True Search is a rapidly growing executive search firm which focuses on VC-backed, high growth technology companies.

The company is made up of 200 people globally, with c.50 based in EMEA. We worked with Danielle Howe, Head of HR EMEA, to put together a management offsite for the senior leaders across Europe and Asia.

management team of 20 sitting around the table eating dinner
"Feasting on the Deck" - a BBQ feast on a dedicated terrace overlooking the countryside

The challenge

Danielle is an experienced organiser and has a keen eye for a smart hotel, but the logistics involved in bringing the whole team together from offices across Europe and Asia was going to be time-consuming.

Coordinating flights, trains, and taxis, while finding the perfect venue was going to require far too many calls and emails. They needed somewhere a little out of the ordinary, with great food, team-building activities and full conference room facilities.

The solution

Danielle got in touch with packed to see how we could help save her some time and effort.

After a brief email exchange, we switched to WhatsApp and began by chatting with Danielle about what had and hadn’t been decided already, and what the main aims for the offsite were. We covered:

  • Dates
  • Location - they wanted to escape the city but remain easily accessible from both central London and major airports (for the non-UK crew)
  • Team-building activities - something outdoors and unusual
  • Conference facilities
  • Room options - single occupancy, a close team but they need a bit of space!
  • Catering and drinks - something special, particularly with the foodies in the team
  • Budget

Over the next few days, the packed team found options across a range of budgets, a couple of hours from London, and priced them up with flights (three from Berlin, one from Dubai), train travel from London, transfers, catering, conference facilities and accommodation for 20. Danielle received a link through WhatsApp with all five options which she could share with the head of the team.

the fish hotel in the cotswolds on a sunny day
The Fish Hotel is a fantastic option for up to a 65 person strong management offsite

The Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds was chosen for two nights in early July - an idyllic spot in the middle of the Cotswolds yet an easy journey from London. That was booked alongside flights, trains, transfers and activities - a package featuring laser clay shooting, pistol shooting and rage buggies - on the farm.

This was a great way for the team to blow off steam and build some competitive bonds! We also booked the “Feasting on the Deck” option one evening - a BBQ feast on a dedicated terrace overlooking the beautiful countryside.

The results

A unique offsite experience for a discerning management team, we took the hassle and stress off Danielle’s shoulders and managed all the logistics, and we were on hand for any flight changes, last-minute additions or queries via WhatsApp, Messenger or over the phone.

What did she think?

“Super efficient and friendly service. Would definitely use packed again!” Danielle, via Feefo. Simple & effective.

For more information on how we can help your team escape the office visit our team building page.