The Clownfish Story
Back in 2009, straight out of Sixth Form, Matt Turner set up Clownfish. He wasn’t set on going to university and didn’t share his friends’ aspirations to travel the globe – but was enthralled by live events and knew that was where he could create something amazing.
Working out of a spare bedroom in his parents’ house, little did Matt know that within a decade this fledgling start-up would grow into a multi-million-pound operation with 14 full-timers, a fleet of vehicles and a number of London warehouses stocking over £1 million worth of event equipment.
It didn’t take long for Clownfish to become one the UK’s highest-rated events companies, with a client list including Google, Virgin, Apple, BAFTA and British Airways. Matt and his team supplied rodeo bulls to Channel 4, created bespoke events for Amazon and mic’d up everyone from Davina McCall to David Cameron.
Even a global pandemic couldn’t stop the team, who turned a crisis in the live events industry into an opportunity to adapt. Whilst the world locked down, Clownfish built up – converting 50% of the warehouse into a purpose-built live-streaming and short film production studio.
When Matt first started Clownfish, storage was the garden shed and transport was his dad’s Toyota Previa.
The Beckhams have been inside a Clownfish photo booth.
Clownfish won ‘Best Stand’ at Confex International in 2020 (just before the first Covid-19 lockdown).
The Clownfish team’s TV career includes The One Show, Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Juice and Good Morning Britain.
The exterior signage on the warehouse has changed three times (and Matt is finally happy with it… for now).
Independent rating platform Reviews.co.uk shows Clownfish having an unprecedented 100% 5-star rating.