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Expohire gets PCEC gig

PERTH Expohire and Furniture Group has been given a boost with its appointment as preferred supplier to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“This kind of partnership is an industry first in Australia, which is an indication of how we are doing business, beyond the conventional,” PCEC chief executive Paul D’Arcy said.

The preferred supplier arrangement meant organisations using the PCEC had the option of using alternative suppliers, he said.

“We expect that organisations will want to work with Perth Expohire because they will know our business inside out,” Mr D’Arcy told WA Business News.

The agreement is expected to cement Perth Expohire’s position as WA’s largest exhibition services company.

It services more than 150 exhibitions and events annually and has 60 full-time staff.

Perth Expohire marketing manager Darren Edwards said that being preferred supplier would allow for “seamless coordination” of exhibition and convention services at the Centre. Mr Edwards predicted that the opening of PCEC in August 2004 would have a “huge impact”, as it would lift the profile of Western Australia as a location for conferences and exhibitions.

Services provided by Perth Expohire would include exhibition shell schemes, signs and graphics, carpets, plants and lighting, furniture and customised stands.

Mr Edwards said he expected customised stands would be a growing part of the business in WA.

The business presently has three full-time designers and, based on interstate trends and the prospect of more competition, this number is expected to grow.

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