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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

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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. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12041080

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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.

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After stomping through 20cms of snow this morning in a successful mission to reach the office I find myself reading emails and writing blogs….

I was saddened to see our local town centre initiative has had to cancel this evening’s late night shopping celebrations.  Santa, reindeer and carol singers have all been halted due to the sheer amount of snow that fell over night and the flurry which is expected later on.  Such a shame after all the planning and organisation that goes into these events which are laid on free for visitors, I am sure that many children although enjoying a day off school will miss their chance to see Santa and the fireworks that were planned for this evening.  Apparently the firework were scheduled to be launched from Worthing pier which is a first for the UK (so I am reliably informed)

I found it slightly ironic that this evening’s event was cancelled due to heavy snow and yet we have had a roar-away success this year with our snow machine rental business.  Town centres and shopping centres have been taking full advantage of our snow machine hire service and we have had some fun bring snow to many new towns!  The machines deliver the perfect amount of snow and unlike Mother Nature who has dumped way to much here today!