Inspirational mission to Dubai

Hey Belgian CxO’s, need to be inspired in only 4 days?

Together with ex-top tennis player Sabine Appelmans and her coach Serge Haubourdin, we will organise an exclusive inspiration tour of 4 days to Dubai from 19 until 23 March.

Enjoy the desert, be inspired by the vision of Dubai, meet successful entrepreneurs, meditate with our coaches and experience Hercules Trophy in the desert. A truly unique experience you can’t afford to miss!

Places are limited. Download the brochure here.

Sports for all: it really works!

A few weeks ago we marked another lifetime event in our young Herculean lives: the inaugural Hercules Trophy in New York was a big hit! Another proof that sports for all really works! We are now in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the US in only 2 years time.

305002_423650324358204_978859210_n[2]Fans from all over the world sent us very sweet personal messages saying they were amazed we pulled this off in only a few months time in one of the most difficult markets in the world. Even my mum was proud for a second Smile

Did we work hard? Oh yes! Is it hard to organize a good Hercules Trophy? Yeps, extremely. Did we have serious setbacks? Daily! Were we challenged by the Gods? O yeah baby. Do we have an awesome team? Yes we have (and Koen Blanquart: you are a rockstar!). Did we have amazing fans believing in us? Yes we did!

I’m always happy to be in the USA for a week. Especially in New York. So much energy, such an entrepreneurial spirit, such hard working people, so extremely hard to reach them, but once you get a chance to talk to them: they open their hearts and love to help you with your dream and make it their dream! In a few months time we made some “new best friends for ever”.

New York is one of those markets where business leaders understand why team sport is such a brilliant metaphor for everything that happens on the corporate work floor. That sport unites people. That sport doesn’t care about who you are. That you can do a lot of good through sports. That it’s a great networking opportunity. That you should bring supporters and kids to join you in all the fun. That it’s an investment and not a cost. In Dubai and Johannesburg we get the same messages. Wonder what the British did to get that message across. That’s probably one of the reasons why London was Olympic host for 3 times already.

A lot of of European business leaders still struggle with these statements, although we host more than 500 Hercules teams a year. In Europe, most people discovered corporate sports for individuals, but corporate teamsport is not generally accepted yet. Some still think that running the Ekiden with a few people or climbing the Mont Ventoux with colleagues is a team thing. No guys, these are corporate sporting events but they are not about teamwork, they are about individual achievements. Once you’ve participated in one of the Hercules Trophies, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Wonder if we will take a break now? Who needs sleep when you are having fun? We are in full preparation mode for 2013. Our US Managing Director is here with us to discuss the future, this week we are in Dubai for the launch, Inge is in India in 2 weeks and I will be in Australia shortly. In the meantime we are working on mind-blowing new plans for Belgium and we’ll soon launch the South African edition. Hope to see you there.

Second edition hailed bigger and better

The second edition of Hercules Trophy, the super-charged intercompany teambuilding and networking event, held at 7he Sevens Stadium in Dubai last Thursday, has been hailed a BIGGER and BETTER event by participants and organisers.

A total of 86 corporate teams, comprising between five and seven players, were put to 12 different sporting challenges with a fun twist designed to help them master teamwork and bonding. While only one team – Super Wild Wadi Athletic Gamers (SWAAG) from Wild Wadi Waterpark – took home the official 2012 Hercules Trophy (the team that came nearest to winning last year), all participants said they felt like winners and enjoyed the event.

Following Wild Wadi Waterpark in second place was Team TAYLOR from ALEC, LLC and third place was the 7 Deadly Sins from

The full list of results can be found on the website:

Chris Perry, General Manager, Wild Wadi Waterpark said: “Congratulations to Wild Wadi for winning the 2012 Hercules Trophy and to biz-events for putting on another great event! Training starts on Sunday for Hercules 2013!”

The Hercules Trophy UAE 2012, organised by biz-events, the Middle East’s largest & leading corporate teambuilding company, got off to an early start with teams registering onsite by 7:30am. The exciting opening ceremony with the traditional lighting of the flame and reciting of oaths followed by the Hercules dance which all players and crew enthusiastically participated in certainly set the tone for the rest of the day.

That enthusiasm continued to build throughout the day as teams competed for points across 12 Herculean labours. Through the camaraderie of sport, participants got to think, act and perform as a team while strengthening relationships with their colleagues in a fun and non-threatening environment.

GM of Danzas, Michael Buckley the winner of first edition of Hercules Trophy Middle East in 2011 said “We had another great experience at the Hercules Trophy and we’re delighted to once again finish in the top five. The events were challenging but very enjoyable and we saw some great examples of team spirit, teamwork and fair play throughout the day. We congratulate Wild Wadi on their success this year but we’ll certainly be back again next year to try to reclaim our trophy!”

Commenting on the success of the second edition of Hercules Trophy UAE, Bev Mileham, General Manager of biz-events said: “We are delighted with the success of our second Hercules Trophy and are overwhelmed by the amazing spirit in which all the teams have embraced this incredible and unique intercompany team building event. Organising an event of this nature is no small feat and I have to thank our amazing crew lead by our exceptional Hercules Operations Manager, Tania Gelasini. We have already started thinking about the next one!”

About Hercules Trophy:

The Hercules Trophy is a super-charged inter-company teambuilding event that helps enhance relationships between employees, customers and suppliers through the camaraderie of sport.

The inaugural Hercules Trophy UAE organised by biz-events, the Middle East’s leading corporate teambuilding company was held in Dubai in February 2011 with 78 corporate teams. Teams of 5 to 7 people participate in 12 ‘labours’ or sporting challenges with a fun twist. Each activity requires participants to think, act and perform as a team, and the emotional resonance created by the event continues at both the team and individual level long after the day. So successful is the outcome of Hercules Trophy that the event enjoys a 91% return rate every year.

About biz-events

Part of the biz-group, biz-events has evolved into the largest and most sophisticated team event management company in the region. Our team of event managers and facilitators deliver an average of 200 teambuilding events a year, engaging over 10,000 company employees annually. We guarantee flawless execution, instant impact and total employee engagement. biz-events is the exclusive licensed partner for Hercules Trophy in the UAE.

Crew briefing in Dubai

Next week we’ll be holding the final crew briefing for the second Hercules Trophy in the UAE. So looking forward to meet all these fabulous people again in a top-secret location in Dubai. Doing the Hercules Dance together is always a great moment of friendship Glimlach

Hercules crew from Hercules Germany, The Netherlands, USA and International will fly-in to help out during the event! We had a lot of fun last year…this year it’s going to be even bigger! Crew = crewcial!