Splendid was founded in 1997 by Darren Hobbs and Nicholas Webber and over the years has established an international reputation as one of the finest events companies in the hospitality industry.


We have an eclectic client base and thrive on the challenge of working with so many interesting people on a range of exciting and very different projects.


No event is too big or too small for Splendid and whether it’s a world-class sporting event, a spontaneous barbecue on a sunny day or a state dinner at Buckingham palace we work tirelessly to deliver a personal, attentive and bespoke service. It’s why clients with high-end party staffing needs come back to us time and again.






We are at home wherever our staff are, and we’re more than happy to jump on a plane to bring the Splendid service to an international client.


Depending on your needs and budget, we can send entire teams of waiting staff, bar staff and management to an event. Alternatively we can happily send a core team to help coordinate local staff and ensure the service delivered meets your expectations.



“The Admirable Crichton has worked closely with Splendid for many years when agency staff are required to help with busy days. Their service and client handling is exemplary, always sensitive to our requirements, Splendid goes the extra mile to provide a team of highly trained individuals who understand the demands of working at the top end of the events industry.”

Head of Staffing and Events
The Admirable Crichton Ltd




Darren Hobbs

Location: London

Darren is one of the founding members of Splendid and has a wealth of experience in the industry having worked with many of the leading events companies in the UK and abroad. Darren takes a very hands-on approach to the business and has been involved in the running of events since the business started. He is as at home at an international sporting event as he is in the Royal Palace, where Splendid is fortunate enough to work on a regular basis.


Darren thoroughly enjoys a challenge and loves using his problem solving logic and lateral thinking to come up with strategies for the most complex events. He has used these skills at events all over the world and as a result has become adept at dealing with the party staffing and service cultures of many different countries.

Nick Webber

Location: Edinburgh

Co founder and Sales Director for Splendid, Nicholas is primarily responsible for business development within the Splendid Group. He is now based in Edinburgh having moved there permanently in 2001 in order to expand the company. In 2013 after a number of successful events in Brazil, Nicholas then became the driving force behind the setting up of our first international office in Rio de Janeiro.


As a bi-lingual, well-travelled, ex thespian, Nicholas is quite at home running an event or communicating with suppliers from overseas. He has worked with some of the finest events companies in the world and this experience along with his innate expertise ensures that his events are never less than world-class.


Pedro Bastos

Location: Rio de Janiero

One of the business partners in Rio, Pedro started his relationship with Splendid back in 1999 while living in the UK and working for the Admirable Crichton. During his time with Admirable Crichton he gained experience in cocktail development, party staffing and the organising of top end events. This gave Pedro the passion and desire to pursue a career in this exciting industry.


Pedro moved back to Rio in 2006 and started working as the staffing manager for one of Rio's most prestigous caterers, Aquim Gastronomia. In 2012 he set up Riviera Cocktails, which is a highly sought after event cocktail specialists company.


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Pedro has vast knowledge of the local market and is responsible for driving the business forward in Rio and South America. Pedro´s mission is to deliver events with the highest international standards of service.