On the 28th November 2017, Gina Finn from BMW hosted a Christmas Market at their offices in Cove. The festive event welcomed just over 30 stallholders and raised a whopping £2541.99 for CMPP and the local community.
The event was put together to promote festivities around the office, and bring a little magic to Summit One ahead of Christmas. Gina Finn, Internal Communications Manager at BMW, was kind enough to note CMPP as the beneficiary of the monies raised at the event.
Over 400 staff members attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the stalls including: Organically Speaking, The Book People, Stella and Dot, Costco, The Village Hotel and many more.
Elan Goldsmith, CMPP Events Coordinator, attended the event on behalf of the partnership and commented: “Walking into the room to a choir singing Christmas songs, I was excited to see what the stalls had to offer. Finishing the day loaded with presents and a few candles for myself, I feel it’s safe to say that this was a very well put on Christmas Market. Thank you to Gina and all involved in this event, it was lovely to be a part of it, both as a stall holder and buyer!”
We caught Gina Finn, Internal Communications Manager at BMW Group, at the event and asked her some questions, here are her responses:
What made me think of the idea?
“We are all busy people so in the run up to Christmas, I thought it would be a good idea to bring the Christmas shopping to our employees whilst raising money for our local community!! Plus it got us into the Christmas spirit with free Mince Pies and Mulled wine for everyone and our very own Rock Choir singing Christmas Carols.”
Was it easy to put together?
“Yes, I went to local craft fairs and got contacts of local suppliers and just contacted them to see if they would be interested in attending. Lunchtime worked well for us as people could browse during their lunch break.”
Would we do it again?
“Yes definitely, this was our 3rd Christmas market and it just gets bigger and better each year! It’s a wonderful way to engage with your employees, get in the Christmas mood and we raised £2,600 for the local community, it’s a win win!!”