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A-Z of Corporate Event Planning part 2

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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Here’s the second part of our A-Z list of some of the most important factors to consider when hosting a corporate event regardless of whether it is a small team building event or a large 1000+ delegate conference.

N – Numbers

Obviously it is important to work out early on how many delegates you want to attend your corporate event.  The number of invites will determine the type of venue you need and the scale of the catering required.

O – Outdoors

While British summers are known for their length or warmth, let this not deter you from considering an outdoor corporate event.  From fun family days to inflatable team building events, the great outdoors offers a vast variety of events that your team will enjoy.

P – Potential

Team building events offer your team the chance to show their true potential.  Often, doing the same job day in day can lead a person to not think outside of the box and showcase some of their skills.  A good team building event will help a person to stretch themselves and unearth some hidden talents.

Q – Quiz Shows

Quiz and game shows are great team building activities as well as superb ice breakers for larger corporate events such as company dinners or conferences.   Inclusive and fun, everyone enjoys a trip down memory lane playing a retro quiz show such as Blankety Blank or Play Your Cards.

R – Reward

Corporate and team building events can be hosted as rewards for your team’s hard work throughout the year.  Annual balls, Christmas parties and dinner dances are a great way to say thank you and have the added bonus of raising morale and increasing company loyalty.

S – Skillset

Team building events are an excellent way of discovering and capitalising on your teams skillsets.  Whether you need to focus on communication, time management or productivity, we can tailor a team building event to suit your exact business needs.

T – Team Building

Not only do team building events increase skillsets as mentioned in the previous point, they are also excellent business tools for improve working relationships.  Used to bring together different departments or to better harmonise existing teams, team building events help to break down any walls and have colleagues respecting each other and striving to help each other in their working goals.

U – Understanding

You need to understand the needs of your delegates and what they hope to get out of the event, and in turn we need to fully understand what you want to achieve from your corporate event.

V – Venue

Finding the perfect venue for your corporate event can be a time consuming task, particularly if you want to host your event in a different town or city.   Because we have a great working knowledge of venues across the country and overseas, we can find the perfect venue for your corporate event.

W – Working Relationships

Allowing colleagues or business acquaintances to network and mingle at your corporate event can only improve working relationships.   Providing areas where people can chat, meet each other and swap business cards will enhance business opportunities and allow colleagues to get to know each other better.

X – Xmas Party

Even April is not too soon to be thinking, and indeed booking, your Christmas party.  The best venues get snapped up very quickly in the year so if you want your 2013 Christmas party to be the one that everyone remembers you need to start preparing now.

Y – Yes

Yes is a positive word, and that is exactly what you want from your corporate event.  Embracing all that is positive about your company and your employees will have everyone on board and eager to listen to your company message.

Z – ZZZZs

Not something you want to see at your corporate event.  Make sure your event keeps everyone’s attention and doesn’t become dull and boring leading to delegates fighting the urge to catch a few zzzzs.  Conference fillers and energisers, along with a good mix of speakers will ensure that your event is a success.

A-Z of Corporate Event Planning Part 1

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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Corporate Events

Organising a corporate event can be fraught with worry.  Using our services will certainly take a lot of the stress and strain out of hosting a corporate event, but there are still some things you will need to consider.

We’ve written an A-Z list of some of the most important factors to consider when hosting a corporate event regardless of whether it is a small team building event or a large 1000+ delegate conference.

A – Agenda

Every corporate event needs an agenda otherwise mayhem will quickly takeover.  A clear start, middle and end with scheduled breaks are essential.  You will also need to ensure that delegate’s interests are kept sharp, so paying attention to the timings of different aspects of the day is also important—even the most polished and entertaining public speaker will only hold the audiences’ attention for so long!

B – Business

Corporate events are all about business, whether it is to increase business by inviting potential clients and customers to a conference or to improve the way your business works via team building events.  Tell us what needs improving in your business and we can tailor a team building event to suit your needs.

C – Conferences

We here at Accolade Corporate Events specialise in conferences.  You provide the subject and content and let us deal with all the nitty gritty such as venues, entertainment, energisers and catering.

D – Delegates

Obviously the delegates are the most important factor of any corporate event.  Keeping them happy by holding their interest, making them comfortable, catering for them if necessary and providing them with a platform to network and make new business contacts is essential.

E – Entertainment

Whilst corporate events need to have a serious business angle to them, there is no law that says they cannot be fun.  In fact, injecting some fun and entertainment into a corporate event will ensure that delegates remember the event, take away the most from it and leave feeling good about working for or with your company.

F – Family Fun Days

Corporate entertainment doesn’t have to be just about employees.   Serious brownie points can be won and morale boosted if you include the partners and families of employees in your corporate entertainment plans.   Whether this extends to inviting partners to corporate functions or hosting a family fun day where your team can mix socially with their colleagues and families is entirely up to you.

G – Goals

For any corporate event to truly work we need to know what you want to get out of the event.  Do you want to challenge employees’ skills, showcase a new product or service or simply reward your team for their hard work over the year?

H – Hotels

Because Accolade Corporate Events are an independent company we are not tied to any particular hotel chain.  This give us great bargaining power when it comes to finding conference and team building event venues as well as negotiating the best prices for hotel rooms for delegates.

I – Invitations

To ensure you get the best venue for your corporate event you need to decide how many delegates you want to invite.  For the best turn out, invitations should be sent out a couple of months in advance so that people can plan their diaries around the event.

J – Junk Funk Energisers

Conference energisers and fillers such as our Junk Funk, Boomwhackers or Quiz shows are a great way to break the ice at the beginning of a corporate event or can be used as entertainment between courses at an evening meal.  The energisers are loud, fun and memorable and designed to empower and engage delegates.

K – Keynote Speakers

Inviting along keynote speakers to your company conference is a great way to introduce a different dimension to your event.  Keynote speakers can either be celebrities or someone from another business field who you think can offer valuable insight that could benefit your business.

L – Location

The location for your corporate event is one of the first things you should consider.  If all of your employees work in the same place then it makes sense to hold the event locally.  However, if you have a large nationwide or even worldwide employee base then you need to find a location that is central to most delegates, or a place large enough to hold them all.

M –Musical Activities

Attending any corporate event where the day is filled with person after person talking at you can be very trying and not mention tiring.  Injecting some musical activity to your corporate event will not only make the event memorable but also give a much need boost to the audience and liven up proceedings.  From drumming workshops to our HAKA conference energizer, these musical activities will certainly wake up the sleepiest of delegates and greatly aid you getting across your company message.

Inviting Partners to Corporate Events

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Family Fun Days

It is often a difficult decision to make:  whether or not to invite employees’ partners to corporate events.   But there can be added bonuses to inviting the wives, husbands and significant others to certain corporate events, whereas there are definitely some occasions where it isn’t so advisable.

Inviting partners to corporate events shows that you value the employee and respect that they have a life outside of the office.  Taking the chance to meet your employees’ partners will help to build better working relationships and people are more likely to be loyal to a company who acknowledge and include their partners.

Obviously there are certain corporate events where having partners there will be an unwelcome distraction.  Conferences, seminars and training days should be about business and corporate networking.  In addition, many team building events are designed to help bring colleagues together so outside influences may dilute any effect.  However, that said, there is no reason why partners couldn’t be invited to any night-time event that followed a conference or team building event.

Inviting Partners to Evening Corporate Events

Christmas parties and office balls are the corporate events where employees are most often asked to bring along their partners.  And it makes sense to do so; many feel that their partner should also be treated to a chance to dress up and have a glam night out.  For many employees it is an added bonus that they have someone there at their side, particularly if they are new or don’t necessarily feel part of the in-crowd at work.  For others, they like the opportunity to introduce their partner to their colleagues and widen their social network.

If there isn’t the budget to pay for partners at your next social corporate event, you could offer a chance for partners to accompany employees if they pay towards their own meal, or you could make everyone pay for their own meal while you pick up the bar tab and provide the entertainment.

Getting the Whole Family Involved with Family Fun Days

Getting the entire family together for a company day out is something that used to happen a lot at large companies years ago.  Whether it was an annual works’ trip to the seaside or a summer fete on the grounds, employees used to look forward to bringing their families to mix with their colleagues.

Sadly, this practice seems to be on the decline, but holding a family fun day is a great way to raise morale and thank your employees and their families for all their hard work.   Often the family fun day is linked to a charitable event so you can raise money for good causes as well as treat your employees.

Family fun days can be great team building events with the whole of the family participating in fun activities such as It’s A Knock Out or Crystal Maze.

3 Tips to Help Make Employees Who Work from Home Feel Part of the Team

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Having remote workers make sense for a lot of businesses, not only does it suit a lot of employees to work from home, particularly if they have a long commute or young families to look after, but it can also keep down costs that occur with office based staff.  However, it is all too easy for those who work from home to feel out of the loop, to become alienated and isolated from the rest of the workforce.

Simply adding their name to the email mailing list or speaking occasionally on the telephone isn’t enough to make employees who work from home feel like they are part of a team.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to help employees who work from home feel more included and help them realise they are an integral and important employee in your business.

Use Technology to Hold Face to Face Meetings

The use of Skype can be vital in holding face to face meetings with remote employees.  Holding a Skype call rather than a usual telephone call will help people to connect better with their colleagues, not to mention give them a reason to get changed out of their pyjamas.   Video conference calls can also be made via Skype.

Another alternative for group sessions is the Google plus hangout facility which can be a great tool to be used for team meetings for remote based employees.

Invite Remote Workers to Social Events

Inviting those who work from home to regular social events that occur in the work’s calendar is a great way to include everyone.  Obviously distance plays a big part in whether a person is able to attend or not, but if they work in the same town as their colleagues then they should always be invited.

It is even more essential that remote workers get invited to large corporate events, not only do these events keep everyone informed as to what is happening in the business, they are a vital chance to meet and network with new colleagues.  Not inviting remote employees to such events will only serve to alienate them and make them feel their input isn’t important to the business.

Get Everyone Together for a Team Building Event

Bringing remote and onsite employees together for a team building event is an excellent opportunity to help forge strong and lasting working relationships that can only enhance your business and make the remote employees feel appreciated and raise their morale.

Olympic Team Building Games

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

On the 27th July it was just two years to the day of the London 2012 Olympic games and companies up and down the country marked the occasion by hosting Olympic team building games.

In Scotland we hosted Giant Wii Olympic games for hundreds of competitive employees, in England we hosted Olympic School Sports Days and in Wales we hosted evening Olympic team quiz nights. With two years to go, this shows that the potential of the Olympic games for businesses is huge and now is the time to start actively promoting them.

Very soon, you’ll notice an Olympic team building event section to our website, full of different ideas for building team motivation or entertaining your clients on a networking evening. With such a huge interest in the corporate events that we offer, we recommend that you contact us here at Accolade Corporate Events now to discuss your companies event before the dates get fully booked.

Objectives for Christmas Party Entertainment

Monday, July 26th, 2010

This year is certainly proving to be the year of the company Christmas party, where some clients have held back on corporate entertainment in the year, they are sending out a message loud and clear by celebrating Christmas and another year in business.

It’s a common myth that companies host Christmas party’s just because it’s Christmas, it’s not just the time of year that is significant but it’s the message that the celebration delivers and that’s success. Even more so this year, we at Accolade Corporate Events are monitoring clients reasons for hosting not only the party but the entertainment that they choose and how many people they invite.

We’ve already established that our clients want to say thank you to their team, they know that it has been a tough year and this is the time where they want to give back. There is an increase in the number of Christmas entertainment events that are happening in the daytime, companies are taking their teams out of the workplace and utilising the festive celebration as a Christmas team building event at the same time, which we think is a smart move.

When you are organising company Christmas party speak to the corporate entertainment experts, we can give you a whole range of different style of events to directly meet your objectives but with the festive season already in full swing, then don’t delay or you could find peak dates are sold out.

Team Building Expert Interview with Jane Chapman

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

At Accolade Corporate Events, we have a dedicated team of professional team building experts, Jane Chapman has been with Accolade since it was fonded ten years ago and she’s the Events Director and has successfully delivered hundreds of different corporate events.

Question: What do you like about the team building industry?
Jane: I love the diversity, the way the industry is constantly evolving and the feeling at the end of another successful event – it’s a rush and you can’t beat it!

Question: How do you feel that Accolade has changed during the last two years?
Jane: The global recession has undoubtedly had an impact but from our perspective I think we have emerged from the recession with a improved range of team building activities. With budgets being more sensitive than ever before, clients are having to justify booking a corporate event, this has made us review and overhaul even our most loved old favourites meaning that we are right at the top of our game.

Question: What has been your most challenging event?
Jane: (Laughs) Well sometimes it’s not the largest, biggest budget, most exotic event that will prove challenging and by virtue of how we create bespoke events for our clients, all our events have challenges but if I had to mention one event I would say it was a Team Apprentice event that was hosted over three days in two countries, following teams around with camera crews while they bartered in a Moroccan souk and then making sure everyone returned back to London for the final boardroom session was ‘challenging’ but at the same time, one of the most rewarding events I’ve event managed!

Question: If you weren’t here now where would you be?
Jane: 25 Metres under the water in the Philippines scuba diving and watching the breathtaking Thresher sharks – totally stunning!

If you would like to talk to one of our team building experts then give us a call today, we’d love to be able to show you how you can make your team building event motivational and memorable.