Case Study: Encore Estate Management Christmas Party

Company Background

Established in 2004, Encore Estate Management Ltd provides an extensive range of property management services at both residential and commercial properties across the UK.

The company hosts an annual Christmas party for all office and site-based staff which is generally held during the working day to allow as many employees as possible to attend. In line with the company’s expansion, the number of attendees has grown steadily over the past 12 years with the 2015 event attended by more than 100 members of the Encore team.

Client Brief

Event organiser Debby Wooding, explained: “It’s a time for relaxing with colleagues, welcoming our new team members and enjoying good food and drink. This was the first time we have used Murray Edwards College, which was selected from a shortlist of venues on the basis that it met all of our exacting requirements.

Top of our list of criteria for the event is a space which is solely occupied by us so that we can really focus on our people; somewhere large enough to seat everyone at round tables and with direct access to bar facilities. Our staff aren’t all local to Cambridge so on-site parking is also helpful.”

Why did you choose Murray Edwards College?

“We prefer to look for somewhere a bit different – unique or quirky – with a separate space for arrival drinks so we can keep the dining room a surprise until the last minute – for that delayed wow factor! Also for 2015 we were looking for something extra: rooms large enough to hold a post-lunch disco in the Dining Hall and to accommodate an acoustic singer to entertain during arrival drinks.”

Client Feedback

“Murray Edwards met all these requirements by providing a perfectly-sized room with enough dedicated space for the disco; a definite wow factor with the fabulous Dome; and Fountain Court for our arrival drinks which was close to the Dining Hall but separate enough to keep the hall itself a secret. There was also room for the hired photo booth to be enjoyed after lunch and a mobile bar within the Dining Hall which catered for everyone.”