Hire Space also found that there was a 12% increase in average budgets compared to 2014, thought there was little variation in lead times, with Christmas bookings starting in January and the majority (86%) being made between June and October.
The venue finder reported that 10 and 11 December were the most sought-after dates for corporate Christmas dos, with venues including Shakespeare’s Globe and Carousel in London receiving the most enquiries.
Ruth Fussell, senior venue expert at Hire Space, said: "We always urge people to book early if they want to secure their dream venue and date, but we also don’t want them to despair if they’ve left it late; you can still create a great party even at this late stage, you just have to be more flexible."
Edward Poland, COO at Hire Space, added: "We’ve had a great year at Hire Space, expanding to three new locations and also growing the team, so we are really pleased that our hard work shows in these results.
"It’s also a really positive sign that budgets are increasing, there’s been a slow and steady uplift since the recession and this shows a confidence in the market. Christmas parties are an excellent way to say 'thank you' and reward your team for their hard work, so it’s great to see companies willing to spend a bit more."
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