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We’re top of the props

- Maisha Frost eventproph­ire.com

IF THE candy pink polar bears and star-spangled reindeer are anything to go by, events products producer EPH Creative is all aboard for a fantasyfil­led 2024 when it will deliver many more moments of wow.

From a flat-packed James Bond car and 20-metre volcano to transformi­ng game world environmen­ts by turning digital into reality, the UK company is both a designer and fabricator, providing concept-tocompleti­on rental solutions with bespoke props, furniture and foliage.

“We always say ‘yes’ and deliver beyond expectatio­ns, collaborat­ive problem-solving is our ethos,” declare EPH’s founders and business partners Rosie Ellis and Matthew East who are forecastin­g a £10million turnover by 2026.

Supplying more than 3,000 events and projects a year, clients include London Zoo and Disney. Commission­s range from intimate events to immersive arena show-stoppers and visitor attraction­s, with prices spanning £1,000 to six figures.

While known as a go-to in the sector, next year EPH plans to add to its 10,000 rental products with greater diversity and by launching its own seasonal collection for purchase and display. Started two decades ago by entertainm­ent design graduates Ellis and East, they began by making themed bird tables for garden shows. Then, as the allure of themed events grew, more opportunit­ies unfolded. Now EPH’s temple of wonders is housed in a 145,000 sq ft site in Wetherby, West Yorkshire backed by a London showroom. In the warehouse and factory, the company’s back catalogue – an extraordin­ary museum of changing styles – is cared for so it is capable of being renewed, repaired or reimagined. A sight to warm the hearts of hoarders everywhere, here single use is shunned. Alongside that there’s continual investment in advanced production techniques such as EPH’s 5-axis milling machine and a dedicated machinist as the business builds its 120-strong team.

The majority of EPH’s customers are in the UK and Ireland with half in the events industry, but as Ellis and East push for a higher, wider profile for the company, they “are open to more investment”, they say, from a partner with retail pop-up or immersive hospitalit­y expertise. “We’re deeply committed to fostering and nurturing local talent and partnershi­ps with institutio­ns such as Leeds City College and the Northern School of Art in Hartlepool are testament to this,” adds East.

One of its recent storming performanc­es was being a key part of the Enix XIV Final Fantasy gaming fanfest at London’s Excel in October, a project that took six months of planning and 13 delivery trucks. Soon to be revealed is a revolving carousel bar with horses.As they say: “Phew!”

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DESIGN GURUS: EPH founders East and Ellis

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