You know what you want out of your event – whether it be clients who are swept off their feet, or teams that work all the better together. You’re searching (and searching) for an Event Management Agency. You might have already been faced with a million+ Google search results, and may have been pitched to by numerous local agencies. Question is, how can you tell one, from the other? Here we take a look at six pointers for not only picking the right event management agency, but also for working alongside them – for a company event that delivers on every last one of those objectives of yours.

  1. Get those Requirements Written Down on Paper
    Before you pick up a phone or tap out an email enquiry, jot down the goals of your event – this removes the guesswork for both you and your events company (even the best of event management agencies aren’t in the field of mind-reading).
  2. Avoid the Event Management Agency That attempts to Wow with Team Size
    So, the event company before you has 200+ team members – a person for every last task for your event. Great, right? Hmm. Rather than benefiting from a wealth of experience, you’ll likely end up paying for skill sets you won’t even use. Instead of choosing a huge, bloated events company – opt for one that is lean and streamlined, with plenty of connections to talent and entertainers.
  3. Do your Research (and Make Your Short List Short)
    Don’t, whatever you do, fire off a round of emails to 10+ event companies. If you’ve done your research properly, you should have a qualified list of 2 – 3 agencies to speak with (and by research, we mean reading online testimonials, looking through portfolios and exploring the various solutions that could be tailored to your objectives).
  4. Look Out for a Flow of Creative Ideas and a Cast-Iron Focus on Those Requirements of Yours
    If you’ve created a clear, detailed brief, any good event management company should be able to field ideas and suggestions for making the most out of your budget and hitting every last one of your objectives. At this point, it’s critical to pay attention as to whether they’re paying attention. If they make a misstep now, by missing one of your goals or misunderstanding your needs, you can bet your bottom dollar from here on in it’s not going to be smooth sailing.
  5. Never Underestimate Your Gut Feeling
    You may have an excel sheet for weighing up the pros and cons of each event management company. You might even have a score sheet. But whatever system you have in place, never underestimate your gut feeling about the people you meet from each company. Something just not sitting right about their event pitch? Ditch it and move on, no matter the scores on the doors.

Your search stops here for the right event management agency. Get in touch to hear about what we could do. Call the Accolade team on 0800 083 1172 or send a message via the Accolade contact page.

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Your last team building day – be honest, did it feel a little stale? A bit same-old-same-old? Here are our top six ideas for making your next team building day one to remember.

 

A TV-themed Team Building Day
We’re a national of TV addicts, watching on average 4 hours each and every day catching up with our telly-favourites. Whilst less than great for our waistlines, this habit can be perfect for teams that dive right into TV-themed team building – such as Company Bake Off!, Team Millionaire, Team Generation Game, Company Fortunes or the Crystal Maze.

 

A Strategy Day
There’s a big wide world out there beyond those office walls, and plenty of team building days that don’t involve blindfolds and trust exercises. A strategy day is led by a professional facilitator outside of the office – helping your team to master an opportunity or overcome a challenge.

 

A Luxury Overnight Retreat
Want to reward your team’s performance? There are few experiences as suitable for saying “well done, you!” than fluffy hotel robes, 1000 count bed sheets and a themed corporate party night (complete with can can dancers or a string quartet)

 

A Team Building Development Day
We do team building a little differently. First, we listen to your business objectives, then we shape our team building around them – and can even create team building development days that combine indoor events, with outdoor events. Put simply? This is a square peg, for a square hole approach – for optimal ROI.

 

A Challenging Overnighter
Doing away with the usual hotel comforts for an overnight stay away can really ramp up the corporate bonding. Go for team self-catering or consider a long weekend away out in the great outdoors of Europe (or anywhere else in the world for that matter – just make sure your team building company can host events worldwide).

 

A Motivational Speaker
We know what you’re thinking – it’ll be all group hugs and high fives. Not so. Motivational speakers are the ideal morale booster and are perfect for the larger of companies. Professional, proven speakers are inspiring and down-to-earth in equal measure.

Feeling ready for your next team building day? Let’s talk – send our team a message right here, or call us on 0800 083 1172.

 

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Your Corporate Event Organiser – 5 Qualities that Shout “Hire Me!”


Whatever the day, whether team building event for ten or corporate fundraising for 10 hundred, you’ve got a lot riding on this event (not least of which is your reputation). For those who have ever spearheaded an evening that fell flat (complete with Dad-vibe DJ, painfully unfunny comedians or off-key party singers), they’ll know that failure is not an option.

Moral of the story? You need a superstar corporate event organiser in your life. But with so many around, each claiming to be “industry-leading”, with a fabulous “track-record”, how can you know who to trust? The answer, it seems, is to be shrewder than Alan Sugar when doing the hiring – and for that, you need to know exactly what you should be looking for.

 

1. Exceptional People Skills
Your corporate event organiser is going to be working with A LOT of people – from venue owners, to entertainers and caterers – they have to be a people person. They instruct without causing friction, and they naturally know how to get the best out of people. They could have wrote the book on How to Win Friends and Influence People, but they were too busy planning the next breath-taking corporate shin-dig.

 

2. Total Versatility
In the world of events, anything and everything can change on the turn of a dime. So organising an event that delivers the outcomes you want, demands a back-up plan to a back-up plan, as well as complete flexibility to face unplanned situations head on. Our top tip? Ask your potential event organiser about whether they have a contingency plan, or what they’d do if there was a last-minute supplier let down.

 

3. Copious Amounts of Creativity
A good corporate event organiser offers up original ideas. A great corporate event organiser will tailor those ideas around your exact goals – be it teambuilding, fundraising or a good-old fashioned company knees up. Key giveaways for this characteristic include immediate problem-solving and a portfolio of events that are unlike the line-up suggested by other event companies.

 

4. Unfailing Passion and Enthusiasm
A true corporate event organiser pro knows nothing about the Monday blues. From your initial chat, right through to the close of the day, their passion and enthusiasm is infectious.We proudly count experienced corporate event organisers among the Accolade team. From making your CEO feel just like Colombo during a murder mystery, to ensuring your teams get their 007 on over an evening of Casino playing. Ready to meet your corporate event organiser? Here’s their number – 0800 083 1172.

 

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Team Building

Once upon a time, team building events were focused largely, wholly, on the needs of the business. Companies approached such sessions, head on, with tens of corporate-centred goals in mind, the primary objective often being to train employees, prepare them, to take their place as cogs in the big machine. You may even remember the days. After all, in the great scheme of things, what’s a couple of decades between friends?

Yet, alongside the proliferation of diversity in the workplace, and a heightened awareness of individual need and wellbeing, we are now able to provide nuanced, tailored itineraries. These are team building events which really hit the nail on the head for everyone involved, capable of reaping results across the board. Just think of it as a win-win situ, for individual employees and employers alike.

The makings of a robust and versatile team

Every employee who works within your company has a role. Whether they’re CEO, an administrator, marketing manager, or backroom associate, whatever hat they wear, there are clear cut expectations or duties that are written into their job title.

In addition to this formal job description (ie. stuff you expect them to do when they rock up to the office), in recent years we’ve all got a little more savvy as to the individual strengths each individual holds within the workplace. That is, in a team of tens of customer service experts, it is highly unlikely that more than a few employees share the same way of working.

On the surface, this may strike you as a logistical nightmare! How in heavens is it possible to accommodate umpteen ways of doing things in one professional environment? Bring back the cogs! But, that considered, having a team brimming with brilliant, diverse minds, and complementary professional priorities can make for an exceptionally efficient squad. In fact, it’s pretty unavoidable; according to the book smart boffins over at Harvard Business, you can find the following four types of people busying about in every office:

  • Logical, analytical, and data-oriented
  • Organized, plan-focused, and detail-oriented
  • Supportive, expressive, and emotionally oriented
  • Strategic, integrative, and idea-oriented

The key is to providing team building events that introduce workers to one another’s awesome attributes, encouraging a cohesive fusion of their strengths and skills. It really is that simple. Accolade has your back.

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Team building events tailored to the individual

Smashing a team builder is all about finding the balance between business priorities and individual need and interest. What’s that mean? Well, all delegates are there in a professional capacity. They enter the room ready to jump into action and take things on board for the good of the business. As such, corporate events are an ideal opportunity to work your business ethos and aims into the very core of the day’s activities.

With that thought parked in the back of your mind, there’s another aspect that factors. To get the best from everyone in attendance, your day needs to have appeal and capture the imagination of your delegates. Once they are immersed in the action, they will invest, participate and produce some pretty good stuff. With everyone sticking in together, fortes shine through, and your employees get to know their colleagues strengths, quirks, and manner of working.  Along with breaking any stubborn ice amongst staff, delegates develop a tonne of transferrable knowledge about the business, themselves, and those they share an office with, too.

Booking a team builder with Accolade

Want to book one of our magical, happy-tear-inducing, mojo-enhancing team builders? We don’t blame you. We’ve got to be honest. Everyone does. The good news is, we’ve got such a selection of tailor made event ideas that we can guarantee one will be spot on for you and your business.

Accolade are the experts in bespoke team builders, that really get delegates off their seats, involved in what’s going on and eager to participate individually, and as part of a group. It’s what we do. From haka tribal dancing, to company festivals. It’s a Knockout outdoor inflatable games, to Cocktail Masterclasses. BBC-inspired Team Apprentice Item Hunt, to Simply Team Dancing. The options are endless. We’ve done the creative stuff, ready for you to bring the bespoke factor, with your business info.

Let’s get the ball rolling and your team performing. Call Accolade today on 0800 083 1172.

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Fun Team Building Activities To Get Those Creative Juices Flowing

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Have you considered creative, fun team building activities a viable option for your next event? Out of the office, away from the humdrum of the daily routine, these fun team building activities can inject a much needed dose of mindfulness into team meetings.

In the past, long ago, in times gone by, creative team builders, which incorporate painting, sculpting, and animation-centred tasks, for example, were solely reserved for a certain arts-focussed industries. But, as insight into how individuals develop, communicate, and collaborate with others progressed, it became pretty darn clear that such fun team building activities aren’t solely reserved for arty farty types.

Now, zooming into 2018 and beyond, creative team building events are held by companies of all kinds, across the globe. Valued for their ability to capture delegates imagination in immersive, free-thinking activity, which subtly reinforces your business ethos and key conference messages, they’re a top choice amongst employers.

In the mind-set to invest

Whether carving away in one of our Sculpture Workshops or creating fantastical designed bakes in our Company Bake Off, creative workshops are a little out of the ordinary.

When delegates are allowed time to focus in on tasks that are a little out of the ordinary, to say the least, the mind switches on, and creative juices start to flow. Fully immersed fun team building activities, your delegates invest in the project at hand.

And you bet ‘cha, this investment is transferrable. Corporate messages are built into your team builders, and when team members actively engage with these objectives, you see the results back in the office too. Your ROI shoots through the roof, with informed, motivated, interested individuals, who are driven by their contribution to the bigger picture.

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Pictures speak louder than words

Way before words, we were using symbols and drawings to communicate with each other. Believe it or not, despite having all the words in the world to articulate our every opinion and inner desire, we are still drawn to drawings.

In today’s corporate world, where investing in the individual is an absolute essential, it is definitely worth chalking this one up and giving it a go. Accolade’s Big Picture event is a brilliant way of bringing teams together through art, as they each contribute a small area of a large masterpiece.

Utilise these fun team building activities to give your team’s communication skills a boost, using visual means to stimulate creative, collaborative thinking.

Building teams mindfully

When was the last time you allowed your team some time out, specifically to calm the ambience of the office and improve overall wellbeing? Let’s be honest, despite the progressive steps companies have made to forge compassionate workplaces, employee wellbeing still has a long way to go.

Our creative team builders are an innovative, alternative option for businesses hoping to hold events which holistically tackle targets, team skills, and mental wellbeing. It’s a hole in one, it’s a win-win situation, it’s having your cake and eating it. Quite literally, as well, if you opt for the Company Bake Off.

We spend a whole lot of our waking hours at work. Nurturing a content, calm, and cooperative team is absolutely essential if you want to reel in those results. Whether you opt for Sculpturing Workshops, Cake Decorating, or Team Animation, give your delegates the chance to channel their creativity and reinvigorate their minds.

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Celebrating individuality

The key with all Accolade corporate events is the fun factor. We work with you to build bespoke, one-off company days, truly tailored to capture your aims, and your team’s imagination. Creative fun team building activities only accentuate these benefits, allowing for the individual to shine through, whatever their skills and strengths.

Of course, not all peeps are artistic types, but that’s really by the by. There’s more to it than that! Simply giving delegates the space to play with their creativity is liberating in itself. Providing the time for them to collaboratively indulge in immersive original tasks, can send staff confidence soaring.

After all, it’s all about what they can contribute to the mix. The part they play in creating something wonderful, and innovative as part of team. Whatever they can offer, no matter how big or small, everyone’s individual influence and vision is important. And there’s no better message for the office mind-set. We’re not wrong.

So, all ready for some fun that will really make a difference? Ok, then, lets talk about how we can build your team and give them a really fantastic day – call the fun team on 0800 083 1172!

 

 

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In the everyday of your business, your teams must be creative, resourceful and ready to react to rapidly changing circumstances. Each individual in your workforce has been chosen especially for their natural talents in each of these areas, yet continually nurturing and developing these individuals is often what defines your company, from your competitors. It’s no easy feat, but that’s not to say that training must be dull and devoid of fun. Let’s take a look at how creative events can be put together, and what you should think about.

Creative Events – Six Core Elements
Team building could and should be fun. Full stop. Yet in order to also be productive you need to ensure the following six elements are woven into the fabric of your team day.

  1. The event is fun for all: This first pointer can be a tricky one to get right if you’re organising the event yourself – after all, everyone’s idea of fun differs, and whist the CEO may think that old school trust exercises are a belly-rumbler, others may consider them a tear-jerker. Your see, ‘fun’ is nothing short of an art form in this industry of ours. If you are set on organising it yourself, undertake plenty of research – explore our fun team building activities as a great starting point.
  1. The activity is something completely new to everyone: Creative events must push your teams and challenge them in new ways to work out fresh ideas and solutions. So you can forget about going bowling, ice skating or anything else that’s been done before and has no focus on creativity.
  1. The task encourages communication and problem solving under pressure: Pressure is a critical ingredient to developing creative thinking, without it your team could just sit back with all the time in the world to test and trial bog-standard solutions to the challenge before them.
  1. The fun team building activity is seriously challenging, a little competitive and truly rewarding: Just because you’re aiming for ‘fun’, doesn’t mean that the task at hand shouldn’t challenge your teams and pit them against one another or against the clock. The best team building activities balance fun with adrenaline and pressure – so don’t be afraid to challenge your professionals with a task that tests them to their limit. In doing so, they’ll be forced to find new ways of working, or admit defeat to their co-worker counterparts.
  1. The challenge must involve everyone: A team is only truly a team when every last individual is involved – so make sure you consider skill sets and roles, and create a challenge that is interesting enough to engage and inspire an entire room, not just a select few motivated individuals.
  1. The team building activity must ensure that success is felt by everyone: Experiencing success is a great morale booster – and success, to some extent, should be experienced by every member of every team. While there may well be an ultimate team that wins the illustrious prize of top dog, smaller awards are helpful in recognising the unique strengths and differences between your staff and your teams.Creative events

Lets get those creative juices flowing with our ever so fun, ever so productive creative events

Fun Team Building Activities – Accolade Style

Those six mission-critical pointers above may have you thinking that fun team building activities that also nurture creativity are tough to get right. We get it. We’ve been in this business for two decades, and over those years we’ve sought to perfect this corner of the company events market. Here’s the fruits of our labour…

Sculpture WorkshopThis event is ALL about creativity, as your team is challenged to create a totally unique sculpture that fulfils our brief. The Sculpture Workshop can even be entwined with your company’s vision, values, goals or target market.

FunopolyFrom destination to destination, donning police hats to jail bird jumpers, Funopoly encourages your team to be as creative as possible for photo ops around the local area – for which they’ll receive points (and what do points make?!).

Team ApprenticeEver watched the latest hapless intake of apprentices on TV and thought that you could do better? Now you can hand your teams this chance with the Team Apprentice day – an event that’s totally customisable. You could even create viable business ideas that are ready to be taken straight back to the boardroom come Monday morning. The real Sir Alan Sugar hasn’t got anything on our Alan Sugar Rush.

Company Bake Off!Mary Berry? Pah! Who needs her when you’ve got teams who are encouraged to channel their creativity into baked creations? This event is perhaps the least pressurised of our line-up, yet it’s no less demanding when it comes to your team having to brainstorm, develop and design their very own cake.

At Accolade Events, we know just what it takes to get your teams thinking laterally and helping them pool their creative input. From Play Dough to Big Pictures, we bond teams and boost productivity. Let’s get those creative juices flowing, let’s talk about organising your creative event.

Crashing and Singing Waiters

The big corporate event – organising it is intimidating, and creating a unique theme can seem impossible. Forget fretting over being creative, and sweating it out in front of the A1 brainstorm. We’ve done the hard work for you – here are five corporate events ideas that rock, stomp, crash, bang and wallop.

Sit Down Meal? Liven (and Louden) It Up with Crashing and Singing Waiters

Who said that sit down dinners had to be a dull affair of pâté and soup of the day? Crashing and singing waiters deliver starters with a song and deserts with a welcome encore. Just a word to the wise however – it’s probably best to leave this to the professionals, otherwise that soup of the day could well end up as an impromptu fancy dress.

Perfect for? Making your guests’ dining experience totally memorable.

Event at a glance…
Group Size: 10 – 1000
Duration: Flexible, usually 20 -45 minutes
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoors
Location: Any worldwide venue of your choice – including your office

Meet your (rather clumsy) waiting staff

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Company’s Got Talent – Uncovering the Hidden Talents of Your Team
Ant and Dec… Ant and Dec who? This corporate event idea provides all the fun of the traditional talent show, with a twist – for teams that are kitted out in costumes, trained by West End professionals and given music to dance, sing and tap their feet to.

Perfect for? Breaking ice, boosting morale and shining a bright light on your team’s hidden talents beyond the office – ideal for end-of-the-day conference entertainment.

Event at a glance…
Group Size: 10 – 325
Duration: Flexible
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoors
Location: Any worldwide venue of your choice

Ready to step into the shoes of Simon Cowell?

Add a little Fizz to Your Corporate Event with a Cocktail Masterclass
Get hands on and the drinks in, with this corporate event idea. A cocktail masterclass is a fun, informal task that can break ice, with ice. Our top tip for this corporate event idea is to get qualified mixologists in to show your team the ropes – and challenge your team to create their own cocktail after they’re inspired by the professionals.

Perfect for? Teams that are cocktail lovers and a little creative. A perfect finale to a team building day out, or an ideal entrée to your sit-down conference dinner.

Event at a glance…
Group Size: 15 – 250
Duration: 90 minutes – 3 hours
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoors
Location: Any worldwide venue of your choice

Shaken or stirred? Get set to mix up your next corporate event

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A Theatrical Performance around the Dinner Table
If you put on a corporate event each year, chances are that you’ve had your fill or corporate evening meals. But how many can you really, truly remember? We’re guessing not many. To make a spectacle of your evening eating experience, consider introducing a little pizzazz, a whole load of jazz hands and a few pros from the theatres of London’s West End. We talk, of course, of our Crashing and Singing Waiters.

 Perfect for? A real surprise, come dinner time and a truly memorable evening and a lighter atmosphere than your usual stuffy sit-down meal.

Event at a glance…
Group Size: 10 – 1000
Duration: Flexible, usually 20 -45 minutes
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoors
Location: Can be hosted throughout Europe at a venue of your choice

Ready for your entrée?

Take your Team to the Dance Floor, with Simply Team Dancing
Think sequins, a make shift Shirley Ballas and teams that step the Samba – this is one corporate event that uncovers hidden dancing talents. Bring in a pro team of dancers to take your workers from novice, Reverent Richard Coles-style, to Joe McFadden show dance final. Throw in a professional MC and a live band and you’ve got yourself a Saturday night that easily rivals the entertainment-factor and sparkles of Strictly.

Perfect for? Teams with a natural flair for hot footing it across the dance floor. This event could top off a team building day or burn some calories post corporate dinner.

Event at a glance…
Group Size: 20 – 200
Duration: Flexible format from 1 hour upwards
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoors
Location: Any worldwide venue of your choice

Make your CEO Dame Darcey Bussell for a night

So there you are – five totally original corporate events ideas for your next corporate event, and if you need a professional helping hand putting it all together, you know where we are – let’s talk mojitos, blundering, warbling serving staff and lights hidden under bushels.

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As an events company, we’re forever speaking with clients who’ve been left disappointed and disillusioned about team building events. All too often the investment is made, and teams return to the office with little more than fun memories of a day of laughs. Of course, fun should form part of the focus (who wants to go back to the bad old days of trust exercises and tent building, hey?), but more than this, team building should deliver real, tangible ROI. And that can only be secured if you start with the end game in mind – your corporate goal. Let’s dig into four common aims for businesses, when it comes to their teams.

Corporate Goal Number One: A Sparkling Team Reputation for Doing Good for Great Causes
Want to showcase your team as one with a heart? Combining your team building event with a charity fundraiser is the answer. One challenge with this type of event is how to successfully bond individuals, whilst also raising funds. Think about team head to head activities – such as a football match, school sports day, treasure hunt or game show-style quiz, and make a night of it. Invite friends and family, who’ll donate, and clients, who could sponsor the night and have their name involved too.

 The Result? A fuzzy, feel-good factor for your team, money raised for a good cause, and boosted credibility as a corporation with a heart.

The Perfect Match? The Charity Team Building Apprentice Event

Corporate Goal Number Two: A Team That Should Work Better, Together, with what they Have to Hand
Where a team must be united in their goals and make use of company resources in the most efficient way possible, your team event can hand them tools to solve a problem or complete a challenge. Take our Junk Funk Energiser event – we hand teams brooms, dustbins and pipes, and mentor them onwards to creating beautiful music as a united front.

The Result? A team united in sound on the day, and that returns to the office with a fresh perspective on being resourceful, together.

 The Perfect Match? The Junk Funk Energiser

Junk Funk Energiser

Corporate Goal Number Three: Nurturing Creativity, Presentation Skills and Team Work
This goal could apply to a whole host of businesses and team types, although perhaps most often we find that this trilogy of skills are needed by sales teams that must pitch to clients, and be creative in doing so. When attempting to tackle these three goals, team building events must involve a challenge that takes a team out of their comfort zone – whether designing a fashion range from limited resources, or creating an animation from play dough. At the end of the day, each team must then present their solution to the audience of other teams, sharing the workload so that each individual takes a turn.

The Result? An energised team that are better presenters, more effective at channelling creativity and working as one.

 The Perfect Match? Let your team get their strut on, with the Catwalk Challenge or unleash the Nick Parks amongst your workforce, with the Animation Team Event.

 Corporate Goal Number Four: A Team that Works at Optimal Efficiency under Masses of Pressure
Helping a group of individuals become a better, more efficient team doesn’t necessarily require team building events that are work related. Truth be told successful, productive team work simply requires the right approach between individuals who know how each other work, and what one another’s strengths are. Uncovering these strengths does, however, require a diverse collection of tasks, so team building events that incorporate many games or challenges work well with this in mind.

The Result? A team equipped with fresh strategies for working together towards a successful result with an eye on the clock.

 The Perfect Match? Tick, tock, tick, tock – pit your team Against the Clock with 100 fun challenges.

 A super shiny corporate reputation? Check. A team more united and better at using limited company resources? Done. Work groups that bounce off each other with creative ideas? Check, check, check. Now go forth and put together a team building event that works, or get in touch for off-the-scale event organisation that ticks every last one of your goals off.

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Corporate entertainment

After debating, shortlisting and interviewing, finally, finally, you’ve chosen your corporate entertainment (and if you haven’t, you may want to read our guide: Corporate Entertainment – Four Top tips for Booking it Just Right).

Now? It’s time to consider venue. What’s on your tick list? The aesthetics? How far away it is? Whether they allow for your own caterers? Whilst these things are all important, you’ll also need to consider how your corporate entertainment will fit in. Here are some things you’ll want to think about…

Location – Consider your Guests First, and Entertainer a Close Second
Ideally, you’ll want a venue that’s in the middle of where your guests are travelling from. Then you should ask your entertainer about where they’re based and what their costs are for travelling. If they need to travel the length and breadth of the country, an entertainer may request that you cover their overnight costs.

 Ask about Insurance
First things first – your corporate entertainment should hold insurance, whoever they may be, whatever the act is. However, the venue should also have coverage, and both venue and entertainer alike should happily hand over their policy document upon request.

Remember – Your Corporate Entertainer is the Best Source of Guidance
Not sure whether the local hotel has a stage big enough? Thinking about the city centre conference facility, and whether it’s just a little too big? Before sourcing potential venues and shortlisting, ask the entertainer whether they recommend any particular venue. You could also benefit from looking through their portfolio – what forms of venue have they used? How big is the space they usually work with? Can you pick up hints and tips for theme, venue décor or hospitality?

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Consider the Stage, Sound and Display Backdrops
Most forms of corporate entertainment require a stage, mic, sound system and background display, so who will it be that’ll provide these? Speak with the entertainment company in the first instance, and then you’ll have a few quick fire technical questions to be asked of any potential venue should it fall to them.

 Accolade Pro Tip: Venue’s Responsibility? Ask your Entertainment about a Tech Rider

A ‘Tech Rider’ is a one page doc that outlines all that your corporate entertainment needs in order to do their job. It may outline how a stage should be set up, where speakers should be placed, whether a display is necessary, and so on.

Setting the Tone – Matching Venue Ambiance with Corporate Entertainment
LED dancers aren’t going to work in a light filled room, while an elegant winter wonderland evening, complete with brass band, is hardly going to suit your local conference room without extensive dressing.

Considering ambience is key to matching venue, with entertainment, and can cut down on your backdrop dressing and décor costs.

Accolade Pro Tip: Ask your Venue About Décor
Some venues will provide room dressing as standard – ask about whether this is an option and whether this is included or comes at a premium.

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Equipment and Access: Square Peg, Round Hole?
What equipment will your corporate entertainment bring? While our Haka Dancers bring themselves, their loin cloths and their tribal make up cases, our Team Generation Game arrive with plenty of tech under arm and more than a fair share of dancers.

Knowing what equipment your entertainers will arrive with is essential for judging what type of access into the venue they’ll need.

The Early Bird Books the Best Venue – Book Your Venue WELL in Advance
Good quality venues book up months in advance, so it’s advisable that you organise your corporate entertainment and venue at least 4 to 6 months in advance.

 Struggling to make a match between your corporate entertainment and a suitable venue? Perhaps you haven’t the faintest idea as to what type of venue should serve as the backdrop to your team building day or corporate dinner. Whatever you’re grappling with, we can help. Let’s talk.

 

 

Indoor team buildingIn our last blog article: Fun Team Building Activities – Nine No’s No’s we explained the benefits behind putting on a team event out of the office. But what if you simply can’t use another venue? Or how about companies that have plenty of space and more than enough resources to handle team building in-house? If that sounds like you then handily enough, you’re exactly who we’ve created this guide for. This is how to do team building, right, right at work.

Five Tips for Team Building Done Right

  1. What’s the Point?! Why?! All too often this is the question that team members are left with post-team building event. Deciding on a meaningful outcome for your team building activity (such as a team that communicates more effectively, become better presenters or who are more productive), should be the very first thing on your list when it comes to the direction of your day. Pretty lucky for you that we’ve recently written a blog post on the very subject of goals and event organising: Your Corporate Event: What’s the Point?
  1. Key Question: Are you Covered? Planning on inflating a giant slide ‘It’s a Knockout’ Style? Good idea (it’s actually one that we use ourselves). Before you dive in head first with planning a physical team building event, you may want to check out whether you’re insured, first. Most specifically your public indemnity is going to have to extend to certain activities – as such it may be worth speaking with your insurers directly.Total Wipeout events
  1. Context – Setting Expectations What do you expect from your teams on the day? Do they understand the goals of the team building, and how this aligns with the company’s vision, wider goals and values? Making your team building coherent is key to avoiding the whole ‘What’s the Point?!’ issue and securing the best possible results.
  1. Feedback – For a Bigger and Better Team Building Day Next Year Post-team building it’s going to serve you well to gain feedback as to what worked, what didn’t and how that goal of yours faired when it came to the crunch. This feedback could and should shape any future team building events – making them more effective with each iteration. Our top tip here is to make the process anonymous for a wholly more open and honest collection of opinions – a questionnaire and collection box will do.
  1. The Team Building Post-Event Wrap Up – Make your Teams Feel Valued Your post-team building period should also include a post-event wrap up – a summary of the day, who achieved what and how hard your teams all worked. Feature the story in your newsletter and on social media – include photos and comments from your team. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, thank your workforce for being a part of an excellent day of laughs, motivation and morale-boosting teamwork.

The Top Three Countdown – Events for In-House Team Building

  1. The Haka Positive attitude of a tribe’s person? Check. Fearless in the face of the competition? Double check. A unified team ready to take on the world? Check, check, check. The Haka will have your team stomping and shouting their way to better results.

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  1. Boomwhakers We’re forever amazed at the results of song and sound-based team building events – they seem to unify and strengthen teams in pretty impressive ways. Boomwhackers is one such event – ideal for team building that energises and that could have an underlying company message. They’re also perfect for working within a confined space (in-house conference room here we come!)
    Icebreakers for large groups
  1. Thriller Dance As it turns out those zombies and the King of Pop were really onto something when they started their side stepping back in 1982. Who knew that group dancing demanded so much teamwork? This event is the perfect mix between group dancing and fancy dress, zombie style, boosting your team’s ‘if we can do the Zombie shuffle, we can’t do anything’ positive mental attitude. Discover why Michael Jackson Ain’t Got Nothing on Your CEOThriller dance event

 So there you have it – boosted morale, bolstered productivity and one happier team without you having to even leave the confines of the office. That said, organising team building is far from a breeze, even without the venue to book and sit-down dinner to arrange. In fact, it can often be  more challenging. If you’re looking for a helping hand in putting on productive team building at the office, you know where we are – let’s talk.

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Team building – get the activity right and engaged, motivated, better gelled teams await (and the sales will follow). Get it wrong however and you’ll only waste money and wind up with irritable staff who are only too keen for the day to come to a close so they can shoot home.

For event organiser novices, the pitfalls of team building activities are far and wide ranging, with any number of missteps that can be made. So consider this your fun team building activity masterclass – a fast-fire run through of the nine things to be avoided at all costs, if your day is to go with a bang, instead of crashing and burning.

Fun Team Building Activities –Nine Things to Avoid

  1. Organising your team building activity with zero experience
    Over the course of twenty years we’ve heard some real disaster stories when it comes to team building activities handled in-house. From trips to A and E, to dull, dreary days out building makeshift shelters from loo rolls. Ultimately you may save on the cost of the day, but what you save in fees you end up paying in one wasted day that results in no actionable outcome, and even less fun.

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  1. Not understanding your team (and their goals)
    Who are your team, what interests do they have and what will they genuinely find fun in doing? Knowing your audience is every bit as important as knowing your corporate goals, and the real challenge comes in finding a balance between the two. Our best advice? If you’re determined to go it alone, seek out all the information you can from professional event organisers (for which you may want to start with our team building blog).
  1. Putting together a team challenge the morning after the night before
    Planning fun team building activities over the course of a weekend is a great idea. What’s not such a great idea is planning a tough, physical or mental challenge following a team night out on the tiles. No. Just, no.

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  1. Hosting the event in-house
    Not only are there going to be practical limitations as to what you can do in the office, research has actually shown that participants find in-office team building events to be less valuable than those hosted at a third-party venue.
  1. The activity runs on and on and on
    Even the most engaging of activities has a lifespan. After about 3 hours, energy and interest will begin to wane – long story short, keep your activities to an appropriate length of time. If you’re planning a task that lasts longer than three hours, make sure you schedule in regular brakes and a pit stop for refuelling on food.
  1. Not watching every penny of the budget like a hawk
    Fun team building activities can end up costing you far more than you receive in boosted morale, productivity and output, if you’re not careful. In order to achieve optimal ROI, you need to plan for each element of expenditure before you make even a single booking.

If you plan on roping others into the organising, you should make each person aware of the budget and how much is allocated for the part of the event that they’re responsible for.

  1. You involve too many people in the planning
    Taking on the task of arranging an event alone can seem incredibly intimidating, and it may be tempting to delegate what’s on your to do list. Whilst teamwork can certainly lighten your load, you need to be careful that you don’t create too many organisational layers – doing so can result not only in confusion, but also in debates between the team as to what direction is best for the event.

Our best advice? Keep your team small and use an app such as Asana or Trello to track what’s done, what’s left to do and who’s responsible for what.

Treasure Hunt Events

  1. Not planning for the days, weeks and months that follow
    Fun team building events should be planned with an end goal in mind – the outcomes that you want to secure when you all trundle back to the office. This must involve follow on tasks – such as future team training, a post-event wrap-up for the newsletter or social media shout out, thank yous sent to each team member and feedback for team activities in the future.
  1. Leaving it all to the last minute
    Ideally you should be leaving yourself a minimum of 4 to 6 months of organising time.

As you may have guessed from the 8 pointers above, putting together fun team building activities takes time – a lot of time. This is especially true if you want to book the best venue, hotel or restaurant, which each may be booked up well in advance.

Feeling set and ready to get to work on your team building day? If you’d prefer to leave it to the professionals, we’ll be on the other end of a phone or email when you need us.

Corporate event

You’ve been tasked with the mammoth challenge of ensuring your corporate event goes with a bang. How’s that checklist shaping up? You know, the one that ensures your event achieves what it sets out to? Come to mention it, have you even spent the time to create a crystal-clear vision as to what your corporate event should achieve, and how? If not, this may just be three minutes reading time that focuses your efforts and ensures that your theme and entertainment are totally on point.

Corporate Event Goal Number One: Raising Funds for A Great Cause

Hoping to raise funds for your company’s chosen charity? Rather than a plain old fundraiser with a sit-down meal and disco (pretty unimaginative), go for an adrenaline pumping, laughter-filled day or evening with a PR-friendly task for your teams.

With your venue found, your guest list promised a good old knees up and the local press invited, it’s time to get around to choosing the main event. Here are some suggestions:

  • A football game (hey, if it’s good enough for the likes of Robbie Williams and Olly Murs…)
  • A team dancing event that knocks spots off Strictly
  • A talent show to easily rival Simon Cowell’s prime time telly?

Accolade events fit for a fabulous fundraiser: Football Fever | Company’s Got Talent | Simply Team Dancing

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Corporate Event Goal Number Two: Celebrating the Achievements Of your Company/Teams/Individuals

Whether company, certain teams or a number of individuals, celebrating success forms a central part in motivating and rewarding the efforts behind impressive sales figures and business growth. As for the secret behind such an evening, well that would be a well-chosen theme.

Here are just a few ideas for a celebratory corporate event:

  • Consider creating your very own Glastonbury by organising a company festival (just remember to weigh up the weather in your chosen month);
  • Go all out for extravagance, with a Las Vegas theme
  • Opt for the ultimate opulence, by throwing a Venetian Ball
  • Go crazy, with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired Mad Hatters Tea Party

Accolade events perfect for a party : Company Festival | Viva Las Vegas! | Venetian Ball | Mad Hatters Tea Party Theme

Corporate Event Goal Number Three: The Annual General Meeting

AGMs needn’t be the pinstripe wearing, greyscale affairs they once were. Sure, the meeting must be business as usual, but a surge in profits and share price calls for an evening soiree and more than a fair share of glasses raised.

If you’re organising a post-AGM corporate event, you’ve got one core challenge on your hands – a super diverse guest list. They could be all ages, from many regions and hold vastly differing interests. With this in mind, your secret weapon is going to be laughter – whether entertainment that takes to the stage, or an act that engages an entire audience.

Accolade events to liven up your AGM: Crashing Singing Waiters | Back to School Party Theme | The Haka
Back to School Party Theme

Corporate Event Goal Number Four: A Sophisticated, Client- Focused Evening

So your guests are mostly important clients and potential clients – the type who wouldn’t be impressed at being thrown into stomping their feet and making tribal chants? You need the wow factor – a beautiful ambiance and impressive décor, such as a magical winter wonderland, complete with smoking cocktails and snow laden ground, or an enchanted forest, where a harpist plays and mischievous wood nymphs serve up the drinks at the table.

Accolade events that take your breath away: Winter Wonderland Theme Party | Enchanted Forest

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Corporate Event Goal Number Five: The Christmas ‘Do

Each year you do the same – a plain sit-down meal (as delicious as it is), with an underwhelming evening out. Every, single, year.

While you could go still go for the traditional, with a festive-friendly Winter Wonderland or Enchanted Forest theme, this time around, put on an Xmas party that involves your workforce – with a fun theme and fancy-dress code.

Accolade events with the festive factor: Winter Wonderland Theme Party | German Beer Festival Party | Back to the 80’s

Whatever the goal of your corporate event, we’ve got your theme and entertainment covered. Ready to pass the reins over or want to know more? Our team are right here to answer your questions, ready when you are.

Corporate Entertainment

If you’re looking to assemble the ultimate workforce, then you should know that your team’s cohesion and motivation are the most crucial elements. They’re the pillars which keep the whole structure together, and without them you can expect an unenthused and demotivated team.

So how do you create a truly functional workforce, and how do you keep that positive energy flowing? Don’t worry – we’re here for you. Our corporate events ideas are specifically crafted so that your employees will be enjoying themselves to the fullest within a unique environment, all the while strengthening their teamwork skills and allowing them to form powerful bonds.

We’re redefining corporate entertainment – and we’d like to show you a few of our favourite corporate events ideas for large groups, just to give you an idea of the lengths we go to for the perfect corporate event.

The Company Festival: Here’s where our corporate events ideas get pretty ambitious. If you’re thinking of an event which is large-scale, full of different things happening at the same time and which will host multiple thousands of people – then it’s time to put together your own Company Festival.

Your corporate festival will be centred around the main stage, upon which several great acts will provide the soundtrack – from solo artists to full bands, and many tribute acts playing well-known songs. Laced throughout the festival will be a myriad of exciting entertainment; from fire-eaters to acrobats, unique food and designated chill-out areas for relaxing massages.

We’ve had great success with the Company Festival event in the past – check out what our clients have had to say about it:

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“Wow! What a great night – everyone had a brilliant time, it was just like we had our very own private mini Glastonbury! Thanks for all of your hard work!”

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Generation Game:
 There’s nothing like some friendly competition for bringing members of a team together. That’s why we created the Team Generation Game – a fun and quirky game show which will blow any dull team building exercise out of the water.

For example, let’s say that you’re looking for some corporate events ideas which will bring your staff together, as they consist of people of all ages and backgrounds. Breaking down these barriers can be difficult, and ignoring them will only lead to further problems. To create the right atmosphere within such a diverse team, just sprinkle a little competitiveness in there, with a dab or two of retro silliness, and everyone will feel the benefits.

The great thing about the Team Generation Game is that the warm energy produced between employees can be easily carried over to the workplace. This means that your team will return to work much more accustomed to each other, whilst being able to get along more effectively due to their newly-strengthened bonds. Plus, they’ll be swapping inside jokes about the evening for months to come.

Brilliant corporate events ideas to inspire your team

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The Haka: Looking for some corporate events ideas which are a little more “out there”? How about a traditional ancient Maori experience, replicating a true tribal ritual that’s thousands of years old? Stay with us here. Here’s your chance to show your corporate workforce and partners that you care about their enthusiasm and morale – whilst throwing something completely unexpected at them.

The Haka is the traditional celebration of the Maori – the indigenous people of New Zealand who, to this day, still uphold a deep culture and a profound respect for their traditions. We’ve done our research and have gone to great lengths to put together our Haka evening – it’s something your team will never forget.

Your hosts for the evening are of real Maori heritage – the very best people for the job, dressed for the part and eager to show you their culture. They’ll guide your team through the powerful chants and movements, performed for countless centuries to bring together tribe members and strengthen bonds.

When it’s over, your guests will be left to enjoy the rest of the evening, with the ice well and truly broken. The Haka is known to give a real burst of energy and foster positivity – the perfect setup for the evening.

So if you’re after a unique way to bring your team together, you may very well have found it. The Haka is a great representation of how varied our corporate events ideas are, and also of how committed we are to providing an authentic and memorable experience.

Looking for more corporate event ideas? You’ll be glad to know that we’re barely scraping the surface here. Click here to check out more of our corporate event ideas for your next corporate gathering.

 

School sports Day Team Building

Team building has changed. In the modern day, you can forget about blind folds, trust exercises, tent building and unfathomable activities involving everyday household items.

No doubt, you’re right to have high expectations, yet team building companies shouldn’t be thought of as much of a muchness, nor in any way, shape or form as all the same. Your choice of provider is a choice between an engaged team and a day that focuses on your business goals, and a group of disconnected, bored-outta-their-minds individuals who can’t wait to get home. Thankfully we’re here to (probably) save the day with seven simple tips for making the right selection.

1. Reputation. This should really be pointer one, two and three: Got a shiny, pixel perfect website? Pretty pictures in their brochures? Impressive sounding words spoken by fast talking sales people? Despite an event company seeming and looking like the perfect providers of your team building, you really know nothing if you haven’t heard from past (happy) clients. So ask for testimonials, check to see whether they list their clients on their website, and consider speaking directly with previous clients to find out about their experience first-hand.

2. Apples for Apples – Know Exactly What You’re Comparing: Gathering quotes from numerous team building companies may seem like a wise strategy, however this is only going to add up if the packages you’re comparing are exactly the same. Elements such as group size, event duration and included refreshments should be like for like, as should equipment and hosting staff numbers. Then there are other things to consider, such as the quality of venue and whether the team building company holds insurance. On this latter point, all event companies are legally required to hold £10 million public liability insurance.

3. Look Out for Companies with a Large Selection of Events: Choice: They say it’s the spice of life. And it’s most definitely important when it comes to choosing between team building companies. Whilst there are plenty of respected businesses out there that specialise in a limited number of team building activities, for most it’s beneficial to have a wide selection of events to choose from to suit your team, goals, group size and budget. Here are a few examples, complete with links…

4. Key Question: What Does the Team Building Company Really Know About Team Building? Here’s something that may not be obvious – this is an industry that almost anyone can enter. Any collection of individuals can purchase props and stock and call themselves superstar team building specialists, when in fact truly effective team building is nothing short of an art form. Discerning a pro team building company from pure chancers is then a matter of asking the right questions about how the company you’re speaking with will help you achieve your very specific team goals.

The brightest, most creative and of course fun of the team building companies (not that we like to brag)

5. A Bright Red Warning Flag: Too Cheap to Be True: Team building activities don’t (and shouldn’t) come cheap – they demand careful planning, may require plenty of materials, staff, hospitality and a suitable venue. Unfortunately, these costs are often under estimated by clients who call on our services with a few days to go, having faced a brick wall with the company they paid a couple of hundred pounds for a complete event. Bottom line? If it seems too cheap to be true, run a mile.

Corporate Team Events

6. Is the Company in Question Willing to Bend Over Backwards? Got a CEO who wants to speak at a certain time? No problem. Need to cater for a specific diet or allergy? We can handle that. Struggling to find a venue? We’ve got a dedicated service at hand. The little requests, last minute panics and frustrating tasks that you’re getting nowhere with should all be welcomed by your team building company. No fuss, no refusals.

7. Finally – How’s That Gut Feeling of Yours? Who is it that you’re talking to, and what’s your gut saying about them? Are you being dictated to by a smooth-talking sales person or consulted with by a team building expert who clearly knows their stuff? Do they seem plausible, experienced, approachable? If you’re not finding them to be all of these things, how will your teams be led, coached and coaxed onto bigger and better things by them?

We are specialist team building event pros, but if you take anything away from this guide, it should be that companies can splash whatever words they like across their website. So we allow our impressive line-up of past clients to do the talking. Take a look, right here. Then head on over to either our daytime events or evening events pages to search for your team building event solution – done and dusted by lunchtime.

Christmas party theme

It could be the middle of August, yet the annual task of the Xmas do must be tackled – entertainment, food, venue, theme – with so much to organise there’s little wonder that you may need to get to work in the midst of the summer heat wave.

If you’re feeling less Ding Dong Merrily on High and well and truly Grinch-like, you may welcome our tips for a Christmas party theme made easy.

1. First Things First – Get the Venue Right: We can’t stress this enough – get your venue wrong, and almost every element that follows will through up a headache to rival your Boxing Day hangover. Wrong location? Mass RSVP turndowns. Too small? Health and safety nightmare. Too restrictive? Expensive catering and limited choices for your entertainment.

Here are four key tips to make sure you get your venue pick right…
· Ask for suggestions – Speak with your colleagues, friends and family who’ve previously faced the challenge of putting on a corporate party
· Always (always) research a venue’s reputation online
· Confirm whether you’re able to book the venue on its own, or whether you need to use their hospitality and entertainment
· Confirm the theme before you book the venue – Not every venue will play well with your chosen theme. Ideally the venue in question will have a gallery of   images for you to view to see how the space can be transformed with backdrops and staging of varying styles.
· Book early! The best of venues will be booked a good six months in advance.

2. Forget winter wonderlands and red and gold colour schemes:

Think it’s all been done before? That a Christmas party must be winter based, feature a token Rudolf or demand a vat of mulled wine? Forget it. Rethink your upcoming festivities, with a Christmas party theme such as a Venetian BallViva Las VegasEnchanted Forest PartyBack to SchoolBack to the 80’s or a German Beer Festival.

The ultimate Christmas party theme

3. Want to keep it traditional? Take the Winter Wonderland theme up a gear: Tinsel, onesie fancy dress and plastic trees sprayed with off-colour fake snow.Urgh.

If you’re opting for the winter wonderland theme, do it with stylish backdrops and accessories – go glittering, enchanting, and understated. Take a winter leaf out of our book – and draw inspiration from our Winter Christmas party theme. This classy theme welcomes your guests into a cool blue atmosphere with a sparkling dance floor, orb table centre pieces and an ice white illuminated bar.

Winter Wonderland Themed Party

4. Craft a Christmas cracker of a (correct) atmosphere: Casual? Formal? Somewhere in-between? Deciding upon this element of your party can help you in making your upcoming decisions – such as staging, food, entertainment and dress code. Your guests should be at the centre of this decision – will your event be open to your most valuable clients? If so, your party may benefit from being more on the formal side. Perhaps you’re organising an intimate knees up for your fun, feisty office team? If so then a relaxed atmosphere would be best, complete with fancy dress theme.

5. List the life out of your decorations: Think about the walls, stage backdrop, bar, seating and tables for the interior, as well as how you’ll decorate the entrance and outdoor areas. Head over to Pinterest for inspiration, and scour online party theme shops for ideas (then make your way to a website such as Amazon or eBay to cut the costs). You’ll need to confirm with the venue that they’ll accept your decorations however, and they may even have their own decorations either as a free added bonus, or as a premium add on. This also applies to asking whether they’ll accept that 10 foot Christmas tree, before you go ahead and buy it.

Well call us Rocky Robin and deck the halls – now you’re all filled in on filling your guests with festive cheer, it’s time to get your party shoes on and your corporate Christmas party organised. Then again, you may want to leave the Yuletide celebrations to the pros –which is right about where our team step in. Let’s talk about your Xmas corporate do.

Merrily call us on 0800 083 1172 – ding dong!

Corporate party ideas

We’ve previously waxed lyrical about tackling the challenge of corporate entertainment*, and you’d probably think that putting together a corporate event for a smaller group of people is a whole lot easier. But you’d be wrong. Very, wrong. You see, that smaller the audience, the even less impressed they sound with lacklustre entertainment. As for atmosphere? Well it takes some careful consideration as to how a party for 10 could rival the hustle, bustle and laughter of an event for eleven hundred.

In short, we’d better get to work with the following six industry insider tips if you’re miniature event is going to be mammoth in memories made, ambience and entertainment.

* Missed our font of all knowledge advice? No worries, here are the links: Corporate Event Entertainment – Why it Matters and How to Get it Right | Corporate entertainment – Four Top tips for Booking it Just Right.

The perfect corporate event for your group

1. Ask yourself – What’s the point? What are you trying to achieve? A more cohesive team? Impressed clients? A celebration of the company’s progression? Deciding upon the purpose of your event is an essential firm foundation for getting what you want out of the day or evening, whether that be motivated employees, new contracts won, or boosted, company-wide morale. Understanding this core purpose can then guide your choice of entertainment, venue, activity, even your catering choices.

2. Take one step back, and put together a strategy: SMART – it’s the most overused business anagram of all time, but it’s also super relevant when it comes to creating an on-point corporate event. For those who’ve escaped this business concept thus far, this means that your event goal should always be:

· Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
· Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
· Achievable (agreed, attainable).
· Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
· Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

Examples of focused, SMART event goals could be to connect, better, with clients or potential clients; or it could be to create brand infinity, more motivated managers or establish a better knowledge of your company’s ethos.

Corporate Entertainment

3. Remember: Key to killer corporate event entertainment is interaction and engagement:

When your delegates are limited in number, it’s critical that your event engages each and every individual – ensuring everyone is involved, and ice is shattered. Events that fall into this category include quiz style entertainment, like our Multi Quiz Show, Million Point Drop, Name that Tune or the Play your Cards Gameshow, and interactive entertainment that includes our Murder Mystery Evening, the Haka Evening Event, Casino Tables and Cocktail Masterclasses.

4. Don’t (whatever you do) overlook the logistics: The seemingly smallest of details could, and often does, prove disastrous for the novice event organiser, so you really need to pay attention to the dull logistics of your big day – think about equipment, staging, public transportation, event content, refreshments, special dietary requirements and so on (and on and on and on).

5. Changed a teeny-weeny detail? Look at your corporate event at a whole: Things get in the way, details can change, providers may let you down – you may get months into the planning and need to change caterers, venues or entertainers. If some rearrangements do pop up, you need to consider how they could railroad other elements of your event – such as whether a new venue can still provide the facilities for the chosen entertainment, or if your new caterers can handle the special dietary requirements of your guests.

Corporate event

6. Whether resources, time or budget, always respect your limits: Organising a corporate event for even the smallest of companies can be tough, expensive, hard going, when going it alone. Our top tip? Choose a reputable event company. Failing that however you should always understand your limitations – in resources, budget and time.

From playing detective and discovering Whodunit, to playing bond and bonding over the casino table, we know just what it takes to create coherent teams, celebrate successes and entertain small and perfectly formed audiences.

So, when you’re ready to talk, you know where we are, call us on 0800 083 1172.

 

Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

A business is defined by its Christmas party. That’s just a statistical fact. The end-of-year celebration will be talked about for months afterwards, and will undoubtedly have a ripple effect on your team’s morale and enthusiasm.

With that in mind, there are two kinds of festive corporate events. There’s the typical, boring kind where, aside from some inappropriate behaviour from certain over-indulgent staff, nothing much really happens. No one wants to go to these events – expect a lot of last-minute excuses and no-shows.

Then, there’s our Christmas party themes. We take no half measures and leave nothing to the imagination – every Christmas party theme is designed to teleport you to a whole other world, engrossing the entire staff and earning the organiser some serious brownie points. We’re very serious about getting every little detail just right, and our flexibility means that, whatever your needs and ideas, we’ll craft the perfect Christmas party theme for your corporate celebration. It’s what we do.

If you’re stuck for ideas – but know that you want something truly special and unique – look no further. Our portfolio is overflowing with a wide range of festive events which we’ve amazed our clients with – and many of them are not what you’d expect of a typical Christmas party theme.

There’s our German Beer Festival, an authentic evening which will take each guest and place them within a traditional German celebration. It’s complete with long tables for festive feasting, an enthusiastic Oompah band who will have your staff out of their seats and joining arms, and our very own kitted-out Frauleins who complete the experience and make sure that the beer is always flowing.

German beer not your thing? What about prohibition-era gangsters? Though it might not seem like your average Christmas party theme, our Speakeasy Party is very popular with companies and offices who are looking for something a little different. You don’t really know your co-workers until you’ve seen them dressed as a 1920’s gangster or showgirl, ordering a drink at the bar or playing a hand of poker whilst our live jazz band provides the authentic soundtrack.

Host a jaw-dropping awesome Christmas party theme this year

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If you’re looking for a Christmas party theme which is a little more nostalgic, then our Back to the 80’s event might very well be your kind of thing. Our team of experienced designers go to great lengths to build a world in which you can get lost in for the evening – and the Back to the 80’s theme is a great example. Your room will be utterly transformed into an authentic 80’s rave, filled with Rubix cubes, awkwardly oversized mobile phones, neon lights and wonderfully clashing colours. Our own DJ will top it all off with the best 80’s tracks – or you can even go with an awesome live tribute act, which we carefully select. Who needs Rudolph when you’ve got Duran Duran?

Or, perhaps, you feel like your staff could use a refreshing nature experience, as far from the office environment as possible? Then you might want to consider our Enchanted Forest theme for your corporate Christmas party. This is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something with a beautifully detailed environment in which your team can unwind and celebrate the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year. A woodland bar will be set up, complete with flowing mist to give it that mysterious feel, and each table is decorated with foliage, candles and ivy. Our harpist and flutist will complete the scene with gentle music as you enjoy your dinner and cocktails, making this a truly magical Christmas party experience.

For those who are looking for a slightly more traditional Christmas party theme, we’ve got you covered. As soon as you enter our Winter Wonderland party, you’ll find it impossible to resist the festive magic pouring from every corner of the room. Decorated entirely in a winter coating by our professional team, your guests will be greeted by falling snow and an icy decor.

But, if you’re somehow still left unsatisfied, have no fear. We’re more than prepared to handcraft a bespoke Christmas party theme for you and your team – whatever the size.

Just come to us with an idea, no matter how vague, and our experts will help guide you through the process until we’ve got a solid plan for your perfect Christmas party theme – then just leave it to us.

Here at Accolade, we don’t believe in generalising or copy-and-paste designing. In each and every case, we tailor your event so that every detail is just right and any idea you may have is made into a reality.

From expert lighting and audio design, to costumes, actors and entertainers, interactive shows and fabulous surprises – we take absolute pride in what we do so that all guests enjoy themselves to the fullest and experience something they’ve never experienced before.

So wait no more! Just give us a call and let’s start talking about your next Christmas party theme and let’s make sure you go down in company history as the person that organised that awesome event! Call 0800 083 1172 or pop us over an email using this contact form.

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You’ve got hundreds of people on your hands, perhaps even thousands – spanning many departments, job levels and management types. Selecting a singular team building event for such an expansive group can seem impossible. You’re probably wishing that you worked for an itsy bitsy start-up right now. First, stop panicking, second, read onwards.

The benefits of large team building events

Planning a team building event for a HUGE team has its challenges. Complicated? It can be. A little intimidating? Sometimes. A logistical nightmare? Sure is, without the right help. Yet team building for large teams also boasts plenty of benefits for business, including…

  • Large events can incorporate an entire business – from C-suite to interns – perfect for creating unity and driving home a business ethos so every last worker is on the same page.
  • Team building for large teams can be ideal for businesses split across regions – making them perfect for events such as AGMs, conferences or a re-brand.
  • Events for large teams tend to work out cheaper per head as compared to the same event for a small, intimate team of 30 or less.
  • They can create consistency between disjointed departments and sites.

Three absolute no nos for your large team building event

barclaycard_logo‘The way you transformed our group of tired delegates into a highly charged team of 250 people was amazing – your team was amazing, thank you so much!’

That up there is what one of our many happy customers had to say about one of our large team building events, so it seems that you’d be in good company if you were to choose Accolade to handle your team building event. But if you’re going to go it alone, or use another company, we won’t hold it against you. We will, however, say that it pays to be aware of the following three all-too common mistakes when it comes to putting together a large team building event…

Never schedule your event on your staff’s time
OK, your team building event may be AMAZING – fun, filled with laughter, a real action-packed day out. But here’s the thing – no matter how good it is, your staff won’t thank you for having to do it on their own time.

Thinking of your team building event as a one-off, one-shot deal
Your team building event shouldn’t be a standalone activity – it should be chosen and designed to suit your business, your challenges and your teams. It should also be reinforced with an action plan when back in the office – and it should never (ever) be considered a one-time thing.

Not choosing a professional events company
Team building for large teams only ever pays off when organised by people who know what they’re doing. But we would say that, wouldn’t we? Here’s a little concrete proof… we’ve spent twenty years perfecting events – and we know that the success or failure of a team building event relies on tailoring the program to you and your commercial goals. Put simply, a generic, cutter cooker approach to team building just isn’t going to cut the mustard.

 Team building events for large teams – Accolade style

Mulling over making the wise choice of choosing our team for your team? Then you’re probably wondering just what we’d personally recommend for large teams of over 50. Well, here’s a short and sweet taster.

team Building Icebreakers

The Haka
Perfect for? “Whakawhiti te ra, A upa ne ka up anem, Upane, Kaupane!” This event draws on the ancient war cries of aborigine tribes – safe to say that your team will be ready for anything come Monday morning- motivated and engaged as a ferocious, go-getting team.
Group Size: 8 – 2000

Corporate party ideas

Company Festival
Perfect for? Grab your wellies and your workers – it’s party time. The Company Festival is perfect for celebrations, congratulations or annual get togethers.
Group Size: 50 – 5000

Icebreakers for large groups

Boomwhackers
Perfect for? This massive musical event takes tunes to a whole new level – the more the most definitely better. Boomwhackers is perfect for emphasising the importance of unity and working as a well-oiled team.
Group Size: 10 – 5000

School Sports Day Team Energiser

School Sports Day
Perfect for? Large teams looking for a fun, energetic team building event that ensures workers hop, skip, run and jump out of their comfort zones without even realising it.
Group Size: 25 – 200

Singing team building event

Your Song
Perfect for? Harmony. That’s the key behind this musical event – Your Song will get everyone singing from the same hymn sheet – with plenty of fun and laughter in-between. It can even create a song that encapsulates your business message or ethos.
Group Size: 10 – 1000

Drumming corporate event

Drumming
Perfect for? Teams that could do with a little energising and unifying, this drumming event guarantees a charged and happy team come the end of the day.
Group Size: 10 – 5000

Want even more?

Use our team building event search feature to uncover and discover exactly what may be in store for your teams.

 Bespoke team building events. It’s what we do. And it’s what we’ve done for the last two decades. Need a team building event as suitable for newbie Nat, nineteen years old in national marketing, as it is for the big whig CEO whose making you feel just a little nervous about your event? You know where we are when you need us.

fun team building activities

Fun team building activities – when designed well, participants are engaged, teams bond, and individuals develop and settle into roles. Yet all of this is far easier said than done. With decades in this industry, we know that successful team building events are no small feat.

Even if you’re picking your event from our list of fun team building activities, choosing the event and framing the day can present hurdle after hurdle, and it can be all too easy to slip into the trap of booking a day out that’s wall-to-wall fun, but lacking in constructive team development.

So here’s how to make your team building both fun and effective come the time to return to the office (hopefully as a bonded, better gelled team of pros).

Work out your key challenges: What are you trying to achieve? Are your team relatively new to the company, and to one another? Could your existing team benefit from help honing their communication skills? Perhaps your professionals are all too effective at working solo, but find it tough when attempting to work as a unified team. Understanding the key challenges that are affecting your team is the critical starting point from where you can appreciate what type of fun team building activities may be suitable.

Fun Corporate Events

Decide on a common vision: You’ve worked out your team challenges, the next question is whether your teams are with you in overcoming them, or indeed, even aware of the challenges you believe are affecting them. All too often managers may identify issues within a team, that the team members themselves completely disagree with. Uniting everyone, from team member to upper management, in a vision as to what makes a successful team is essential if the event is to pay off.

This process may demand an honest and open look at what your team members need – such as confidence to openly voice concerns, challenges and individual needs. Opening lines of communication could enlighten you as to just how polarised the varying visions are – for which focus groups or individual meetings can be a good starting point. Often the most honest of opinions are voiced in private, so consider setting up anonymous online questionnaires.

Now for the fun part… Selecting your fun team building activities

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As events specialists, we know a thing or two about fun team building activities, so here’s a quick rundown of some of our most popular team events…

Big Picture – Faced with a group of individuals, rather than a team? The Big Picture tasks teams with identifying and winning materials, and recreating a tiny part of a big picture. At the end of the event each of the sections are put together to create a big picture. This event is a natural emphasiser of how individuals work better, together.

Team AnimationTeam Animation is a hands-on, building from scratch event – your team will storyboard, plan and create their very own plasticine film (think Wallace and Gromit, and then some). This is a great all-rounder – encouraging teams to find new and inventive ways of working together, whilst testing a team’s collective creativity.

Team Apprentice – Team Apprentice is a versatile event which features tasks inspired by the hit show – The Apprentice. Because of the number of tasks that can be picked and mixed, this event is both fun and ideal for tackling unique business challenges. We’ve even helped teams come up with viable business ideas that have been taken back to work with them.

Company Bake Off! – This team event is inspired by the exceptionally successful TV show – the Great British Bake Off. Teams must brainstorm, plan and design their baked item – making this activity perfect for teams that have to see projects through from the beginning planning stages to final delivery.

Sculpture Workshop – This activity will push your team’s creativity, as they work together to fulfil a brief and create a sculpture that reflects your company brand. The make-up of this challenge means that it’s perfect for teams that must routinely problem solve in ever more creative ways.

Funopoly – This team building activity is inspired by Monopoly – with teams challenged to race from destination to destination. Once they reach each point they must recreate a fun photo pose. This event is ideal for teams that are newly formed – a real ice breaker if ever there was one.

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Create an action plan for making the most of the team building event back at work

The activity was fun, the day was full of laughter – now it’s time to return to the office. Our fun team building activities are designed to benefit your company for some time to come, yet it always helps when our clients have a plan to reinforce their team’s development.

 Fun team building activities – far beyond the jokes and the laughter, they can and should serve to develop your team and their performance in your business. Talk to us about how your next team event can be one that overcomes the challenges you, and they, face.

corporate event ideas

Corporate events… it’s a term we’ve been reimagining and redesigning for nearly two decades. Far from your next event being a dancefloor made for dad dancing, totally awks ice breakers and moans and groans at the star speaker’s not so starry jokes, here are four corporate event ideas that rock.

Enchanted Forest Party Theme

1. The Enchanted Forest
We love evenings of quirky corporate fun – of mad hats and dressing up in our spurs and chaps, yet we equally revel in setting out magical scenes for upmarket evenings. And the enchanted forest is all about magical scenes – with this theme, your guests will step into earthly elegance and a charming ambiance (complete with harpist, flutist, soothing music and all). While forest mist rolls out across the floor, bartenders will be on hand to pass your enchanted guests delicious cocktails over the rustic woodland bar.

Perfect for? A corporate evening where elegance and style are in no short supply – the ideal backdrop for a glitzy awards evening or celebratory party. Think red carpet, champagne flutes, black tie and ball gowns.
This corporate event idea is also great for evenings where your VIPs are your star clients – leaving a sophisticated lasting impression of your brand.
Event at a glance…
Group Size: 30 – 2000
Duration: Flexible
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Primarily
Location: Any UK venue of your choice

Head into the enchanted forest

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2. The Mad Hatter’s Party
Corporate event ideas – it’s a term that conjures up images of super posh table staging and proper formal sit-down dinners. Hmph. Not always.
You and your team won’t be late for this date – a night of absolute madness with crazy staging and pure bonkers backdrops. Think quirky flowers, gigantic pocket watches and uplighters in every colour of the rainbow. We’ll put together an itinerary of immersive, Alice in Wonderland inspired entertainment and can even whip up some wonderfully weird cocktails.

Perfect for? “We’re all mad here”… is the notion of this night, so this evening is perfect for teams that are more crackers than corporate – those that really know how to work their fancy dress options.
This theme is also a great photo op – so they’ll be plenty of chances to grab some material for your social media pages, packed full of personality.
Event at a glance…
Group Size: 20 – 5000
Duration: Flexible
Indoor/Outdoor: Both but primarily indoors
Location: Any UK venue of your choice

Don’t be late – grab a date for your Mad Hatter’s tea party

Not your usual corporate event ideas…

Wild West Party Theme

3. Wild West Festival
Hey there Bucko! Run out of corporate event ideas? Done every era you thought possible? From the swinging 60’s to the bright and garish nineties? Time to turn back the clock across the Atlantic, for a Wild Western themed party – one wild night complete with gingham, hay bales, catus, beer barrels and more. As for entertainment? They’ll be quick draw contests, horse shoe slinging, bucking broncos and a hoe down. Yee haaaaa!

Perfect for? Teams that have been spun through every decade going – and those who want a fun theme for fancy dress. Pardy on, partner.
The range of games are also great for interactivity and ice breaking minus the ice – making this evening a great fit for inviting clients, the public or local VIPs.
Event at a glance…
Group Size: 20 – 5000
Duration: Flexible
Indoor/Outdoor: Both
Location: Any UK venue of your choice

Saddle up, cowboy. Get your hat on, cowgirl. Y’all are in for one wild time.

Winter Wonderland Themed Party

4. Winter Wonderland Theme Party
Picture it – a magical icy white backdrop, crisp white linen and sparkling blue uplighters. Underfoot there’s a white carpet, overhead, snow that falls down onto your guests as they make their way in. This is the scene that greets you as you enter your Winter Wonderland party. Team this with entertainment such as a big brass band, casino tables, dancers or singers and you’ve got yourself one pretty perfect Christmas corporate event theme.

Perfect for? This versatile theme can be tailored to your budget, guest numbers, room size and entertainment ideas. It’s ideal for groups of every size, all ages, every employee level.
And this evening isn’t only for winter, either – and can actually be most effective for that glittering awards ceremony hosted in the midst of the summer heat.
Event at a glance…
Group Size: 20 – 5000
Duration: Flexible
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Primarily
Location: Any UK venue of your choice

Brrrrrrr, grab your furs, it’s about to get ice cool in here

We’ve got so many great corporate event ideas, really we have, we’re literally bursting with creativity and enthusiams and love sharing our ideas with you. So why don’t you give us a call on 0800 083 1172, we’d love the chance to talk about your event or email us on our quick contact form and we’ll call you back at a time that’s perfect for you.