Celebrity stylist and award-winning TV personality Gok Wan is delighted to bring his smash hit Fashion Brunch Club tour to Sheffield at the Cutlers’ Hall later this year. The nation’s fashion guru will be getting up close and personal with his fans at a series of live fashion events across England and Wales. The Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Brunch Clubs will be hosted by the man himself. After a delicious brunch, Gok will present a catwalk show packed with the latest styles for this year’s season, sourced from local designers and independent boutiques. Everything from glamorous occasion wear through to funky daytime street fashion, and even luxury bridal gowns, will be on show. The audience can also benefit from Gok’s informative body shape masterclass that will teach women how to dress and style according to their individual shape and size. Gok is then on hand to answer all those burning questions you’ve wanted to ask him about fashion and styling. You’ll leave full of food, fizz and fashion know-how, with a goody bag from some of the country’s best beauty, lifestyle and food brands on your arm. The Fashion Brunch Club promises a fabulous, fun day out as Gok showcases the best local fashion for women of all ages. Fashion, style, romance and fizz… what’s not to love?!

‘I am really thrilled to bring my Fashion Brunch Clubs to so many places this year, and hope that people will take the chance to get all my fashion tips in a more intimate setting! It’s also the perfect excuse to shake off the winter blues and get together with some friends… grab all your pals, your mums and aunties and come along. See you there, darlings!’ Gok Wan

Don’t miss Gok’s Fashion Brunch Club at the Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield on Saturday 3rd June.

Tickets are on sale now: www.gokfashion.com

Brides Up North presents White Hot at Cutlers’ Hall

the detail

Cutlers’ Hall, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HG
Sunday 30th October, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry.

bride to be? you’re in the right place!

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details after following this link:http://bridesupnorth.com/wedding-fairs/cutlers-hall-autumn-2016/. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags available while stocks last only.


are you a wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for our autumn season to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

CHEFS DISH: Lesley Draper talks to chef Jamie Whiteley

Jamie Whiteley cooks in the most impressive building in Sheffield – but he nearly ended up toiling over bunsen burners instead.

The head chef at Cutlers’ Hall planned to be a chemist but found that food had more of an appeal.

I was originally planning to be a chemist but working in kitchens lit my fire; I enjoyed the buzz and worked my way up learning on the job in good hotels and restaurants, said Jamie, who previously worked at The Old Vicarage, Ridgeway, and the Case Hotel in Chesterfield.

He added: The Cutlers Hall is thousands of square feet steeped in the history of this region. It is the most impressive building in Sheffield once you get through those stainless steel doors it is a treasure trove of our heritage.

Head chefs at Cutlers Hall need to be able to adapt as it serves up fine dinners for all manner of functions, from weddings to corporate days, small bespoke dinners, as well as the famous Company feasts that have been running annually. This year is the 380th event.

That’s not to say that every day goes as smoothly as you’d hope in such a grand venture…

There were once 250 people booked in for dinner when gas to the kitchen was lost just hours before, and the menu had to be completely scrapped.

Jamie said: “We talked to the dinner organizers adapted the menu and the dinner went on as planned. This may sound relatively easy but my life was essentially turned upside down. In the first instance, it was a nightmare but I really enjoyed turning it round finding a suitable menu to cook on the few electric appliances I had available and then putting the whole thing together in very short order. “I wouldn’t want to do it every day but challenges like that add spice to life.”

When it comes to eating rather than cooking Jamie tends towards seasonal and local dishes, favouring stews and pies in winter, then lighter dishes in the warmer months.


World Class Speakers Inspire City Conference Ambassadors

Sheffield’s growing reputation as a popular destination for business tourism was celebrated at a high profile event in the city last week.

Held at the prestigious Cutlers Hall, the Sheffield Conference Ambassador Dinner is annual event which celebrates the conference advocates who help bring large scale business events to the city.

An independent research survey has shown that conference delegates accounted for an estimated direct spend of £132.6m in 2014, up significantly on the previous year.

The report also highlighted Sheffield’s success in attracting association conferences accounting for 29% of business in Sheffield, again up on 2013 and significantly higher than the national average of 18% in the rest of the UK.

The Conference Ambassador Programme run by Destination Marketing agency Marketing Sheffield, is one of a number of long term initiatives specifically focused towards increasing business tourism. Conference Ambassadors have brought a variety of events to Sheffield over the past five years, from specialist medical symposiums and workshops to large scale association conventions.
Director of Research & Innovation at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology, Professor Paul Dimitri was a speaker at the event. As a Sheffield Conference Ambassador himself he is bringing hundreds of delegates to the city for the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED) Annual Meeting this week, 25-27 November.

Headline speaker, the presenter and broadcaster Professor Mark Miodownik gave a fascinating insight into what Sheffield would be like in 2050 and the contribution needed from thought leaders and academics in medicine, advanced engineering and manufacturing, sport and wellbeing.

Director of Marketing Sheffield, Brendan Moffett said Sheffield is a very strong city for Business Tourism as evidenced by the strong year on year growth. The Conference Ambassador Programme is a significant contributor and we are keen to accelerate its growth as our Universities go from strength to strength.

The event was supported by Hospitality Sheffield, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

Ian Slater, Chair of consortium Hospitality Sheffield: Hospitality Sheffield recognizes the vital contribution Marketing Sheffield’s Ambassador Programme makes to the business tourism sector, which is why we are a leading supporter.

Ambassadors are knowledgeable and passionate advocates for Sheffield and perfectly placed to influence key decisions about where conferences and significant business events are held. We were delighted to see so many new faces this evening and we’re all excited about the future possibilities this may bring.

Marketing Sheffield continually seeks new Ambassadors to join the programme. To get involved or for more information on the Sheffield Ambassador Programme visit www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/conference/ambassadors

Cutlers’ Hall Wedding Showcase

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our amazing suppliers who helped make our first ever Wedding Showcase a great success.

It was the perfect opportunity for us to raise the profile of the Hall to perspective Wedding clients and also to showcase what a unique and stunning venue we have.

The sales team are still currently in the process of arranging follow up appointments with all the lovely couples we met on the day.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit us at the showcase please feel free to give us a call, we would be happy to arrange another time to show you around the Hall and the variety of spaces we have available for your special day.

Craig McKay installed as Sheffield’s 377th Master Cutler

A Sheffield tradition which has run for nearly 400 years is to be maintained with a ceremony to install the Master Cutler.

Craig McKay will become the 377th Master Cutler at Cutler’s Hall later, followed by a service at the cathedral.

The city has a long-held reputation for metallurgy and steel-making, with the Cutlers’ Company founded in 1624.

The Master Cutler now represents the city’s wider manufacturing and technology interests.

At 45, Mr McKay is CEO of Sheffield engineering firm Evenort Ltd and one of the youngest ever Master Cutlers.

He will succeed David Grey MBE as Master Cutler, having been Senior Warden at the Cutlers’ Company for the past year.

Canada trade mission

“What we do has to be relevant to the business context in which we now work, but with an eye to the traditions and heritage which are an essential part of the Company,” Mr McKay said.

“I see our education programme as something we will continue to develop and this year, for the first time, we will be leading a Trade Mission in conjunction with the South Yorkshire International Trade Centre.

“We have chosen Alberta, Canada. It has vast natural resources [which] we have the skills and expertise to utilise.

“It is a perfect match and I have high hopes that it will bring work to the Sheffield City Region.”

The city’s first Master Cutler was Robert Sorby in 1624. Engineer Pam Liversidge became the first female Master Cutler in 2011.

A Cutlers’ Company spokesperson said the body was formed in 1624 “to protect the city’s craftsmen and their craft, ensuring marks were registered, apprentices engaged, blades correctly made and the rules of business adhered to”.