Barlens Event Hire 50th AnniversaryShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
There are many Canberra companies with long and proud histories and just the mention of their name can engender ‘in the old days’ kind of chat that makes your kids roll their eyes and you hanker for a bit of that ‘good old’ kind of service when everything seemed to be simpler, everyone knew you and you knew them or had connections that did.
Barlens is one of those companies, but integral to their success has been a willingness and need to change and evolve to suit their unique market but still retaining that personal touch that exists because it works.
It all started as a simple idea in 1965 with $1200 and advertising in the good ‘old’ Canberra Times because everyone read it in those days, premises in Kennedy Street Kingston and the servicing of small household events. The trio who started this enterprise were colleagues. Stuart Hancock, Lenny Rich and Barry Whyte used their names and Stewart Barlen Hire was established with of all things three baby cots!
The biggest event in the early years was a knees up for President Lyndon B Johnson - which I had an invite to courtesy of that ebullient Southern gentleman of the diplomatic corps and then United States Ambassador Ed Clarke. Barlens needed 2,000 chairs for the event and they had 300, but they filled the order. And that’s the best example of how this company’s initiatives have been at the core of their success. Being ahead of current fashion obviously is another and having staff who know the game.
To celebrate 50 years of the company and launch their smart new premises refurbished after a fire in 2014, it was a party where all the bases were covered the food and service were excellent, the audio and music courtesy of neighbour NOVA took us back to those good old days and the staff were honoured for their service to the company and more importantly to their customers.