Boris Johnson’s visit to Dartford bar company

PUBLISHED: 10:32 19 October 2012

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson


Boris Johnson made a beeline for the cocktail shaker on Thursday to celebrate Dartford business Mobile Bar Hire’s unique role in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The company, which is based in Amar Hall in East Hill, provided the facilities for a huge reception at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford as part of an event for the Australian Olympic team.

The Mayor of London’s visit was to promote small local businesses, and he took no time to start mixing up some cocktails.

It was quite a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the firm which started as a hobby for owners Ragbhir and Avtar Sandhu.

Ragbhir said: “It was quite a feather in our cap to be chosen to put on such an event.

“The only time we could deliver the bars and equipment to the site was between 1am and 6am because of all the security restrictions so our team of five stayed through the night to get everything ready.

“But everything worked out and we were so proud of them. It was a pleasure to be part of the greatest occasion in the country’s history.”

A bar was laid out the day before the Olympic opening ceremony on July 26, with green matting on the approach to the venue, Australia’s team logo on the railings and dark drapes being the finishing touch as athletes from Down Under were welcomed with open arms.

It is not just Olympic stars who the company caters for. The business has been growing steadily for the past decade to the extent that the brothers quit their jobs as traffic officers for the Dartford Crossing as success increased three years ago.

Mobile Bar Hire has provided facilities for events such as Take That concerts and television programmes The Only Way Is Essex and the X Factor. It also caters for a range of events throughout the country. These include weddings, stag and hen parties and birthdays as well as less conventional celebrations.

It employs 15 members of staff, from bar tenders to cocktail waiters to warehouse and administration workers, and has another office in Bexley, but the brothers are looking to expand.

Avtar said: “It’s a family business so we try to keep that close-knit feel among our staff. We took nine of our employees down to the Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium. We try to show appreciation for the work they do and the trip was part of that.

“The business had grown a lot in the last decade. We’ve been nominated for the Kent Business Awards and we’re hopeful of getting nominated for the Bexley Business Awards.

“The Mayor’s visit to our office was overwhelming and is a real endorsement on the company.”

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