Work Christmas dos aren't usually the most glamorous of affairs, with most bosses settling for a naff pub meal or a dodgy social club disco.

But one boss laid on a staff party for the ages - arranging for all of her 20-strong staff to enjoy a three-day holiday in Spain last weekend.


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Arabella Lewis-Smith, founder and MD of the Dorset-based creative agency Salad, said the trip was a just reward for 'a year of commitment to delivering digital and design projects'. If that's what it takes to get a free jolly to Spain then sign me up.

"Salad is a company that cares about its people, and being able to gift our 20 superstars with a culturally enriching trip to another country is a delightful feeling," Lewis-Smith said. Bet all of her staff were chuffed too.

The company recently capped off their 2017 by winning a contract to deliver a website to keep fans up to date on Team England's progress during next year's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The team of designers, web developers and marketers had quite an action-packed trip to the Spanish capital of Madrid as they cooked, played games, travelled and celebrated for three days and two nights. Well, you would, wouldn't you?

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The team set off from Poole at 6am last Friday to head to Gatwick Airport for their flight to Madrid. The in-flight entertainment was a quiz prepared by the agency's strategy director.

From there, they took the Metro to the Madrid suburb of Salamanca. They drpped their stuff at an 'enormous' Airbnb apartment before having an evening meal among the city's Christmas lights.

After buying breakfast the next day from local markets, the team split off in groups, with some exploring El Retiro Park by bicycle while others enjoyed the backstreets of the city.

They then met up again for tapas before drinks at Dry Martini, a cocktail bar run by one of the world's biggest cocktail masters, Javier de las Muelas, before topping the night off with dancing. Lucky for some, eh?

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Salad has previous form for giving class rewards to its staff - last year, they went to see a West End show, while other team outings have included days out kayaking and walks in the New Forest National Park.

"Since founding Salad 16 years ago, I've watched our business grow from strength to strength," Lewis-Smith wrote on the company blog. "And after a prosperous 2017, we decided it was time to celebrate in style with a Christmas party to remember."

Salad's currently looking to hire new staff for 2018. After this glorious blow-out, you'd imagine Lewis-Smith will be sifting through a lot of applications.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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