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A Little Bit of Christmas Cheer

Ok, ok, so we’re supposed to be into the height of the summer months…and as I look out of the window to the rain, I have to say I’m not particularly feeling it.

What I am hearing is the call for Christmas events. Yup. You heard right. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. There. I said it.

It doesn’t feel too long ago when I was discussing Christmas events last year on the blog but time does seem to fly and it’s important that you think about these things before they creep up on you and it’s too late.

For those of you thinking “You’ve got to be serious – Christmas thoughts in July” – well I forgive you. It does sound a bit ludicrous and almost feels like we’re wishing the year away.

I can assure you we’re not.

We’ve been receiving Christmas brochures in the office since the last Christmas party finished in January! I kid you not.

We’ve also been receiving Christmas party enquiries since February. I kid you not again.

While Christmas parties have changed somewhat over the last few years (namely down to a certain something happening with the economy – ssshh!) it’s still important to make your staff or work colleagues feel a bit of love from the office. While not everyone has the luxury of spending lots of money to reward staff throughout the year, it’s important that staff morale is kept high in order to keep the work flow going.

Royal Courts of Justice, London

So why not spend a little bit of money, put a bit of thought into the gathering and you’ll probably get a happier member of staff that wants to continue working hard so they can do it all again next year. It doesn’t need to be expensive to make someone feel special.

Prices range from £25.00 per head up to £150.00 per head depending on whether you want an all inclusive, drinks, food, theme and everything or just a meal. The average price for a party package in London for instance will cost between £50 – 80 per head whereas in Manchester you’re looking at more £30 – 50 per head. Obviously the price goes up or down depending on venue, date and what’s included.

If you really don’t have a budget for an external event, have it in the office. It’s not completely wrong to be sat at your desk with a glass of wine in hand – is it?!?

Alternatively, head to a local pub or restaurant and have a meal.

For those wanting to make it a little bit more formal or more of a party, there really is something for everyone. Think about joiner parties. If you don’t have a large group to accommodate, lots of venues offer joiner-parties where you can (as it says) Join A Party. Costs per head are lower and you still get the theming, entertainment and meal with novelties.

Alternatively, for something a bit more lavish, consider having a theme created just for you – while a bit more expensive, it will be exclusive and you can have it tailored to suit your needs.

Of course, there’s still the top venues that offer a themed private party and these can be fabulous and cost less than if you were to devise and dress a venue in your own theme. You could try somewhere like the Great Hall at the Royal Courts of Justice in London for a more formal event. Or the Bloomsbury Ballroom, again in London. Alternatively, somewhere like the National Football Museum in Manchester may be more your style.

National Football Museum, Manchester

In all honesty, most venues will offer you different packages for different prices depending on what date and day of the week you want to hold it. The options are endless…with more and more venues making a bit more of an effort to draw in business, you can expect good rates, more for your money and more exciting ideas.

 

But I warn those of you with large groups – you need to be booking now. Dates are filling up for private parties and once they’re gone, they’re truly gone, leaving you with limited options.

So go ahead…have a look around and see what you can find for your Christmas party.

Or, if you really don’t have the time, let us know and we can do it all for you – big or small we’re here to help!

Merry Christmas Everyone! 🙂

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Summer Events – Are You Creative Enough?

Alternative London Venues for Events

It feels strange to be talking about summer at this early stage of the year but with time going quicker and quicker you can never start to plan your events too early. There are so many events going on in London during the summer it’s important to give yours that little something extra that makes it stand out against the rest. There are a number of ways to do this and perhaps the most important of all is by selecting the best venue for your event. When looking at venues people are often drawn to the same mundane features, price, location, accessibility etc. and whilst these are very important issues it is also vital that the organisers do not forget to be creative with their event. Being creative means looking that little bit harder for the perfect venue and not necessarily going with the first suitable one you find just because it ticks all the boxes.

The Ice Tank London

 

 

Whether it be a corporate business meeting, company training or a press event there are venues out there that can give your event that extra something that has been missing in the past. A good example of one such venue is the IceTank in Covent Gardens in London. The IceTank is a 2500 sq ft space spread over two levels, to look at pictures you might mistake it for a modern family home but it has all the necessary conference requirements and more. Amenities include Wi-Fi, plasma screens, a HD projector, a large skylight, luxury kitchen and even a fireplace. When it comes down to it the venue is just a room but it is the style and presentation of it that sets it apart from the usual venue spaces you find in the majority of London.

Science Museum London

The IceTank is a great example of a premium event space that has used style to turn what is essentially just a room into something different, this can often work great but sometimes you need an event space with even more creativity than this.  London has so many of these to offer, the Science Museum in South Kensington, the Imperial War Museum, the Tate Modern and even London Zoo all offer state of the art meeting rooms with facilities that can accommodate as little as two and as many as two thousand conference delegates. A conference at the Zoo may not be appropriate for all businesses but for some it will be ideal. The most important thing is not to settle for an average venue when the perfect one is out there just waiting for you to find it.

 

If you need help finding that perfect venue or something a little bit unusual then get in touch here and we’ll work with you to find what you need.

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