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drp Celebrates a Milestone at Annual Summer Conference

On the 19th July we held our annual summer conference at the Centaur Conference centre at Cheltenham Racecourse. The day and evening event was attended by the drpteam, to celebrate the agency’s success and exciting growth plans for the future, as well as reaching a record number of 277 team members.

The conference was filled with company updates including our financial target progress, reflection on what has been one of the busiest times to date for the team, creating inevitable growth and expansion in the business.

The day also included a review of successes so far this year, alongside a silent disco style ‘speed dating’ session with senior team members. For an external perspective, a panel of key clients attended and gave their honest feedback on performance and what improvements and innovations they would like to see drp make in the future. This led into an interactive session focusing on the ‘anything’s possible’ culture, that was designed to re-enforce and strengthen the way in which the team operate and engage with clients.

Another crucial moment was a display of fast-moving solutions-based series of presentations, which included the official launch of the drpAcademy. A panel of drp team members who are at different stages in their career development opened the session to give an inspirational view of their experiences. Jez Light, head of learning and development, launched a range of programmes and career development initiatives for the team to use and utilise to help further their careers.

In the evening a fun team ‘Cheltenham Challenge’ saw 32 teams follow clues and enjoy the hospitality of the Cheltenham spa town. Back at the racecourse the evening saw food, drinks and entertainment provided by the Jockey Club, before retiring to the Cheltenham Chase and Doubletree hotels for guests to reside.

“We have employed over 70 new team members since our last summer conference. With such massive growth, this year, it is so important to take stock and ensure that the team are fully aligned with our culture and plans for the future..."

CEO Dale Parmenter commented, “Our annual conference is an opportunity to gather all team members in one place to share further insight and reflect on the business and discuss our extraordinary growth. The drpteam have reached a record number of employees this year, and it was only right that this success was celebrated. We have employed over 70 new team members since our last summer conference. With such massive growth, this year, it is so important to take stock and ensure that the team are fully aligned with our culture and plans for the future, which include more acquisitions, new concept developments and another significant building expansion.”

Dale also added, “Our conference is a great platform to drive forward the future of drp and re-energise and refocus the team in preparation for the rest of the year in order to achieve our end goal of being that company of choice which is vital as we head towards a £30M turnover by the end of 2018”.