Gearhouse opens in Ghana
GHANA: South African rental company, The Gearhouse Group of Companies, has expanded its African operations with the opening of Gearhouse Ghana. The new operation is based in Accra and is targeting events in West Africa.
Heading up the new company are Bill and Nicky Lawford. ‘I have worked in around 70 countries around the world, so adapting to the new location and market has been relatively straightforward,' said Bill Lawford. ‘At present we are on servicing mostly corporate functions and developing the business through our successes with both local and international clients. We have formed strong relationships with our clients and one of our success factors is that we hold independent public liability insurance, which is not common practice here.’
The company’s warehouse in Tema carries a variety of internationally recognised brands in static and moving lighting, PA, video projectors, screens, plasma displays and various conference aids as well as trussing, rigging, stage elements and scenic flats. The branch services day-to-day business from the local stock but, given a slightly longer lead time to accommodate logistics and customs formalities, will also able to provide for more unusual or complex requirements from its South African resource.
‘The biggest single barrier to growth of the events market here is the lack of venues,’ said Bill Lawford. ‘The recent opening of a new ballroom at one of the main hotels with similar projects to follow will go some way to addressing the problem, but even with these in place there is an enormous gap for a venue of 5,000 capacity. A Gearhouse In2Structures Dome could open up new possibilities here.’