The UK’s Major Cities Get a Glimpse of the Games


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Brockholes Preston                 Hilton Liverpool             Gherkin London            Manchester Marriott


We selected Four Dates.  We visited Four cities.
We presented Four opportunities to hear about the 2012 UK Corporate Games – to be hosted in Preston, European City of Sport.

Hundreds of UK-based organisations attended our launches, which were hosted up and down the country to learn more about the Games and what it could do for their business.

Billed as Europe’s largest corporate multisports festival, the Games was officially launched in September at Brockholes in Preston, the UK’s only floating village. The event attracted over 150 representatives from organisations across Lancashire, the North West and the rest of the UK, all of whom have shown a keen interest in the Games with most of their companies committed to participate and enter teams.

In attendance at the event were several key leaders for the City, including Phil Walsh, Assistant Director of the Guild, Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and the Deputy Mayor Albert Richardson who declared the Games “a fantastic opportunity for both businesses and the local community alike and a positive reinforcement of the City’s commitment to Sport for All.”

After that it was on to the City of Liverpool, who have become gripped by Games fever once again.  Since they held host to their own Games in 2010, companies were pleased to see the event return to the region and were excited to be involved and to participate, recognising the team-building benefits and proud to be representing the North-West.  The event was supported by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr. Frank Prendergast, who endorsed the Games as “a real positive event for the Host city.”

Bill Torch, Team Leader for Lloyds Banking Group, spoke at the event:

“The Games are a brilliant and most enjoyable weekend and we would like to encourage other businesses to take part in this fantastic experience.  The Games never fail to deliver – with professional organisation yet friendly competition and overall a great atmosphere.  We are already looking forward to see what Preston can offer in 2012”

The mighty and impressive Gherkin building in London set the scene for our next launch.

Attending the event were several Champion Supporters for the UK Corporate Games including Platinum Champions CSC, Towers Watson, Places for People and Ernst&Young along with Silver and Bronze Champions Conlon Construction and Clemthek UK Ltd respectively. Games Official Partners include Millers City Taxis, Carrefour Gyms and Rydal Communications, who supported the event and spoke to newer companies to encourage them to take part and enter.

Caroline Whalley-Hunter, Finance Director for CSC highlighted that ‘the Games is the best investment of its kind, offering limitless opportunities to organisations for team building, improving fitness in the workplace, widening employer engagement whilst also providing exposure to new clients.” This will be CSC’s third year at the Games, an event that she described as ‘real value for money.’

The final launch was hosted last week at the Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel in the heart of Manchester.  Several of the businesses in attendance were participants in the Manchester Games in 2005 – and everyone recalled great memories of the event, which saw over 6,000 athletes competing in the 4-day weekend event.  Hill Dickinson, IBM, Cobbetts Solicitors, Cooperative Financial Services and the Bank of New York Mellon were some of the larger firms attending the event, as well as representation from the Federation of Small Business, proving that the Games are for the big and small of the corporate world. 

Did you miss out on hearing about the Games?  Would you like a presentation in your town or City? 

Get in touch with the Games Office to book your presentation.

+44 (0)1733 380 888

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