Global information services group Experian chose to hold their summer 2016 'All Hands' day at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, to give staff the chance to get off-site to review the previous working year and welcome in a new one.
For the event on 12 May 2016, the organisation wanted a location that was easy to get to and would provide a unique experience for guests. The event was also designed as an opportunity for the leadership team to say thank you.
The 126 delegates were treated to tea, coffee and breakfast rolls on arrival to the venue, followed by a morning of presentations in the Major Oak Suite, recapping the previous year and rewarding delegates with awards for excellence.
Lunch was then provided by Center Parcs, where delegates could take advantage of the excellent weather, sitting outside and enjoy the lakeside views.
In the afternoon the Center Parcs leisure team split delegates into 15 teams. Each member of the team were nominated to take part in an activity to compete for points for their team. Activities included laser combat, archery, adventure golf, tree climbing and an aqua tree trek.
Once delegates had completed their activities, they were sent on a scavenger hunt in their teams around the village to gain extra points. Scores were then added up and winning teams were presented with prizes.
Experian took care to ensure the event was environmentally friendly, by working with the venue to organise coach travel to reduce the amount of vehicles being used.
The feedback from the delegates was positive, and comments that were received were such as 'the guests loved the venue - the airy conference centre, beautiful walks through the forest, the relaxed nature, fun events, and fabulous food!'
Samantha Phillips, Senior Administrator at Experian Marketing Services UK, says:
“I’m thrilled we chose Center Parcs Sherwood Forest as the venue for our summer 2016 All Hands Day. So often you find you have to compromise on conference or teambuilding facilities – you rarely get a venue that excels with both.
This is what we got from Center Parcs. From the beginning the support and professionalism shown was second to none. Every team from catering to leisure were knowledgeable, efficient and delighted to help.
As an organiser this support and the ability to have confidence in the team is invaluable – thank you all for not only making job easy but enabling me to get out there and enjoy the day too!”