Welcome to the latest issue of the City Challenge Newsletter


City Challenge goes European with the latest version of our newsletter, bringing you fully up-to-speed with events on the Continent and demonstrating how a training day overseas can really add value to your organisation.

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CITY CHALLENGE COMES OF AGE - 21 GREAT DESTINATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM

With the addition of Berlin and Munich, City Challenge is celebrating 21 glorious city destinations for training events.

The two German cities have shot up the most requested list from clients and managing director Jane Read believes each has a very different, but exciting challenge to offer.

"We're always driven by meeting our clients' needs and Berlin and Munich have a fantastic mix of history and culture which make them perfect for City Challenge events," she said.

As the political and cultural capital of Germany, Berlin is a vibrant and ever-changing city.

From the Brandenburg Gate and the fascinating architecture of the Reichstag; to the ultra-modern buildings of the Potsdamer Platz and the city's 175 museums, each housing cultural treasures from all over the world, Berlin has plenty to offer the urban orienteering challenge.

In the south of the country, modern Munich - the capital of Bavaria - offers the perfect combination of Bavarian tradition and 21st Century life.

The famous onion domes of Munich's 15th century Gothic Church of Our Lady are the city's most unmistakable landmark, while other must see places on the agenda are the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, probably the most famous tavern in the world, and the site of the Olympic Games in 1972.

Adding Berlin and Munich to the City Challenge list of destinations means there are now 21 great cities to choose from - 13 in the UK and eight in Europe - ensuring that whatever you're looking for, they'll be one to suit your team and your budget.

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FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR BRUSSELS

Brussels is one of City Challenge's most popular overseas training destinations and thanks to the launch of Eurostar's new high-speed rail link from St Pancras; it's even quicker to get to.

The new Eurostar service has cut the journey time from two hours 15 minutes to just one hour 51 minutes, which means there's an extra hour on a return trip to get the most out of your Brussels City Challenge or grab that last bar of scrummy Belgian chocolate.

The UK Delegation to NATO

Quality graffiti in Brussels.

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CASE STUDY 1 - The UK Delegation to NATO

The UK Delegation to NATO logo

Taking up the Brussels Challenge recently was the UK Delegation to NATO. The day saw six teams from the Ministry of Defence, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and their military colleagues tackle a variety of tasks against the backdrop of this historic city.

Calling it an "excellent event", Stewart Eldon, the permanent representative to the UK Delegation to NATO, based in Brussels, said: "It was a well researched and well organised day. We were able to meet all our objectives and we were able to enhance cohesion between teams and between the MOD, FCO and Military sides of the delegation and have some fun too."

GKA Associates

An energetic team pausing for a team photo in front of the Town Hall and Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, Prague.

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CASE STUDY 2 - GILLIAN KENNY ASSOCIATES

GKA logo

A little further afield, medical market research consultancy Gillian Kenny Associates (GKA) headed off to Prague with City Challenge, a two-day event that chairman Chris Kenny described as absolutely "priceless".

The 32-strong group was able to combine the challenge with the tourist trail, including visits to the capital's Old Town Hall, with its famous astronomical clock, and the ancient Castle Hradcany area.

"When we got back, the buzz in the office was priceless and that lasted for ages, you can't buy that feeling and it's made a real difference to us as an organisation," he said. "People could see that we were prepared to invest in their training and they know that if we look after them, in return they'll go the extra mile for us when it is needed."

Choosing Prague, he said, made the training a little bit special and while some employees were initially less keen to travel overseas, support such as additional childcare facilities, was provided to enable as many as possible to join in.

The company specialises in market research for the medical sector and staff are split between three sites, often working in small teams or remotely from the offices, with little chance for interaction on a day-to-day basis.

Kenny said although the Gloucestershire offices are only a hundred yards apart, at times it felt like a hundred miles because people didn't communicate. Since the Challenge everyone has made much more of an effort to get up and talk to their colleagues rather than hiding behind email or telephone calls.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, hopefully you found it interesting.

Please forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues, if there is a particular topic you would like to discuss further please contact us at info@citychallengeuk.com

 

With kind regards
Jane Read

www.citychallengeuk.com

Tel +44 (0)1865 408370

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