I’m a southerner born and bred but I’ve been living in the Midlands for around 8 years now and have become very fond of the place I now call home. So what makes it such a great home and secondly, what makes it great for team building?
As a home the midlands offers lots of fantastic places to see and live in. From the once brewing capital of the world, Burton Upon Trent which in it’s hey day was home to over 700 breweries. Then there is the Derbyshire peak district with it’s dales, caves and rivers for walking, boating and photographing. Add to this the fantastic castle at Warwick, Sherwood Forest at Nottingham and the magnificent Chatsworth House and the area becomes a haven to wonderful experiences.
So what makes it so great for team building? Most of our clients these days have offices located from one side of the country to the other and from south to north. So being based in the midlands creates a central location where travelling is balanced and no one feels unfairly treated.
Much of the midlands is sandwiched nicely between the M6 and the M1 which makes it easy to get to from most places. We have team building venues across the country from Surrey to Edinburgh but our midlands team building venue is slap bang in the middle of the country half way between both motorways and has mainline rail access on the doorstep.
But, is it more cost effective to run your team building locally or travel to one of our venues? Well, we were recently involved in a major piece of leadership development work for a company based primarily in the south of the country. The work involved some 1-2 workshops with a 3-4 day residential element for the experiential learning piece.
We worked out the cost of transporting the team building exercises and staff, venue set up and removal and then compared it to the cost of transporting everyone north to the midlands. The cost of running the events at the southern based local venue worked out as nearly 50% additional cost. So the Midlands it was!
Now, if you live in Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham, Stoke or even Leicester or Warwick, our site at Draycott in the Clay is anything from 30mins to 1hr away. We provide full catering facilities, overnight accommodation and we’ve even got a hot tub to relax your weary bones after a great day’s team build.
So, when you’re next considering a team building event, don’t assume it has to be local. We can show you that the costs can make it viable.