Who comes first your employees or clients?

It’s no secret that staff who feel valued are more engaged, productive and loyal, and an office culture where effort is recognised will always nurture a happy workforce. And introducing Away Days and employee incentives can keep your team on board with your business goals.

In the wise words of entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

Smashed those targets in 2019/20? Celebrate with an inspiring End of Financial Year party. Completed on a tough project? Take time out with your team to refresh and reflect, ready to hit the ground running on the next task.

This leap year, I am celebrating the ‘LOVE’ at Love Luxury Events with my pick of beautiful venues and awesome Away Days, perfect for a team treat to remember:

Land, Sea & Air, The Solent, Hampshire www.solent-events.co.uk

Strictly for the thrill-seekers, this amazing day starts with an off-road adventure in the New Forest National Park followed by a hair-raising sea crossing in a rib powerboat. To max out the excitement, the experience ends with a helicopter ride along the coast and the Isle of Wight. The event can be designed as a Treasure Hunt, or simply a fantastic day out of the office.

Ockenden Manor & Spa, Cuckfield, West Sussex www.hshotels.co.uk/ockenden-manor

This is a stunning, luxurious retreat based around an Elizabethan manor house. Local produce is a speciality of The Restaurant, and the award-winning Spa is housed in a contemporary space within the grounds. Group activities include falconry, archery, quad biking and cookery courses, and for something a bit different, test your leadership skills with a spot of duck herding!

Vineyard Tours at Tinwood Estate near Chichester, West Sussex www.tinwoodestate.com

This vineyard offers a wonderful, quieter alternative to the high-flying adventures of most team building days. One of several Sussex wineries flying the flag for quality English winemaking, take a tour of Tinwood’s beautiful vines, meet the growers and learn about the winemaking process. Sample the sparkling wine in the tasting room overlooking the South Downs and stay overnight in one of the luxury lodges. Or check in to the renowned Goodwood Estate, located next door.

Elvetham Hotel, Hook, Hampshire www.elvethamhotel.co.uk

This is an impressive 19th century mansion house and vast estate with an intriguing Royal history. There are 21 meeting rooms, so ideal for larger groups, and the landscaped grounds include a kitchen garden providing produce for the hotel’s restaurant. There is an emphasis on competitive team building, and options include Survival Island, Escape Rooms, The Qube and off-road buggy racing.

I have focussed on hotels and activities in the south, however there are many options throughout the UK. Get in touch via the links below and let Love Luxury Events – The Event Maker offer ideas to celebrate your team in 2020.