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Hand Picked Hotels introduces new MICE offering

Hand Picked Hotels, a family-owned collection of British country house hotels, has announced its new meetings and events proposition. ‘Inspired Meetings & Events’ will be available across the collection’s hotels, providing facilities for corporate offsites in various locations across the UK.

Following a challenging year, Hand Picked Hotels have set out to create experiences for companies to thank their employees for their hard work and reunite teams.The new proposition will consist of three main offerings: ‘Inspired Meetings’, ‘Corporate Retreats’ and ‘Team Building’.

Inspired Meetings are ideal for one-day or one-night meetings, training events or conferences, and can be catered for any size group from two people in a boardroom, to an organisation of 400. Guests can use traditional meeting rooms and conference centres or opt for a ‘sky-is-the-limit’ bespoke experience.

Corporate Retreats give the option to take over an entire venue or, an area of a venue for exclusive use. Hand Picked Hotels’ event specialists will curate experiences and lead itineraries for groups to include team building activities, leisure time in the health club and spa, formal or relaxed dining throughout the stay, drinks receptions or interactive drink activities.

Team Building offers a wide range of activities such as archery, quad biking, duck-herding, assault courses, chocolate-making, wine-tasting and cocktail-shaking. As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, the hotels will cater for smaller-grouped and wellbeing-focused gatherings with informal drinks around a fire pit or games on the lawn.

Hand Picked Hotels’ Food & Drink concept will also relaunch as part of the new Inspired Meetings & Events offering. A variety of options will be available from informal burrito bars and pizza vans to nine-course tasting menus with wine pairings. Additional touches such as themed gin, rum or Pimms bars and customised donuts with company logos can also be organised.

All the hotels offer outdoor spaces, providing safe environments for group activities. Hand Picked Hotels operates a specific ‘In Safe Hands’ Covid care commitment, specific to meetings and events.

Douglas Waddell, operations director, Hand Picked Hotels, said: “With the world slowly reopening, it was the perfect opportunity to review our events proposition to offer our guests more choice, making use of all our incredible indoor and outdoor spaces. We see the positive impact of these events on boosting wellbeing and productivity, so have reimagined our offering to cater for all groups and occasions.”