Marco Polo Acquires UK Challenge From IMG and Announces That United Airlines Will Continue As Lead Sponsor for the Iconic Annual Corporate Team Building Event

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United Airlines to be lead sponsor for the UK Challenge 25th anniversary in 2017 in Stirling

“This remains an unparalleled team building event, requiring the team to work under pressure to devise a strategy, plan it’s execution and then work together to achieve that goal” Rod, MD, Accenture

Marco Polo Events acquires UK Challenge from IMG and announces that United Airlines will continue as the lead sponsor for the iconic annual corporate team-building event.

  • The acquisition will allow the continuation and growth of the country’s leading corporate team-building event
  • 2017 United Airlines UK Challenge destination announced as Stirling, Scotland

Marco Polo Events, a new company dedicated to providing outdoor team-building opportunities, has acquired the business known as The UK Challenge, an iconic event that takes place over three days taking over 400 company executives through a challenging mix of physical and mental team challenges in some of the most beautiful areas of the country. From running, mountain biking and canoeing to anagram and riddle solving, 70 teams of six colleagues test their endurance, leadership and problem solving skills over the course of the event.

The UK Challenge has been held for 25 years, providing hundreds of teams from SMEs to some of the world’s largest corporations with a unique team-building experience. 97% of participants from the 2016 event felt that their team-working skills had been significantly improved and 87% stated that their ability to problem solve had dramatically increased through taking part in the United Airlines UK Challenge.

Dave Moran, CEO of Marco Polo said: “I am delighted that we have been able to make this deal happen and ensure continuity. It is, however, more than an event, and there are thousands of people in the business community who can attest to the value and learning that companies take into the work environment. I am also pleased to announce that we have secured Stirling as the location for the 2017 event that will take place from 6th – 9th July.”

Commenting on its decision to continue sponsorship, United Airlines Managing Director Sales, UK & Ireland, Bob Schumacher said: “United Airlines, the leading US carrier serving more UK departure cities than any other carrier, is very pleased to support the UK Challenge once again for 2017. As a global airline with over 85,000 employees worldwide, we fully appreciate the importance of team work, co-ordination, and developing strong business relationships, in making any organization a success.”

To watch the UK Challenge’s 2016 event video, follow this link:

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Marco Polo Events
Dave Moran, CEO
Tel: 07469 851407
Email: david(dot)moran(at)ukchallenge(dot)co(dot)uk

About Marco Polo Events
MPE are a new organisation established by 5 separate investors, David Moran ( CEO ), Peter George, Charles Toomey, James Curtis and Mount Cook adventure centre. The company’s goal is to ensure the growth and future success of this iconic annual event and build on the UK Challenge brand.

About UK Challenge
The UK Challenge is the UK’s Number 1 corporate team-building event that challenges teams intellectually, strategically and physically. This powerful combination has proven to deliver long lasting business benefits to the individuals and companies that take part. Each team will rely on their teamwork, communication and ability to work under pressure to solve clues, decipher codes and complete puzzles in a bid to outsmart their rivals and complete a series of missions in the least amount of time possible. The next UK Challenge event will take place 6th – 9th July in Stirling, Scotland.


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