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Team Building. What Fun!

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‘Team building’…there are two words that strike fear into the hearts of many employees. While some jump at the opportunity to try something new (and potentially have a day away from the office) others run for the hills and find any excuse possible to avoid these sort of events.

I think many of us have at one stage or another undertaken a team building session before and not enjoyed ourselves. What about the exercise where you are required to make a structure capable of supporting an egg from a ream of paper and a roll of sticky tape? Perhaps not the best use of our time.

Of those looking for something just a little different, fear not. We’ve found a wealth of fresh approaches to Team Building breaking through and we’ve added a selection of our favourites below:

CIRCUS SKILLS

The Hangar Arts Trust (HAT) based in Woolwich, South East London offer workshop packages and the chance to learn up to four different Circus Skills from Flying trapeze, Hula hoop, Juggling, Acrobalence, Tightwire and Static trapeze. In fact as summarised by HAT …“Nothing describes the world of business better than circus: the adrenaline, the highs and lows, the leaps of faith, the risks and the people around you to catch you if you fall and no corporate event is so transformative for your team as time spent with Aircraft Circus. In a safe environment, we’ll take your staff on a physical journey into the world of circus. Your team can demonstrate, explore and develop key qualities of trust, awareness, courage, focus and spontaneity through learning core circus skills”.

Contact: info@aircraftcircus.com website: www.aircraftcircus.com

ICE CARVING

Ice Carving is a skill that can be learnt by anyone. With packages available for one or three hours and accommodating from two to two hundred guests per session Ice Box offers a mobile service where they bring the ice and equipment to you anywhere in UK and Europe. If you are looking to get your teams working together whilst having fun and doing something that is far removed from everyday working life this could be for you. The groups are tasked with agreeing a creative outcome and bringing it to life against a tight timescale through teamwork, feedback often describes this as a truly uplifting and positive experience.

Contact: info@theicebox.com website: www.iceteambuilding.co.uk

GLASS BLOWING

Based in West Horsley, Surrey with a studio near Guildford, Adam Aaronson is one of the UK’s leading Studio Glass artists, with more than twenty five years experience in the medium. His art glass has been exhibited all over the world and is in numerous private collections from royalty to rock stars. Adam is passionate about all aspects of glass and enjoys teaching skills to beginners. Team Building events can be arranged to suit group needs. Glass blowing is usually not a skill many have tried which makes for a level playing field, this is particularly good for team building and breaking down any natural hierarchies, allowing individuals to shine.

Contact: adam@adamaaronson.com website: www.adamaaronson.com

CORPORATE COOKERY EXPERIENCES

Family run Venturi’s Table with their impressive purpose built kitchens at More Street, Wandsworth encourage a ‘hands on’ approach to team building, teaching new skills in a relaxed and unforced environment. With experiences covering chocolate making to three course Italian dinners there is something to suit any group.

Indeed, referencing studies into team building the BBC followed up the suggestion “Forget paint balling, if you want staff to work together better, send them on a cookery course” by sending some of their breakfast presenters off to try one of MD Ana’s famous pasta making corporate events to much success.

Contact: enquiries@venturis-table.com website: www.venturis-table.com

And finally, here’s one we are sure you won’t have tried before –

LEARNING HOW TO GRAFFITI WITH AN EXPERT

With an Art degree from Central Saint Martins School of Art, Andy Seize draws his influence from abstract impressionism, pop art, graffiti, cartoons and hot rod cars. As well as creating his own art, Andy has been involved in community art projects for many years. Working with people from wide and varied backgrounds (disadvantaged, excluded, vulnerable, young offenders) and on projects to enhance the visual environment for the whole community, Andy enjoys the challenge and rewards of community art.

Andy’s team building exercise finds everyone at beginner level and works by allowing the teams to experience personal and group achievements in a relaxed and often laughter filled environment.

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Contact: seize@andyseize.co.uk website: www.andyseize.co.uk

So. let’s say goodbye to the old style of events – I for one am relieved I won’t have to bond with my colleagues by standing on a chair in front of forty people and singing a song – I kid you not!

Designated Events can arrange team building days for corporates alike. For more information contact info@designatedevents.co.uk.

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