A SUCCESSFUL events production organiser is set for a new challenge after moving into a hi-tech office complex in South Tyneside.
Jacqui Chapman was the woman behind County Durham-based Spacecraft.
The company, founded in 2004, was responsible for producing memorable backdrops for many high-profile events across the North East and internationally.
Such was its standing that in 2006 it was named Arts Council of England’s Best Cultural and Creative Business founded by a woman.
Now Ms Chapman, 42, expects to gain more high-profile success after setting up her new company, JC Events, at One Trinity Green, in South Shields.
As well as bringing a number of former clients on board, she has already won prestigious new contracts with SIG Combibloc and the Industry Conf. among others.
She plans to build the business through specialist services delivered with creative flair and the personal touch – including vibrant and unique sets for conferences, events and exhibitions, and state-of-the-art audio visual technology.
The businesswoman, who lives in Durham, sees it as the next step in the natural progression of her creative career.
Company director Ms Chapman said: “It is good to have a new challenge and to start a business with a blank canvas to work from.
“This is an incredibly exciting venture and I am very much looking forward to continuing with what my team and I do best, which is producing great designs and ideas to set off any event in the most memorable way.
“I get a real thrill from doing things right and ensuring that we excel in delivering beyond the client’s expectations. Our unique and tailor-made service offers something different and exciting for all our clients.
“My team and I are very well known in the events industry and we will be using our combined experience and skills to build long-term relationships with our clients, demonstrating the value of working with us and the personal attention and service they will receive as clients of JC Events.”
Key staff include vastly experienced exhibition manager Mark Worthington, 37, and talented production manager, Paul Coates, 43.
Besides taking office space at One Trinity Green, Ms Chapman has also taken over a factory unit at the site from where props and stage settings will be manufactured to specific client requests.
Ms Chapman is also a director of the East Durham Employability Trust, a social enterprise that supports the unemployed to successfully make the transition to further education and employment in manufacturing, engineering and related industries.