About MUTA

A proud history and an exciting future

For 100 years MUTA has been working to improve standards in the temporary structure industry. Our highly regarded Best Practice Guide is followed by our members, and we inspect them against it. We promote the benefits of using MUTA members to those who hire marquees, tents and structures.

Our objectives are:

  • To promote best practice in the industry for the benefit of the general public.
  • To promote members' products, services and achievements.
  • To consolidate MUTA’s position as the 'voice' of the industry.
  • To instigate the creation and implementation of appropriate standards and regulations.
  • To facilitate networking and cooperation within the industry and its immediate constituency.
  • To employ the collective buying power of our membership to secure advantageous terms.
  • To be a source of information for members and the general public.

Hall of Fame
To celebrate our 100-year anniversary, a Hall of Fame has been created in recognition of those that have played a pivotal in MUTA's development. 

Simon Bell John Carter, J & J Carter
John established J & J Carter in 1988 and he was determined to make it a success, which he and his family definitely achieved. He served on MUTA’s Exec for several years and also represented the industry on the European standards committee where he built many great friendships. John was leading a leading light in the industry for over 30 years and his overwhelming passion for marquees and tents, along with his contribution to the industry, will not be forgotten.
Peter Burgoyne, Burgoynes Marquees
Peter was one of several generations to take charge of Burgoynes and drive the business forward. The company has existed for a decade longer than MUTA which is a testament to the family’s drive and dedication. Peter devoted a significant amount of volunteer effort and he was President of the association on two occasions, first in 1992 then for a further year in 1995 which is a rare honour in MUTA’s history. 
Richard Monaghan Jon Parr, Tentipi
Jon founded the first full-time Tipi rental business in the world using Nordic tipis before establishing and rapidly developing Tentipi UK. For over four and a half years he devoted a huge amount of time and effort in developing MUTA alongside his colleagues on the Exec. He’s helped introduce a new website and brand identity, develop the inspection regime, increase the range of member benefits, and launch MUTA's e-learning course, StructureSafe online. His efforts during his time as President were often above and beyond the call of duty. 
Tony Marsh, L H Woodhouse
Tony served on MUTA's Exec for several years before taking on the Presidency role in 2007. During his time as President he devoted an enormous amount of time and effort in developing the association – introducing new member benefits, improving the inspection regime and launching regional training days. He also built relationships with external organisations which significantly helped raise the profile of the association and its members.  
Adrian Dann, Danco
Adrian served on MUTA’s Exec for over 20 years and represented the industry on standards committees, the Chartered Institute of Structural Engineers and the HSE. He played a pivotal role in producing MUTA’s Best Practice Guide and the Institute of Structural Engineers Temporary Demountable Structures Guide. 
Mike Bunting
Mike contributed many years of service to the association during his role as MUTA Inspector. He also represented the industry on standards committees and played a pivotal part in the introduction of MUTA's National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). 
Clive Moss
Clive was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MUTA and devoted an unprecedented amount of time and effort in developing all areas of the association. During his time as CEO, he played a key part in establishing the UK's inspection scheme for inflatable play equipment, PIPA, which is still running successfully today. 
Simon Bell
Simon served on MUTA's Exec for 14 years and played an active role in the development of the association. He was Honorary Treasurer for over a decade and made sure that members funds were well managed. He recently helped MUTA publish guidance on wind management, an important project that had been in development for over 18 months. 
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Our Story

Celebrating 100 years of supporting the temporary structure industry.

The eight founding members all traded in textiles, either as importers or as the end product manufacturers. They were involved in everything from recycling and manufacturing of jute bags, to making tarpaulins, loin cloths, and waterproof goods for the London horse-drawn carriages. Tent and marquee hire featured too, including frame and pole tents.

In 1939 many tents were required for the war effort, never to be seen again. So after the Second World War new stocks had to be manufactured to get the agricultural shows up and running again.

It was not until 7 May 1974 that the association changed its name to Made Up Textiles Association Limited, and we are known by a contraction of that name today - MUTA. 

To this day, the President's badge of office is a silver sailmaker's palm (a device for pushing needles through thick fabric) and a needle on a webbing sash. An earlier logo depicted the same.

MUTA was formed to help keep the industry together and to talk with one voice to Government departments and Standard making bodies. Today MUTA is actively involved in representing the industry within the British Standards Institute, CEN (European Committee of Standardisation) and the AGOTS committee of the Institute of Structural Engineers.  Its work in these areas is benefited by all in the industry - members and non-members alike. Its vital work is what helps us shape our industry, rather than leaving us all on the receiving end of rules that others create.

MUTA's networking through meetings and dinners helps to create fellowship amongst its members who, although often competitors, frequently help each other out when the need arises.

Today, the majority of members are hirers of marquees, tents or structures.  We still represent a thriving group of suppliers and manufacturers as well and these find a ready market amongst the hirer members.

To further strengthen MUTA, the following recent initiatives have been implemented:

  • The launch of the 'Use a MUTA Member' campaign - putting promotion of our members to their customers at the front and centre of our marketing for the first time.
  • Strengthening the inspection regime to underpin the core message that our members work to the highest standards.
  • A fresh new look at our website and documentation to present a modern, up-to-date image to the outside world, and to make access to benefits even easier for our members.
  • A complete change of personnel in our Member Services Team to deliver a much enhanced service to members.


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Meet the Team
MUTA is led by an Executive Committee with the day to day running of the association being handled by the Member Services Team.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a small group of elected members that sets the strategy and direction for MUTA, and makes a significant contribution of time and effort to deliver new initiatives. All members of the Executive Committee are volunteers who give their time, commitment and energy for free; they all hold Director level positions in their respective businesses. 
Simon Bell Dean Foster, President, representing Hirers
Dean is the Managing Director and co-owner of Cambridge Marquees.
Since purchasing the business in 2001, the company has evolved to offer a comprehensive range of first class marquees for weddings to corporate events in the Cambridge and East Anglia area.
Johnny Cooper, Treasurer, representing Hirers
Johnny is the Managing Director of Coopers Marquees Ltd who are based in Yorkshire but travel all over the UK. The greatest proportion of Coopers Marquees work is providing hospitatlity space for annual sporting events.  
Joe Baillie, representing Hirers
Joe is the Director of Baillies Marquees and has been working in the events industry for the last 20 years. Baillies Marquees is a family run business and were one of the first independent companies from Scotland to join MUTA.   
Craig Bidder, representing Hirers
Craig is the Director of Sami Tipi family run business based in the Midlands providing Nordic Tipis and Sailcloth Tent hire for weddings and events within the Midlands and surrounding areas. Established back in 2012 Sami Tipi have gone from strength to strength winning best marquee provider in the East Midlands for the past 4 years at the Wedding Industry Awards and Bridebook Awards.

Lee Dalton, representing Suppliers
Lee is Sales Director at Roder UK Ltd, having first joined in 2005 as a Sales Rep. He has 15 years experience working with tent rental companies, supplying structures to large existing hirers, and many new start businesses as well. Benefiting from a Global network of sister companies, and with many years of German engineering excellence behind them, Roder UK has been a fixture in the marquee hire business for over 30 years.

Robert Carter, representing Suppliers
Robert is a Director at J & J Carter Ltd and has over 25 years experience in the temporary structure industry. He also serves on the BSI Committee "B/525/0-/05" Tensile Membrane Structures Design and Construction. The company was established in 1988 and started by manufacturing marquees and covers. Since then J&J Carter has diversified into the design and build of tensile fabric structures, biogas systems and other fabric structures. Based in Hampshire the 1.5 acre site boasts 2000m2 membrane production hall and further 400m2 steel and aluminium fabrication facilities.

Phil Grenville-Hunt, representing Hirers
Phil has been involved I have been involved in senior and business management for over 40 years and joined Mar-Key Marquees in early 2014. His responsibilities range from H&S, HR and business management, keeping a close eye on legislation and the legal aspect of customer contracts and suppliers. Phil has always been drawn to the challenges that exist in business no matter how large or small the company. It is with this aptitude that he is able to focus on his contribution and making a valued one to the temporary structure industry. 

Janet Fletcher, representing Hirers
Janet is a Director of Tents and Events (Scotland) with her husband. Since 1998, they have worked throughout Scotland on a wide range of projects from large sporting/cultural events to small family occasions. Janet’s work history includes BBC Scotland, Cowal Highland Gathering and a large family hotel which has helped her gain experience in hospitality, events and customer service.  

Member Services Team

The Member Services Team handle all the day-to-day running of the association as well as managing and delivering new projects.  

Andrew Chalk

Andrew Chalk, Operations Manager
Andrew is a marketing professional by training. He has worked with trade associations and charities on standards, training and product safety as well as providing marketing and member services.

Sam Reed

Sam Reed, Membership Support Co-ordinator
Sam spent 13 years working in the insurance industry before moving into the engineering side of logistics 14 years ago before joining the Member Services Team. 


Joe Chalk, Membership Support Co-ordinator
Joe has had experience in customer services in the leisure and property industries before joining the Member Services Team.


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