The boutique event celebrated its fifth birthday edition at Plaisterers’ Hall on May 15 and 16 with attendance from corporate buyers and big name companies including the likes of Bank of England, British Airways, Charles Tyrwhitt, Deloitte, Facebook, Mothercare, RBS, Stylist, Shell, Ogilvy & Mather.
Show director, Clare McAndrew, commented: “With a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in visitors and our strict application process which resulted in over 400 applications being rejected, we have continued to focus on delivering a quality audience and a great party atmosphere where our exhibitors can engage with both corporate buyers and the important venue finders and event agencies.”
The event welcomed a record 79 exhibitors and sponsors, all in the room to present a diverse range of London Christmas party venues, theming, catering and entertainment options, with award-winning caterers Create serving visitors and exhibitors with a varied menu of delicious treats throughout the event.
Safron Wilson, from first time exhibitors Aqua Restaurant Group, said: “This show has hands down been the best one we have been to as an exhibitor, the quality of visitors is great, people actually have real event inquiries.”
PA Life was at the event and had a great time meeting lots of PAs, EAs, office managers as well as suppliers to the industry. If you came by the stand and were treated to our special PA Life Club booking offer then don’t forget to contact Freddi Jackson now to take advantage before it is too late!
The show also included the presentation of Venue Search London’s second London Christmas Party Survey to over 200 corporate buyers over three packed seminars. The survey covers the party choices of over 300 corporate party buyers in the 2017 season, revealing the continued strength of this important market sector and key trends and changes in buyers’ intentions for the upcoming 2018 season.
Top trends identified include the average spend per head rising by two per cent in 2017 to £86 + VAT, with 59 per cent of parties still opting for the more formal seated lunch or dinner catering style.
Thursdays and Fridays remain the most popular nights for parties, accounting for 69 per cent of the total market, with an increasing trend towards lunchtime events, which now represent 21 per cent of the total Christmas party market (up from 18 per cent in 2016).
The full results are available for free download from the Venue Search London news portal.