“Plenty of speakers but thankfully no microphones”
Against a global backdrop of political turmoil and trading uncertainty, the Interfacio team had the pleasure of getting together in London last week to focus on how we can continue to improve what we do, and celebrate the successes of another busy and productive year.
After spending a day with our CRM vendor on the latest search methodology and client collaboration tools, we spent another day at our offices in Kingston-Upon-Thames to look together as a delivery team at how we can better coordinate internally on client project activity as we grow. With the hard work done we settled into the business of another memorable evening, returning to No 97 in Surbiton, one of London’s newest and coolest specialty gin and dining venues.
To kick off the evening we learned a few gems about this oh-so-fashionable tipple, and tasted some of the venue’s own creations.
Did you know, the name ‘Gin’ comes from Jenever, Dutch for Juniper after berries from the plant were added to base spirit to make it more palatable so it could be used to trade and negotiate during and after the Anglo Dutch wars? And the concept of ‘Navy’ or 80% proof comes from the way alcohol strength was tested to ensure that it would not prevent gunpowder from igniting if it was accidentally spilled in the heat of conflict!
We were particularly pleased to be welcoming our three newest team members who have all joined us since the last time we were here. Bardy Hayes joined us in July and travelled all the way from San Diego to be with us for the week, and we certainly benefited greatly from his critical eye as well as his sometimes less than critically acclaimed humour. Bardy has made an impressive start within the Interfacio team and business, and is already building on his already impressive network, developing excellent working relationships with new clients in North America as well as APAC.
Also joining us in July was Bobby Jons, who has teamed up in a key delivery and support role working with Jo Hutchins, on our Engineering R&D desk. Bobby has brought a great deal of experience working and training within the IT systems area, skills that are invaluable with the search and data management side of our business. Bobby has also come to the business with an impressive talent and enthusiasm for performance it seems, and she was a star during our specially adapted industry charades!
Last but certainly not least is Cathy Bell, our newest team member, who comes to us with previous work experience in recruitment and Broadcast production. Cathy joined us in September in an office and recruitment admin support role but through her enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and general willingness to jump in and help with anything, she has already evolved somewhat of a portfolio role within the business supporting in marketing coordination and working closely in a support and delivery role with Bardy.
After our day of hard and productive work together we really appreciated the opportunity to relax, and share some quality personal time together. Reminding each other what makes each of us tick, and at the same time enjoying some quality performances!
As all businesses know or eventually learn, the secret to success usually lies with your people, and how you deliver your product to your customers. So, evolving and developing your team, and working on those key processes that set your business aside are both critical for continued success.
We are always happy to discuss with you about how your teams are working and performing and help with our own industry related insights and experience if you are looking at how you can best develop or expand your key business teams. Most importantly, remember to take the time to connect and laugh together whenever you can, in amongst the business and challenges of your organisation.
The Team at No 97
Nicole setting the bar nice and high
Cathy sole performer
Maria looking for some inspiration
Alice informing us of her legitimate interests
Bobby giving us all a clue and loving it
Bardy unusually literary
RW walking the walk
Seychelle Mais Non!
Thank you and Good Night!