Acorn Event Structures receives loan from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • Acorn Event Structures is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund  
  • This award will assist in the company’s sustainability with a key focus on job retention whilst giving Acorn Event Structures the opportunity to build a Post COVID-19 Resilience Plan. 

Acorn Event Structures based in Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire has received a loan of £4million from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and rebuild.  

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Acorn Event Structures in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. 

Acorn Event Structures is one of the UK’s leading staging and temporary structures companies. They work in the main with the event, arts, film, television and sporting sectors, delivering innovative solutions whether design, event or utilitarian lead. As a company they have relied on furlough to keep most staff in jobs while Directors and a small number of office staff have maintained client relations. The Culture Recovery Fund will assist the company’s sustainability with a key focus on job retention. They have a workforce of 70 people that rises considerably in the height of the season. Part of the loan will allow Acorn Event Structures to build a Post COVID-19 Resilience Plan that will include developing new and unique solutions for temporary structures. 

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.  

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: 

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. 

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.” 

Rebecca Nutter, Co-founder and Director of Acorn Event Solutions, said: 

“ At the start of March 2020 our order book was at record levels and we were  looking forward to providing staging and temporary structures for some of our  regular clients including RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Goodwood Festival of Speed Creamfields and Frieze Art Fair. 

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the event, culture, arts and heritage sectors, most of our clients are in these areas. We are grateful for the opportunity the Culture Recovery Fund has given Acorn Event Structures to help us build a  sustainable and resilient future for the company as we come out of this global  pandemic. We can now move forward knowing we are here for culture.” 

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The £400m pot has been awarded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.  

We’re Hiring Crew!

We’re currently recruiting dedicated, hard working, reliable crew for our seasonal events team/s.

Previous events / scaffolding experience is advantageous, and plant certificates are a definite bonus (IPAF, Working at Height, Forklift, Telehandlers, Slinger Banksman etc).

We also welcome applications from those new to the industry looking for a career in stage and structure installation also welcome. Candidates must show good teamwork, communication, timekeeping and problem-solving skills.

The role will involve working away – usually two weekends on / one weekend off – throughout UK & Ireland. Hotels/lodge/paid travel time are provided . Standard working hours are 08:00 – 20:00 with 45 minute total break time.

We’re also recruiting: –

Crew to complete teams in East Yorkshire (Hull) and West Yorkshire (Wakefield/Castleford)

– Full-time staff within commuting distance of our Sherburn in Elmet HQ.

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Acorn wins BEST STAGE award for third consecutive year at Festival Supplier Awards 2019

In a remarkable achievement, Acorn scooped its third consecutive award for BEST STAGE at the recent Festival Supplier Awards. 

The BEST STAGE award recognises Acorn as the top stage supplier in the UK for its unique products and services, which enable organisations to deliver world-class events.

Commenting on the award, the FSA19 judges said “it is the finish and quality of the structures, plus attention to detail from pitch to delivery, that are unique qualities to Acorn making them a clear winner in this category”.

Said MD Andy Nutter “Winning this award for the third year running confirms the continued strength of our team to develop and engineer unique temporary structures which meet challenging briefs and diverse production specifications.  In an ever-evolving industry, we continue to invest in new products and we are dedicated to developing unique concepts to meet growing demand and push the boundaries of structural design.

Creamfields unveil SILO structure for 2018

Silo at Creamfields 2018

Creamfields has unveiled SILO – an “innovative and cutting-edge” 360 degree, stadium-like structure and the first of three new arenas set for this year’s event.

Working closely with Acorn, the new structure has taken 12 months of planning with the intention of creating a “fully immersive structure that is dark, intimate and completely different to any other festival stage”. The resulting structure is a cylindrical chamber, with a bespoke sound and light experience designed to envelope the audience, offering an immersive 360 experience that will “prove to be an all-round assault on the senses”.

The SILO structure will include a 40-metre wide circular dancefloor with towering walls, a vast cylindrical space and tiered viewing platforms, giving festivalgoers a unique aerial view. Despite a 360 wall of sound and custom video, 140 hybrid strobes and 80 moving lights, the show design will be “simple: dark, underground and immersive offering a truly unique audio, visual experience”.




Due to our growth within the Industry we require a Payroll Assistant to add to our already established team. The successful candidate will assist both the Financial Director and the Payroll Manager. The role is very varied, duties will include:

The following duties will be required but not limited to:

  • Collation of daily hours from employees from software exports or clock cards, emails and texts
  • Checking hours in conjunction with company vehicle tracker software
  • Assisting with the processing of the weekly payroll (employee number varies from 70-150 dependent on season)
  • Assisting with the Processing of a monthly payroll of around 10-20 employees
  • Use of SAGE payroll software
  • Uploading project costs from wages to SAGE accounts
  • Weekly balancing of Payroll Control accounts
  • Liaising with employees daily and query resolution
  • Upkeep of HR and Training Records
  • Staff inductions
  • Arranging Training and assisting with training plans
  • Analysing Company vehicle fuel usage.
  • Keeping employee holiday records upto date
  • Liaising with the operations team on a daily basis and assisting with accommodation bookings when required.
  • Assisting with the payment of Subcontractors
  • Dealing with Crew Agencies

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent Excel skills
  • Must be a confident person
  • Must have a strong attention to detail
  • Be prepared to work in a fast paced environment

Training will be given on Sage Payroll and in all aspects of HR however the role would suit someone with some experience of working in a busy office environment

The working hours are 8.30 – 5.30 Monday to Friday

1 Saturday on a Rota Basis usually 1in 6

Salary £15,000 to £22,000

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £15,000.00 to £22,000.00 /year

Apply here

Apply here


Due to our growth within the Industry we require an an Accounts Assistant,to add to our established team.

The successful candidate will assist both the Financial Director and the Senior Accountant. The role is very varied, duties will include:

  • Ordering of stock, sending purchase orders and dealing with suppliers.
  • Liaising with Acorn Supervisors to ensure works have been completed, Issuing Sales invoices, allocating payments and chasing outstanding payments.
  • Balancing both Supplier and Customer Accounts.
  • Balancing Credit Card Statements and making relevant payments.
  • Checking Subcontractor invoices and arranging relevant payments.
  • Checking on Company fuel usage and dealing with fuel companies and fuel cards
  • Posting Payments to Sage.
  • Updating Cashflow.
  • Analysing P&L on Projects.
  • Assisting Financial Director and Senior Accountant with weekly financial reporting and month end procedures and Company Insurances.

The ideal candidate will be able to work well under pressure within a fast paced environment, carrying out a variety of tasks and be able to prioritise workload. Basic admin skills essential.

Training can be given to the right candidate including Accountancy Training if desired. Would also suite someone qualified or working towards their AAT. Salary Is dependent upon experience.

Hours of work Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30pm with Saturdays on a rota basis usually 1 in 6 Saturdays.

Salary 18K to 24k Depending upon experience.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £18,000.00 to £24,000.00 /year

Apply here


Another award for Acorn

Acorn Event Structures wins “Best Staging Supplier” at the Event Production Awards.

Staging and temporary structures specialist, Acorn Event Structures, has won the award for “Best Staging Supplier” at Event Production Awards in London.

Designed to honour the staging supplier delivering the most iconic stage setting, the award for “Best Staging Supplier” was awarded to Acorn for having “created genuine impact and demonstrating real innovation” for the introduction of the Super Structure at Creamfields festival.

Recognising and celebrating the hard work and achievements of key suppliers and contractors to the industry, the Event Production Awards took place alongside the Event Production Show, the leading event for the UK’s live event sector.

Acorn MD Andy Nutter said “We’re delighted to win another award for our Super Structure – we’re experiencing more demand for innovative structures which meet increasingly ambitious production specifications.  The reaction to the Super Structure has been phenomenal, demonstrating how the introduction of the Super Structure addresses a specific market need for temporary structures which push the boundaries and provide foundations for great events”.

Images from video capture of Acorn MD’s Andy & Rebecca Nutter accepting the ‘Best Staging Supplier’ award.

A close up of our latest award.

Acorn win ‘Best Stage’!

Acorn win “Best Stage” at Festival Supplier Awards.

We’re delighted to have scooped another yet award, this time “Best Stage” at the Festival Supplier Awards for our work at Creamfields festival.

Celebrating the creativity and innovation of outdoor events suppliers, the Festival Supplier Awards recognise the achievements and hard work of festival suppliers in the UK festival industry.

Commenting on Acorn’s work, the judges acknowledged that “this stage was an original and impressive creation that provided a solution to the festival’s needs, demonstrating real innovation. They were pleased to see the Steel Yard entered, commenting that it was a breath-taking piece of work that moved the whole industry forward”

Andy Nutter, MD, said “We’re delighted to receive recognition for our Super Structure – we’re experiencing more demand for innovative structures which meet increasingly ambitious production specifications.  The reaction to the Super Structure has been phenomenal, demonstrating how the introduction of the Super Structure addresses a specific market need for temporary structures which push the boundaries and provide foundations for great events”.

MD Andy Nutter and Event Electrical Manager James Pashley proudly received the award.

Managing Director Andy Nutter (middle) and Event Electrical Manager James Pashley (right) proudly received the award on behalf of Acorn Event Structures.

Acorn at the Grand Tour!

The Grand Tour – the new Amazon exclusive show featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May of BBC Top Gear fame – roared into Whitby for it’s third episode.

Featuring the usual wit and banter we’ve come to expect from the team, it was the seaside town of Whitby that was chosen to play host for the first UK show in the new travelling format.

Acorn Event Structures, working for producers W Chump and Sons Production, erected a marquee base with ramps and stairs for the now famous Grand Tour marquee tent to set on in the picturesque Whitby harbour.

You can view our range of ground support structures and the various applications these can be used for here on our website.

Make sure to catch up with the episode, exclusively on Amazon Prime.

We’ll update you on Acorn’s further involvement as the series continues.

Acorn wins NASC Innovation Award!

Acorn Event Structures wins top industry Innovation Award at the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation’s AGM.

Acorn Event Structures is an Innovation Award winner in the 2016 Inaugural National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) Scaffolding Production awards, scooping the award for their £1.8M 50m (w) x 20m (h) x 90m (l) temporary event structure at Creamfields festival this year.

There were eight entries for the inaugural biennial NASC Scaffolding Production Innovation Award – launched this Summer to celebrate the very best developments in new scaffolding materials and products from inventive NASC members at the forefront of change in the scaffolding industry.

Speaking about Acorn, the judges said, “Acorn came through in creating an innovative structure using an innovative product.  Their aim is the help clients delivery world-class, unique and memorable events – specialising in innovative, temporary scaffold event structures.  Their brief was to push the boundaries of festival design.  It took months of collaboration and design, and the effect was to give every festival goer enjoyment of the premium technical production and high end immersive technology.  It is an exceptional product borne out of determination to reach solutions in close liaison with a manufacturer and client.  The judges made their decision calling the project “innovation at its best””.

“We’re experiencing more demand from every corner of the events industry for structures which create impact and meet increasingly ambitious production specifications,” says Andy Nutter, Acorn’s Managing Director.  “The reaction on social media (#steelyard) to the new structure has been phenomenal, demonstrating how the introduction of our Super Structure addresses a specific market need for temporary structures which push the boundaries and provide the foundations for great events.”

You can read the NASC announcement at the following link:

Steelyard Build - Creamfields 2016

Steelyard Build – Creamfields 2016

Steelyard Build - Creamfields 2016

Steelyard Build – Creamfields 2016