Mary | 30 May 2022
After two years of postponing, we finally had the chance to host our official launch party for the new office, with the ribbon being cut by the new Newport Mayor on his first official outing. This was a chance for clients, suppliers and work friends to see the office and meet the Ascendancy team.
Throughout the office, we had rooms dedicated to different themes, such as the history of the office. This gave visitors a chance to get a deeper insight into what goes on at Ascendancy, learning more about the renovation of the building to discover more about the building’s historic roots. The Ascendancy office has a rich history, dating back as far as medieval times, as it was thought to have once been a burgage plot and pieces of medieval pot had been found in the garden.
There was a lot of preparation for the event such as; ordering cakes, creating information for the different room themes and inviting the new Mayor of Newport to cut the ribbon. The whole team worked together to create an event that everyone could enjoy. Director Helen made some documents about the historic findings, discovered by both Helen’s own research and the Newport History Society, who had a table of artefacts and hidden treasures at the event. Mary, the Digital Marketing Executive, created a photobook documenting the renovation of the building. This coincided with the Junior Web Developer, Tom’s work of putting together a video of the renovation project. The current and previous digital marketing and web development apprentices put together some information about what their apprenticeship involved and why they chose to complete an apprenticeship – this was displayed in the library, which had a theme of learning and apprenticeships.
Everyone enjoyed socialising in the garden; eating the delicious cakes, made by Polka Dot Catering, and of course the chance to visit Ascendancy’s very own King’s Head pub. There were a variety of garden games, such as croquet and beat the keeper in Helen’s garden next door, which the guests enjoyed playing with members of the Ascendancy team. Thankfully, the weather held up for the afternoon, despite the forecasts saying otherwise.