Conference News April 2018 - Page 33

33 Outdoors make use of a teambuilding activity. There are a great number of strong suppliers in this area. How can weather affect a teambuilding activity; what fail-safes are in place? Lizzy Dring, director, Right Angle Events, says: “We aim to build in wet weather contingencies with the majority of our events, whether that be giant marquee pop ups, to flexing the event to come inside. For example we have an indoor crystal challenge as well as an outdoor one. One of the beauties of our Crime Experiences is that they are completely weatherproof and inclusive. “On glorious days we have crime scenes outside, surveillance activities and covert challenges. On the other side, if the heavens open we can flex the event to come inside. There are a few events that are harder to bring indoors, such as laser clay pigeon shooting (although we did that in thick snow last year!). What we tend to do if the activities must be outside is to provide shelter (with heating if required) and ponchos to keep guests a little dryer. “We often find the weather doesn’t affect the enjoyment, as long as there is a warm cup of tea or something stronger at the end! We always suggest bringing suitable clothing for rain, snow or strong sunshine.” On changing trends, Off Limits Events director Martin Stephens tells CN : “We’re seeing an increase in enquiries from clients requesting outdoor teambuilding events even during the colder months. We even delivered our popular It’s a Knockout event in February to 150 delegates and even with freezing temperatures the client had an absolute blast. Taking your event to the great outdoors provides a completely fresh energy and a renewed boost for delegates.” Ben Parkinson, co-owner at Blue Hat Teambuilding outlines what he expects from venues to be able to effectively deliver a successful teambuilding event. He says: “It’s quite simple really. Good access to the main space and a proactive operations team ready to do whatever it takes to make the event work. Sometimes access to an additional room to prepare equipment if we can’t get into the main room until a few minutes before the event is to begin. And co-operation from the operational teams where we might need them to remove furniture from a room so we can set up in limited time whilst delegates are out the room on a coffee break or lunch hour.” What does Parkinson say event Above: Jugglers entertain at Hampton Court Palace, while Blue Hat Teambuilding show off their chariot www.conference-news.co.uk bookers should consider? He adds: “Most bookers book the venue first and then think about the content of the event. We’d say it’s much smarter to do it the other way around. Too often we’re asked to shoe-horn an activity into a tight space. It’s much better to decide what you want to do first and then find the space that best fits. There are over 25,000 venues in the UK, so there’s always somewhere appropriate if you know where to look, even if it’s fairly last minute. The simpler the event is to physically run on the day for the organising teams, the better it will run in terms of delegate experience.”