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In the busy world of PR, digital and marketing, it’s rare that all the Peppermints manage to get together in one room, so our recent staff training day was a welcome change from day-to-day activity, especially as we’ve added a few new faces to the team (myself included). It might seem like an excuse for a jolly, but building our internal relationships and team skills is key to achieving great results for our clients. It’s safe to say that some of our best ideas flow when we’re faced with a change of scenery.


We put our creative skills, strategic talent and logic to the test, starting the day with group brainstorms for integrated client campaigns over breakfast at the lovely Innside Manchester. There was a little healthy competition amongst the Peppermints as we split into four groups, weaving the varied talents of the team and pooling our ideas from all departments. Despite throwing an enormous (hypothetical) budget and brazen tactics at the brief – including climbing The Shard to literally knock on the window of prospective clients! – ‘Team Andy’ lost out to the more strategic approach of ‘Team Jane’, but there are no hard feelings.


The camaraderie (and competitiveness) continued into the afternoon as we once again teamed up to escape from live escape room game, Breakout Manchester. After an initial few seconds of blind panic, we faced up squarely to the challenge of escaping from locked rooms within just an hour.  Using a series of clues (and in, some cases, a touch of brute force!) we pulled together, sharing our skills and learning from each other. We may not have all managed to break out (once again ‘Team Jane’ prevailed, which we secretly put down to them having an ‘easier’ room) but the team spirit was strong. It just turns out that we’re much better at writing copy and designing websites than following clues and finding escape codes!