Survey reveals Xmas party secrets

One in ten Christmas parties are held 50 miles or more from companies’ headquarters, according to a new poll of event organisers by online venue-finder Conferences UK. Some 422 organisers were asked questions about party logistics, such as location, budget, number of attendees, as well as more anecdotal feedback including which professions are the biggest party-goers and what fall-out can occur after the party. Despite the 50-plus miles travelled by one in ten companies, 77% of Christmas parties are held locally, 30% in London while 3% were held abroad. The most common size of event was for between 21 and 50 revellers, a category that accounted for 35% of all Christmas parties. Average spend per head was between £25 and £49 in 41% of events, nearly a fifth (19%) spent between £50 and £99, and 15% of lucky partygoers had more than £100 spent on them. Organisers were asked to rate professions in terms of their partying vigour. Accountants came out as the tamest profession, while PAs and secretaries battled it out with advertising agency personnel as the wildest party animals. Respondents also played up the positive side of the traditional Christmas party, with 84% claiming that nothing but good, harmless fun takes place. However, behaviour at 7% of events had led to a warning or dismissal, while improper sexual behaviour occurs at 4% of parties. “While the survey is a bit of fun, it has been genuinely helpful in understanding the size and nature of the Christmas party market and identifying conference organisers’ needs for future Christmas events,” said Conferences UK founder director Simon Thompson.

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