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On the anniversary of the day that FPC was founded back in 1982, we decided there was no better way to mark the occasion than taking our Founder, Mark Ralphs to a surprise team away day, hosted by one of his very first clients! 

Partridge Lakes in Cheshire is owned by Dave Ikin and his family.  Dave’s grandfather bought the land in 1899 for £1000 and had grown cauliflowers, cabbages and potatoes on the fertile soil.  Set in 70 acres of idyllic countryside with 15 individually landscaped waters (plus a tackle and bait shop and lakeside café), the venue offered lots of potential for the team to hone their angling skills.

On arrival the team was fuelled up for the day with a full English breakfast before the fishing commenced.  They were then split into two groups, with Mark and Bernice acting as team leaders for the day. Each fishing ‘peg’ was allocated an expert tutor from Partridge Lakes to guide them through the art of pole fishing – including how to apply bait.

Afternoon tea was served and the day culminated in the presentation of prizes for the biggest fish caught, won by Stephen Caffery and largest overall catch, won by Amanda Hastings.

It was the venue’s first corporate event and Dave’s daughter, Barbara Ikin who now runs the Lakes has ambitious plans for many more.   We really enjoyed our day out and will most certainly return.

Check out the video from the day:

We’ll shortly be sharing Dave’s client story but in the meantime, we had chance to catch up with him and Barbara at the end of the day to find out how he would sum up his experience of working with FPC over the last 40 years.  You can watch the short interview here.

To find out more about the venue, visit the Partridge Lakes website.