Thursday, November 12, 2009

Practice Management Forum.

XL Vets hold annual conference at Eastnor Castle XLVets is a group of 42 independently owned, progressive veterinary practices, all committed to the future UK livestock industry. Spanning the length and breadth of the UK, they work together, sharing experience, knowledge and skills in order to define and deliver the utmost standards of veterinary practice, animal health and productivity. XL Vets approached Outside Adventure to organize the activities for the afternoon of 3 national conferences that they were holding at Eastnor Castle. They were so serious that the participants were split into teams and given the privilege to compete head to head on a series of activities. Outside put together a program of 5 activities which were a combination of physical and mental challenges. At each activity the vets were able to compete head to head with another team. Activities included: developing a raft and completing a course; crossing a Tyrolean traverse and maintaining a pipe full of water; completing the construction of a bridge before winching a Land Rover into position and driving it over the bridge; a puzzle zone, descending from the castle turret on the 850ft zip wire and trying to drop a bomb onto the target. The teams were scored and ranked on each activity to give an overall winner, spot prizes were also given out to outstanding individuals. The scores were kept over the three weeks allowing all 30 teams to be ranked against one another. Helen Sykes, Chair, Practice Management Forum, XL Vet UK Ltd said; “I am writing on behalf of the delegates at the recent Practice Management Forum to express our thanks to the team at D3 for getting us all safely through a truly amazing and exhilarating sequence of experiences at Eastnor Castle this week. You all managed to treat us all so gently (well, some more gently than others!), courteously, and with a such a good sense of humour and quiet assurance; and you also made us feel as though you were really enjoying it too (which I hope you were). I would recommend your services without hesitation to anyone hoping to develop teams and/or just have a great day of activities. Please accept my thanks on behalf of everyone on the Practice Management Forum.” Castle Treasure Hunt for Howdens Joinery Howdens Joinery invests in their staff and regularly reward and motivate their them with events both in Britain and Europe. This year they were looking for a summer event for their head office which was fresh and exciting and unlike anything they had done before. They approached Outside Adventure who organized a Castle Treasure Hunt Event to suit the objective for 45 participants. A giant aerial map sign posted 20 different activities that could be completed to grow points. Activities include dropping ‘bombs’ from a zip wire, crate stack, operating a crane whilst blindfolded, compass navigation trail, giant puzzles and high ropes. The evening was spent in the ever popular Ger tented village just above the venue on the side of the Malvern Hills where the participants enjoyed the wilderness cookery program and slept the night. The event continued the following day with high and low ropes and adrenalin packed fun day. Kevin Thomas MD of Howdens said ““The whole event was a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and try new things as well as a chance to find out a little more about ourselves and each other!” Employees' views “The activities were well organized, sufficiently challenging and different to previous experiences” “The wilderness cookery was the paramount package for me and was about 16 times more successful than I thought it was going to be!” “It was magnificent – more fun than I thought possible! Probably the most ‘team building’ event we’ve done”

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