Arena benefited from global exposure after it built the spectacular Horse Guards Parade’s beach volleyball arena for the 2012 Olympics. The events firm has landed contracts to provide seating and tented structures for sports events including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Brazilian World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympics. International sales reached an annualised £10.5m in 2012 and Arena acquired companies in America and Asia the following year. It is led by chief executive Greg Lawless, 54, and backed by private-equity houses MML Capital and Sports Investment Partners.
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