Not your average day at the office!

Team building: Participants on a previous activity day
Team building: Participants on a previous activity day

A businessman is planning his next outdoor adventure – by taking staff and customers rowing up the River Tees.

Paul Gough has already led a cliff jump off High Force in County Durham and ice holing in Morocco.

But now comes another challenge. Seven teams of people will row six miles of the River Tees from Stockton to Yarm, followed by drinks and a barbecue.

Paul, 31, who owns and runs Paul Gough Physio Rooms, on Raby Road, in Hartlepool, said: “The welfare and happiness of my staff has always been my number one priority so I look for ways to thank them for their hard work and the positive impact which they have upon our guests when they visit our physio clinics”.

“It’s not possible to have a great company without great staff and I think that all business owners should occasionally take stock and realise how important their staff is to the running of any office or business.”

He said the activity days have been great for team morale, but also for spending more time with patients and guests who come along with us”.

Paul Gough Physio Rooms was launched in 2007 in Hartlepool and now has clinics in Darlington, Durham, Guisborough and Hartlepool, providing physiotherapy to companies such as Housing Hartlepool, ASDA and BUPA. It employs ten staff with six from the Hartlepool area.

Paul added: “You get to know more about a person when you’re climbing an icy mountain alongside them or jumping off cliffs into deep waters than you ever will sitting round the table of a restaurant.

“And besides, the North-East has some wonderful places to see – why not see them with your staff and customers?

“Business can get very serious sometimes, whether you own it or work in one, but its important to stay playful and remind yourself to have some fun.”