The team packs their bags and all head to Dublin for a well earned break...
Being on the Fluid Branding team is incredibly rewarding, but it's always nice to get away for a few days. That's why, to mark the 10-year anniversary of Fluid Branding, myself and the rest of the team jetted off on a fun-filled weekend to the city of Dublin! Read on to discover what we got up to on our whistle stop tour of Ireland's capital...
Brimming with excitement, myself and the Cornwall team started our journey on a rickety old bus which arrived to collect us from Cornwall HQ. Once packed up and ready to go we began the short journey to Newquay Airport...
The short flight meant we arrived safely in the city of Dublin in no time! Meanwhile, the other offices (Manchester, Leeds, Bury St Edmunds and the North East) were just beginning their journeys to meet us in the city.
After arriving at our hotel and unpacking, we were soon unwinding with a cold pint of Guinness in the hotel bar - awaiting the arrival of the rest of the Fluid team. First to land were Leeds, Bury and London - followed shortly after by a delayed Manchester team. Once all had landed they hopped on a bus to meet us at the hotel, and after a quick change, we all sat down to a fabulous three-course meal in the hotel restaurant.
Serenaded by an Irish band we tucked into our meal, sipped on some wine, and then made our way to the dancefloor to dance the night away!
It's safe to say there were a few sore heads in the morning as we headed upstairs for breakfast! A fry up and a pot of tea later, we were starting to feel a lot better! We made our way to the conference room, where we listened to a company presentation from our directors Matt and Miles. They talked about the history of the company and how far we have come as a team. In the last year we have expanded all across the country, now with seven different offices! We then had a mini awards ceremony to thank all those who go the extra mile for their team.
Awards were presented to our Sales Manager Amy for Brand Champion, Best Sales Person to Account Manager James Ingleby, Most Charitable to Production Assistant Kevin Wickett, Unsung Hero to our IT technician Arran Baxter, Staff Member of the Year to Production Assistant Lucy Tanner, and Top Case Study to Senior Account Manager Marie Ratcliffe.
After the presentation, the team split to head off and explore Dublin. Some went into the centre of Dublin to the Guinness Factory and others to Malahide Castle for a historical tour.
Cat headed off with some of the team to Malahide Castle, which was built by the Talbot family. They lived there for 800 years! Now, the castle is open to view by the public so the team were able to see the inside, and get a real feel of what went on there all those years ago. Each room still had the original furniture, and was laid out exactly how it would have been when the Talbots lived there. The castle was full of portraits with eyes that follow you around the room! It's even said to be haunted by a white lady and a jester called Puck - they didn't manage to see either!
I went with the rest of the team to the famous Guinness Factory! Whilst walking around the factory we learnt how Guinness is made, where it originated from, how Arthur Guinness created it, how best to pour it (and how to taste it). We topped it all off with a trip to the Sky Bar on the top floor, where you get a cracking rooftop view of the entire city - and a free pint!
After a bite to eat and a mosey around the souvenir shop, we headed to the Parliament Hotel in the centre of Dublin for our evening. We were met by the rest of the team, had a few drinks and sat down to our meal - all accompanied by an Irish Guitar playing duo and their Irish tap dancers!
After lots of dancing and Irish singing, we went in convoy to the popular Temple Bar - a great atmosphere. Each pub we went to was jam packed with locals and tourists, singing and jigging along to the local music.
Sunday morning brought even more sore heads and a very tired team. After a fabulous fun filled couple of days, it was time for us to head home. After a quick breakfast, there was still a little time for some of us to stroll along the beach or head to the nearest town (Malahide) for a quick look around. First to head off were team Manchester, followed shortly after by London and Bury.
Team Leeds and Cornwall had a little bit more time to spend in the capital before flying home, so some of us strolled to Malahide for a spot of lunch.
Keen to see the rest of the city, Beth and I embarked on a city bus tour to see some of the famous sights of Dublin.
At about 4pm myself, Beth and the rest of the team travelled to the airport to begin our journey home - the North East and Leeds team however headed back to the pub before their flight. After hopping on our plane, we soon landed back in Cornwall. Despite being a little tired and weary a great time was had by all. What an awesome experience and a great way to get to know the rest of the fast growing company - big thanks to company directors Matt and Miles and chief organiser James Musto!