2016 Conference – York

Thursday afternoon saw over 30 of the Barlow Andrews team head out on their Annual conference, this time to historic York.

 On arrival at the Royal York hotel, a quick chance to freshen up, then it was down to business with the first session of the conference, Barlow Andrews take on the EU referendum. The debate was chaired by Doug Barden with Philip Riding speaking on behalf of Brexit and Chris Harland taking the reins for Remain. It was a lively discussion with strong views expressed on both sides, with the objective of ensuring a much more informed view for all prior to the big vote being certainly achieved.

Following the debate we re-convened for our evening meal before then some heading out to sample the delights of the nightlife in York, whilst others were left in the hotel bar to continue the Brexit debate into the small hours. 

Friday morning following breakfast, motivational coach Simon Tyler @simplysimont ran his first session on finding out your personality colour and how best to recognise and work with other colours in a team.


We then headed outside to learn some rope skills and the importance of pulling your weight in a team, both in the “ring of trust” and the tug of war – one up for the over forties with an easy two nil win.

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The balance of the day was given to firstly, tips on improving time management and reducing your own stress in the workplace, then followed by individual coaching sessions to determine what new skills we had learnt and how we were going to apply them when back at work. Thanks to Simon for his efforts on the day and we will no doubt see the fruits of his labour over the coming weeks and months.

 Conference sessions over, many set out on an organised historical walking tour of York hosted by Chris “Ned” Kelly. For those that lasted the course it was a very informative and entertaining couple of hours. Others meanwhile snuck off and took the opportunity to do a little window shopping.

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The trip was then brought to a close with an enjoyable evening meal followed by a stop off at another bar or two on the way back to the hotel.

 A refreshed team headed home the following morning looking to put into practice the tips learned over the course of the two days and perhaps a little clearer on which box they will tick on the big day.