Capital on Tap Journals: Edinburgh

It was easy to understand why Capital on Tap chose the beautiful capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, for our inaugural company retreat. A mixture of different cultures, classic monuments, iconic picturesque views, we were definitely instore for a fun weekend.

Greeted by glorious weather and charming historic buildings, we arrived at the heart of the city late Friday evening. As our hotel was conveniently located in the city centre it presented itself with opportunities overflowing at every corner to discover more about the city’s past.

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First stop on our agenda consisted of evening food and drinks at the The Refinery which was perfectly situated at the iconic St Andrew Square.
Filled with traditional Scottish details overlooking the square, The Refinery appeared to be the perfect setting for the team to embrace the bustling environment. As the evening continued to the late hours, we took the opportunity to not only feast over the delicious burgers, but also enjoy the signature cocktails. While some entered a competitive game of Jenga, some continued to debate whether the World Cup was ‘coming home’, nonetheless this kickstarted what appeared to be an awesome weekend ahead.

Saturday

After being well rested after a long day of travelling and a night of laughter, we all gladly accepted a glorious buffet breakfast. Engaging in discussions about the day ahead and perhaps more importantly, whether England had any chances of bringing the world cup back home; Saturday was set out to be a fun day.

As the day began, we kicked off the morning with a company wide exercise asking team members from mixed departments to create a variety of vision boards. This consisted of teams brainstorming ideas and reflecting on new opportunities that the company could possibly venture into. While these brainstorming sessions forced each department to think outside the box, it also enabled an open channel of discussion, where we were able to generate ideas of how we can better serve our customers. This exercise also set the stage for a honest discussion, where employees were challenged to be creative and feedback ideas of how best we can evolve our current product features.

As we entered the early afternoon, we all split off into small groups, and utilised the time to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh. While some daring team members set out on an adventure to climb the 251 metre high extinct volcano, famously known as the Arthur Seat, to capture the amazing panoramic view of Edinburgh city; others decided to use the free time to relish in the traditional scottish culture by taking a whisky tasting class.

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As we continued to explore the key landmarks, such as the Edinburgh Castle and St Andrew square in hopes of capturing the best selfie. It was that part of the afternoon where we all headed to the pub, for one thing and one thing only…FOOTBALL!. Packed with passionate England fans, we all nervously watched England vs Sweden at the edges of our seats. As the roof raised with our chants ‘It’s coming home’ it was beautiful to see that the victorious win brought such a real sense of comradery between us all.

Continuing the festivities after a well deserved win from England, we celebrated with an evening three course meal at Rabble Taphouse. As we enjoyed the delicious variety of food and the unique cocktails, still amazed by the surreal reality that England was entering the world cup finals for the first time since 1996, the celebrations continued into the ‘wee’ hours at the locals bars.

Sunday

After a day full of exploring, laughter and fun, it was time to head back home, where we nostalgically recapped highlights of the weekend on the long train journey back to London. Overall, it is safe to say that the company get away gave us all an excellent opportunity to retreat from our regular routines and revisit the companies vision for the future.

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