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The direction was given to find a venue that was close to London, but not London, to have good transport links, but in the countryside, to have at least 180 bedrooms, but not to have a large hotel feel and to have significant outdoor space for team building activities.
The chosen venue was The Grove in Hertfordshire. This stunning five star country hotel offers a boutique feel but is able to accommodate large groups for conferences and dinner dances.
The event took place over three days, in the hotels grounds and also in the hotel Amber Suite.
On the first two day guests were divided into sub-groups where they took part in teambuilding sessions and activities in the hotels grounds and off site. These ranged from a bike ride, to performing a warrior dance.
The last night was the night of the awards dinner and party. Luckily good weather held out and the drinks reception took place on the Terrace with a jazz trio.
Guests were then invited into the Amber Suite which had been completely transformed into an ‘industrial’ work place environment in line with the clients industry. The bespoke multi-level stage and set had check-plate fascias and ‘I’ beams. As the guests were 85% men we knew their wouldn’t be much dancing later so we installed a bespoke central circular bar on the dancefloor, made from the check-plate vinyl.
As guests entered the room they were greeted with a percussionist and saxophonist until they took to their seats and the formalities began.
The evening saw a mix of presentations, video clips and awards during dinner, followed by guests enjoying a drink a dancing to the DJ, percussionist and saxophonist.
Bright and early the next morning a half day conference started. Overnight the Amber Suite had been transformed again, the draping on three of the walls and the stage were all removed and an additional central screen added. The conference chairs had been brought in and all tables removed. The set up for this conference was an unusual fish bowl where delegates could step into the middle of the ‘fish bowl’ to join the discussion.
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