Humble Beginnings

Having run a successful agricultural and farm contracting business for over 20 years it was in 1982 that Four Jays owned by the Worsfold Family, entered the marquee hire business. At that point the Company was really only ‘Two Jays’, husband and wife, John and Janet, although it had been named two decades prior to this to include their two daughters Jackie and Jill. When son Jonathan came along there was some debate about renaming to include a fifth but it was decided to keep the Four Jays brand the same.

Growing the family business

It was for their daughter’s birthday that they decided to buy a marquee rather than hire one; this was the start of the successful family business which today sees the Company owning more than 50 marquees. In 1984 John Worsfold had the foresight to expand the Group to include portable toilets, this proved to be an invaluable addition to their portfolio as the requirement for toilets for farm pickers and the outside event market gained momentum. They now have 1,350 toilets as well as 50 trailer toilet units containing multiple facilities and since 1999 they have acquired the following companies, all of which have been incorporated within the Four Jays Group: Kent Portable Toilets, Jaycees Toilets, Flush With Success, Afford A Loo, Just Cabins Ltd, Diamond Marquee Hire, L & C Events, Alexander Ball Marquees & KSP Cabin Services.

China hire added

It was also during the 1980’s that wife Janet started her China Hire business which complimented the marquee side of the business really well. More and more people were beginning to have events at their own homes and a marquee in the garden was proving to be a popular solution to large family gatherings. Daughter Jackie now runs the china hire and son Jonathan runs the whole Group; commercial and events.

Looking to the future

More recently was the purchase of concrete crushers that can be used on farms or building sites to turn rubble into aggregate, reducing the need for skips and use of expensive landfill. The latest addition to the range of hire items available includes Portable Accommodation for building sites with a large emphasis on the eco-welfare systems allowing sites to have a reduced impact on the environment, assisting their clients in their ‘zero harm status.’