Company Faber Maunsell
Group size 90-120
Date 27-28 May 2008, (but held every two months)
Venue Warwick Conferences - Scarman House
THE BRIEF Faber Maunsell is an international consultancy specialising in building, transportation and environmental services. With an annual turnover exceeding £160m, it employs more than 3,000 people at 30 office locations across the UK and Europe. The organisation has held several events at Warwick University, including an annual conference for 500 employees.
The company previously ran staff inductions at its St Albans head office, but decided to revamp them to ensure new recruits felt suitably welcomed into the company. The induction has to cater for permanent and contract staff, from all divisions and at all experience levels.
CHALLENGES Faber Maunsell corporate events co-ordinator Alex Morris says: "We decided to take the induction off-site to add grandeur to the event and ensure that new staff felt motivated and important. We needed a central venue that offered a professional working environment. Accommodation had to be on-site, and we required one main lecture theatre and several break-out rooms."
SOLUTION Morris continues: "Scarman House offered a tiered lecture theatre with eight break-out rooms, which was perfect for our needs. The central location on the West Midlands/Warwickshire border was also ideal."
EXECUTION The Corporate Welcome event spanned two days. Delegates arrived from 4pm on the first day and met at 6pm for a company overview followed by an ice-breaker dinner that included drinks and a quiz. The next day included an explanation of the company infrastructure, followed by sessions about strategic business practices and objectives. Each session was delivered in the lecture theatre, while break-out rooms were used to facilitate practical exercises with smaller groups.
VERDICT Warwick Conferences event manager Karen Kiely says: "The event continues to be such a success because of the purpose-built setting of Scarman House."
Morris adds: "We now run this event every two months to ensure that all new staff get off to a great start. Holding an event on a university campus gives it a certain importance and reinforces the educational focus."
Company Faber Maunsell
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