Lloyds Banking Group sent its bankers on Luxury Spa Breaks
Lloyds sent bankers on luxury spa break
Executives from the bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group were sent on a luxury spa break to teach them how to be more effective “hunter-gatherers in the corporate jungle”.
7:30AM BST 18 May 2012
A dozen bosses from the bank, which is 40 per cent owned by UK taxpayers, enjoyed a two-day trip to Champneys where they were given a bespoke therapy course to help them recuperate from work stress.
The celebrity spa resort created a programme to teach them how to avoid “bail out, burn out or being booted out”, reports claim.
Tim Bean, the celebrity trainer who designed the bankers’ tailored programme, said the two-day trip last November was designed to teach the bankers “how to manage their chaotic lives”.
The trainer, who promotes himself as The Merciless Mr Bean, said he created a personal workout programme for each of the 12 bankers and tutored them on “executive nutrition”.
One seminar, called Hunter-Gatherers in the Corporate Jungle, was designed to “re-equip them with the skills of alpha males and females”, he told The Guardian.
The executives were also given advice on the latest developments in “physique management” and “anti-ageing”.
A Lloyds spokesman told the newspaper: “It is important to stress that this was a free one-off event that a small group attended last year at the request of a customer who wanted feedback on a new programme they planned to launch. It was arranged by a senior executive who no longer works for the group.”
Stephen Purdew, chief executive of Champneys, said Lloyds had paid for the break but declined to specify the cost. Similar stays start at £995 per person.
According to the event programme, the bankers arrived at Champneys’ Tring resort, set in 170 acres of Hertfordshire parkland, on 3 November – the day after Lloyds’ chief executive, António Horta-Osório, took a month’s sick leave owing to fatigue.
The next day they rose at 6am for a “dawn-breaker exercise class”, and after breakfast attended a “build before you burn” class encouraging them not to rush into heavy workouts.
After the day’s exercise, they were invited to “de-stress or detox” in the spa and pick from “over 100 relaxing, energising and rejuvenating spa treatments”.