Corporate Hospitality - Better Than Gangster Bloodshed

by : Shaun Parker

Hollywood has taught us that it pays to look after your business associates. In the Hollywood film Scarface we are taught some key business lessons. The first rule, we are told, is that you must never underestimate the other man's greed. Further to this Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino, taught us how to negotiate a sale. He always has a mate out back with a shotgun. In The Godfather films we learn a great deal more about successful business techniques. Don Corleone famously makes a business associate 'an offer he can't refuse'.

The menace in his voice tells us that the business associate will be killed if he doesn't comply with the Don's wishes. Now this is how it is done in Hollywood but fortunately for the modern business man there are simpler, less bloody and much more enjoyable ways of conducting business.

Corporate hospitality events are based solely around making sure you and your delegates enjoy themselves. Second only to gangster threats they are the most effective way of getting that business deal signed and sealed. So what are the alternatives if you don't want to leave horses head in the bed of your business associate or make threats on their life and the lives of their family members? Here is an introduction to a few of the less violent pastimes that will help you achieve the same result - a successful business deal.

Golf Days

Golf days can be a great way of relaxing with your business associates without having to rush business decisions. They typically include breakfast, a lesson with a pro golfer; lunch a full 18 holes, evening meal and an awards ceremony with prizes. For those that share a passion for watching golf but not necessarily playing it attending a big golf tournament as a spectator is a great way to enjoy the game and experience the buzz of seeing top sportsmen and women compete at the highest level of their profession. The British open championship takes place in summer every year and moves between the top golf courses in the country. July 2008 will see it staged at the Royal Birkdale in Merseyside.

Horse racing

Horse racing provides a fantastic day out for you and your delegates. The 'sport of kings' is guaranteed to provide an incredible day of excitement regardless of whether you and your delegates are new to horse racing or seasoned professional gambler. The prestige of the big race meetings such as, The National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham, The Grand National at Aintree and the Royal Ascot at Ascot will combine a great day out with high end luxury. It is a perfect way to entertain your business delegates.


For the non-cricketer the idea of attending a cricket game as part of your business relationship might not be the first thing to come to mind but it is well worth considering. The experience of attending a cricket match is like no other. Floodlit matches and Twenty20 matches are bringing excitement to the game that has long been criticised for being slow.

Corporate entertainment at cricket grounds is second to none and will provide you and your delegates with fantastic food and beverages throughout the day. The 2008 cricket calendar sees England play New Zealand and South Africa. Between May and August these games will feature all across the country in the major cricket venues such as Lords, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Headingly and Edgbaston.