Representatives from Google, EDF Energy, Ernst & Young and Carphone Warehouse were invited down to trial the new experience on 31 October. The challenges have been inspired by Grylls’ popular television series including Born Survivor and Man Vs Wild.
Participants were encouraged to enter an environment where they could naturally adopt survival instincts with the guidance of highly-skilled and trained experts. On the day, participants were able to try out a number of activities including bush craft skills, navigation, fire lighting, wilderness food preparation and shelter building.
Speaking about the new survival experiences, Grylls said: "Everything I have learnt about business was first learnt from the wild – trust, risk management, going that extra mile, dynamic teamwork and honest communication. There is nothing like trying to light a fire or cross a river to force you to re-engage some left brain initiative and right brain calm in the storm.
"The events are fun, exciting and memorable. I also want to empower people to learn some core skills that not only might save their lives, but will undoubtedly help teams gel, their resourcefulness increase and their pride swell."
Steve Perkins, head of corporate events for Chillisauce, added: "We are very proud and excited to announce our new partnership with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Our events teach individuals new skills, and give them the tools and mind set to really realise what they are capable of. Every day we hear our clients ask for something different, and this is it."
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