Take your meeting to the great outdoors of Nottinghamshire and Sherwood Forest

Hodsock Priory

Do you ever dream of escaping the office and getting out into the fresh air? Do you ever find yourself thinking that the meeting you’re in could be more productive? Well it seems that you could actually be right.

Recent published research suggests that taking your meeting, conference or corporate event outdoors could lead to better outcomes.

The line is that we humans are apparently able to process more information when we’re on our feet and even walking side by side, rather than facing each other. By removing the confrontational face-to-face position we are more likely to offer honest feedback and be more open in our discussions.

Hodsock Priory an events and conference venue in the very north of Nottinghamshire and in the heart of Sherwood Forest, has seen first-hand how corporate events taken outdoors have grown in popularity.

“We have been hosting superb quality weddings and meetings since 2005 and with a little investment recognised that we could expand our portfolio to accommodate more guests,” said George Buchanan, General Manager at Hodsock Priory.

“Our 800 acre estate provides the perfect corporate playground for outdoor meetings, breakout sessions and a variety of outdoor pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting or archery. Our indoor meeting facilities allow between two and sixty delegates and conference and training days for up 160 in theatre style setting with full catering and overnight accommodation available in one of ten luxury suites at The Courtyard.”

One of the popular activities that George mentioned is the ‘The Hodsock Challenge’ – developed to encourage teamwork and broader social skills in the great outdoors. This new product is proving a hit due to its cost efficient way of promoting teamwork and encouraging communication.

One recently satisfied customer was household, health an personal care company Reckitt Benckiser who held a two day conference at Hodsock.

Beverley Towle from Reckitt Benckiser said, “All the team thoroughly enjoyed Hodsock and enthused about the stunning surroundings, facilities and homemade cakes! We shall not hesitate to host further events at Hodsock and many members of the team are looking forward to returning socially in the not too distant future.”

So what are you waiting for? Next time be honest and take that meeting to the great outdoors for a far healthier and more productive experience.

Posted on 21 September 2011
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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