Posts Tagged ‘Christmas parties’

Following the decline of the corporate Christmas party in recent years, which was lead by the crash of 2008 and helped along by the change in UK tax laws, which excluded entertainment as a ligitimate expense, are we now seeing at long last a resurgance in corporate entertainment? Judging by the proliferation of Xmas party enquiries which are doing the rounds this season, I would say the market indicators look hopeful! ¬†It seems that the Bankers who pushed us into the 6 year abiss are showing their heads above the parapits once again and tentitively making entertainment enquiries. Lets hope this is a trend which spreads outside of London, so we can all enjoy the ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery at last!

Merry Christmas to you all and lets hope its a fruitful one for those of us who will be working hardest to raise smiles this year ūüôā

…And if you’re looking to join the trend and celebrate Christmas in company with a caricaturist this year, visit my website and hire the best London caricaturist! ¬†www.caricatures-uk.com¬†

Each year it takes us all by surprise and each year we end up crossing our fingers and hoping that the spirit of celebration takes the nation by storm again. So far its the usual slim pickings for me, with a stark November and and even bleaker looking December ahead. I am comforted by the steady stream of random last minute commissions, from bosses who remember they have to produce a calendar within 5 days or love struck boyfriends wanting to show their affection by spending £5 on a scribble!  Most of these enquiries I tend to shrug off, unless my bank balance tells me otherwise, as they tend to be a huge waste of time, often ending with the blunt email, telling me that after a week spent chasing the project, they have found someone cheaper!!

I am currently whittling away at a studio commission which will pay my mortgage and help me into December, but my diary is still clear. I have fielded a couple of dinner party enquiries “Could you pop to Guildford/Blackpool for an hour to entertain my 20 guests?” which all ended predictably in the negative. ¬†That said, I have just negotiated a booking from a new agent who thought he would school me on what my fee should be and how lucky I should feel to get an enquiry in today’s climate… The cheek! ¬†I was probably entertaining diners when he was potty training and have survived 23 years without his help!! ¬†But beggars cannot be choosers and so a deal was struck and I now count 4 bookings so far this Xmas season.

Gone are the days of 18 parties and too much work to manage, thanks in no short part to the influx of new artists, who believe the agents that dictate their fee and remind them how lucky they are not to be stacking Tesco shelves!

My standards have not slipped, my quality of work is still very high, yet I am suffering at the busiest party season of the year. Punters are still hiring caricaturists, according to tales from my many colleagues, therefore I must surmise that its simply down to a flooded market with increased competition. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so!

 

UPDATE: 16/12/13

One more Xmas party tomorrow, a last minute booking as usual, then I have no more weekly wage until… perhaps March? ¬†The perils of self employment. ¬†Along with the freedom of being your own Boss, you have to endure the hardships of no guaranteed wage and when you are used to being paid a weekly wage, that can be harsh!

Merry Christmas