Partyman entreprenuer takes over Marsh Farm

Echo: Partyman entreprenuer takes over Marsh Farm Partyman entreprenuer takes over Marsh Farm

A SUCCESSFUL young entrepreneur is expanding his empire after taking on Marsh Farm Country Park in South Woodham Ferriers.

James “Jimbo” Sinclair, 27, who began his career as a children’s entertainer when he left school, plans to give the attraction a £3million overhaul.

He opened his first business in Basildon when he was just 21 and since then Partyman World of Play in Repton Close has gone from strength to strength and now employs 300 people.

He has taken on the lease of the site and plans to turn the working farm into a conservation centre with a larger range of rare animals including meerkats, wallabes and reindeer and open a 350-seater restaurant.

James, who has thrown himself into the new business by living at the Marsh Farm Road site, said: “I want Marsh Farm to be the new HQ for Partyman World and we will run everything from here.

“I want to revamp the farm and part of our plans are to increase the number of animals on site and also build the biggest willow maze in Essex.

“Over the next five years we will spend £3million and that includes the new theatre which had been built in the last year.

“In peak season we will also put on free entertainment for children and we will also be putting in an adventure golf course and a high ropes course.”

A new children’s nursery is also planned for the 50 acre site which will help create 50 new jobs.

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8:59am Fri 25 Jan 13

Public Inconvenience says...

Good Luck to you Mr Sinclair,just what the area needs,young businessmen with real drive and ambition,which in-turn creates employment for others...
Good Luck to you Mr Sinclair,just what the area needs,young businessmen with real drive and ambition,which in-turn creates employment for others... Public Inconvenience
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9:15am Fri 25 Jan 13

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Not only what the area needs but the country.
Not only what the area needs but the country. notinwestcliffanymore
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9:20am Fri 25 Jan 13

J_blond says...

Great news - and good luck!

Marsh Farm always felt like one of those attractions that didn't merit its high costs. Certainly needed some investment, and seems like it's gone to someone who knows what they want.
Great news - and good luck! Marsh Farm always felt like one of those attractions that didn't merit its high costs. Certainly needed some investment, and seems like it's gone to someone who knows what they want. J_blond
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10:20am Fri 25 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

Public Inconvenience wrote:
Good Luck to you Mr Sinclair,just what the area needs,young businessmen with real drive and ambition,which in-turn creates employment for others...
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Best of luck to you
[quote][p][bold]Public Inconvenience[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to you Mr Sinclair,just what the area needs,young businessmen with real drive and ambition,which in-turn creates employment for others...[/p][/quote]seconded Best of luck to you Eric Whim
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12:58pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Big_g33 says...

I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring. Big_g33
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2:36pm Fri 25 Jan 13

colsmith says...

Big_g33 wrote:
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
All too familiar I'm afraid. The English should never get involved in the food service industry. We generally have no idea about service, cleanliness or customer service. But in any event, very best wishes on the intention for Marsh Farm and please try to obtain the services of a strict NON English/British Manager at the restaurant as it will all end in tears...
[quote][p][bold]Big_g33[/bold] wrote: I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.[/p][/quote]All too familiar I'm afraid. The English should never get involved in the food service industry. We generally have no idea about service, cleanliness or customer service. But in any event, very best wishes on the intention for Marsh Farm and please try to obtain the services of a strict NON English/British Manager at the restaurant as it will all end in tears... colsmith
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4:49pm Fri 25 Jan 13

babybird0404 says...

How do you know that the staff were English or otherwise? And how can you support the employment of foreigners over our own countrymen? Bad service has nothing to do with nationality and everything to do with low wages and low expectations. It sounds like you are xenophobic against your own country. If, indeed, this IS your country.
How do you know that the staff were English or otherwise? And how can you support the employment of foreigners over our own countrymen? Bad service has nothing to do with nationality and everything to do with low wages and low expectations. It sounds like you are xenophobic against your own country. If, indeed, this IS your country. babybird0404
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4:52pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Big_g33 wrote:
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
Stop moaning, and start enjoying
[quote][p][bold]Big_g33[/bold] wrote: I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.[/p][/quote]Stop moaning, and start enjoying Carnabackable
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4:58pm Fri 25 Jan 13

gooner4life says...

Big_g33 wrote:
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
Always someone to moan about something...how about wishing someone who is trying the best of luck. . Maybe then they can look at the bigger picture. For the record EVERY children's play areas i have taken my kids to r staffed by moody looking students/teenagers.
[quote][p][bold]Big_g33[/bold] wrote: I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.[/p][/quote]Always someone to moan about something...how about wishing someone who is trying the best of luck. . Maybe then they can look at the bigger picture. For the record EVERY children's play areas i have taken my kids to r staffed by moody looking students/teenagers. gooner4life
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5:07pm Fri 25 Jan 13

babybird0404 says...

gooner4life wrote:
Big_g33 wrote:
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
Always someone to moan about something...how about wishing someone who is trying the best of luck. . Maybe then they can look at the bigger picture. For the record EVERY children's play areas i have taken my kids to r staffed by moody looking students/teenagers.
Well said. Actually the place does not exist for the enjoyment of adults, it is for the children. And I have no doubt that his children enjoyed their day very much.
[quote][p][bold]gooner4life[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big_g33[/bold] wrote: I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.[/p][/quote]Always someone to moan about something...how about wishing someone who is trying the best of luck. . Maybe then they can look at the bigger picture. For the record EVERY children's play areas i have taken my kids to r staffed by moody looking students/teenagers.[/p][/quote]Well said. Actually the place does not exist for the enjoyment of adults, it is for the children. And I have no doubt that his children enjoyed their day very much. babybird0404
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5:49pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Big_g33 says...

babybird0404 wrote:
gooner4life wrote:
Big_g33 wrote:
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
Always someone to moan about something...how about wishing someone who is trying the best of luck. . Maybe then they can look at the bigger picture. For the record EVERY children's play areas i have taken my kids to r staffed by moody looking students/teenagers.
Well said. Actually the place does not exist for the enjoyment of adults, it is for the children. And I have no doubt that his children enjoyed their day very much.
I did wish him well if you open your eyes! We have been going to party man for the last 3/4 years , but the last few visits have noticed a decline , if I were a business owner I'd want to know if my customers had any issues, and yes my daughter did enjoy her visit , but as a parent I will be going to alternative play areas if things stay the same on my next visit, my wife and I have spoken to other parents and they also have noticed things are slipping!
[quote][p][bold]babybird0404[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gooner4life[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big_g33[/bold] wrote: I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.[/p][/quote]Always someone to moan about something...how about wishing someone who is trying the best of luck. . Maybe then they can look at the bigger picture. For the record EVERY children's play areas i have taken my kids to r staffed by moody looking students/teenagers.[/p][/quote]Well said. Actually the place does not exist for the enjoyment of adults, it is for the children. And I have no doubt that his children enjoyed their day very much.[/p][/quote]I did wish him well if you open your eyes! We have been going to party man for the last 3/4 years , but the last few visits have noticed a decline , if I were a business owner I'd want to know if my customers had any issues, and yes my daughter did enjoy her visit , but as a parent I will be going to alternative play areas if things stay the same on my next visit, my wife and I have spoken to other parents and they also have noticed things are slipping! Big_g33
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6:48pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Billericaygirl says...

Big_g33 wrote:
I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.
I agree. I've been there today and it's the dirtiest, most unhygienic and over-priced soft play place I've ever had the misfortune to visit. Other posters - yes, undoubtedly the children enjoyed it but overflowing toilets and mountains of rubbish everywhere do not make a fun outing for parents, or a healthy one for children. I support the good wishes for Mr Sinclair but he may want to sort out his existing outlets before taking on more.
[quote][p][bold]Big_g33[/bold] wrote: I wish you look in your venture, but maybe you should focus some energy onto party man Basildon , my wife and I took our daughter there on wed this week after school , not only did the staff there look unhappy and rushed off there feet the place looked neglected, tables full of cutlery and everything just felt sticky and unclean, there were bowls of stale crisps left In the unused party rooms that toddlers were helping them selfs to , dust and dirt everywhere , the whole buildind needs a good deep clean and staff restructuring.[/p][/quote]I agree. I've been there today and it's the dirtiest, most unhygienic and over-priced soft play place I've ever had the misfortune to visit. Other posters - yes, undoubtedly the children enjoyed it but overflowing toilets and mountains of rubbish everywhere do not make a fun outing for parents, or a healthy one for children. I support the good wishes for Mr Sinclair but he may want to sort out his existing outlets before taking on more. Billericaygirl
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