Christmas parties are coming

I know that it is a particularly depressing thought when we are all really enjoying this great summer sunshine, but we are seeing across the country a strong Christmas party season, stronger than last year.

We have found across our hospitality and catering businesses, corporate companies are booking earlier and are more confident that the events with happen. Christmas parties have always reflected the economic environment and sadly it is one of the first things to be pulled, even though in harsher economic times it is quite often when the staff work hardest, and you could say most deserve that recognition and reward.

However, there is some confidence back and we have found this right across the country. We have seen Christmas bookings coming in earlier from Manchester to London and Leamington Spa to Winchester.

The Christmas party package, with one per head price, will for ever be popular, making it easy to buy and easy to budget, however, we have seen a move to tailoring and individualising these packages. This has included offering unique entertainment, bespoke catering ideas and heavily themed parties.

However, budget still appears to be king and so it is important that companies are getting a lot of ‘wow’ for their buck. I really think companies should consider moving away from the formal three course meals and going more informal, as some said to me today, the drinks and the dancing are the most important parts! With a standing event, companies can afford to go to a more impressive venue, the food displays and service can add an extra design element to the event, everyone gets more choice of food and there might be money spare for extra entertainment – plus a standing event saves the job of the dreaded table plan!

So my advice to any to any potential Christmas party booker is to start thinking about it now to get the best venues and dates!!

The Life of a KUDOS GM

As a General Manager that has worked with Kudos for over 7 years, I have had the pleasure of working with some superb venues across the country, from Winchester to Harrogate and from Warwickshire to Lancashire.

The company values of people, passion and partnership are echoed across Crown Partnership, even after over 40 years of trading. No two days are ever the same in Kudos, which always keeps things interesting!

I currently have the pleasure of touring our fantastic sites and managing events in locations all across the country. I also assist our award-winning conference and banqueting teams in executing some of the most prestigious events with the most exquisite catering – the most recent being The RAF Museum, Cosford Air Show.
Kudos catered for over 60,000 guests in just one day, producing a huge array of retail based catering offerings in a number of locations across the extensive complex. The teams executed the event perfectly and pulled resources in from all across the country to work on this exciting event together as one dynamic Kudos team.
When I am not touring the country assisting my colleagues, I look after three fantastic events venues in the Midlands – The Royal Pump Rooms, Jephson’s & Northampton Rugby Football Club. All three are such a contrast and offer some really exciting spaces to hire.

The Royal Pump Rooms is a two hundred year old building that houses a café and exquisite ball room, and is the perfect space for awards dinners. We have the pleasure of welcoming back the Leamington Business Awards for their second year in October and the venue attracts plenty of high profile events. Kudos also operates Jephson’s, a modern café paradise, located next to the River Leam which is also an exclusive wedding venue!

Northampton Rugby Football Club is a prestigious venue that can cater for crowds of up to 13,500 on match days. Kudos also manages plenty of exciting events such as the Players’ Awards Dinner that took place in May, catering for just shy of 1,000 guests in a marquee that was erected on the pitch!