Brinsop Court, an expansive, magnificent wedding location sitting within its own 800 acre estate, employs a small close-knit group. The ages of the team range from 20 to 86 which creates a wonderful blend of youth, experience and wisdom. This broad age range contributes to a great working environment, where stories and anecdotes are regularly shared and laughter can be heard resonating around the office.
Due to the busy nature of Brinsop, with the many varied events taking place, it is almost impossible for everyone to come together outside of work to relax. We have a Christmas meal each year, but this really is the extent of our team’s social calendar.
So picture the scene when the news broke that we had been selected as one of the finalists of the Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The category we had been shortlisted in was Micro Business of the Year. It was a wonderful acknowledgement of just how well the small team had been performing over the last few years. Word quickly spread around the Estate (as it often does!), and the questions began. When will it be? Where will it be? How will we get there? What will we wear? What is the menu? Do I have to work the next day?
The table was reserved and the minibus booked. It was to be a black-tie event with a ‘Greatest Showman’ theme. There were to be 650 people attending, from companies all over Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Quite incredible that our little team from Brinsop, in rural Herefordshire, would be attending and with a chance of winning an award!
The next issue was that our head gardener Phillip (60) and John (72), the farmer who runs Brinsop farm, did not own tuxedos. We managed to raid a few wardrobes of friends and relatives and before we knew it, we were looking at two handsome candidates for the next James Bond movie!
On arrival at the Worcester University Arena, the scale of the event became apparent. Hundreds of people from a diverse range of businesses, all in their finery, were there to enjoy the evening ahead. As we lined up outside for a team photo, we felt very proud to be stood with each other – such an eclectic group who all work so well together.
The evening was fantastic – the magnum of Pol Roger was not wasted! We did not win the award however, we were immensely proud to have made it to the last five. Such a wonderful achievement and one that spurs us on to keep Brinsop Court growing and developing as one of the country’s top wedding venues.