The party-hire business behind some of Canberra's biggest events had its own party on Thursday night after being named Australia's rental company of the year.
Established in 1965, the firm has grown with Canberra and now provides marquees, tables, chairs and other equipment for events including Floriade, the Multicultural Festival, GWS Giants and Enlighten.
The HRIA is the peak organisation representing Australia's $6 billion hire and rental industry.
Barlens chief executive Peter Taylor said staff were "chuffed and very humbled" to win.
"This is the third time in five years Barlens has been nominated for this coveted accolade, which is an achievement in itself," he said.
"To win it this year was the icing on the cake.
"Barlens is a unique business through which we get to be part of the happiness and enjoyment of Canberra and the surrounding community."
Mr Taylor said major community events were no longer the exclusive domain of big cities.
"Regional Australia has embraced the growth and innovation of the event industry nationally and Barlens is at the forefront of that evolution," he said.
Barlens employs about 40 people, with more engaged for major events.
The company provides 400 marquees for Floriade and in the summer of 2016-17 moved 66,000 chairs between events.
Sales and event co-ordinator Luke Warrener said the award followed hardship two years ago when fire extensive damaged the company's Gladstone Street premises.
"This is like a phoenix rising from the ashes," he said.