Corporate awards evening celebrating the success of all aspiring entrepreneurs and new businesses supported by the Launchpad programme.
The Launchpad programme provides free support to pre-startup and new businesses in the Sheffield City Region. Since launching in 2016, they have helped over 2,500 people and the aim of the annual Launchpad awards is to celebrate these businesses and their successes.
For the second year running, the client came to us for assistance with supplier sourcing and full set up / on the night event management. The client didn’t want the event to feel like your usual corporate award ceremony, so it needed to have a relaxed and informal feel.
Supplier sourcing & management
Catering & menu selection
Live event delivery
To achieve a relaxed look and feel that reflects the brand, we selected a warehouse-style venue to host the Launchpad corporate awards.
We brought in an impressive stage set-up and teamed the rustic wooden furniture with vintage chesterfield sofas to create chilled lounge areas. The space is full of character, so uplighters and festoon lights were all that was needed to create a party atmosphere. We also produced a range of branded materials, including event programmes, food/drink tokens, backdrops and table runners on which guests could leave messages.
Street food vendors were serving delicious local food, a selection of drinks was available from the venue bar and an outdoor tiki bar was serving cocktails.
For the entertainment, we brought in a vintage mirror selfie machine, which put a twist on a traditional photo booth. There was also a four-piece band performing an upbeat set, which got everyone dancing.
The event was a huge success with a lot of positive feedback from the client and the guests.
“When we decided to host the first-ever Launchpad awards ceremony, we knew we would need an events company with a good track record, so it was reassuring to us that You & Us were the first company that everyone recommended. As soon as I met Laura, I felt instantly at ease. I knew I could trust You & Us to manage the event, take care of all the suppliers and keep me updated with progress. We had regular emails and phone calls and it was great to have Laura there as a sounding board for ideas, using her previous experience to ensure our event was a success. I would recommend You & Us to anyone wanting a professional, well-executed event and I look forward to working with them in the future.”Anna Smith, Enterprising Barnsley
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