Participating Balloons

The hot air balloons will comprise of our Corporate Partner balloons and unbranded balloons, alongside the Lord Mayor’s Appeal balloon. We are delighted to announce the continued support of our headline sponsor RICOH and see below for the full Corporate Partner balloons that will be supporting and flying in The 2018 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.

Corporate Partners

Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company that has been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Under its corporate tagline – imagine. change. – Ricoh continues to empower companies and individuals with services and technologies that inspire innovation, enhance sustainability and boost business growth. These include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, visual communications systems, digital cameras, and industrial systems.

“We are delighted to once again be supporting and taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta. Ricoh is committed to helping both organisations and people to succeed, as well as leaving a legacy for future generations that enables them to grow and prosper sustainably. The Lord Mayor’s appeal is a perfect partner, helping support charities and making a real difference in communities across London.”

Chas Moloney, Marketing Director, Ricoh UK & Ireland

Lord Mayor’s Appeal

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is quickly establishing itself as one of the cultural highlights associated with the City of London. It brings together charity, community and commerce, everything that the City – and the Lord Mayor – is all about. In my office, I have a tremendous photo of the 2015 Regatta, so I am very excited to take part in this year’s event.

“Every year, the Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta raises awareness and money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities. Over the next three years, the Appeal is focusing on three organisations: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and the Samaritans. Their work will benefit two communities: City employees and their families and friends, and residents in neighbouring communities. All this work – supported by the Regatta, Ricoh and other Corporate Partners organisations – will work towards one aim: to build a better city for all.”

Click here to read the full letter from the Lord Mayor.

Lord Mayor’s Appeal

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is quickly establishing itself as one of the cultural highlights associated with the City of London. It brings together charity, community and commerce, everything that the City – and the Lord Mayor – is all about. In my office, I have a tremendous photo of the 2015 Regatta, so I am very excited to take part in this year’s event.

“Every year, the Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta raises awareness and money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities. Over the next three years, the Appeal is focusing on three organisations: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and the Samaritans. Their work will benefit two communities: City employees and their families and friends, and residents in neighbouring communities. All this work – supported by the Regatta, Ricoh and other Corporate Partners organisations – will work towards one aim: to build a better city for all.”

Click here to read the full letter from the Lord Mayor.

Exclusive Ballooning

Exclusive Ballooning has brought mainstream hot air ballooning into the heart of London over recent years with balloons at Buckingham Palace, the Tate Modern, the Guildhall, Exchange Square and famously flying underneath Tower Bridge for Disney in 2009. Chief pilot Andrew Holly was bestowed the Freedom of the City for his work within marketing and fund raising with hot air balloons – using them to help clients raise over millions of pounds for various charities.

“Since the inception of the company, we have used all resources available to us in order to help our clients raise money for charity. This has lead to a figure in excess of £7,000,000 and rising. We set up the regatta in support of the lord mayor’s charity as it was the perfect blend of London ballooning and charitable causes.”

Andrew Holly, Operations Director and Balloon Regatta® Flight Director, Exclusive Ballooning

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to helping investors around the world reach their desired investment goals and broaden their financial horizons.

We provide expertise across a breadth of markets, asset classes and investment approaches. As at 31 December 2017, we manage 649 billion Euro (£576bn/US$779bn) on behalf of governments, pension funds, insurers, companies, charities, foundations and individuals in 80 countries.

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a brand of the investment businesses of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments. 

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to helping investors around the world reach their desired investment goals and broaden their financial horizons.

We provide expertise across a breadth of markets, asset classes and investment approaches. As at 31 December 2017, we manage 649 billion Euro (£576bn/US$779bn) on behalf of governments, pension funds, insurers, companies, charities, foundations and individuals in 80 countries.

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a brand of the investment businesses of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments. 

Fortnum & Mason

300 years and counting. Fortnum & Mason is recognised internationally for its high quality goods and as an iconic British symbol. For three centuries Fortnum’s has been committed to bringing the world’s best food to their flagship store on Piccadilly and is famous for their iconic hampers and high quality, exclusive blends of tea and coffee.

“Here at Fortnum’s, we’re bursting with pride to support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal – and we’re certain that, through the work of the appeal, London is going to scale heights not even our famous balloon can reach!

Ewan Venters, CEO Fortnum & Mason

Fresh Air

Fresh Air is the leading t-shirt printer in the UK. We are based in North-West London and were founded in 1974. Since then the company has developed from one single hand print machine to eight fully automated machines in a 30,000 ft2 which are producing over 4 million shirts a year with customers ranging from Iron Maiden, the Rolling Stones, WWE, Rhianna to Top Gear Live.

Fresh Air

Fresh Air is the leading t-shirt printer in the UK. We are based in North-West London and were founded in 1974. Since then the company has developed from one single hand print machine to eight fully automated machines in a 30,000 ft2 which are producing over 4 million shirts a year with customers ranging from Iron Maiden, the Rolling Stones, WWE, Rhianna to Top Gear Live.

Longleat

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, in Wiltshire, England, was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa.

“We are delighted to be involved in the Lord Mayors Balloon Regatta and to have the opportunity for our special lion hot air balloon to fly over the London skyline.”

Steve Mytton, PR and Media Manager, Longleat

L’Occitane

The story begins in Provence, in 1976, when L’OCCITANE was created by Olivier Baussan. Drawing inspiration from the lands and traditional techniques of the Mediterranean, he created skincare, body care and fragrance products that were natural and authentic, effective and deliciously appealing. At L’Occitane, we show off the very best Provence has to offer, for a glowing beauty that’s unique. Every day, we commit to preserving the breathtaking natural environment that never ceases to amaze.

L’Occitane

The story begins in Provence, in 1976, when L’OCCITANE was created by Olivier Baussan. Drawing inspiration from the lands and traditional techniques of the Mediterranean, he created skincare, body care and fragrance products that were natural and authentic, effective and deliciously appealing. At L’Occitane, we show off the very best Provence has to offer, for a glowing beauty that’s unique. Every day, we commit to preserving the breathtaking natural environment that never ceases to amaze.

Renishaw

Renishaw is a world leading engineering company, primarily supplying measurement products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and solar panel manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery, but also producing metal-based 3D printing machines. It has over 2,000 UK staff designing & manufacturing the majority of its products, plus a further 1,000 people located in the 32 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.

“For over 30 years Renishaw has supported local communities through its employee-run Charities Committee which has a major focus on helping to support development for the young and disadvantaged; also key aims of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. As a FTSE 250 business, with an increasing City profile, we are therefore pleased to positively use our balloon to help raise funds for this year’s appeal.”

Chris Pockett, Head of Communications, Renishaw PLC

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005, and has since become one of the world’s largest and most notable music festivals. It now stretches over two weekends and usually sells out in minutes.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005, and has since become one of the world’s largest and most notable music festivals. It now stretches over two weekends and usually sells out in minutes.

Associate Sponsors

Exclusive Ballooning are also very grateful to the following companies who have supported the event:

  • Above & Beyond
  • S.M. Gauge
  • Snow Business
  • Southern Plastic Clad