Case Studies

Avanti Gas provides LPG energy solutions to a diverse range of business sectors around the UK.  They employ over 200 people and at the time were experiencing high levels of growth. They had no development in place for leaders but were increasingly promoting people into management roles to respond to their growth.

From its head office in Derbyshire, Avanti Gas provides LPG energy solutions to a diverse range of business sectors around the country. As the company is growing rapidly it recognised the need to ensure it was nurturing employees’ talent and developing strong managers for the future.

HOW TEAM ACADEMY HELPED

Working alongside Avanti Gas, we used our experience in leadership development to create a fully experiential and bespoke training programme. Through practical and fun activities, each of the company’s 24 delegates was given the opportunity to take the lead – while our team closely observed them in action.

This meant every delegate received valuable insight into their management style, and they were challenged on how well they communicated and related to others. And by the end of the course everyone had a ‘kit bag’ of management tools and leadership techniques they could use back in the office to help them:

  • Improve team relationships
  • Be better at prioritisation
  • Improve team performance & productivity
  • Increase motivation
  • Challenge their people

WHAT THE CLIENT SAID

We love the work we do with Team Academy; our people are so receptive to the delivery style as it’s so different. The programmes are challenging, motivational, and inspiring.

The trainers really spend time getting to know our people and what makes them tick, then designing a programme based around their findings. They have the ability to unlock the potential within our people.

Aldi’s rapid expansion over the past few years meant that its current workforce could not meet its future staffing requirements.

The company needed to recruit more than 4,000 new members of staff over a 12 month period and store staffing levels were set to increase from small teams of 4 to large teams of 30 to 50 people.

This is the best delegate feedback that I’ve read in 19 years.

Ruth Doyle
MD 

Hill Dickinson is a leading international commercial law firm. From a single practice founded in 1810, the company has now grown into eight offices around the world with 175 partners and over 1300 employees.

The company decided to invest in team building after undergoing 12 months of change that included the introduction of number of new roles and new people into the business. From the start, the management team were keen to have a fun event, which everyone (regardless of age and ability) could join in and enjoy.

The company decided to invest in team building after undergoing 12 months of change that included the introduction of number of new roles and new people into the business. From the start, the management team were keen to have a fun event, which everyone (regardless of age and ability) could join in and enjoy.

HOW TEAM ACADEMY HELPED

Hill Dickinson decided it needed an event that would challenge and stretch the team while strengthening relationships between the staff. This isn’t something that can be achieved by sitting in a classroom! So we took them outdoors for a jam-packed day of fun, high energy tasks.

We devised a day that would be all about breaking down barriers and helping people to understand each other a little better. The programme was also mindful of bringing new team members into the mix, so we did a number of tasks that got people to share bits of information about themselves. This was in addition to some ‘trust’ exercises and tough problem-solving tasks.

The day achieved its aim of being very motivational, fast-paced, and giving everyone the opportunity to work together. We can honestly say great friendships were made on the programme! Hill Dickinson reported back to us that the team day spilled over into the office as everyone is now working together in a much more cohesive way and communication has improved.

WHAT THE CLIENT SAID

Rachel’s approach meant our energy levels were maintained all day. We all thoroughly enjoyed the activities as there was something for everyone. A real sense of achievement was reached within all the tasks which in turn created a very positive and engaged team. Even those sceptical about the day were absolute converts by the first break…

Rachel was fantastic, taking the time to meet with us prior to the day to understand our exact requirements. Our expectations were completely exceeded by Rachel and all at Team Academy. We will return and I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Team Academy to other organisations.

Biffa was founded 100 years ago, initially as a family haulage business. Today it’s become the UK’s leading waste management company and is responsible for collecting, treating and recycling waste nationwide. When the company decided to bring two regional sales teams together and create a single team, they recognised the importance of ensuring strong relationships and trust were in place from the start – with everyone collaborating and working together.

HOW TEAM ACADEMY HELPED

We designed an outdoor, experiential programme for the new team of 15 employees. Over two-days they took part in a series of challenging activities that required them to work together and trust each other in a really short space of time.

Day 1: We ran a group challenge so everyone had a part to play in the overall success of the team, and by the end of day one there was already a huge feeling of collaboration. Throughout the day we were able to observe how they interacted with each other and provide constructive feedback too.

Day 2: Through a series of challenges we focused on self-disclosure. It’s key that new teams get to know a little about one another quickly. The tasks were devised to help them share their ideas, what motivates them, and to reveal their hidden talents and skills.

As a result of the two days, Biffa’s sales team got the opportunity to work collaboratively and to get to know one another. In addition, motivation increased and morale has seen a definite improvement. The team’s spirit has changed too – it’s an ‘I can do that’ attitude now!

Management also reported that following the team building it won larger contracts, as staff worked on projects together and were better at sharing information with each other. At Team Academy we’re really pleased to have developed such a great relationship with Biffa and have gone on to work with most of its regional offices.

I now know the true meaning of ‘awesome’. We had a fantastic two days, can’t wait to work with you again. A great big thank you from Biffa, myself and all the team. You are an absolute inspiration and I don’t think any of my team will ever forget it. Brilliant!

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