Corporate Hospitality. Everyone’s doing it, and when it comes to impressing a potential client, they might find an office surrounding an underwhelming and mediocre experience. Although it is the setting of an everyday, productive business and workspace, it can be distracting for both parties involved. The constant ringing of the phone, emails pinging through, and colleagues interrupting means your attention is not focused on the most important factor in the room – your client. Their time (and yours) is invaluable so make it memorable.
A Little Effort Goes A Long Way
Authors of “Who’s in your orbit: Beyond Facebook – creating relationships That Matter” Mike Muhney and Max J. Pucher state that the rapport between businesses and corporate hospitality is a vital ingredient for a successful relationship.
“We rarely stop to consider who we are interacting with, developing relationships with and communicating to. But it’s the one factor that will determine how successful you can be.”
So take that extra step. Make it more than a pub lunch or coffee meeting. Demonstrate the type of relationship and experience your company can offer your desired client.
So, you have your purpose of the meeting and the people you want to meet with. But what about the place? The New Forest has many wonderful experiences to offer, and you will be more than a just a corporate face. Here a five places you can take your potential client, to make your pitch go a little further.
Impress your client by visiting Hampshire’s very own Ringwood Brewery. They offer an onsite tour of the brewery, where you can smell the hops, try the barely and see the bubbly fermentation process, all whilst sipping on a complimentary beverage. After the tour, spoil your potential lead by trying a selection of their delicious ales, as well as some bespoke seasonal options. If you want to show your client you mean business but have charisma, then this place sets the tone. Also, who’d turn down free beer?
Lepe Country Park
Co-owned by Hampshire County Council and local landowners, Lepe Country Park is a hub of beautiful wildlife and breathtaking views. Distinguish your business rapport with the spectacular views of the Solent and Isle of Wight from the park. Push your hospitality a little bit further by showing your potential client the amazing views of the Cowes from Lepe beach. There is also the option of showing off your cooking skills with the private hire for a BBQ. Admire Hampshire’s beautiful countryside in conjunction with impressing your lead. Weather permitting, of course.
Good food and drink is the secret to keeping people happy, and the same goes for any potential clients as well. Three years ago, The Cave, a wine and coffee holstery opened its doors and is located opposite the quaint Milford on Sea Village green. They have something for everyone, from coffee and cake to alcoholic libations. Start your conference with a delicious selection of wines, craft beers and specialised spirits, or organise a private tasting event. Close the deal by taking them across the globe with The Cave’s very own world wine tasting menu. It’s a grape way to make an impression.
New Forest Ponies
One of the most recognisable and unique characteristics hidden in the New Forest are the locals that have been inhabiting there for more than 2,000 years. The free roaming ponies are synonymous with the New Forest, and are the most recognised mountain, moorland and pure native breed of pony from the British Isles. With over 3,000 ponies grazing throughout the forest, you can take your potential client for a relaxing forest stroll, get some fresh air, admire all that nature has to offer and secure that signature!
Give your potential lead a truly unique experience on one of Le-Creux’s luxury yachts. Located in Lymington, the heart of the New Forest, Le-Creux specialises in corporate hospitality, and takes the stress out of planning and organising the day with your clients. An itinerary of activities, is arranged for you and there is the option of cruising along the Isle of Wight. They offer first class Marina facilities, including a bar, restaurant and shower (exploring the forest can be a challenge). There is also renowned restaurant, The Haven, endorsed by radio presenter, Chris Evans. These luxurious yachts will create an unforgettable experience, and help you win over that contract.
For advice and more information on what we can do to help with your corporate hospitality needs, get in touch with us today,