• Barlens CEO Peter Taylor and Anthony Stevens

    Barlens CEO Peter Taylor and Anthony Stevens

  • Scott Trevenan and Greg Whittle

    Scott Trevenan and Greg Whittle

  • Nick Nonas and Kate van Haalen

    Nick Nonas and Kate van Haalen

  • Isabelle Schmidt and Trea Murphy

    Isabelle Schmidt and Trea Murphy

  • Alistair Coe, Greg Whittle and Peter Taylor

    Alistair Coe, Greg Whittle and Peter Taylor

  • Nada Tejeda from caterers Hauberg & Co

    Nada Tejeda from caterers Hauberg & Co

  • Kaylee Rutland and Kimberley Brady

    Kaylee Rutland and Kimberley Brady

  • Wendy Landon and Emma Pieper

    Wendy Landon and Emma Pieper

  • Kim Vavoulis, Martin Bailey, Joe Teixeira, Simon Wedd and Jade Wood

    Kim Vavoulis, Martin Bailey, Joe Teixeira, Simon Wedd and Jade Wood

  • Jason Cotter and Demi Aloisi

    Jason Cotter and Demi Aloisi

  • Chris Kimble and Louise Bilston

    Chris Kimble and Louise Bilston

  • Louise Bilston, Jack Masters and Dania Khalil

    Louise Bilston, Jack Masters and Dania Khalil

  • Pam Tapia, Jo Thompson and Sade Villatora

    Pam Tapia, Jo Thompson and Sade Villatora

  • Jason Rose, Jane Rowe and Brett Boulton

    Jason Rose, Jane Rowe and Brett Boulton

  • John Dess, Margaret O'Connor, Anthony Stevens, Anne Trevenen and Shaun Brown

    John Dess, Margaret O'Connor, Anthony Stevens, Anne Trevenen and Shaun Brown

  • Isabelle Schmidt and Amy Pyett

    Isabelle Schmidt and Amy Pyett

  • Kate Prior and Omania Terry

    Kate Prior and Omania Terry

Barlens Event Hire 50th Anniversary

28 April 2016

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.