“Oodle car finance brings families together Mexican style”
Oodle car Finance wanted to celebrate another year of hard work amongst their employees, by holding a one-day corporate family fun day with glamping and camping at a stunning venue in Oxfordshire.
TCFC was lucky enough to be chosen for the planning and event management behind the Mexican-themed festival, which drew 300 people made up of employees and clients, children included, to the middle of the countryside on July 6th 2019.
We love our themed events, because we get to delve even more into our creative side and really have fun with it, researching props we have never used before, coming up with new ideas and whole new ways of designing and decorating the blank canvas that is a festival site. Our team fully immersed themselves with sombreros and fake moustaches to really get in the spirit of the event, I think we would have felt quite undressed if we hadn’t as the guests went all out! The venue was decorated with fake cactuses and Mexican coloured decorations filled this ordinarily quiet side our Great British countryside! Delegates were greeted with a Mexican wondering band and shots of gold and silver tequila to set the scene as they arrived which certainly went down very well!
The main challenge we face with a themed event, is working out the logistics of using as much of our stock as possible, so that we do what we can to keep costs at a minimum and stick within the client’s budget frame. We wanted to make the site as Mexican-themed enough that it was obvious, without going so overboard it would rack up a bill larger than the desired budget and we believe we created the perfect combination of budget utilisation without compromising on the look and feel of the event and its theme.
Another challenge with a family fun day is making sure that every single person is catered for. We organised a children’s tent with plenty of arts and crafts, as well as a bouncy castle to keep them busy. There were glitter artists, a dedicated children’s menu, churros stand, bouncy boxing and our signature silent disco to finish off what had been an incredible day.
Ordinarily this event had been organised internally each year by the team. However, due to their own increasing workload, this year they decided to outsource it. The feedback we received is that the brief was met exceptionally well and valuable resource that had been utilised in previous years, was able to remain within Oodle Finance during the planning.
The event is designed to thank employees, their partners and clients for all the hard work and commitment during the previous year. As the company has grown so much it also facilitates networking for colleagues that may not know each very well on a day to day basis and gives them the opportunity to socialise outside of the office environment.
We have been advised by our client that this event was enjoyed more than any other summer event that they have held, and the feedback was incredibly positive. Employees and guests felt valued by the investment of the event which we know creates better co-worker performance and networking and certainly goes a long way towards staff retention, hot always hot on the lips of all senior management and HR teams.
The event was structured so that the first part of it was more focused around families, primarily children so that families could leave or retreat to their tents at an appropriate time having still really enjoyed the event. The latter aspect was focused on the party really starting with both The Smiley Campbell band and Lightspeed taking to stage to cook up nothing short of an electric party that kept guests dancing for hours, only sitting down temporarily by the campfires for a drink and chat before hitting the dance floor again. These guys knew how to celebrate and party in style.
We are delighted to say that Oodle must have enjoyed their event as much as our staff did, because they have booked with us again for 2020. This time they are going for an Arabian nights themed festival, with a Middle Eastern menu, camels, shishas and belly dancing. Bring on July 2020.
We were really grateful to have worked alongside Oodle in 2019 for the first time. They are an incredibly nice company to work with and their staff teams were all fantastic fun on the day whilst being respectful of an outdoor event.
This was our first year of using The Corporate Festival Company and we cannot recommend them highly enough. From the initial consultation through to delivery of event they just made light work of it for us. What usually took an incredible amount of planning time for our team, became a seamless and professional outsourced service. The team are so well organised, creative, passionate, hard-working and exceptionally good at what they do. To top it all, the on -site team are all really engaging, and you can tell they all want to be there and make the event a success which makes a huge difference. It was an absolute pleasure to work with The Corporate Festival Company, nothing was too much trouble and they delivered an event that well exceeded ours and our guests’ expectations. We are thrilled to be working with them in 2020. They have finished most of the planning already so we can sit back in the knowledge that we are safe hands and look forward to another first-class event with them, we are all looking forward to it already!
Claire Julian – Oodle Finance
Tel: 01329 446044