HLM Architects’ annual event shows how recession entertaining is done!

23, September, 2010

HLM Architects hosted its annual Guildford event on Wednesday 22nd September, providing a barbeque and drinks reception for 160 guests at Burchatts Farm Barn in Guildford.

Guests, who travelled from all over the south east, comprised the great and the good of the property world, including clients, construction companies and fellow architects, as well as the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Marsha Moseley.

All of the food and drink on the night was sourced, made and served by HLM staff, robed in HLM-branded aprons.  The entertainment was home-made too, provided by HLM Chairman Chris Liddle, his daughter and his band formed of colleagues from the construction industry. 

Richard Parsons, director at HLM, said: “We are in a market where businesses have to evolve to survive and where, by working together, we can achieve so much more.  We value the relationships we have with our clients, construction partners and our competitors, with whom we often collaborate, and so we wanted to put on a great event where everyone could mingle and have fun.  Our staff volunteered to muck in, had a great time doing it, and we even came in under budget!

One client wrote to HLM after the event and said: “I would like to thank you all at HLM for a great evening. What a fabulous team effort…probably the most enjoyable of professional functions I have attended.”

HLM opened its Guildford office in 2003 and currently employs 32 staff.  It is regularly praised for the way it looks after its staff and was awarded the ‘outstanding’ Two Star accreditation in this year’s Sunday Times Best Companies Accreditation List.

“Throughout the recession, HLM has remained strong and in a good position thanks to a strong financial position and no debt.  We have had to be agile though, and the buildings we have designed have had to be adaptable and efficient and deliver best value,” said Parsons. 


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