EML Team has recently been working with a SME based in Jersey who had this very conundrum. The requirements on the face of it are obvious…food, clean accommodation, nice open space, lots of light, car parking - plus of course most people like a venue which is private and impressive.
The solution is not particularly out of the box thinking, but most people would not even consider it. Why not privately hire a country house?
The venue we used last week had 24 beds, masses of space and was actually cheaper to hire for 3 days than it would have been to stay in a Premier Inn. The team of course must prepare their own breakfast and lunch, plus of course wash up… In most cases dinner can either be cooked by guests, sorted out at local restaurants / pubs or even order via takeaway!
Given the above the look and feel of the session completely changes - guests are more relaxed, the overall cost of the session is cheaper and the meeting is more productive – and the team building can be far more informal. With the event being discussed here, the client had our superb ‘Directors Cut’ event and as the costs of hiring the venue came out at a very reasonable £1400, the client opted to upgraded the cameras to come with sound booms, EML Team bought in an Ex BBC editor and had an editing suite. The results were fantastic and as they had the run of the venue and we set up a mini theatre in one of the drawing rooms to show the resulting films at the end of the day.
Next year the client is already thinking of doing a similar event and the cards are down as to how EML Team can make the team building element even better…Is this possible? Well yes of course why not have a Master Chef session…As there were two kitchens our ex Michelin Star rated chef can have the guests create a dinner fit for a king (or Queen!)