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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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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!

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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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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!