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Hi both, can you share a little more about your roles and what a typical day at work looks like for you?

Lauren: I am one of the senior event planning managers, so my day-to-day has me arranging the likes of menu tastings, meeting clients and strengthening our relationship with them, checking function sheets and ensuring Banquet Event Orders are sent out to the wider team.

Ellie: My role is similar to Lauren’s. I will show clients our event spaces and join them for menu tastings. I also meet with our suppliers to discuss how we can improve our guest experience.

Are there any stand-out corporate events that you have worked on at The Grove?

Lauren: We held the NATO summit in 2019. The planning stage took four months and it was a bit of a challenge because of the event’s high profile nature and the security involved – a fence was built around the entire hotel and special buildings were erected in the Walled Garden with corridors leading back to the main hotel – but it was a great experience. It was all hands on deck with no request left unanswered.

Ellie: I look after the planning stages for a lot of our sporting clients and international sporting teams. We work closely in the lead up to their stays including building training centres on-site for them to use ahead of their matches. We are unique in our facilities as we have a football pitch here onsite which can be marked up and used for various sports such as football, rugby or American football. Serving lunch to dignitaries such as Donald Trump during NATO was also something I won’t ever forget.

Laser Clay Shooting with KDM Events

Why should companies host an event with us?

Ellie: All of our spaces are flexible and can be moulded to suit any need. As well as the spaces indoors, which benefit from great natural light, we have ample room outside across our 300 acres. We have a great onsite activities centre where we offer archery, laser clay shooting and axe throwing, along with our woodland walks and cycle routes. We also work with several external activities providers such as GOTO events who can provide packages for corporate clients looking to do something a bit more creative.

Lauren: We have a lot of repeat clients which is really nice. It shows that the planning process we have in place works well and that clients are pleased with the events that we put together for them, so much so that they return again and again. We’re also just a 20-minute train journey from London Euston which is ideal for many clients.

Where is your favourite place at The Grove and why?

Lauren: The Library is my favourite spot. I love the interior design and there is just so much to look at in there. Books, board games and beautiful views!

Ellie: I like The Glasshouse bar. It’s always buzzing with activity. The Lounges are a great spot to relax too, particularly when our harpist is playing.

For more information on hosting a corporate event at The Grove, call 01923 296020 or fill out our enquiry form.

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