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Awards backdrop was a real star!

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Posted 18.01.2010

The Sheffield Business Awards were buzzing with excitement thanks to a custom designed awards stage backdrop created by Signs Express (Sheffield North).

Awards backdrop was a real star!

Awards backdrop was a real star!

The leading sign maker, based in Rotherham, was commissioned by Gordon Audio Visual, the Event Production company who managed the event hosted by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and industry which took place on 3rd December.

With just a month lead-time, Signs Express took Gordon AV’s concept and set about designing an impressive stage set which accommodated the required lighting rig and set the scene for the prestigious awards ceremony.

With approval from the award organisers, Signs Express selected a hard wearing but lightweight material to form the backdrop which spanned over 6.5m long and 4m high.

Covering the backdrop in a silver gemstone diamond effect vinyl, the background was then dressed with a “Top Hat” approximately 1.8m square. A series of “Stars” wrapped in purple vinyl were also added to the backdrop along with a series of stars extending outwards and mounted on a piece of curved clear acrylic – which was invisible during the show, giving a mysterious and eye-catching finish and fulfilled the organisers request for an invisible appearance.

The text ‘Sheffield Business Awards’ was created using moulded purple acrylic letters with internally mounted white LED illumination to give the desired halo effect, setting the stage for the prestigious awards. 

Commenting on the project, Centre owner Steve Morris said, “Safety is our number one priority when working on a project like this and so we ensured the structure would be very robust as well as visually appealing. It was a challenging project but one which we thoroughly enjoyed, especially being a local business ourselves. We wanted the awards to have a great impact in the community and this was certainly achieved with the stunning finished result.

Our staff did a great job, hand cutting the shapes and outline for the backdrop which formed the original concept of the design. The stage set was taken to the venue in sections and assembled until the rig was in position to be gradually raised upwards. Much of the assembly work and final design modifications had to take place on site because the stage set had to fit the supplied lighting rig and once the final finishing touches were added, we were all eager to see the audience’s reaction. We were certainly not disappointed.”

The awards recognised several key local businesses including engineering specialists DavyMarkham who received 3 awards and Sheffield United who were recognised for their work in the community.

Signs Express provides a wide range of signs and graphics products including interior and exterior signs, vehicle graphics, banners, exhibition displays and labels and stickers.

Based on Centurion Business Park in Rotherham, Signs Express is part of the UK’s largest sign company which has over 75 centres nationwide.

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