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Taking time out of the office could be the best investment you could make in your business

Now, more than ever, companies feel that they need to get the best performance from their employees. Someone once said that it’s not the hours you put in your work that count, it’s the work you put in the hours. It is widely accepted that focus from leadership and business teams improves greatly when they are taken out of their own office environment. All businesses want to ensure that they get the maximum return on any investment and gaining tangible results from a meeting or conference for employees has never been more important.

You may be about to launch a new service or introduce a new way of working. Success depends on getting your employees at all levels fully engaged in the new initiative. This could be the ideal opportunity to organise a meeting or a conference to build confidence and creativity.

I hold regular meetings in our hotels with my senior management team, away from the office and daily interruptions, in order to develop and plan our future strategy with some blue sky thinking.

At Hand Picked Hotels we have recently introduced a new approach to business for companies looking for inspirational and unconventional settings. Meetings etc is our new brand to deliver a bespoke event in stunning surroundings at our 17 hotels, all of which are close to major road links, airports and railway stations, and several close to London.

Taking your meeting or conference away from the office cuts out the distractions and allows everyone to focus on the agenda. It allows for creative thinking and problem solving in a fresh environment. The frustrations and minor personality clashes within the team can disappear when the task in hand is herding geese or archery, before an al fresco brainstorm. You can build morale, develop collaboration skills and communication.

A leading IT company held a conference at one of our hotels on an exclusive use basis. They had teambuilding activities using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows, which must have involved some creative thinking! In the evening, an events company set up a traditional fairground carousel in the hotel courtyard, with candyfloss and popcorn stalls.

There are intimate panelled boardrooms or larger meeting rooms for more formal business meetings, with the very latest technology, delicious food and drink, backed by excellent service and the indulgence of a stay at a Hand Picked Hotel to make your staff feel valued and motivated.

And after the business of the day is over, a wine-tasting session led by one of our in-house wine experts is always guaranteed to set the mood for an evening of unwinding over a delicious dinner – at the end of a working day with a difference.

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Julia Hands

Julia Hands

As owner of Hand Picked Hotels Julia is the driving force behind the unique style of Hand Picked Hotels and the atmosphere of relaxed comfort that is prevalent in all properties.

Comments (6)

  • Hotel Desk

    Hotel Desk

    17 May 2012 at 12:38 |
    Absolutely agree! It is so easy in the current economic climate for businesses to cut their budgets on external meetings and conferences. However it is away days, team building and opportunities to focus on business issues in a constructive external environment that really do make a difference to staff motivation and overall business competitiveness - a must in this recession.

    At Hotel Desk [travel services company], we and our business clients, find that Hand Picked Hotels offers great meeting & conferencing packages - great hotel product and service with good value rates. It's false economy not too book external business events.

    Find out Hotel Desk corporate clients' feedback on Hand Picked and other hotels at www.hoteldesk.co.uk/blog
  • Jon


    09 July 2012 at 07:48 |
    External meeting rooms are really useful for any sort of meeting where a step away from the distractions of the office are needed.

    If you are a golf fan, you may be able to combine it with a round as well!
  • sarah


    16 July 2012 at 22:54 |
    Sounds too good to be true! Would encourage creativity and confidence. Much better ideas come from a relaxed mind. Where do I sign up........
  • Jillian Duncan

    Jillian Duncan

    09 May 2013 at 15:04 |
    What a wonderfull day and night delightful staff, setting,food, all excellent hope to return thank you everyone we will certainly be talking about you to our friends. Thank you
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    It's on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!
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