It’s that time again… it’s The Interactive Team Meet!
Whether it’s an ITM (our wonderful abbreviation for the big event), a “Future’s Weekend” (that’s our fun weekends away for the high fliers of the company) or the end of the year Awards Ceremony, when this entire company gets together, it’s always a day to remember and May 28th in Manchester’s Hilton hotel was of course no exception. Yes, all of our offices from Glasgow, Dundee, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London came together for some motivational speaking, educational clinics from the best in the business, our mini-Olympics results and of course more than a few funny stores from Gilles’ time in the industry.
Our clinics fronted by Huw, Ruadh, Karl, Conrad and of course, Gilles, were a roaring success. Not only were they the perfect opportunity for new people who’d joined the business this year to acquaint themselves with those at the very top, it was a chance to find out exactly what has made them so successful, and to learn from it! You’ll never learn more than you will from speaking to people who have ‘been there, done that’ and that’s what we love about this business. Unlike other companies, our Managers and Directors are ALWAYS accessible to our team from the backbone of the incredible support network that we have created.
The day also provided an opportunity for us to celebrate a promotion within the business. One of our original Directors, Karl Clough, fresh from opening our Birmingham office, officially promoted Tayler Matthews whom he had brought with him from Newcastle to Managing Consultant within the company. Tayler’s promotion was a feat in itself, but to achieve it within such a new environment, in a new city and a new team was an incredible effort. All credit to himself, Karl and everyone in the Birmingham office, this really was quite an inspirational moment with a speech to go with it.
Next up, we announced the results of our Mini-Olympics competition where the week’s top sales people were rewarded for their efforts. We even gave our newbies the chance to win some medals and there was no fault in their determination, who knew we had taken on such a competitive bunch! The finale was saved for our more experienced entrepreneurs who’d been fighting it out all week for a place on the leaderboard. Finishing in third place was Manchester’s Jamie Carroll, second place (again from Manchester) was Keeran Wild and in first place, with a massive 51 sales for the week, was Dan Parkinson, Yes you guessed it from Manchester!
What really stood out at the event however, was the unity throughout the entire room. At every spare second, team members from every office were introducing themselves, asking questions and really making the most of a wonderful networking opportunity. Every single person wanted to be involved, no one hid in the corner. It’s so refreshing for us to see every single person within a company who share that one common goal and who will strive to achieve that goal both individually and together.
Finally, Gilles rounded off the day with some stories from his time in the industry and his experiences with some particularly colourful characters. Needless to say the room was in fits of laughter and everyone left feeling both optimistic and excited for the summer ahead. Until next time Manchester, thanks for having us. We had a blast!