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Well for another year anyway!  Just posting a little thankyou to all Santas hardworking helpers, they have ensured another sucessful year for Centre Events and all our shopping centres we work with.

The reindeer are back at the farm, Santa’s suit and elves outfits are at the dry cleaners ready to be stored away for another year.  We have seen plenty of children and adults brave the worst weather for 30 years to come and see Santa and tell him how good they have all been! We have seen kids asking for all kinds of presents from a four year old who wanted an iPhone and an iMac through to a child who said they didnt want anything as they already had everything!!!

We hope to be providing bigger and better christmas grottos for 2011 and already have several ideas on the drawing board.

santa, elves and real reindeer

Santa and helpers available to hire for christmas events and grottos




The sales start today!  Well unless you were shopping online in which case many retailers started yesterday!  With the disruption caused by snow across the country more retailers than we have previously seen are opening their doors today.  Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are opening more stores than they have done in previous years with Tesco opening over 50% more stores than a year ago. Billed by retailers as the “sale of the century” we should see a very busy few hours of trading today(Sunday trading hours are in force today).  Shops should see a busy few days leading up to the 4th Jan when the new VAT threshold comes into play.  There has been much hyperbole in previous January sales but this year will see retailers trying to shift merchandise and from what has been advertised discounts seem big and significant.

 It seems the forthcoming days are going to prove very important to rack up sales.  The Centre for Retail Research and Yahoo owned shopping site Kelkoo has predicted a 0.5% drop on last year for consumer spending.

 Lets hope for busy times ahead and remember the British public love to grab a bargain – and there are plenty of them to grab!



Centre events have been keeping an eye on the news the last few days…. Well more precisely the weather!  We have been fortunate that it has affected any of our events although we have been all leaving a little earlier.  Take a look at this report from the BBC, the UK has experienced some difficult trading this Xmas. 


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And snow it goes on….Freezing conditions across the country caused havoc to shoppers, shopping centres and town centres this Saturday.

The last Saturday before Christmas is known as “super Saturday”.  This is traditionally when retailers can bank on the tills ringing all day and record trading figures.  Its appears this year that it may not be quite so super for many retailers.

Snow, ice and freezing weather conditions have forced many shoppers to simply remain at home.  Retail researchers synovate have reported footfall figures are down 24.3% in comparison to the same day in 2009.

Worst affected regions are the west midlands -32.1%; South East -32%; London -28.6%.

Some regions faired  better: East Midlands, down 3.1%; North East England, down 3.2%; Scotland, down 4.2%.

Interestingly I did also hear on ITN news that Regent St, Oxford St and Bond St took £130million on the day, quite a feat considering the economic climate and harsh weather conditions.

Fortunes for shopping centres were mixed with Brent Cross in North London being forced to close its doors early due to heavy snow in the capital.

The Trafford centre battled hard by all accounts dispensing 20 tons of grit and salt to keep its doors open and report footfall of 140,000.

Shopping in general seems to more of a difficult activity this year!  Whether its trudging through arctic conditions to the shops or twiddling your thumbs wondering whether the backlog of parcels from online retailers will be delivered in time.