A MATFEN-BASED family is combining its events experience to provide an executive marquee business.

The family-owned marquee and furniture hire company, Covered Events, specialises in pop-up gazebo, pagoda and clear span marquees for events such as weddings and garden parties.

Combining 50 years of experience, Max Bevan (24) founded the company with his father Phil Bevan and uncle Neil Carr.

Max said: “We started in November last year and are really pleased with how its gone so far. My father has past experience in managing marquee companies so we are really well placed.”

Having lived in Matfen all of his life, Max, who studied hydrographic surveying at university and also set up his own social media company, has an advanced working knowledge of the North-East, specifically Tynedale. After months of research and planning, the trio have identified a gap in the market in the North-East for a premium small events brand.

And although the business is still in its early stages, Max hopes to have positively advanced the company by the end of the year.

He said: “Our work so far is really promising and we’re hoping to secure some larger wedding jobs and top end events by incorporating new venues.

“We have been in contact with several hotels and accommodation providers throughout the district in Hexham, Corbridge, Wylam and Stocksfield who are really keen for us to get involved.”