Flack: Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone! After a tough year, it seems many PROs are planning a massive boozy blow-out.

Flack's exclusive survey of nearly 40 agencies found that 70 per cent are splashing out more on Christmas parties than they did last year, with some lavishing as much as £20,000 on trips to boutique hotels, weekends away and themed parties ...

And it's not just agencies. Orange didn't scrimp on its party at The Groucho Club, where X Factor-rejected creepy pop siblings Same Difference wowed the crowd. Fun-loving Orange director of comms Stuart Jackson clearly got into the spirit of things as he leapt up on stage to join the poptastic duo for a rousing singalong ...

EdenCancan co-founder Nick Ede hosted his annual charity event to raise awareness for the Stroke Association. Sarah Harding, Martine McCutcheon and Denise Van Outen all attended but Ede caused a stir by banning Katie Price. Apparently Ede feared the event would be overshadowed by Price's massive, er, media presence ...

Finally, GallieGodfrey has come up with an festive idea for client GlobalRadio. Digital listeners can tune into Radio Lapland, featuring 'the sounds of Santa's workshop' as the bearded grotto-dweller prepares for the big night. Co-founder Gail Gallie said: 'We are delighted that Santa has agreed to let us eavesdrop on his workshop, particularly at such a busy time of year.'

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