Ilfracombe’s business breakfast meetings are held at The Carlton, where you can meet and network. Chat with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs at Love Ilfracombe’s fortnightly open sessions.
This informal group meets every other week on Thursdays from 7:45am onwards. It’s a safe and friendly environment where ideas and tips are shared. Usually a guest speaker presents their business, initiative or advice.
Enjoy a tasty local pork sausage or grilled back bacon sandwich washed down with juice and as much coffee and tea as you need! Meetings close around 9am.
Upcoming dates include
- March 4 & 18
- April 7, 16 & 30
To recover catering costs there is a small charge of £5 per attendee.
Find out more about our meeting, business facilities here.
Grow your team, grow your business is one of those clichés that is periodically rolled out in business event planning sessions or by business magazines and consultants, but what does that actually mean?
Google the term and you will find pages devoted to the topic, filled with jargonese chatter about onboarding, feedback loops or gardening metaphors that wax lyrical about the team progressing from seed to flower!
The phrase is of course a catch all intended to give the boss team building ideas, along with tips on how to increase productivity and profit…while really aiming to nudge the reader to click the link in the vague hope of finding out something they don’t already know.
Business Event Planning in North Devon
In Ilfracombe, North Devon, the Carlton Hotel brings its own slant to business event planning and the burning question of how to grow your team. It involves dispensing with the jargonese and getting ‘back to basics’. Not in a John Majortype throwback to the past, but by simply stripping away all the white noise that goes with the daily grind of life in the office and seeing things from a different angle.
In this respect, the Carlton provides much more than a conventional venue with meeting room hire – although meeting and seminar rooms (fully equipped and ready to cater for groups of 5 – 150 people) it also happens to have! Thanks to its fantastic location on the North Devon coast it offers far more in terms of team building ideas than most destinations.
The Carlton’sEngage business packageoffers unique opportunities for companies to get away from the office for a 2 day midweek break in Spring or Autumn where the art of business can be combined with pleasure in ways that are intended to grow the team as human beings. As most of the afore mentioned articles agree on one thing; people are the cornerstone of any business.
Bathing With Your Boss?
Growing one’s business is so often a case of working effectively with who you have rather than complaining about what you don’t (just ask Jose Mourinho!). This is something that some bosses fail to grasp when considering team building ideas – hoping that just by putting on an away day the team will magically fall in line and come together regardless of the activity.
There are plenty of bad away days you could drag your team through, such as ‘naked relationships’ otherwise known as bathing with your boss, which is apparently a popular bonding activity in Japan! So here are some far more appealing options from the Carlton’s Engage business package which makes the most of the beautiful North Devon coast.
Let’s start with the sea, which lends itself to kayaking, coasteering and surfing – cue a bracing, bonding and fun filled experience splashing about off Atlantic facing beaches such as nearby Woolacombe (which regularly crops up in the list of the world’s best beaches).
For confirmed landlubbers the action can easily switch inland – on the golfing green, off piste on a quad bike or even in mid air (as the clay pigeon flies!). If this sounds like far too much expended energy then gentler pursuits – from chocolate workshops to barista making by way of beachcombing on secluded beaches – can be arranged.
Bespoke Activities and Business Quality Accommodation
The Carlton has a reputation for working with members of the firm responsible for business event planning to come up with activities that will fit the company and the people that make it. Add to a programme of bespoke activities superb business class quality rooms, excellent in-house diningand meeting room hire thrown in for free (to ensure some business motivated moments in the break) and this is a winning combination for growing your team’s appetite for growing your business.
With Engage business packages starting at £100 per person, per night, get in touch by emailor telephone (01271 862446) to find out what the Carlton Hotel can bring to tour team this year (and, just for the record, a longboardingsession is far more memorable than an onboarding session!…).
The problem with modern life is that it just doesn’t stop! There is a lot of research out there regarding office worker health, urging us to switch off and de-stress, but we just don’t seem to get the time to get round to it…
This is something of an irony seeing as the first bit of advice given when our technology stops functioning as it should, is to turn it off and give it a reboot!
Stress is part and parcel of business. It is the adrenalin fuelled engine which drives aspiration, ambition and achievement. But it is a double edged sword. Stress can lead to burn out and also be detrimental to the office environment and the business as a whole.
Many businesses use team building exercises and business away days to take their employees out of this environment. Business away days are an opportunity for the team to de-stress and connect on a different level . Bonding over something other than the shared use of the water cooler is beneficial to office worker health, but frequently business away days are over too quickly to fully enjoy the benefits.
Team Building Exercises to Beat Stress
That’s why the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe, North Devon, has seen a swift uptake of its two day Refresh & Energise business breakpackages this Spring. The midweek business breaks combine opportunities for team building exercises with a programme of relaxation activities for the team – from massage and Tai Chi sessions to outdoor coastal pursuits and a specially prepared Wellness menu that’s big on taste but healthy too.
Carlton Hotel owner, Eliot Seabourn-Wren, says, “There is a lot of uncertainty in the UK at the moment and many companies are waiting for the green light on some kind of direction, but this is also taking its toll on the office. Our Refresh and Energise breaks are proving popular because bosses are seeing the benefits to office worker health as well as promoting focus for what’s coming next.”
The Office is Bad For Your Health
It seems obvious, but research has been drawing attention to the negative impact of sitting for up to 8 hours a day. So the solution is to get a stand up desk right? Not necessarily! Standing for any length of time brings its own problems (from conditions such as plantar fasciitis – foot swelling to lumbar spine pressures).
A positive contribution to office worker health (aside from making efforts to bring more mobility into your day) comes through the power of massage. Massage techniques – from head to full bodyto feet massage – will flush out the muscles, put knotted muscles back in place and remove accumulated tension.
The ancient art of Tai Chi has also enjoyed a revival with its clear benefits for the modern office worker. Carlton Hotel ‘s Tai Chi partner, Paul Maxfield. “Tai Chi can be used in various ways such as for strength, flexibility, and mental wellbeing. It has obvious advantages for management and company employees. In day to day business, life can be stressful, and where decisions have to be made with a clear head, Tai Chi brings calm and focus.”
While massage and Tai Chi are more specialised features on the Refresh & Energise business break programme at North Devon’s Carlton Hotel, team building exercises don’t get any less formal than just taking a stroll on the beach! Walking is good for our health and everybody is saying it (hands up if you’ve done your 10,000 steps today?!)- and nowhere is this more pertinent than in relation to office worker health.
Guaranteed to boost the mind and energise the body is a coastal walk, or pleasant time spent combing the beach and marvelling at the power of the elements and the mighty Atlantic ocean – just the kind sight to help get things into perspective. It may be the simplest and most informal of team building exercises on a Refresh & Energise business break package, but it’s an effective one!
And of course a good walk builds a good appetite too. The office is a magnet for poor eating habits; grabbing lunch on the go, snacking on quick fix sugary and salty snacks, being too tired to rustle up anything other than a ready meal in the kitchen at the end of a long day…
The specially prepared Wellness menu at the Carlton appreciates the importance of fuelling correctly for maximum performance. Eating well is just another element of the hotel’s Refresh & Energise two day business break (from £102 per person, per night) – the perfect opportunity to hit stop, reset and prepare the team’s focus for the year to come.
For more information about the Carlton Hotel’s Refresh & Energise package, get in touch by emailor telephone (01271 862446).
Award-Winning Hotel With Modern Facilities
The Carlton Hotel offers all you need for a successful business event. Open all year round, our modern facilities and contemporary interiors are supported by a professional service, terrific food and excellent attention to detail.
Recent renovations have been carried out with corporate events in mind. Touches like new glazing for improved soundproofing, easy accessibility, WiFi throughout and plenty of power sockets mean that your event will be stress-free.
Independently owned and managed, great service is at the heart of everything we do. Our team will respond to your needs, plan well by asking all the right questions and look after your team and delegates effectively.
Key Venue Features
Key Venue Features
- Diverse and spacious meeting spaces
- Superfast broadband + WiFi
- Excellent mobile coverage
- On-site parking
- Lift to all doors
- Gymnasium and library
- Bar with draught and craft beers
- Locally sourced food in our Brasserie
The Carlton’s modern event and meeting spaces are laid out over our ground and lower ground floor and the hotel is step-free from street level.
From 10 to 150 people, our spaces can adequately accommodate a choice of room arrangements. Suitable for events, meetings, workshops, and seminars are the following spaces:
Our largest space, with integral bar, high ceilings and plenty of natural light.
Adjacent to the Club, the two areas can be linked together.
A discreet space ideal for smaller seminars, training events, and workshops.
A cosy space for meetings or to break up the space during larger events.
The Carlton offers a great variety of accommodation, with two floors of the hotel converted to new deluxe standard and a choice of superior or classic rooms should you require an overnight stay as part of your event.
Rooms are offered at favourable rates to delegates and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our principal event spaces and capacities:
All inclusive delegate rates from just £99. Please call us to discuss your room requirements.
We know that you’ll have a schedule and programme to maintain, which has an influence on the style and type of catering that’s best for individual events. We are expert at tailoring to your specific requirements.
Catering can be enjoyed in your meeting space, in a separate break out area or in our lounges.
Depending on the size of your event we can offer dinner to include run of our brasserie menu or create a bespoke offer suited to service delivery. Irrespective your delegates will enjoy the same high-quality ingredients cooked simply but stylishly for a tasty meal.
Breakfast – is available from 7:30 each morning, and earlier times can be arranged if you need this. Our menu offers fresh filter coffee, warm freshly baked croissants, healthy fruit, and yoghurt, cereals, grilled fish, local ham, free-range eggs plus our fantastic cooked breakfast options. Hot food is cooked to order, meaning delegates can enjoy their juice, fruit, and cereal knowing that their meal is being prepared and delivered to their table for maximum freshness.
Lunches – from working lunches with quirkier options, to our menu rapid (two-course express table lunch service) we offer your event the flexibility.
Small touches – we deliver filter brewed coffee, teas, and infusions, homemade cakes and biscuits, energising refreshments to keep your teams engaged.
From the basics through to the elaborate we plan to deliver. Our team have met the roasters at Clifton Coffee in Bristol, so understand and care for the brew. It’s a small point – but can make the welcome coffee just that more amenable.
And our team speak with suppliers every day ensuring the ingredients we put on your delegates plate is first class. It doesn’t matter if you’ve booked a light lunch or a comforting supper, the same care and attention to detail run through our production
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Choosing a business conference venue can be a tough decision. There are a lot of considerations, and you don’t want to end up in some cramped, dilapidated building because you didn’t bother to do your research first. Conference facilities, meetings rooms, and other venues for hire can be critical to the success and productivity of your meeting. Here’s how to choose a business conference venue that will help keep you motivated and focused.
Choosing a Conference Venue
Before you start looking at business venues, decide what location would work best for your business conference. Will it be more laid back and casual, or do you want a high energy meeting with surroundings that inspire you to get motivated? Once you’ve decided what kind of a venue you need, you can start looking into specific venues that meet these requirements. You should also make sure the venue is easily accessible for those who are traveling from out of town.
Look At Cost
This should be done before you’ve considered any particular venues. Much like shopping for groceries when you’re hungry, budgeting for venues when you’ve toured more expensive places might lead you to stretch your budget a bit too far, so lay out a budget before anything else. Stick to what you can afford. Granted, this doesn’t mean that you have to choose the cheapest place available, but you should still be frugal and cut company costs as much as possible.
When considering costs, ask about the venue’s refund policy. This will be helpful if you need to cancel, as some venues only offer partial refunds. Ask if you need to make a deposit and when full payment must be received.
Review The Facilities
Depending on what kind of business conference you’re having, hiring a venue without checking the facilities first could mean disaster. Not every venue is upfront about what “meeting facilities” entails. Many a company has been disappointed when they show up to a venue and don’t have the facilities they need. Necessary business conference facilities can include:
- Projection screens
- LCD televisions
- Readily available electrical outlets
- Heavy duty cables
- Adequate lighting
- Clear, unobstructed views for the entire room
Ask yourself what you need for any presentations, speeches or demonstrations and plan accordingly. It helps to have a thorough checklist before making an enquiries to a possible venue.
Pay A Visit
Once you’ve selected a list of possible venues, it’s time to pay them a visit. Touring the venue not only helps you make sure all amenities and facilities you need are there, but it also gives you a chance to see how the staff treats you. Take note of how you are greeted by both the receptionist and sales representative; it’s most likely how the rest of your conference attendees will be treated.
Unprofessional or rude representatives mean you should chalk that venue off your list immediately. If they treat you poorly upon your first meeting when you haven’t even given them money yet, how do you think they’ll act once they’re paid? Some things to consider when visiting the venue are parking arrangements, cafeterias or nearby restaurants, and so on. If there’s a cafeteria, try some of the food to see if it’s quality enough for your business conference. If it’s not, it may be best to spend lunch elsewhere.
Speaking of lunch, make sure your attendees have enough to eat and drink! It’s your responsibility to make sure food and drinks are available, and if that means you have to hire a catering company, then do so. Have options for any attendees that have food allergies or different diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) if at all possible.
Let’s say that your business conference will last for more than a day. Where will the conference attendees be staying? Is there a hotel nearby, or is it reasonable for attendees to commute each day? You’ll most likely need to book accommodation for conferences that last several days, but you can make things easier for you and your company by booking at a venue that has both a hotel and conference center.
Of course, you’ll need enough room for all of the attendees, so if the hotel/conference center doesn’t have enough space, you may have to book a separate hotel. Most hotel/conference centers will have adequate space, however, and finding enough parking space shouldn’t be a problem (plus parking is free for those staying at the hotel!).
Choosing a business conference venue depends largely upon what is available at the time of your conference. Some venues may not have all dates open for conferences that last several days, so you’ll want to check available dates before settling on any particular venue. If you’re booking separate accommodations, they will, of course, need to have the same dates available as well. Ask the venue beforehand what their policy is if you need to change dates. You don’t want to get stuck with the bill for two different venues because you couldn’t make it work with one of them.