Programmes to encourage teamwork

Sports engagement firm expands into Edinburgh

Jules LangcastleFormer rugby player Jules Lancastle believes companies can benefit from engaging their staff in sport and is expanding her consultancy into Edinburgh.

ActivityMix, which has worked with some of the world’s biggest corporations, was set up 12 years ago by the former Aberdeen player, now a leadership development expert, and former software engineer Richard Johnston.

The Edinburgh launch will be held at the offices of PwC, a company it has worked with for five years, and the pair have called on fellow former rugby player Chris Paterson and current director of commercial operations if Scottish Rugby Dominic McKay to speak at the event.

They will discuss how building trust within a team engages them to support each other and creates the passion to perform well.

Erika Campbell, PwC director, said: “We have been working with ActivityMix for a long time as we fully understand the real benefits of bringing sporting challenges into the workplace and how it can make a huge impact on motivation, retention and attracting new talent.

“Not only do these events bring people together in the office and create a really nice, strong sense of camaraderie but it’s also really good fun.”

ActivityMix has worked with more than 50 clients, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Centrica, Costain Group and Shell.

Ms Lancastle said: “All businesses from financial to engineering and technology to construction can benefit from engaging staff through sport. Opportunities to play, support and organise sport attracts good talent and importantly, retain it, resulting in the transformation of a business into a thriving, profitable one with a united, strong, happy and healthy team.

“Already we have six potential clients lined up for the first-ever Edinburgh Corporate Pentathlon and we are confident the remaining spaces will be filled by the end of June.”




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