Last week, Claremont held its annual Company Away Day at the Belfry…
Most of our consultants are home based (which provides a good geographic coverage of the UK for our clients), and so this is one of the rare occasions in the calendar when everyone assembles in the same place. Looking at the increase in the number of attendees in the room each year has become a real yardstick of our progress, with the size of the team swelling again over the past year to support the growth of our business. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together face-to-face, share experiences and ideas, and to help to build team cohesion.
The morning activities kicked off with a round of presentations on the progress of the business, customer success stories and discussions about the marketplace. It also included the now traditional Claremont Quiz and the Leadership Team were put through their paces by employees with a Q&A session. In the afternoon, we ventured outdoors for a set of team building activities, which comprised of a number of mental and physical challenges. For the finale, the teams were required to construct catapults out of sticks and rubber bands to see who could fire an egg the furthest distance. Thankfully, implementing and supporting Oracle technology is a little easier!
Onto the evening activities, and after a meal it was time for the annual Claremont Awards, which included a number of light-hearted nominations before moving onto the serious business of announcing the winners of Employee of the Year, as voted for by employees. Some carried on and partied late into the night, taking advantage of the onsite night club.
From a personal point of view, I was hugely inspired by the event. It’s great to step back and take stock of the tremendous progress that we have made. I also reflected what an incredibly talented and committed group of people that work for Claremont, servicing our customers on a day-to-day basis. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!