Not in-keeping with previous years it was decided that one day of Team Building just wasn't quite enough and that an overnight stay was in order. The team set off on their travels up to Buxton from Jemmac HQ on the Tuesday morning where they were greeted by the staff at the Palace Hotel.
We were all duly presented with a T-shirt and hoodie from the new 'Jemmac clothing range' (not available on the high street) which we all donned before enjoying some interesting project presentations from company directors Mark and James.
The ladies (Sally, Lynne, Lauren and Katherine) and Ali C decided that making good use of the hotel spa was in order so it was a dip in the hotel pool and a relax in the sauna and steam room.
Some of the boys (Greg, James C, James S and Al H) - being superior athletes - decided to take the opportunity to do a bit of off piste running and took a short car journey to Errwood Reservoir North West of Buxton, parked at the top of the hill, ran down to the reservoir, round the reservoir and then back up the hill to the car, covering 6 miles and 200m of climbing!
Feeling fully refreshed and with empty bellies after the afternoons activities it was time for dinner. Organiser-extraordinaire Sally had booked us a table at St Moritz, Buxton.
We all set off from the hotel with sat-navs prepped ready for a 10 minute walk to the restaurant only to get to the end of the hotel grounds to find it straight in front of us! We enjoyed some delicious Italian food (and wine) and Greg experienced his first 'Chocolate Calzone'.
With hunger abated it was off to a nearby watering hole to quench our thirst where some of Buxton's finest ales where sampled, and later to what James C informed us was Buxton's top nightclub, but actually turned out to be a local pub and the only place open late on a Tuesday night! Troopers as always we soldiered on and made the most it by sampling some more of Buxton's finest before finally admitting defeat and finding our way back to the sleeping hotel.
After a few miles ambling along on the fairly flat paths we were stopped in our tracks by a mighty hill. It being quite warm by this time it was quite a slog to the top but we all made it incident free and were rewarded for our efforts with Jelly Babies to keep our strength up.
Some managed this very adeptly and skipped all the way to bottom in no time. For others this was a treacherous experience and team work was necessary - well we were team building!
A reassessment of the route was made and we once again set off on our merry way. Now back on the right track we tore up hills, through farmland and down lanes making short work of both the miles whilst consuming copious amounts of aforementioned Jelly Babies!
However, our detours had taken valuable time so having reached the notional half way point of the village of Taddington (not actually named after 'founding Jemmac customer' Thomas Arnold Dixon!).
So an executive decision was made to 'cut the corner' and head for a late lunch. The resulting cross country hike turned out to be the highlight of the walk affording glorious views aplenty.
Kevin : "The Team Building was a great couple of days - Good food, great company and a nice walk. Couldn't ask for more!"
James C : "I had the most fun! The weather was perfect for walking, sunny, but not too hot. The length of the walk meant there was a lot of chance to speak with everyone but we weren't too tired out, a great day for team building!"
Al : "Yet again I think we have proven ourselves to be up to whatever challenges mother nature (and dodgy map reading) can throw our way! A great two days away from the hustle and bustle of Jemmac central during which I got to talk to everyone in the company, something that's surprisingly difficult to do when in the office!"
James W : "We packed a lot into a couple of days away from the office and as per usual, Sally's organisation was perfection personified!"