Global information services group Experian hold 'All Hands' days twice a year, to give staff the chance to get off-site to review the previous working year and welcome in a new one. For the event on 12 May 2016, the organisation wanted a destination that was easy to get to and would provide a unique experience for guests. In addition to reviewing and celebrating achievements, it was designed as an opportunity for the leadership team to say thank you.
Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest was chosen as it was condisered 'a premier venue' in the area. Guests arrived in the morning for tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches served in the Major Oak Lobby in The Venue, followed by a series of presentations. After lunch, guests took part in activities, including laser combat, archery, adventure golf, tree climbing and an aqua tree trek.
The company took care to ensure the event was environmentally friendly, by working with the venue. "Whenever and wherever possible we provide coach travel to reduce the amount of vehicles travelling to a venue. We were also happy to see that Center Parcs take matters such as their colleagues, community and considerations regarding the environment very seriously," said Samantha Phillips, senior administrator at Experian Marketing Services UK.
According to Phillips, the guests loved the venue, the airy conference centre, walks through the forest, and the relaxed nature of the event. "I’m thrilled we chose Center Parcs Sherwood Forest as the venue for our Summer 2016 All Hands Day. So often you find you have to compromise on conference or teambuilding facilities – you rarely get a venue that excels with both. This is what we got from Center Parcs. From the beginning the support and professionalism shown was second to none. Every team from catering to leisure were knowledgeable, efficient and delighted to help."
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