Sheffield golf pro tees off new business venture

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More business is done on the golf course than in the boardroom.

This is according to one professional golfer from Sheffield who has launched a company for those who understand the power of the game.

Michael Chamberlain, aged 31, who grew up in Woodhouse Mill, and studied for his MBA business degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, said the sport was increasingly becoming a career-enhancing opportunity - a buoyant venue where handshakes are made, deals are done and contracts are signed.

And, after planning a successful corporate trip for Mitsubishi Electric, he has now launched Clubs Away with his business partner Dennis Winter. The corporate hospitality company offers bespoke end-to-end golfing packages for business minds.

Michael said: “Golf is a fantastic leisure activity. But its other asset is that you only spend a small portion of a four-hour game actually hitting the ball, so there is plenty of time to talk shop.

“In ever growing markets where competition is constantly rising, businesses need a better and deeper way to interact with their clients in order to stay ahead.”

Clubs Away are also the only company to provide a PGA Golf professional on every trip, allowing guests to receive training tips and improve their golfing skills as part of the corporate package.

He added: “Our world-level instructors can teach all aspects of the game so that corporate clients can learn as they go.”

A recent study backs up this premise – claiming that on average bosses who don’t tee off are paid 17 per cent less than their ball-putting counterparts.

Michael said: “Golf is a fine test of character and rewards players who remain calm under pressure, don’t cheat and think strategically. These are all virtues in business, too.”

Michael’s “hassle-free” packages allow clients to focus entirely on their business objectives.

His team organise every detail of the expedition, from finding the venue or location of the trip through to booking accommodation and flights.

He said: “We also aim to ensure that the trip strikes the ideal balance between business and pleasure.

“We incorporate slots for meetings into the itinerary, alongside golfing tuition and games, in order to create the ideal environment for a spot of business on the golf course.”

Before launching Clubs Away, Michael ran the Golfxcel Academy in Leeds.

For more information on Clubs Away visit www.clubsaway.co.uk