Company Fun Day Event in London for Ipsos MORI, John Orwell Leisure Centre, Wapping

The Client

Ipsos MORI is the second largest market research organisation in the UK, formed by a merger of Ipsos UK and MORI, two of Britain’s leading survey companies. Passionate about people, markets, brands and society, they deliver information and analysis that makes our complex world easier and faster to navigate and inspires their clients to make smarter decisions.

The Brief

Ipsos MORI approached Gable Events to provide team building games and activities for 500 staff from their Wapping and Harrow offices for their company summer party.

The logistics for this company fun day event in London were particularly complex as the client wanted a competitive multi-activity afternoon that would require detailed and strict time-keeping in order to rotate such large numbers of people whilst keeping the activities light hearted and fun.

As well as providing the activities, Gable Events played a very important advisory role providing guidance on the best catering options and venue to suit the needs of the client and the event. A site meeting at the John Orwell Sports Centre in St Katherine’s & Wapping confirmed this location as the most suitable venue for the company fun day in London owing to its versatile indoor and outdoor event spaces capable of hosting the large group and exciting selection of fourteen different fun team building activities.

The Venue

The John Orwell Sports Centre in Wapping, Tower Hamlets is a not for profit charitable social enterprise, which means they work for the benefit of everyone: the public, local communities, the environment, their staff and their partners. As a result, they’re proud to be the first leisure operator in the UK to be awarded both the Social Enterprise Mark, and now Social Enterprise UK badge as well as the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award.

Boasting a 4-court sports hall and a full-sized astro turf pitch, the venue met the considerable space requirements of this company fun day event in London perfectly whilst being conveniently situated in walking distance of the Ipsos MORI London office. Having sole use of the venue allowed the client to enjoy their event in privacy, which was an important consideration.

The Event

On arrival at the venue the 500 Ipsos MORI guests were welcomed and checked in by Gable Events staff and given coloured sweat bands to signify their team. After a mass briefing using our large event PA system, the teams were provided with laminated rotation sheets detailing which activity each team was playing, the opponents to be faced and a time table.

Zone 1 was labelled the ‘Games Zone’ which included human table football and laser clay shooting, Zone 2 was nicknamed the ‘Mental Challenge Zone’ and included a variety of problem solving games, Zone 3 was the ‘School Sports Zone’ including classics such as the egg & spoon race and Zone 4 the ‘Inflatable Fun Zone’ featuring sumo wrestling and a giant inflatable obstacle course!

The huge variety of games created great competition and a fun-filled atmosphere as teams rotated between the games supervised by Gable Events experienced staff. At the end of the afternoon the teams relaxed to the music of a hired DJ and wandered the site enjoying delicious street food from the vendors provided. A particular highlight was the wet sponge booth giving guests the opportunity to soak the management team for just a small donation to the nominated charity!

‘Hot Pink’ were crowned the winners after performing consistently well over the fourteen fun team building games. They were presented with the coveted medals for bragging rights back at the office to complete a very successful company fun day event in London.