was a natural next step in our relationship. Our team members have taken part
in masses of Freshwalks and have benefited hugely as a result.
take a deeper look at the impact Freshwalks has had on our staff and what the
future holds for our new partnership.
is the brainchild of Michael Di Paola, the Co-Founder of Studio North, an award-winning brand agency based in
created Freshwalks to give people an alternative way to network. It’s ideal for
those who dislike corporate networking events but still want to meet new
don’t connect by swapping business cards or LinkedIn details inside stuffy
rooms. They bond by helping each other clamber over fences or wade through mud
in the beautiful countryside.
take place in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Yorkshire all year
round, and sometimes more further afield including Northern Ireland and Wales.
There are routes for all fitness levels and four-legged friends are welcome.
Michael’s team also hold Freshwalks in Manchester city centre designed to fit
within a lunch hour (perfect for busy professionals).
every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
– John Muir
reward our team for all their hard work, we give our staff the opportunity to
do a Freshwalk during working hours so they can spend more time outdoors.
some, it has transformed them into pro-hikers. This has had a big impact on
their physical and mental health.
Matt Simmons, our Solutions Architect. In June 2019, he
committed to all the Freshwalks through to the end of the year. He completed
this goal, and has since won the Freshwalks Champion 2019
for reaching the top of the leaderboard.
wrote a blog about his hiking experiences, explaining
“Freshwalks is the ultimate stress
prevention where ideas can flourish along with connections to new people within
business. A fog has lifted; coffee always helped in the past but now I don’t
need it. Plus, with my energy levels up and my productivity increased, I sleep
better and walking and running is much easier.”
is a huge reason why we became a Freshwalks partner. It aligns perfectly with
our core value: helping the team feel
healthy and happy. Spending just five minutes in nature can quickly improve
your mood, researchers from the
University of Regina have found. Talk to any one of our regular
Freshwalkers and they will attest to this.
reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other
times, it is allowing another to take yours.”
– Vera Nazarian
best business relationships come from those that are meaningful. You get to
understand people’s personalities, needs and fears and this helps you be of
more value in a social and professional sense.
acquired lots of business contacts through Freshwalks. But more importantly, we
have formed many friendships.
you’re on a Freshwalk, it’s much easier to have organic discussions. Although
business has taken place as a result of the experience, it’s not what gets
discussed up those hills! The environment sparks all kinds of intriguing
discussions, as Mat Simmons explains:
“So many good conversations around technology
have come out of people dropping back to walk with me.”
on a hike makes for a whole new dynamic. One where the barriers of seniority
are broken down because the challenge isn’t speaking to people who intimidate
you. The challenge is climbing a steep hill or finding the safest path. It’s a
this benefit matches our values beautifully. San-iT is all about adding that
human touch to our services. Forming strong bonds with each other, our clients
and our prospects enables us to do this. Freshwalks makes this much easier (and
fun) to achieve.
can’t wait to continue supporting Freshwalks far into the future. The
organisation is a real asset to the Manchester business community. Whether
you’re introverted, extroverted or somewhere in between, Michael Di Paola and
his team have a special way of making you feel right at home.
Now that we’ve got a taste of being award-winning Freshwalkers (you’re looking at the Classic Team of the Year!), we’re raring to tackle new hills and hard core hikes.
Stay tuned for more updates on our Freshwalks adventures.