Our story

Our story

It may sound like a cliché, but we treasure every working day. How many people can say they enjoy what they do every day? We’re proud to say we LOVE what we do, and most of all, love hearing how happy we make our clients.

The First Tipi Hire Company in the Midlands

When you searched for a tipi hire company you probably noticed that there are a huge number to choose from. We are proud to say that Elite Tents was the 6th Tipi Hire Company in England, established in 2010; and now with almost 2000 tipi erections completed! As a relative of the founder of Tentipi UK (Jon Parr) who introduced the Giant Nordic Tipi into the UK in 2005, we watched as outdoor weddings and particularly Tipi Wedfests became more and more popular. We also loved the way that Jon and his wife loved their business. In 2010 we started Elite Tents with 3 tipis, and we have never looked back.

Caring for our Clients – personal and  professional

When we started out with Elite Tents there were three of us as permanent crew – Richard, Jacquie and John. Everything was done with almost OCD attention to detail and despite the size of the business and the team growing, we have maintained a level of care that ensures that things go without a hitch. Whilst the business has grown over the last 10 years we believe we have managed to retain our personal service by employing team members with the same passion for customer care and attention to detail as we have. We speak regularly to our clients, hold four open days each year and return calls and answer emails in record time.  In our experience since 2010 we have developed contingency for every occasion and will almost certainly have a solution to any query or worry that you may have.

Caring for our Clients – choosing the perfect Tent manufacturers

We choose where we purchase our tents from with utmost care, ensuring that they are of the highest quality so we have chosen Tipis from Tentipi manufactured in Scandanavia, developed over 25 years and tested to the limits of weather, use and durability. In 2019 we listened to the customers who said they wanted an outdoor event with a rustic feel but just felt they needed something a little more traditional. After researching the Sailcloth and Sperry type tents we decided that the only option for our customers were the highly acclaimed Aurora Sailcloth tents which are manufactured in Indiana by a family business established in 1892 who has specialised in tent and sailcloth building for over 100 years. They are the only Sailcloth tents with a weather proof guarantee while retaining the rustic look and finish. Our supplier married the essence of the sailcloth tent’s appeal with renown quality and engineering expertise. The result is the Aurora, a tent that enthralls a bride while providing dramatically enhanced protection and security that gives us as a rental company peace of mind. You can find out more about our tents on the ‘Origins of our Tents’ page.

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Proud to be a MUTA member

Elite Tents are proud members of MUTA, the UK’s only trade association dedicated to marquees, tents and structures. Being a MUTA member isn’t as simple as paying a subscription fee. We’re bound by a code of practice, follow an industry-leading best practice guide, and are regularly inspected on-site and at our premises to make sure we meet the highest of standards. (Which we always do!) So, don’t take a risk, use Elite Tents and you’ll know you are in SAFE HANDS.

Authentic Nordic Tipi Association

Elite Tents insist on Tipis made by Tentipi and are proud members of the ANTA. Tentipi have been manufacturing Authentic Nordic Tipis for over 25 years and their quality is second to none. With a Tentipi Tent you DO NOT NEED TO WORRY about having a 'weatherproofing option' as these tents were designed for the weather in Scandanavia and will stand up to wind, rain or whatever the British weather can throw at them!