The biggest event of the year in JUST EAT is without any comparison our annual World Party. The event was first tested some years ago and has since changed a lot as our company has changed, but one thing has always been at the centre of the concept: fun and socialising. And for sure, that was also at the centre stage of the World Party we had last week at a venue outside of London.
There is no need to spend a lot of words on the event, I will instead try to capture part of the atmosphere with a series of pictures, enjoy - we did. But if you only have 8 minutes available, then go straight to this heavily cut down video of traditional JUST EAT Got Talent Show, it was a lot more fun than what you can see here, but it might give some feeling for the evening: JUST EAT 2012 Got Talent Show
(NB: there are also hundreds of pictures on facebook page following the event
if you can access the FB group).
Nearly 400 people from all over the World came to Berkshire, UK, ready to get started all dressed in fashionable JUST EAT t-shirts:
First a presentation on what is going on overall with the company, people came to have fun, so we spend less than an hour on that, here I am showing some creative sizzle the marketing guys has dreamed up:
We quickly moved on to the team events, we like to do competitions, so everybody were send out with their teams to solve all kinds of missions, here some of the teams:
Some people (the Celts) took it all more relaxed:
And others put in an effort and won:
Then we "nearly all" did Little Fish, Big Fish
, that was pretty hilarious, but we didn't get the World Record for most people dancing in sync because 100 people decided it was better to sit outside and enjoy the 25c with a cold beer (grrrr ...):
But then our very own Mr Beat Box got the Jam back:
We also tried to see if we could get some other official Guinness Books of World Records, and we succeeded (not sure how long those very important records will last, but we made it!). One record was in keeping as many balloons as possible flying for 1 minute:
And one in undressing 10 t-shirts as quickly as possible, another very important and high profile sport:
Last couple of years we have given each country a cottage, where they could serve delicacies from their home countries of both solid and liquid nature, this year we gave each country a tent, and combined with fantastic weather (25c in the UK in May is not that common!) people's mood quickly went from great to stellar, some examples:
And then the highlight of the evening, the JUST EAT 2012 Got Talent Show
(check link for video). First the intro with Ras on Sax and some big pretender:
UK marketing doing Bollywood dancing:
Who says Finance can't dance:
UK Sales doing the Haka:
And several others, but the winners were - the Danes singing about how they are treated as cash cows, hmm think about that for a second:
We also had the traditional JUST EAT Awards for best of this and that (congrats to Spain, Norway, UK, Switzerland and Sebastien), and Mr. Buttress got a kiss and a piggy bank:
And after that no more team building or award ceremonies, JUST PARTY:
Thanks to all JUST EAT'ers for a great World Party - see you all plus a lot more again next year.
NB: special thanks to Leah, Mike and Anne for getting everything organised so briliantly, especially the weather really impressed me.