Summit Take Their First Win – As Three Taxis Are Called For Tenacity

We just loved the shock ending in the Apprentice last night. That’s the part where Lord Sugar Lump (LSL) fired not one, not two, but ALL THREE of the ‘naughty apprentices’ brought back into the room to get a dressing down. And we must say we weren’t sorry to see any of them go. Well, maybe Sarah because we feel the other girls had been picking on her in recent weeks (due, they claim, to Sarah’s sales ‘technique’ of wearing high heels and short skirts). Even LSL asked her last night why no-one ever listened to her.

No-one ever listened to Steven either. But that’s because the US evictee took so long to get to the point that everyone ran out of patience and found it easier just to ignore him. Or, as Ella Jade described her team member’s style: “rambling, theatrical and over the top.” So that was Steven told. Ella Jade meanwhile, the third apprentice to go, definitely had an over-bearing manner. Also bit too posh for her own good, LSL hinted, adding that she was someone he suspected that had never done a day’s work outside the family business.

But getting to the team work (our favourite part), we thought Summit performed brilliantly as a group last night. And the credit for that goes to team leader and digital marketing guru Solomon. He managed to both enthuse and motivate the bunch to the extent that they actually looked as if they were enjoying the challenge. In fact there were lots of (team) laughs when it came to creating their cookery video Dare to Dine. Loudmouth James played off Rhiannon as the clown in a skit which involved flying rubber chickens and face flannelling (the cake not the cloth variety). And that was all very well – had it been aimed at 8 to 10 year-olds rather than 18 to 30-year-olds – explained executives from digital entertainment channel Buzzfeed. The professionals then took the smile of the team’s collective faces when they refused to show Dare to Dine.

Tenancity too were knocked back by the digital experts who found their fitness video Fat Daddy Fitness Hell a tad cruel. This was despite being reassured by Steven during his pitch that they’d find it so funny they would “rolling around on the floor.” Hmm… the only thing rolling around on the floor was an imaginary tumbleweed or two. Meanwhile,  poor Columbian lawyer Felipe was given the starring role of Fat Daddy and we reckon probably lost around half a stone over two days in the making of the video. Still at least he got to sleep in the house another night – in fact we bet he went out like a light the minute his head hit the pillow thanks to all that running through fields that he had to do. Unfortunately for Felipe he’s now going to be known as Fat Dad for the rest of his life – unless, of course, he wins The Apprentice and in which case he’ll simply be known as ‘Millionaire Dad.’

Fancy getting staff from your company to take part in your own Apprentice Show? Then why not give us a call here at Accolade Corporate Events? We’d be happy to chat over our Apprentice team building event or you could take a look at our website here.


The Company Christmas Party

As the leaves fall off the trees and winter sets in, thoughts turn to the annual Christmas work do. Many people view this party as the culmination of a year of hard work, a way to reward the team and show them that their hard work is valued. This is, after all, the one out-of-ours social event which employees look forward to all year round.

Although it is certainly a chance to throw the mother of all shindigs as a thank you to your team, it is also the perfect opportunity to build relationships and get to know the people you work with as individuals rather than employees defined only by their job descriptions. The right type of interaction outside of the office can have a lasting impact within it, by boosting morale and strengthening bonds. If you get the Christmas party just right, the after effects can last well into the New Year and beyond.

The alchemy of the perfect party is no easy science to master. As most party hosts can attest to, there are endless factors to consider in the run up to the big day. You need to create an environment in which all of the guests feel relaxed and comfortable, cater to everybody’s needs and tastes and, crucially, make sure that everyone has a good time. Luckily, there are events planners out there to organise this for us!

Practicalities aside, choosing the right entertainment can make or break a party. Many companies opt to go down the traditional route, plumping for a disco, live music or comedy. Accolade Corporate Events offer a wide range of more creative entertainment. The games, quizzes and other group participation activities available allow employees to break the ice, enjoy themselves and improve relationships in the process. Entertainment ideas such as Team Generation Game or the Company Fortunes Gameshow are ideal for this.

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For a truly spectacular, theatrical performance the Crashing and Singing Waiters are an ideal choice. Wow your guests with servers who burst into song at any given moment and feel the buzz of excitement which erupts around the room!

Whatever your budget, venue or team, our specialised entertainment will have everyone talking around the water cooler until long after January. Talking for all of the right reasons, too, not because Janet from accounts had a few too many mulled wines and threw some questionable shapes on the dance floor. Reward your staff with a great time this Christmas by surprising them with unexpectedly brilliant entertainment, rather than the usual dull, uninspiring evening we have come to expect from corporate events.

Not only is it a great way to demonstrate how much they are appreciated as valued members of the company, but a shared experience which gets everybody laughing and working together is priceless when it comes to building better working relationship. Put on something a little bit special this year and make it the best Christmas party yet. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly.

With all of our Apprentice Corporate Events, we’ve got a keen eye for reviewing the programme and here’s what we thought of this weeks episode…

Well would you? Have paid forty pounds for a yeuchy yellow candle that smelled confusingly of lemongrass, green tea and aloe vera, that is? For that’s what Tenacity project leader and Sarah Millican sound/look-alike Katie insisted she’d do.

No wonder she’s having to come on board The Apprentice to try and make millions by getting signed up by Lord Sugar lump if that’s how she’s spending her hard-earned cash. And as her for project leader skills… the team in charge of market research reported back the findings that a subtle neutral-coloured candle made of soy was the best route to go down. Right… that’s why Katie opted for yellow and overpowering.

Then there was the sniping at poor former hypnotherapist and match-maker Sarah. When the tall willowy blond dared venture her opinion on the pricing of the candles (which she thought was too high), catty Katie told the others down the phone: “Tell Sarah to shut up – she’s making no sense.” Or in other words, how not to make a member of your team mate feel valued.

On this note we reckon poor Sarah is probably being bullied by the others back home at the House of Hell. For a start, we’re still trying to work out who her pals are in the series. No-one seemed particularly chummy with her when they all sat in the hot tub drinking champagne and toasting their success we couldn’t help noticing.

And that brings us to Summit – the losing team. Run by the pretty porcelain-doll like account Roisin who has a head for figures (she just forgot to put it on this time), they seemed the more organized and go-ahead initially.

Not only that but Roisin’s teams’ candles, diffusers and packaging was so much nicer than the gaudy Tenacity’s offering. Decisions on product and branding were made smoothly and, unlike Summit, with hardly any squabbling. A professional approach that we here at Accolade Corporate Events applaud.

We were also very impressed at Roisin’s project leader skills. It’s just a shame she had to put up with wide-boy and motor mouth James on her team. For, despite being told not to sell the products at less than £8 (and only then when desperate) the bold James went ahead and sold ‘two for a tenner’ at one point and just went his merry way, forgetting there was a pricing policy to begin with. Someone who needs reined in a bit maybe?

Last week the person we wanted to punch most on the series was arrogant sergeant major jock Scott. This week it’s James. Does the boy never shut-up? He seems to have a reflex action that whenever Lord Sugar talks he can’t help replying, even when it’s to tell him to “shut up.”

The latest episode provided a real turn up for the books though – a piece of genuine honesty. Swimming coach Lindsay (who admittedly was rubbish throughout the task), admitted she wasn’t cut out for the career that the rest of her back-biting, knife-wielding housemates seem to covet so much. So she more or less fired herself.

Finally, last night’s loser was multi-tasking small business owner Nurun. Actually we saw that one coming a mile away. Last week’s task proved she just didn’t cut it when it came to the main thrust of the programme – telling the others where to get off.

Meanwhile, you can boost your own company’s team building skills by taking part in one of our popular Team Apprentice Events. Check out our website or call for more details call 0800 083 1172.

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