Make The World Better With a Sweater

logoChristmas is the time for giving and here at CCC we decided to get into the true spirit of Christmas and take part in Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day 2014. The rules were simple; wear a festive sweater, make a donation, and spread the jumper joy! xmasjumperdayphoto

Now in its third year, the woolly revolution has already raised over £1.6 million and this year the government is matching every pound donated. Just £2 can buy potentially life-saving antibiotics for three babies whilst £200 can buy enough high energy peanut paste to treat 40 malnourished children for a week. A little most certainly goes a long way.

The team here threw themselves into the task with their usual enthusiasm, and there was a fantastic array of jumpers on show. Even Event Managers that were heading out to run events made sure they got in on the action before they left.

Just to build excitement and add a little competition, we made sure there was a prize for the winning jumper. Our lovely Event Manager Fiona was the lucky winner, with a home made jumper that included lights, tinsel and a stocking with treats for everyone in! A fantastic sweater by all accounts.

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We had a great day. We’re always looking for new ways to build motivation and teamwork, and we had a lot of fun whilst contributing to a really worthwhile cause. It’s not too late to get involved - take a look at our Christmas Edition of Easy Office Based Team Building Ideas for some further inspiration!

Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas #12 - Christmas Edition!

With only a few weeks to go until Santa comes, we're rounding up our favourite Christmas-themed Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas to get you in the festive spirit and carry your team through the last few weeks of the year. Easy Office Based Teams Building Ideas Christmas Edition

  • Deck the Halls...and reception...and loo...

One of our regular clients is a huge fan of their annual desk-decorating competition. Teams are made up out of the 'islands' their desks are arranged in, and all decoration must be complete by the 1st of December. The CEO then acts as a judge and declares her favourite before prizes are given and mulled wine enjoyed by all. Apparently they get very competitive, with last year's winning desk being transformed into a German Christmas market! If you don't want to go quite as extreme, simply declare 4pm this Friday as 'the decorating hour' and watch as your colleagues are transformed into excited children again. Magical.

  • The Christmas Bake-Off

Our last Office Bake-Off was a huge hit, so we'll definitely be recreating it this year with our favourite Christmas treats. An American take on this would be to do a cookie swap, in which everyone bakes their favourite biscuit (bake at least one biscuit per colleague) and swaps them so that everyone has a lovely selection to take home. Alternatively, ask everyone to make a mixture of sweet and savoury goods to result in a huge lunch feast for all. We'll be making Paul Hollywood's Savoury Christmas Chelsea Buns in the hope of being crowned Ultimate Christmas Baking Champion.

  • Elf Yourself

For a simple yet hilarious way to get even the most Scrooge-like of colleagues into the Christmas spirit, visit Elf Yourself and get uploading. It's really easy to use, all you'll need is some photos of your colleagues, but be sure to put yourself in there too to show that you're game.

  • Lend a Hand

Nothing builds motivation and teamwork like helping out those less fortunate at Christmas time. At CCC we'll be donning our sparkly sweaters and supporting Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day, but there's a multitude of other ways you could give back. Popular ideas include asking everyone to spend a few pounds on an extra toy to be given to a children's charity, taking flowers or treats from your Bake-Off to a local care home and spending some time with the elderly, or 'treating' other nearby businesses to lunchtime carolling and donating the proceeds.

  • Secret Santa Advent Raffle

A twist on the classic office Secret Santa - source one gift per person (either ask everyone to bring one in or have the company provide them). Attach raffle tickets to each gift and place them somewhere prominent. In the countdown to Christmas, hold a daily raffle, having one person pick a ticket from a hat each day - they then win whichever gift matches their ticket! Any leftovers are picked on the final day of work before Christmas, and it's a nice way of having something small going on every day rather than one big present-giving.

Want to take the load off this Christmas? Let us take care of the entertainment! Our evening events are perfect for office parties. Visit our website or call 0845 006 06 06 for a chat with our lovely sales team.

Team Building in Manchester - Team Adventure

Manchester is a fantastic city to run a team building treasure hunt - a great blend of old and new, tradition and modernity. We were there only recently running our Team Adventure event! Team Building in Manchester - our Team Adventure Treasure HuntThe Team Adventure sees guests split into teams who race from location to location, taking in some of Manchester's highlights such as the Cathedral and Piccadilly Gardens. Along the way teams complete challenges, take photos and meet a cast of quirky characters in their hope of winning the day!

Here's what our client had to say:

Exactly what you would expect from a well organised and high quality company. Friendly staff, Great organisation, Challenging and enjoyable tasks. The event has created a lasting buzz amongst staff. They can't wait to see the photos of what was a very memorable and enjoyable day. Thank you.

To find out more about our team building treasure hunts, give our friendly team a call on 0845 006 0606.

Team Building in London - The Enigma Challenge

There's nothing like London for indoor team building - the venue choices are practically endless, the transport links second to none and the standards of service are among the best in the world. This week we were there to run our Enigma Challenge, an extremely competitive team building event that puts teams against each other in a frantic race against the clock.

Indoor Team Building - The Enigma Challenge

Each team is presented with a sealed box and a digital camera. Inside the box, 101 Challenges await, divided into four categories; Brainteasers, Creative, Teamwork and the Enigma Challenges themselves.

Without enough time to complete every challenge, teams must prioritise and tackle the challenges they feel most suited for - and that reward the most points - with every precious second ticking down on the big screen.

As well as being one of our most popular individual events, The Enigma Challenge works equally well as an Icebreaker - a furious burst of creative energy for 30 minutes can energise your group for the day ahead.

Take a look at our website or give our team a call on 0845 006 0606 to learn more about our indoor team building events.

Outdoor Team Building in Berkshire - Bushcraft at Sunningdale Park, Ascot

The recent Channel 4 series The Island saw a group of men being left on a desert island to fend for themselves for 13 weeks, finding their own food and water and building their own shelters. The series proved a runaway hit, with applications for the second series reaching 40,000 in a single day. With our outdoor survival events it's possible to experience some of the same situations without taking your team to an island in the pacific! It's easier than you might think - many conference venues and hotels are situated in acres of woodland, allowing us to create completely immersive survival experiences as part of your away day.

We were recently at the beautiful Sunningdale Park in Ascot to run our Bushcraft event, a great introduction into the world of wilderness survival.

Outdoor Team Building - Bushcraft

Teams are taken back to basics and taught aspects of wilderness survival, including how to make a fire, how to construct a shelter and even how to hunt for food!

Each survival event is tailored to the specific needs and interests of our client, and can take the form of a light, informative and educational afternoon or a more robust survival programme - even including an overnight stay in the woods!

Our outdoor survival events are a great way to break down barriers and forge bonds within your team, as together they experience a paradigm shift in perspective and a true appreciation for both nature and the comforts we enjoy every day.

Take a closer look at our Bushcraft event or The Islanders, an event inspired by the Channel 4 show, or just give our team a call on 0845 006 0606 to discus your requirements.

Team Building in London's West End - iSpy

London's West End is a fantastic destination for a treasure hunt - it gets teams out and about amidst some of the most iconic locations in the world, from Leicester Square and Covent Garden to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Our iSpy event takes the idea of a treasure hunt and brings it into the 21st century. Teams are armed with iPads with GPS mapping, digital and video cameras and are thrown into a race against time where their efforts are assessed real-time in the Cloud and only the best team can come out on top!Team Building in London's West End - iSpyHere's what a recent client had to say:

"The challenges/photos/scavenges were great and so much fun to achieve. Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and there was a real sense of the team being more relaxed around each other this week, which is what we needed. Thank you for giving us a really fun experience! The photos and videos are also a great take-away."

If you'd like to learn more about how a team building treasure hunt could benefit your team, give us a call on 0845 006 0606 and chat to one of the team!

Team Building in Derbyshire - Generation Games

"Nice to see you, to see you... Nice!" Taking our cue from some of the most memorable light-entertainment formats of the seventies and eighties, our Generation Games event is a real blast!

Team Building Derbyshire - Generation Games

We were in Derby recently to run this popular event, that has our flamboyant compère guiding teams through a variety of creative challenges.

From the super-difficult Blindfold Cake Decorating to the super-silly Balloon Modelling and with enough Plate Spinning and other activities involved the energy and the laughs are abundant! And of course what Generation Games event would be complete without an epic Conveyor Belt challenge finale!

Best run as an indoor team building event, Generation Games is great for teams who too often are flexing their grey matter and would benefit from a day of creative expression!

Give our team a call on 0845 006 0606 to discuss which of our team building events would be perfect for you!

Team Building in Manchester - The Team Adventure

We were lucky enough to visit the glorious city of Manchester recently to run our popular Team Adventure. With its open spaces and iconic landmarks, Manchester has a lot to offer teams that want to spend a morning or an afternoon out of the office strengthening bonds and improving communication. Team Building in Manchester - Team Adventure

Our Team Adventure has participants exploring their surroundings in a completely new way, seeing the city in a new light as they complete challenges, solve puzzles and meet bizarre characters around the city.

Taking in many spectacular locations, like Sackville and Piccadilly Gardens, Albert Square and Manchester Cathedral, the Team Adventure is a high energy team building treasure hunt that will have your group talking about it for weeks to come!

To talk to our team about our range of treasure hunts across the UK and Europe, explore our website or give us a call on 0845 006 0606.

Team Building Events: Indoor Events

With a huge range of team building events out there, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. To help you narrow down the search, we have divided the best events into categories, and will profile a different one each week, complete with tips on what might be best for your team. Today, we're looking at indoor events - the perfect way to get the most out of your team building event without leaving the comfort of the conference room! Indoor Team Building Events

Indoor Team Building Events

With the ever-growing demand for effective, entertaining indoor team builds, options within this category have increased exponentially. Recently developed indoor events mean that they are hugely flexible to the space and time scale available, and can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're after a half day or full day programme, or if you just have a small pocket of time in which you'd like to keep everyone motivated and entertained, there'll be something to suit you in the indoor event category.

Indoor Team Building - Enigma Challenge

 Why Choose an Indoor Event?

An indoor event is perfect for your team if....

  • You're concerned about the weather. It's an obvious one, but if your conference or away day happens to fall during the winter months and you would like to fit in some team building, then an indoor event is the way forward.  All the fantastic benefits of team building without having to brave the great outdoors - it's a win-win situation!
  • You'll be in Central London or another busy city. Outdoor space can be hard to come by in cities, so remove it from the equation with an indoor team building event. There'll be many boxes to check when sourcing the ideal venue for your conference - proximity to airports, high-quality accommodation - but with an indoor team build, you won't have to add 'outdoor space' to your list.
  • You've done lots of team building before and want something completely different. The huge demand for indoor team building events has been addressed with the development of some really unique and dynamic events. While outdoor team builds tend to be more traditional, events from our indoor category will surprise and delight even your most 'seasoned' team members.
  • You want a seamless transition between meetings and team building. If there is a particular message you would like to link to your team build, or if you've done some great work already and want to keep the momentum going, then an indoor event is a brilliant option. Many of our indoor events can begin straight after you finish your meetings, ensuring that everyone stays engaged and on-message.
  • You don't have a 'traditional' conferencing venue. The fantastic thing about indoor team builds is that they can often be run in your own offices - so if you'd like the motivational benefits of a team build without having to shell out for venue costs, we can come to you!

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 Top Indoor Events

  •  Enigma Challenge - Indoor team building as you've never seen it before! Your colleagues' feet won't touch the ground in the race against time to complete as many fiendish and outrageous challenges as possible!
  • Work of Art - Creative team building at it's best, Work of Art sees teams putting paint to canvas in an effort to complete a giant masterpiece. Not just for the aspiring Damien Hirsts amongst you, this is a real collaborative event with a very special finale.
  • Commercial Break -  This brilliant event sees teams become their own production company for the day; scripting, directing and starring in their very own TV commercials! With a plethora of props, wigs, hats and costumes available, it's not long before teams are getting into character and stars are born!

For more event ideas - both indoor and out - visit our website or call 0845 006 06 06 for a chat with our lovely sales team.

 

Team Building in Berkshire - Sports Day at Elcot Park in Newbury

The sun was shining on Newbury last week when we were at Elcot Park to run our Sports Day event.Team Building in Newbury - Sports Day at Elcot ParkA flashback to sports days of old, guests form teams and compete in a variety of challenges, from giant egg and spoon races to football freekick frenzy, to our own unique take on shot put, discus, and relay races! Here's what our client had to say:

Just to say thank you to you and all your team for a super day yesterday, everyone has been incredibly complimentary about the event and really enjoyed themselves. People said it the timing worked really well, they had time in between events to chat and relax and it wasn’t too full on and even better that I was on the winning team! Many thanks for a very successful second CCC event.

Take a look at some of our most popular outdoor team building events, or give our friendly team a call on 0845 006 0606 to discus your requirements!

Team Building in Cambridgeshire - Country Pursuits at Orton Hall

We were recently at the lovely Orton Hall near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire to run our Country Pursuits event for a small, close-knit team. Team Building in Cambridgeshire - Country Pursuits at Orton Hall; laser clay pigeon shooting; archery; falconryCountry Pursuits is a bespoke outdoor Activity Day, where you can tailor your event to fit your particular team and your requirements.

Activities like archery and clay pigeon shooting (either laser or gunpowder) are fantastic for generating healthy competition, whereas falconry and geese herding give fascinating insights into magnificent creatures and the relationships of those who work with them.

Give our team a call on 0845 006 0606 to discuss how your team could benefit from an afternoon of Country Pursuits!

Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas #11

Last time on Easy Office-Based Team Building Ideas, we looked at fitting your team building into packed schedules by utilising your lunch hour. But there's another way to strengthen bonds and boost motivation without taking up masses of precious work time, by using a technique we call the Long-Term Team Build. The Long Term Team Build

The idea behind the Long-Term Team Build is that one person puts a simple, fun activity in place that then pops up in very short bursts over the course of many weeks, months or even years!

The beauty of this idea is that once the seed has been planted, it takes care of itself and needs little further organising or planning; you don't even need to make sure that everyone is available to take part at any particular time. Furthermore, this style of team build results in frequent, short bursts of motivation, maintaining the good vibes for a longer period.

 

Our Top Three Long-Term Team Builds

The Sweepstake

If the Monday blues are an ongoing issue for your team, then a sweepstake could be a great idea for kicking off the week. Take any popular event happening over the weekend, such as sports games and TV talent shows, and turn it into a weekly motivation booster. At the beginning of a sports season or talent show series, have people pick names of teams or contestants from a hat. If their team or contestant is kicked out of the tournament over the weekend, they have to bring in a small treat, such as a tin of biscuits, the following week. The person who picks the winner wins a prize! (Be sure to pick something that has enough teams/contestants for at least one per employee - if you have any left over toss a coin or ask people to complete forfeits for the honour of getting to pick two!)

Our favourite sweepstake is based around The Great British Bake Off - we had one client who told us how they really took this idea to town. The treats the losers brought in each week had to be based around that week's Bake Off theme - cakes, desserts, biscuits, and so on, and they even made masks of 'their' contestants to wear each week!

Office Bingo

Office Bingo

The concept of Office Bingo couldn't be simpler - everyone gets a bingo card like the one above, and when something happens to fit one of the squares, they cross it off! It works best on a 'first come first served basis' - so the moment there's a delivery, for example, only one person can declare that they are crossing off a square - no one else can have it. The first person to get a line wins a small prize, and to keep the momentum going you may want to consider another prize for a 'full house'.

You can either make your own, print off our version here, or do a Google image search for 'office bingo' for more ideas.

Photo Tag

Another simple yet effective idea, Photo Tag will have you looking at your office in a whole new light! To begin the game, take a photo of some obscure part of your office - the corner of a window frame, the light fitting in the boardroom - and email it to the rest of the office. Everyone gets one guess at where the photo was taken, and the winner has to take the next week's photo. If no one guesses correctly, the person who took the photo has to take another go, with the game getting more difficult - but also much funnier - as the weeks go on and there are fewer places to choose from.

If you need something more than our quick refreshers, check out our amazing, professional team building events on our website, or call 0845 006 06 06 for a chat with our lovely sales team.

Team Building in Liverpool - The Team Adventure Treasure Hunt

We were recently in the delightful city of Liverpool to run our Team Adventure event - a fast paced and exciting treasure hunt that sees guests split into teams that compete for victory throughout the city. Armed with iPads with GPS mapping and a series of challenges that evolve as the activity progresses, there's never a moment to lose in this high energy team build!

Team building in Liverpool with our Team Adventure treasure hunt

Here's what our client had to say:

The event sold itself to my team the minute the event organisers got out the iPads and digital cameras. This immediately made my team realise that this was a well organised event and not just a few sheets of paper and a go find mission. My team haven't fully come back with their feedback yet, but a few have said "best team building ever" "brilliant when's the next"... so as you can see well received. It was simply great, did what I asked and surprised a team of 30 people who have done tonnes of team building over their careers.

We run team building events throughout the UK and Europe. Take a look at the Team Adventure, browse some other treasure hunts, read some more client testimonials or simply give us a call on 0845 006 0606 to discuss your brief with our team.

Team Building in Windsor - Champion Chariots at Oakley Court

We were recently at Oakley Court in Windsor to run one of our most popular creative team building events - Champion Chariots! Team Building in Windsor - Champion Chariots Creative Team Building at Oakley CourtThe first challenge for the guests is to assemble their chariots from the high quality kit provided - there are no instructions for this so each team must work together to achieve their goal.

Next comes decorating the chariots and the team themselves, before testing the overall design with a vigorous timed obstacle course.

Team Building in Windsor - Champion Chariots

Champion Chariots is a fantastic event for creative teams. From the problem solving involved with the initial build to the flamboyant nature of the final decorated chariot, it is an event that allows your team to let their hair down and express themselves!

Give our team a call on 0845 006 0606 to discuss which creative team building event would be right for your group.

Team Building in Buckinghamshire - Club Cocktail at The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield

We were recently at the Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield to run our Club Cocktail event - where guests are given expert tutelage in the art of good cocktail making and then let loose on a whole range of spirits, mixers, fruits and syrups to try it for themselves! Indoor Team Building - Cocktail CreationsClub Cocktail is a great piece of indoor team building, and works as an event in its own right or as part of a full day of activities. As well as the 'art' of cocktail preparation guests will create some classic drinks, such as Manhattans, Whisky Sours and Mai Tais.

Food and Drink Team Building - Club Cocktail

Then guests will put their new skills and knowledge to the test, crafting their own signature cocktails and innovative shots!

Club Cocktail is great as a reward for your team - why not add it to your next conference program? It fits in perfectly as a pre-dinner activity, and is a great way of engaging teams to work together on creative projects!

Give our team a call on 0845 006 0606 to find out more.

 

Treasure Hunts in Edinburgh - The Sherlock Adventure

We recently took to the rolling hills and delightful cobbled streets of Edinburgh for our increasingly popular themed team building treasure hunt - The Sherlock Adventure! Team Building Treasure Hunts in Edinburgh - Sherlock AdventureAt first glance perhaps a strange location for a Sherlock themed event, but look a little closer and you'll see that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Homles' creator, was not only born in Edinburgh but attended the world famous university here too!

So what better place (other than perhaps Baker Street in London) for our teams to race through the streets as recently employed consulting detectives!

Teams had to meet a series of Holmsian characters, from notorious criminal Shinwell Johnson to 'Young' Molly Scarlet, the Gin Palace Wench, gathering clues in an attempt to thwart the latest dastardly plans of the Napoleon of crime himself - Professor Moriarty!

Themed treasure hunts are fantastic for injecting some healthy competition and a lot of fun into your team building. Whether your team are local to the area or just visiting, we work hard to uncover the most fascinating and compelling details to concoct challenges for all abilities.

Give us a call on 0845 006 0606 to discuss how a themed treasure hunt could help to bring your team together!

 

Team Building in Hertfordshire - Rule the World at Down Hall

The sun was out in all its glory last week at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire for a high energy, outdoor team building event - Rule the World. Outdoor Team Building - Rule the World

With a 35ft Monopoly style board, a massive variety of physical and mental challenges, a full size bank and jail and a Gamesmaster with a long list of forfeits up his sleeve, Rule the World is non stop entertainment!

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Teams roll the dice to make their way around our massive board, challenging other teams to games of skill and teamwork to increase their funds, trying desperately to stay out of jail in the process.

The event climaxes in a frenzied land grab as teams buy and sell countries, charging other teams for landing on their shores and hoping that by the end they’ll have enough of a monopoly to Rule the World!

Event Manager Katrina Shoesmith said:

This is a great event for teams of any size. The sheer variety of the challenges means there's something for everyone, and the forfeits are hilarious -  everything from performing a 'haka' to synchronised swimming - without the water!

To explore which type of event would be perfect for your team, give us a call on 0845 006 0606 or visit our main site!