Ponds Forge plays host to UK shopping giant’s milestone celebration


More than 700 retailers, suppliers, staff and partners came together for a glitzy event celebrating 25 years of one of the UK’s leading shopping destinations.

Ponds Forge rolled out the red carpet after being chosen to host Meadowhall’s 25th Birthday Celebration dinner.

The city centre venue’s International Hall was transformed into a birthday-themed banquet space with music, entertainment and awards for the centre’s top retailers

It came in the same week when Ponds Forge also staged the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2015.

The Sheffield City Trust (SCT) Group, which operates venues including Sheffield City Hall, the Motorpoint Arena and Ponds Forge, hosted 1,500 events in 2014/15.

The conferences, banquets, sporting and music events attracted 1.4 million spectators to Sheffield, generating 210,000 bed-nights in the city and achieving an economic impact of over £30 million.

Dom Stokes, general manager for SIV Events, part of the SCT Group, said: “The International Hall at Ponds Forge is one of the largest event spaces for hire in the region so it was perfect for such a big and important celebration event.

With space for more than 1,000 dinner guests, the Hall was a blank canvas for the Meadowhall team to create a spectacular 25th birthday-themed event.

“Having also hosted a major national swimming championship in the same week, it demonstrates the flexibility of our venues and the capabilities of our highly experienced events team to deliver such a variety of events to a high standard in a short space of time.”

Mark Bruce, Meadowhall’s retail director said: “After several successful years of working with SIV Events we had the challenge, in our celebratory 25th Year, of supersizing our annual Retail Awards.

“SIV Events was able to provide, not only a fantastic venue in Ponds Forge, but contacts with production companies, suppliers and simply everything we needed to deliver this event.

“The team worked with us at every step of the process and quickly created the feeling of being a partner rather than a supplier. The night was spectacular and the team was amazing thanks to the attention to detail and obvious experience and expertise in delivering events of this scale.”

Ponds Forge hosted Meadowhall’s 25th birthday celebration dinner

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