Several festive events across Greater Manchester and Salford have been cancelled after online company Office Christmas ceased trading, with the company blaming Brexit as a contributory factor.
Gary Merrell was named by the Manchester Evening News (MEN) as one of those out of pocket due to the company’s demise. He is reported to have arranged a party through Office Christmas for £52 a head at The Lowry Arts and Theatre Centre in Salford Quays.
He discovered the online company had failed to pay The Lowry for his party of 12.
“We’ve already paid £52 each. I’m sure lots of other people will be affected as the Office Christmas website still has events on it,” Merrell was quoted as saying.
A Lowry spokesperson said: “Office Events made a number of reservations with us for our Christmas parties in December.
“We were only notified of their closure at the same time as their clients and are now speaking to those bookers individually to establish the status of their booking.”
MEN reported Office Christmas bosses had admitted they were unable to pay the final balance in some cases as cash flow had ‘dried up’.
They advised customers to speak directly to venues about their bookings.
In an email to customers, director Office Events director Alasdair Adams said party sales figures were ‘the worst ever experienced’, in part due to the Brexit vote.
He wrote: “This is not a decision we have had any choice over and given we have been selling shared Christmas parties for 14 years we are extremely disappointed.”
Adams added: “We have acted as soon as it was apparent there was no alternative other than to take this route and give everyone the chance to get things sorted as soon as possible.”