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Christmas parties scraped to save money.

Christmas parties scraped to save money.

5:57am 8th November 2010

Local businesses impacted by economic downturn this Christmas.

Business across York and the surrounding area are being hit by the economic downturn according to a local survey carried out this week by the KP Club in Pocklington.

Over 40% of those surveyed are either having no Christmas party for their staff or are having to downscale to much smaller internal get together. A further 12% said they were simply letting staff organise their own function which they will have to pay for themselves.

This research comes at a time when the UK is still in the grasps of recession and is only now beginning to recover. With more and more companies going into administration, many businesses are purely trying to stay afloat.

This has led to many having to make significant cut backs including reducing staff and cutting back on luxuries such as Christmas parties. For many, this year will see much smaller celebrations taking place at a lower cost or none at all.

It is even reported that The Queen has cancelled her own staff Christmas party to make a suggested saving of up to £50,000.

Paul Hannon, Manager at local restaurant and party venue the KP Club said: "This is really sad news for many people and will see businesses across the area having to disappoint their staff.

We are keen to encourage those businesses that are still on the fence about having a Christmas party to consider staff morale and to not dismiss it completely without doing some research on what is available.
"At a time when money is extremely tight, it's important to shop around and make sure you are getting the best value for your money.

 "We've all been to that bog standard party, where the food is cold, mass produced and generally terrible and you are packed in with people you don't know. If that's how businesses perceive Christmas parties, then there's no wonder that they are the first thing to go. At the KP Club we are determined to change that and show people that you can go somewhere that serves great quality food and has a great atmosphere without it costing the earth."

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