We're Officially Inspiring!
Little old us, you say? That's right! We're officially inspiring (much better than plain old un-official inspiring, if you ask us).
Well hello there, fellow adventurer!, We've got some gre-ape (get it?!) news: we've been featured in a list of 1,000 Companies to Inspire.
The list, put together by the lovely city dwellers over at London Stock Exchange Group, is to celebrate the fastest-growing SMEs (that's small and medium-sized businesses) in the whole of the UK. And we're on it! Yippee!
How do we feel? Ecstatic!
We're super chuffed about this, from the tips of our tails to the tufts of fur around our sticky-out ears. Why are we so pleased, you ask? Wouldn't we have been happier with an increase in profits, you say? Not even a little bit.
We're not one of those companies filled with people wearing suits hanging out by the water cooler; we're adventurers - just like you. We set up Go Ape to try and spread as much adventure as we can! Our whole mission statement is built around inspiring people to get outside, and this is just what we needed to show that we're on the road to helping inspire more apes to have adventures. We'll wear this latest accolade as a badge of pride (alongside our Cubs badges for forest foraging, of course!).
We're in this together
Did you know that a group of apes is called a shrewdness? That's what we are - a group (and pretty darn shrewd, too). We are a herd. A unit. And we like to think that all the people who visit our courses are part of the Go Ape tribe, too.
Come and have adventures with us
Since we opened our treetops in 2002 at Thetford Forest, we've been striving to climb higher and now we have 30 locations in the UK. Thirty! Isn't that bananas?
When we climb, we dare to reach for the next branch - which is why we expanded into Tree Top Junior, Forest Segway and Air Space - embracing the next adventure is our particular cup of elderflower squash.
In fact, now is probably a good time to do an impromptu acceptance speech and say "thank you", for all the support you've given us over the years - we couldn't have [sniff] done it without you all [sniff]. Darn, we promised ourselves we wouldn't cry!
Do you feel inspired?
We are the breath of fresh air at the top of the hillside, the first step that leads to everything beyond. We are the wild hills and the treetop branches; the wind beneath your paraglider, so to speak. We are the taste of adventure in the air, we are the thought that helps you pick yourself up when you stumble (if you trip over in the forest and no one is watching, did it happen?). We are Go Ape.
It's been nearly 15 years since we opened, and we're growing faster than a palm tree in the summer heat - in 2015 we had 900 members of staff, and this year that's due to rise to 1300. We've got our calculators out and we reckon that it'll be double that (yep, you heard us right!) in just three short years. We can't wait.
What do we want? Adventure! When do we want it? Now!
If you fancy giving us a medal to celebrate, or telling us how we've helped inspire you over the years, then get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you.
Oh, and you can take a gander at the full list of wonderful, inspiring UK company-majigs.
Anyway, more importantly, what have you got lined up for your next adventure?