Today is the first of two days that I am speaking at City Gateway’s conference to kick off their academic year. CEO Eddie Stride opens the day with a moving speech about his ten years with the company and announces, to loud cheers, he will become a Dad in the spring. Ahead of my ‘Building Effective Teams’ session Eddie tells me he will only be staying for five minutes but I’m delighted to notice at the end he has stayed throughout – ‘I was riveted he said and just couldn’t leave’. Job done! Thanks to Aspire Leadership for asking me to lead the day.
Popped into One Aldwych later to see the wonderful Mark Tucker (F&B Director) and was distracted from conversation by staff passing by with elaborate stepped arrangements full of the most delicious looking sweets and sherbets, topped by chocolate eggs and delicate candy floss on sticks. “It’s part of our Charlie & The Chocolate Factory inspired Afternoon Teas” Mark tells me “They’re a big hit”. I’ve just seen the piece de resistance arrive, served with tiny sandwiches and exquisite blueberry brioche. I find it impossible to match the five star One Aldwych with the mini Argos candy-floss maker Mark tells the chefs used to make these beautiful pastel clouds when they first launched the teas (sorry Argos). Now though, soaring demand for the Scrumdiddlyumptious teas has seen Mark have an industrial candy floss maker installed! Now I’ve seen the tea I must see the musical!