Meon Springs Case Studies - hosting successful business events in the Hampshire countryside
We've been running successful Corporate Days at Meon Springs for over a decade. From meetings and team-building to fun days and charity events, we've hosted them all. Thanks to our unique location and facilities, we're perfect for an alternative corporate event.
But don't just take our word for it. Here's a selection of events we've organised and hosted.
Hampshire Enterprise Circle visits Meon Springs for networking event
Hampshire Enterprise Circle is a business networking group run by the County Council. Each month, it hold an event at a Hampshire business to give business leaders the opportunity to learn about other industries and sectors. The visit to Meon Springs included a tour of the farm, a visit to the Yurt Village, a bushcraft session, a meeting in the newly converted barn and a working lunch. Here's what people said.
"I just wanted to say thank you for hosting a fantastic and very insightful visit to Meon Springs on a wonderful sunny day. It was really well organised and the team are all clearly very passionate about the company they work for."
"I just wanted to say thank you for organising this visit. From my perspective it was helpful both personally and as background within my service. I learnt a lot."
"The presentation from Jamie was fascinating, and positive to see how things have improved for a hugely successful rural business. It was great to have the opportunity to visit Meon Springs and I shall look forward to receiving details of your next event."
"Thank you for today, it was a good event with a great selection of people."
“A fantastic event with flair, you made everyone feel welcome and valued. The food was so tasty, and my little one loved the stress cow!
Meon Springs clicks into place for tight-knit Hampshire-tech firm
CLiKAPAD is a Hampshire-based technology and services company that produces wireless audience response systems for conferences, mee&ngs and training sessions. It allows event organisers to ask ques&ons and, via a lightweight, credit card-sized CLiKAPAD handheld voting device, members of the group can respond. The results from this instant voting system can then be collated immediately and fed back via the presentation to the audience. The system is used throughout the world and CLiKAPAD clients include Grant Thornton, KPMG, Tarmac and BT.
The team wanted to hold an offsite Insight mee&ng where they could have a chance to discuss roles and organisatonal structure without distraction. This was be followed up with a team building session involving our bushcraft expert Ian Gosling. The day was huge success.
“I thought we had a mix of strengths, talents, skills and people," said Lynne Cervi, MD of CLiKAPD. "The Insight Day at Meon Springs confirmed it! Being put into a challenging situa&on brought the best out of each and every one of us. What’s more, we can see it in action at the office.”
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Sales conference with a difference for international finance company
American International Group, Inc., also known as AIG, is an American multinational insurance corporation with more than 88 million customers in 130 countries. One of their sales teams numbering more than 30 people visited Meon Springs for a sales conference and some team building. Here's their story...
Being a large institution we were looking to put together a conference that removed us from the corporate city environment and gave our sales team a more back-to-basics team building experience. From the very early stages of organising the conference and right throughout the delivery, Jamie and his team at Meon Springs were so helpful and were prepared to do everything they could to ensure we had a fantastic and memorable stay. Although the weather was poor and it rained during our shooting, archery and fishing activities, the farm staff were happy to ferry us around the farm on tractors and work as hard as possible to ensure we still enjoyed our outdoor experience even with the weather.
We hired all of the Meon Springs Yurts and the Yurtery for our stay and we were extremely impressed with the furnishing,facilities and the beautiful setting of the farm. We were extremely comfortable, warm with plenty of space for all 31 of us to spread out.
Meon Springs have recently converted one of their barns into a fully functioning conference room. We found this to be a fantastic asset. Unlike most traditional conference facilities it was light, spacious and airy making it a comfortable environment to deliver training and presentations. The whole team - even the anti-campers - had a fantastic time and we could not recommend Meon Springs enough as an alternative conference facility.
Wild Trout Trust fundraiser keeps on giving
The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a conservation charity that focuses on practical work to improve habitat for trout across the UK and Ireland. It works with grass roots organisations - fishing clubs, local community and conservation groups) and landowners to give them the inspiration, advice and practical skills to improve and maintain their lake or river for the benefit of trout and all wildlife.
For more than eight years the Wild Trout Trust has held an annual fishing competition at Meon Springs to raise money for the wildlife charity. Over the years the event has raised more than £30,000 with the cash used to help improve the habitat of the River Meon.
Shaun Leonard is the director of the WTT: “The venue for this fundraiser is Meon Springs Trout Fishery, who host the day with exceptional professionalism: lots of fish (even on a roasting, sunny day) and an absolutely perfect venue for stillwater fishing and for lots of socialising. Lunch was held in Meon Springs’ stunning new events venue, The Long Barn, before a raffle and auction where some great prizes, including exclusive fishing, were won at superb value."
A 'perfect London getaway' for Nando's
Nando's is an international casual dining restaurant chain originating in South Africa. Founded in 1987, Nando's operates about 1,000 outlets in 30 countries. Here, one of their UK teams talks about combing meetings with countryside activities for a 'perfect London getaway'
We just got back from a great midweek visit to Meon for some serious work and some serious play too. The farm is beautiful and the peaceful environment really helped us to achieve some great work.
We decided to participate in clay pigeon, archery and also an early start milking the cows which was a lot of fun.
We decided to have our meetings in the fishery which is down by the river...magical!
The Yurts were big and had all we could ask for in a tent. The central fires brought a great warmth to the Yurts which provided a warm nights sleep. Do remember to get fires lighted before heading to bed.
The Yurtery is fully stocked with fridges; cookers and a BBQ outside. Numerous sofas and big table meant we were able to enjoy the nights together.
Charity clay shoot raises money for Hampshire charity
The Rainbow Centre in Farnham Hampshire, inspires and supports children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with a stroke, MS and Parkinson’s, adult Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury and their families. Through a system of learning called Conductive Education the centre encourages and teaches people to take an active role in their own development.
A sponsored clay shoot for 50 guns raised a staggering £10,700for the Rainbow Centre, based in Fareham. The day was kindly sponsored by Mick Balch of L&S Waste. A charity auction also helped to raise funds for the charity including a case of Beretta Wine that went for £600.