Chair Covers in Chelmsford- specialising in quality chair covers and linen for weddings, balls and corporate events at high profile venues- and has been invited to dress a number of prestigious events, despite only launching her business in April.

In addition, due to unprecedented demand, the company has also launched a new service providing hotels and restaurants with daily table linen and napkin hire to use in their dining rooms as well as for special events. The service is already proving successful as more restaurants and hotels look to outsource specific services, such as those related to table linen, to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

As well as dressing her first wedding at the newly refurbished Bury Lodge in Stansted- just eight weeks after launching- Kimberley also dressed the chairs for a wedding fayre fashion show held at Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat in Stock last week.

Kimberley established the Essex-based franchise of Simply Bows and Chair Covers at the end of April having worked for a leading childrens’ charity for a number of years, planning and designing large events.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers operates all over the Essex region at venues including Hylands House, Prested Hall, Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat and Reid Rooms.

Sarah Pittendrigh, from County Durham, established Simply Bows and Chair Covers in 2008 after discovering a gap in the market for stylish, high-quality chair covers and linen.

The company, the current holder of the British Chamber of Commerce Most Promising New Business accolade and recently featured in the Sunday Times, has seen demand for its services increase dramatically in the last year all over the UK and now has franchises in locations such as Aberdeen, Cumbria, Lancashire, Berkshire and around the North East and Yorkshire.

With twelve franchises across the UK, Kimberley is the newest addition and is already proving to be one of the most successful. Kimberley commented: “The last few weeks have been a real whirlwind for me! I didn’t expect the business to take off as fast as it has but I am, of course, thrilled at the response from people across Essex. The wedding and events season is in full flow so I chose a good time to start and it’s really exciting to have a few events completed and a few more in the pipeline for the coming months.”

Sarah Pittendrigh added: “Of all the franchisees I’ve worked with, Kimberley has really had to hit the ground running right in the middle of wedding season. And she’s done it brilliantly- Kimberley’s had a massive response much more quickly than I expected as this is the first Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchise to launch in the south east.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Anna Addison .

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