When it comes to planning corporate events, we know just how much pressure secretaries and personal assistants are under.  Not only do they have to go about their usual hectic schedules, but they also have the stressful task of pulling together a corporate event when quite often they don’t really know where to begin.

Planning a corporate event is a big undertaking; finding the perfect venue to ensuring the entertainment is just right, as well as building in any other factors such as conference energizers or team building activities all take time and knowledge.  Time and knowledge that we have!

Delegating the planning and organising of your corporate event to a professional corporate events company like Accolade makes perfect sense.  Not only do we have contacts with literally thousands of venues across the country and world-wide, but we also know the best entertainers, the best motivational speakers, the best caterers etc. to make your event run perfectly.

We can, under you guidance, provide a corporate event that will be talked about for years to come.  Memorable events come from expertise in the field and we can cater for every aspect and need, leaving you free to sort out the delegates list and invitations knowing that everything is in capable hands.

We have seventeen years of experience of hosting corporate events, from annual balls and Christmas parties to more serious business events such as conferences and team building events.  We can cater for small teams of less than 20 people up to large corporate events for thousands of delegates, no corporate event is too big or too small for us to handle.

You can be sure that we will provide a professional package that suits your exact needs.  Whether this is a fun and informal event to thank your staff for all of their hard work over the year, or a dedicated business need to help drive your company forwards, we will exceed your expectations.

We use fresh and innovative team building activities that will truly ignite passion in your team and hone vital skills that they can take back to the workplace with them.  We can organise your company conference in any town, city or indeed country world-wide and ensure that the venue is absolutely perfect for your event.

Handing over the management of your corporate event to Accolade will meant that you don’t have the responsibility of chasing up people and tying up any loose ends.  You can concentrate on deciding which directors should speak when, work out the running order of the event and be safe in the knowledge that all the background details will be in place and the running smoothly.

Teambuilding ideas

Creative team building events can uncover hidden talents and promote a channel of communication. We host our creative team building events in a relaxed environment that naturally encourages discussion, team work and creativity. Let’s take a look at three different creative team building events but look at our Creative Events page for more ideas or call us on 0800 083 1172 to speak to one of our creative team building experts or why not fill in our contact form and we’ll be in touch within the hour.

Bake Off

Company Bake Off; Yes it’s a cooking event on the surface but as you’d expect, it’s different. Working as teams, your teams have to decide on a range of cakes to fulfil the Bake Off remit, which cookies will they make and how will they make them different? What will their showstopper be and will it win the judges over? Planning, communication and a huge amount of creativity are the ingredients for this superb event!

Apprentice style events UK

Team Apprentice: Still one of our most popular events when organisers contact us looking for creative team building events. The mixture of business links, along with fun and creativity always make Team Apprentice a positive and team bonding experience.

Creative team building events UK

Team Animation: The buzz of creativity that fills the room with Team Animation is immense. From planning their story board to modeling the characters out of plasticine, painting the backdrops and then directing the animation; all creative roles that have to be decided by the team. To bring the event to an uplifting conclusion we host the films with an Oscar style film showing – perfect!

Creative team building

Creative team building events that nurture confidence in creative thinking

So, how can you nurture creativity back in the workplace? We are all looking for ways to improve creativity in the workplace.  By improving upon this area people will be more fulfilled in their roles and the flow of ideas and initiatives will greatly increase, leading to better productivity and job satisfaction.

Here are some easy ways to increase creativity in your workplace.

Have a Buddy System for Roles

Most workplaces are quite fixed and rigid when it comes to who does what.  However, by job sharing and putting in place a buddy system, people will look upon things with a fresh pair of ideas and come up with new and interesting ways of doing aspects of the job that will increase productivity or make the job simpler and quicker.

Not only will buddying up roles enable people to start to think outside of the box and come up with new approaches to problems, it will also mean that your team learns new skills in the workplace, which is great for both them and the company as a whole.

Conference icebreaker for small groups

Brain Storming

Getting everyone in the team together to address any issues and come up with practical solutions is a great way to increase creativity.  Quite often the best ideas come from the most unexpected sources, so don’t overlook anyone because they haven’t worked in the team for very long or aren’t high up enough in the company.

Vary the places where you hold your team meetings.  A nice sunny day sat in a hot conference room isn’t going to stimulate creativity.  However, an outside meeting in the beer garden of a local pub (soft drinks only, obviously) may well provide the back drop needed to spark fresh ideas.

Fun Spy Catcher Event

Listen to People’s Ideas

The more you listen, the more people will be likely to approach you with ideas.  Having an open-door policy is crucial for the smooth running of most businesses, taking the time to really listen to people’s suggestions and ideas and try to take something from them even if you think they are unworkable will increase trust and make you seem more approachable, which in turn will lead to more creative thinking from your team.

Put Ideas into Practice

Unless there is a legal, safety or cost reason not to put a person’s idea into practice, allow the person a trial period to see if their idea can work.  Ask them to analyse and assess how the solution would work and hold a meeting at the end of the trial period to discuss whether the initiative should continue or needs any tweaking to succeed.

If an idea really does fall flat and doesn’t work, discuss what the pitfalls were and see if there is anyway the idea can be improved upon.

Allowing people to put their ideas into practice will increase your team’s problem solving skills, as well as improve communication and trust.

Dragons Den Team Building Event

Create a positive working environment

Having a happy and positive workplace is paramount to improving creativity.  When people genuinely love their jobs and are proud to work for the company they will be more involved and want to find creative solutions to problems.

Provide a bright and cheery working environment and space where people can get together and brain-storm ideas without feeling too formal and stuffy.

Reward creativity

Take the time to reward anyone who shows creativity and innovation within their role.   Publicly acknowledging a member of the team’s good idea will help to spur others on to get their creative juices flowing as well.

Rewards needn’t be expensive or grand gestures, quite often a small token of appreciation or an ‘employee of the month’ award will be enough to encourage people to start thinking outside of the box.

cooking team events

Go on a creative team building event

By sending your team on a creative team building event you will be aiding them to focus on bringing out their creative side in a neutral and fun environment.  Having to think on the spot and come up with practical and novel solutions to problems they meet on the way, a team building event will help to bring everyone together and work as a team to achieve the set goals.

There are many different creative team building events so, whether you choose a business-based team building event such as Team Apprentice or a fun designed based team building event such as Catwalk Challenge, you can be sure your team will have a great day whilst honing vital workplace skills.

Call our creative team of event experts on 0800 083 1172 or fill in our contact form and we’ll contact you at a time to suit your business.

Evening Corporate Events

Corporate event entertainment – Why it matters and how to get it right

Your annual corporate event – it’s taken blood, sweat and tears to get here – many phone calls, even more emails and lots of paperwork. As for the corporate entertainment, you booked them, months ago. Now? It’s a matter of hoping that they’re as good as they said they were. Yet wishing and hoping isn’t quite the approach we’d recommend. Forget holding your breath and crossing your fingers, here’s how to ensure the corporate entertainment you choose is the right type, and of the right quality.

 First things first: Corporate entertainment is capable of incredible things…

Things such as…

Boosting staff morale and breaking the ice between departments that don’t often mix
Rewarding staff performance
Forging stronger relationships with your existing clientele
Introducing new staff intakes to one another and allowing them to bond in an informal atmosphere
Bringing a conference to a close – on a high and completing the day’s core messages
Celebrating the year’s achievements at the Annual General Meeting
Generating footfall into your event – such as your product launch or client party
Stirring up new business and winning new contracts
Strengthening and communicating your brand values

As you can see, your choice of corporate entertainment can make or break an entire event – get it right, and your event could power business growth for the coming 12 months. Get it wrong however and you run the risk of associating your brand with cheesy entertainment that falls flat and causes nothing but an hour’s worth of awkward moments.

 A firm foundation: Picking the right type of corporate events entertainment

Company Festival Corporate Event

The type of event entertainment that’s right for your audience will be determined by four core factors: Age, gender, social background and interests. This is made slightly more complex if you have layer after layer of management – where entry level positions (and the people in them) contrast significantly against those in upper management.

If there’s a huge disparity between your audience, go for unfailing winners – such as magicians, comedians or dancers.

Corporate entertainment – Our four top tips

Plan WELL ahead of time: The best of entertainment acts book up well in advance (we’re talking full diaries for 6 months or more). As such, this task should feature right at the top of your list as soon as you’ve set the date. Arranging your entertainment as one of the first tasks also allows you to organise other elements of your event – such as the seating plan, room layout, schedule for the day and so on.

Set your budget (and appreciate that, in this industry, you really do get what you pay for)Is your event entertainer promising a price that seems too good to be true? If so deafening warning bells should be sounding. In this line of work, you truly do get what you pay for – for better or for worse.

When researching event entertainers you should also confirm what, exactly, is included in their fee – will they want travel expenses, an overnight room, food and drink – these are just some examples of extras that can add onto the final bill.

Questions? Ask away: Don’t be afraid to ask questions of any potential entertainer, especially in relation to their experience and ‘typical’ gigs. Here are some key questions you may want to consider:

Have you performed at many events such as this one?
How long have you been performing?
Do you foresee any challenges, and if so is there anything I can do to help?

Experience – It’s the simplest way to be certain of a great show: Choosing an entertainer that’s got an excellent track record with your exact type of event is the easiest way of taking the guesswork out of whether your event will be a success.

Company Christmas Party

Take our Team Generation Game entertainment – that’s always a winner for wrapping up a conference, or The Haka Evening Event, which makes for one exceptional ice breaker. Finally, our diverse party entertainers have worked almost every type of event – from shareholder and VIP evenings, to sparkling Christmas parties.

The importance of your corporate event entertainment is not to be underestimated. When you understand the benefits of event entertainment, and you get to grips with your audience and exactly what’s available, you hand yourself the best possible chance of acing your event organisation. Of course, you could just forget about leaving anything to chance, and bring in the professionals. Such as our good selves. So, maybe it was time we talked? 0800 083 1172

The Office Christmas Party is usually something everyone looks forward to. By and large, most office Christmas parties tend to be the same.  They usually comprise of a turkey based sit down meal and then a disco or pub crawl around the local town.  It’s no surprise to us that many employees would rather forego this annual event and stay in with their feet up in front of the TV.  However, with a little bit of forward planning you can ensure that your team will thoroughly enjoy rather than endure this year’s festivities.

Most businesses have a wide spread of ages within their company so it is important that they choose ideas for their Christmas party that will suit everybody.  Having a pub crawl or a disco may well please the younger crowd, but it is equally likely to bring torment and dread to older workers if they can’t escape, so you need to strike a balance and aim to please as many people as possible.

Consider separate entertainment

There are people who love to strut their stuff on the dance floor, and there are people who would rather gouge their eyes out with rusty spoons.  It is easy to please both sets, simply provide alternative entertainment for those who don’t want to get down with Beyoncé.  Simple ideas such as casino tables or game shows.

Don’t make it too Christmassy

Usually by December most people have had their fill of cheesy Christmas songs, mince pies and tinsel. Go against the grain and opt for a non-Christmas menu, or better still give your party an unseasonal theme where people can get dressed up if they like and the food and music can be matched to the theme (and not have to listen to East 17’s ‘Stay Now’).

By avoiding the Christmas theme altogether, you will also have the added bonus of not alienating employees of other religions or beliefs.

Make it a +1 event

Most office Christmas parties are for employees only, and whilst this may suit many people, there will also be a few employees who would rather have their partner by their side.  Whether it is because they would like to introduce their significant other to their colleagues or because they are a little bit introverted and prefer to stick to themselves, inviting partners changes the dynamics of the Christmas party and tends to make people more inclusive.

It is also more unlikely that any regrettable drink-fuelled incidents will take place.

Include a Team Building Event

Why not kill two birds with one stone this Christmas?  Incorporating a fun and informal team building event into your Christmas party can help colleagues to bond and interact whilst improving upon vital workplace skills such as communication, trust, time management and decision making.

You can either choose a business related team building event such as Team Apprentice or you could go for a non-business related event such as It’s a Knockout or Crystal Maze.  Either way, your employees will enjoy the challenge and get to know some of their workmates better.

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