James Mellors Snr – Managing Director
In 1890 James Snr’s grandfather started his humble fairground business with a wooden coconut shy and swingboat ride. James’ father, Henry, developed this further by providing stalls and children’s rides but it wasn’t until James Snr joined the family business that it started to really take off with the introduction of larger rides. In the 1970’s James Snr helped fund this expansion by becoming the first sound equipment distributor for fledgling local company Carlsbro and was instrumental in it becoming the largest distributor of sound equipment for the leisure industry in the UK and Norway. In 1972 James Snr bought his first big ride and in 1986 he registered JEM Amusements to provide Arcades and Bingo Halls. In 2001 James was given a lifetime achievement award by the Showmen’s Guild, where he spent 20 years as Regional Chairman, in recognition of services to the event industry. James is still actively involved in the business today, with hands on involvement particularly with JEM Amusements, and he continues to help the business grow and develop into the global Company it is today.
James Mellors Jnr – Director
James Mellors Jnr, joined the family business in 1994 after leaving the Nottingham Boys’ High School. He spent the early years learning the trade by moving, maintaining & operating rides in the UK. He helped develop and expand our events into London’s Hyde Park, Southbank and Olympic Park as well as other high profile locations. That knowledge now makes operating over 100 rides globally feel quite natural. In 2019, Mellors Group was awarded a five-year contract by the General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia to create, build and manage the world’s largest touring Theme Park, visiting three key cities. James is leading this new project and commissioning some of the largest touring rides in the world. We have since been appointed to design and build a large Water Park on an island off the coast of Jeddah, with a cable car system connecting it to the mainland, which is another ambitious project that James is leading. James also supports Edward with Fantasy Island and other UK projects.
Edward Mellors – Director
Edward joined the business officially in 1995 after leaving the Nottingham Boys’ High School. He spent the early years moving, maintaining & operating Fairground rides around the country at the big fairs and festivals. In 2013 Edward led a successful bid for Mellors Entertainment LLC to deliver funfair services for the 2013-2014 season at Dubai’s Global Village. Following a very successful first year, our contract was extended for a further three years and we continue to be a dominant presence in Dubai and the Middle East. Edward now focuses on the global aspirations of the business, proactively pursuing new ventures and collaborating with various bodies to bring exciting new attractions to fruition. He seeks new markets into which to expand such as a partnership with Blue Planet Buildings, an enterprise which takes portable accommodation to the next level, harnessing the sun’s power to provide electricity and addressing the limitations of traditional portable or modular buildings. Edward is constantly driving the business forward with innovation and improvements, meanwhile heading up the operations of the UK Beach, UK Winter events & Fantasy Island Theme Park.