22 Aug 2019

The importance of selecting the right venue for your next team building event

Team building is beneficial for staff and businesses and it’s recognised for increasing productivity and motivation in the workplace. In addition, team building activities are a fun way to identify the strengths and weaknesses in teams and identify solutions to solve any problems.

And, businesses understand the value of team building as a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)found that 95% of firms send their staff on external conferences, workshops and events for this purpose.

The purpose of team building events

A team building day should be fun for everyone involved but it is important to consider what you want to gain by hosting an event, and ensure you select a venue that caters to all your requirements. So, decide on your short and long-term goals, as well as your overall outcomes that you want to achieve from the event.

Our Event Sales Manager, Brian, has shared some useful tips on his LinkedIn profile about what to consider when organising your next team building event. You can read his article by clicking here.

Something that often goes overlooked when it comes to organising a team building event is the importance of selecting the right venue, as it can make or break an event.

To help you make the right decision we’ve created a handy checklist.

1. Does the venue have outdoor and indoor space?

Many teambuilding events involve outdoor activities as it provides your team with an opportunity to get some fresh air, but due to weather conditions, this may not always be possible. So, consider looking for a venue that has both enough outdoor and indoor space to cover all your bases.

2. What capacity do you need?

Once you’ve decided on the type of team building event you’re going to host, it’s essential to confirm your numbers and who is going to attend. This will enable you to identify venues that can cater to your numbers to help you narrow down your selection process.

3. Can the venue cater to your team's needs?

Next, find out if any of your team members have accessibility issues that need to be considered as this will impact your venue options. For example, do you need to have a lift available?

In addition, gather your team’s dietary requirements and make sure you share them with your venue ahead of time to prevent any allergic reactions or hungry guests.

4. Does the venue offer team building activities onsite? 

Before picking a venue, it is advisable to have an idea of the type of activity you’d like to offer to your team, and whether the venue can provide these activities or has contacts that can.  

For example, at Riverside, we regularly collaborate with team building organisations that help to make events a success. Escape Onsite encourage critical thinking, communication and teamwork through a range of indoor activities that we host in our newly refurbished Upper Deck space.

And, we recently hosted team building with Dragon Boat Events, who specialise in providing exhilarating racing activities.

In addition, it’s useful to look at the space at the venue and establish if they have enough of it to hold your activities.

5. What's the venues availability? 

The final requirement is to check your chosen venues availability, when you’ve narrowed down a few possible dates that work for your team. And, check times too.

Bear in mind that hosting your event in normal working hours is desirable as people will be reluctant to sacrifice their weekend, and this will often help to widen your venue options as weekends can often be very busy at popular venues.

At Riverside we have a dedicated inhouse team that partners with businesses to run successful team building days, and we have indoor and outdoor space to suit a range of group sizes.

To find out more, visit https://www.riversidestratford.co.uk/business/or drop our Event Sales Manager, Brian, an email on brian@riversidestratford.co.uk