It's a Knockout Social Event for Firmdale Hotels at Wimbledon Park, London

Ten Year Relationship
Gable Events is very proud to have run an annual It’s a Knockout social event for the staff of Firmdale Hotels for ten years at Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium in London. The teams are made up of multi-national staff from all departments of this prestigious group of hotels including owners, management, finance, front of house, catering, admin, reception and housekeeping. The usual format is 12 teams tackling a fun mix of eight costume, relay and inflatable games!

The Client
Firmdale Hotels own eight luxury boutique hotels in London and one in New York. The high standards of excellence and unique townhouse style of decoration are a winning combination. Kit Kemp designed the interiors of each hotel in her unique personal way reflecting a fresh, modern English style. She was named the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year in 2008 and has gone on to win many more accolades. Firmdale Hotels received the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2000, 2006 and 2009 as recognition for its outstanding achievement to international trade. The group’s eight London hotels are at Ham Yard, Soho, Haymarket, Charlotte Street, Dorset Square, Covent Garden, Knightsbridge and South Kensington.

The Venue
Wimbledon Park is one of three parks in the London Borough of Merton that are included on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The park was transformed in the 18th century by the English landscape architect Capability Brown and contains numerous historic gardens. The Firmdale Hotels It’s a Knockout social event is held at the Wimbledon Park Athletics Stadium within this London park. The large open grass area at the centre of the track allows for a spacious and unique event surrounded by trees and with access to changing rooms. Wimbledon Park Lake is also used by Gable Events for dragon boat racing.

Why Gable Events?
Each year a new graduate employee at Firmdale Hotels is given the task of obtaining quotes from different it’s a knockout companies for their annual staff social event in Wimbledon, London. For ten years Firmdale Hotels has chosen Gable Events for our professionalism and impeccable service. On one occasion a different It’s a Knockout company was booked but the next year they came straight back to Gable Events and have stayed with us ever since! They felt the alternative company (although cheaper) was not as professional, the games were not as good nor run as well and the other company’s staff were not as enthusiastic nor as sensitive to their needs as Gable Events staff.

“Just an email to say a huge thank you to all the team who helped make the staff day a great success. Everyone has said it was the best one to date and can’t wait until next year. Your company are such a pleasure to work with as you organise everyone so well and get everyone involved.”

Professionalism and Flexibility
Gable Events pride ourselves on always being flexible and sensitive to our client’s needs. On one occasion Firmdale Hotels found that they had an unforeseen clash of dates with their It’s a Knockout social event in London and without hesitation Gable Events changed the date at late notice. After nine years of It’s a Knockout events in Wimbledon, the client inevitably had a catalogue of preferred games. They requested specific games and also asked that the games were inflated early to generate more of a buzz as the teams arrived. Gable Events were more than happy to oblige and also provided giant games as an added side attraction over the client’s BBQ.

“Thank you so much for your help with all the organisation – it was great to be able to have all the games that people wanted and it made all the difference to have the games inflated early. The bunting also looked excellent. I hope the rest of the summer goes well”.