My friend David Bancroft-Turner shares this "volcano" story with us:
"My volcano story...........
So – if you were going to start this I guess we could have been in a lot of worse places – Utrecht.
Nothing we could do Thursday night after finishing the workshop so stayed in Utrecht. Friday to Amsterdam. No ferries, no cars, hmm.........ferry from Calais. No chance. Fecking Health and Safety won’t let you go on without a car!!!
So – here was our cunning plan. Amsterdam to Paris, Paris to Le Havre, foot passenger to Portsmouth, pick up car at Gatwick.
Fell at first hurdle, queued for 4 hours to get ticket at Schipol. Got train to Paris (well at least we’d be closer to home). Train broke down outside Antwerp – back there. To Brussels, to Paris then Eurostar – an extra train – Hurrah!!!
£1200 out of pocket and having met a whole tribe of wonderful human beings (and getting some business i think!!) the NCP car Park at Gatwick (where I had booked for 3 days and now had been there for 6) processed my ticket and while I fiddled to get out my credit card the guy announced "Sir – we do not intend to rub salt into the wound – the extra 3 days are on us".
My faith in large organisations has been restored – Hooray for NCP – they have my business for life!!!!"
So a GOLDEN HELICOPTER AWARD happily goes to NCP CAR PARKS
- ► 2012 (15)
- ▼ 2010 (14)
- Roger Harrop
- Roger Harrop, The CEO Expert, has spent over 25 years leading international business at the highest level, ultimately a plc, putting him in a unique position to deal with contemporary business challenges. He is ranked in the top 10 of Management and Strategy Speakers worldwide by Speaker Wiki and twice voted by the members of The Academy for Chief Executives 'Speaker of the Year' He is an, Oxford, UK based, international motivational business growth speaker who inspires and entertains his audiences with his acclaimed Staying in the Helicopter® programmess. Over 20000 CEOs, business leaders in 40 countries have achieved transformational change through his thought provoking and entertaining talks laced with real-life stories, anecdotes and humour. Roger is an author, accredited SME business advisor, mentor, and independent director and has run businesses for major multi-national corporations. He is a Past-President of The Professional Speakers Association, a former Vice-President of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Liveryman with The Worshipful Company of Marketers.