With the TV show proving to be hugely popular over the years, it’s not surprising that our clients love to take part in their very own version of the show. So when a brand new client in the banking industry approached us wanting to host an Apprentice Style Team Building Event, we knew that they had come to the right place!

We first designed our Team Apprentice for a management training course for John Lewis, this was many years ago and the event has evolved and continually developed ever since. We gave our client the option of making it pure fun or giving it a very business focused direction. They chose mainly the fun direction as they wanted to improve communication and help people to get to know each other better.

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Apprentice Style Team Building Event That Motivates

We arrived on the day and set up the room in anticipation of the delegates arrival, our team hid out of sight and the delegates took their seats…then BOOM the apprentice music was cranked up high, the door was flung open and in walked Lord Alan Sugar Rush with his team of eagle eyed advisors, Nick and Karens! The delegates jaws hit the floor as they wondered what on earth was in store for them!

In our Apprentice style events, we make sure that it’s a very positive environment, the delegates always work in teams and no team is fired but one team is hired – this is always a positive experience. With the tasks explained the teams threw themselves into ensuring that they were going to be the team that Lord Alan was going to hire.

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Team names were chosen and Apprentice tasks such as corporate branding, marketing and promotion and a product prototype was hilariously made along with a fit for TV advert. We have to be honest and say that the boardroom sessions were superb, the whole room was enthralled, there was so much laughter and interaction and we’ve never seen a more enthusiastic presentation of the corporate branding!

After the final boardroom session Lord Alan, Nick and Karen’s conferred and announced the winning team – who revelled in their glory as they were hired!

The feedback from the client was superb, they said:

‘It was a fantastic day. The team were really engaed and had a lot of fun. It was great from a team building perspective – a great way for people to get to know each other better.’

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If you are looking to host an Apprentice style team building event and want to make sure it’s a huge success – then look no further, we are the experts! We’ve even just launched our very own Charity Apprentice event, so your company can do real good for the community whilst building their team.

And it’s Goodbye from James…

At last! Lord Sugar Lump finally saw sense last night (actually he couldn’t have missed it) and fired James. Hooray. How we cheered.

LS really couldn’t have done anything else but get rid of James – such was the wide-boy’s litany of mistakes, coupled with the derision that broke out in the board room after his lying was revealed.

James and his apprentice ambitions judder to a halt

The mistake we’re referring to was, of course, when James referred to the hot tub seller as Derek, rather than his actual name of Anthony. And not just once either – but several times. Understandably, concerned about James’ lack of attention to detail, Anthony gave the contract to Tenacity instead.

This left James unaccountably lying to his team about how he’d actually preferred the ride-on lawnmowers instead. And when Roisin pointed out that telling fibs wasn’t actually a very good idea James swiftly and, rather patronisingly, put her in her place by telling her: “I will do what I want to do.”

And that ladies and gents was the problem. James did exactly what he fancied, starting from when he chose to ignore the others advice about what products to take to the Show. In fact, he didn’t just ignore them but opted for the opposite of what they suggested. How to make a team valued, eh?

In exasperation – and under the spotlight in the boardroom – the normally cool-headed accountant Roisin lost her rag (a little) and told James he was “patronizing, demeaning and difficult to work with.” Oh yes, and that he was also “on a complete ego trip.” The deluded boy retaliated by informing her that, on the contrary, he was “not afraid to make a decision or lead and which are the habits of a good businessman.” Give us strength…or better still, a G&T.


Dastardly Daniel as Mr Punch

Meanwhile Daniel was doing his best to noise up his team mates too. His bad behaviour involved a massive sulk when it emerged he wouldn’t get to sell the hot tubs but smoothie Mark would instead “on behalf of the whole team” (not just himself then?).

The result was what appeared to be a bit of a ‘Punch and Judy’ show where Daniel chased poor Felipe from one side of Tenacity’s stall to the other moaning and arguing with him at every available opportunity (and even at opportunities that weren’t available). The result was the team’s stall did attract an audience – but for all the wrong reasons.

Meanwhile, as we predicted in previous weeks, Daniel and Mark did put on boxing gloves last night. Unfortunately they weren’t taking punches out of each other; rather it was their treat for winning the task. At the moment they’re still sticking to verbal sparring but we reckon there’s a chance things will escalate as the number of chairs available in the boardroom for candidates slowly dwindles.

Tell us, are tempers just becoming frayed in week eight or are the individual personalities starting to come loose because it’s too tiring to pretend to be perfect any longer? Whatever. We’re loving it and can’t wait to see more unravelling as the weeks go on.

Fancy setting up your own Apprentice team event? Then get in touch with us here at Accolade Events. We’d really love to help out!

The Apprentice: A forerunner to Fisticuffs?

Sparks were certainly flying on the Apprentice last night – and it wasn’t anything to do with the fire that Lord Sugar believes market trader Daniel has in his belly.

Fall out number one

It all came to a head between Summit project leader James and cool Bianca when the male motor mouth accused her of being “too big for her boots.” We’d already received an inkling of what was to come when, in an aside to camera, he announced that he would “soon put her in her place.” During their argument James reminded Bianca he was project leader and refused to listen to anything she had to say. So she talked over him. Children, children…


Fall out number two

The other big fall-out last night – and one we can’t wait to see come to a head in a forthcoming episode – is between Daniel and suave Aussie Mark. Daniel took a few deriding swipes at Mark’s constant football analogies while back at the team house Mark had a good old bitch about Daniel in his absence. Don’t know about you but we think there’s just something too smooth and goody two shoes about Mark. Could he be a secret sociopath?

Party’s over for Pamela

The Queen Bitch of last night’s episode though was Pamela – who was rightly fired. She constantly grumbled about half her team’s failures to sell and managed to ostracise them completely. Actually we were pretty surprised they did manage to offload the board game to anyone considering the crap product they were landed with. This was one, incidentally, that Pamela had given the go-ahead for.  Not only that but she refused to accept an iota of blame for its failure – despite being the one making all the executive decisions. And boy were those decisions wrong.

In our opinion her biggest mistake was completely dissing the market research. She didn’t seem to bat an eyelid when the adult male board gamers announced Tenacity’s dating game was sexist, boring and even offensive to women. One participant said that were it to be brought out at a party he’d go home! Red flag anyone?

Lord Sugar needs sweetening

But the best fun was to be found in the board room. Lord Sugar Lump is getting tough and taking no prisoners. Daniel was told he was a “fantasist” and a “loose cannon.” For Mark “the jury was out” on his abilities to lead a team and poor Lauren was told in no uncertain terms that if she doesn’t stop “playing the game” then there wouldn’t be a game for her to play anymore. Lauren’s tension in the boardroom was almost audible while Daniel’s left ear twitched of its own accord on a few occasions.

Surprisingly, even though he was named “a dictator” by Bianca, James came off well last night, leading Summit to a superb victory. Lord Sugar only had to tell him off once for gabbing but he did so beautifully, announcing that it was a shame James hadn’t chosen Charades as his game for then no-one would have to listen to him.

So who’s your favourite to win? We’re still backing ‘sensible’ Roisin this week.

Like us to set up a team building version of The Apprentice in your company? Then take a look at our website Accolade events today and get started. We promise it’ll never be boring in the board room once our eagle eyed advisors get onsite.


Tears, Tours and Tantrums: Last Night’s Apprentice Angst

Last night’s episode of the Apprentice was a lesson in knowing when to keep your gob shut. And the two who failed miserably on this particular score were Tenacity project leader Dan (despite bragging he was an expert in corporate events) and surprise, surprise James. Interestingly both are from the school of market trading (a sector of sales which has never been comfortable with that particular edict).

Dan failed miserably in this lesson because even when his entire team turned against him and accused him of failing to organise or lead them – and indeed failing to make any ticket sales at all – he insisted he’d done nothing wrong and that Tenacity had won the task anyhow.  Talk about taking nothing on board.

James’s failure was his usual selling stuff as cheap as chips (asking for an 80 per cent discount at posh Hever Castle was a big ‘no-no’ for starters). Worse still though was his singing – and, god forbid, his insistence that the guests on his high class bus tour should join him in a chorus of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘ One Man Went to Mo.’ We here at Accolade Events cringed along with Karen at the time whom we bet wished she could get off at the next stop. And we’re certain she wasn’t the only one who felt the same way. Personally we wondered why no-one chucked him off the bus when they had the chance.

Which brings us to our next point. How come James didn’t get fired? Sure Jemma was the worst tour guide we’ve seen this side of Disney. She had to constantly refer to her notes and at one point took pains to mention Anne Boleyn’s marriage chest, telling the guests that it was worth seeing “if you can find it.” Then there was her classic line that Anne and Henry had “grown apart.” See, that’s what happens when you play truant during school History lessons Sometimes those missed lectures really do come back to bite you on the bum in adult life.

Dan was certainly a poor project leader tonight – to the extent that everyone in his team looked for guidance from handsome and competent Aussie Mark instead. And if Tenacity had been brought back into the boardroom last night we feel certain it would have been Dan who’d have been rolling his wee suitcase towards the waiting taxi instead.

But former bank manager Sanjay never did himself any favours either as leader of Summit. Not only did he fail to cost the project properly, but he seemed to be more of a sidekick to James than the man in charge. But then that was probably due to the fact that no-one can get a word in when James is around anyway. And despite the latter’s efforts to the contrary he really isn’t funny, amusing or entertaining. We just wish someone would sit him down and tell him. Admittedly some of the others such as smart Irish accountant Roisin are beginning to – but will it ever get through? Unfortunately we seriously doubt it.

And so it was blonde dancer Jemma who had to bid farewell to her baying housemates tonight – or would have had she got the chance. Happily she now has plenty of time to go and get some decent make-up advice. Take a tip from us – natural is nicer Jem!

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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.