Staff festive parties allowance


October 21st, 2019

To celebrate the festive season with colleagues this year, the University has increased the staff party allowance from £10.00 to £15.00 per person if you ‘keep it on campus.’

Our internal conference department, Nottingham Conferences, and De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, have developed some exciting festive options so that staff can enjoy the season with colleagues at a number of our campus venues in December.

Your £15.00pp staff party allowance will cover:

  • A two course festive buffet, arrival drink and entertainment at the ‘Winter Market’ party nights where up to 400 colleagues join the celebrations at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, 9 – 11 December
  • ‘Festive Feasts’ at selected halls of residence, on dates across December
  • Festive buffet and evening meal menus at Spokes Cafe, Jubilee Campus

Alternatively, you can enjoy £15pp off the festive lunch menu at the De Vere Orchard Hotel or the Trent Building.

A staff party allowance at the standard rate of £10.00 per person is also available for colleagues who wish to celebrate at venues off-campus.

We know it might feel a little early to plan for the festive season, but early booking is encouraged as we expect places to go quickly.

For further information and bookings, please contact:

  • De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre ChristmasEMCC@devere.com | 0115 876 0900 (option 2)
  • Halls of Residence and Trent Building conferences@nottingham.ac.uk I Internal 86100 I 0115 748 6100
  • De Vere Orchard Hotel bramleys@devere.com | 0115 876 0881
  • Spokes Cafe, Jubilee Campus spokes@devere.com | 0115 938 0080

How to claim the allowance:

If you are keeping your festive celebration on campus, please book via the contacts above for Nottingham Conferences, De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, stating a University budget project code from which to pay the allowance.

If you wish to go off-campus, please contact your local Finance support, who will be able to provide further information and may be able to arrange direct payment to the venue as a deposit to secure the booking.

If you have already booked your celebration and wish to claim the allowance, you can make a personal expenses claim through Concur under the heading of Staff Entertainment, providing a receipt.

19 Comments

October 22nd, 2019 at 7:54 am

Kirsty Hatton

Great initiative, but please could this have been advertised earlier. I have already booked and paid for our Christmas lunch at the Orchard hotel.

October 22nd, 2019 at 12:01 pm

bhzjbs

Hi Kirsty,
Thank you for getting in touch.
Apologies for the late notice, I will pass this feedback on to the Conferences team. If your event is one of the options featured on the poster, please do get in touch with The Orchard directly to discuss the £15pp contribution.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 22nd, 2019 at 10:36 am

Oliver Steels

Where can more information be found about Staff Allowance of up to £10.00 for off campus celebrations.

October 25th, 2019 at 10:22 am

bhzjbs

Hi Oliver,
Thank you for getting in touch.
The article has been updated with further information on claiming the allowance.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 23rd, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Anne F

Hi, It’s a great idea but I too would like more information about the staff allowance of £10/person as we are making plans for booking our Christmas Celebration. Thanks

October 25th, 2019 at 10:23 am

bhzjbs

Hi Anne,
Thank you for getting in touch.
The article has been updated with further information on claiming the allowance.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 23rd, 2019 at 4:22 pm

jill bennett

I am just following up on Oliver Steels’ question of 22 Oct re the staff allowance for off-campus celebrations. I note there was a response on here yesterday to contact HR to arrange this, but that has now been removed. I did contact HR myself but only got sent back to this blog and haven’t heard anymore from them about this. Please can someone advise who we need to speak to?
Thank you
Jill

October 25th, 2019 at 10:23 am

bhzjbs

Hi Jill,
Thank you for getting in touch.
Apologies for this. Instructions for claiming the allowance have been added to the article.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 24th, 2019 at 8:14 am

bhzmeg

Hi, we are about to pay deposit for our Christmas party off campus. How and where can we get the advertised Staff Allowance of up to £10.00 pp for off campus celebrations?

October 25th, 2019 at 10:24 am

bhzjbs

Hi,
Further booking instructions have now been added to the post.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 24th, 2019 at 9:01 am

Rachel Hunt

Could we have more information about the off campus allowance please?

October 25th, 2019 at 10:25 am

bhzjbs

Hi Rachel,
Further information about the £10 allowance has been added to the post.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 25th, 2019 at 9:26 am

Malgorzata Gerc

Where can we find more information about Staff Allowance of £10.00 pp for off campus celebrations?

October 25th, 2019 at 10:26 am

bhzjbs

Hi Malgorzata,
Thank you for getting in touch.
The post has been updated with information about the £10 staff allowance for off-campus celebrations.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 30th, 2019 at 8:51 am

lezch

If you are part of student services, are you only entitled to this payment if you attend the organised event that they arrange for the whole department or are you allowed to claim this for your own team’s event?

October 30th, 2019 at 2:20 pm

bhzjbs

Hi,
Thanks for getting in touch.
Each member of staff is only able to claim this once, whether this is at the departmental event or a separate team event.
Thanks,
Jenny

October 30th, 2019 at 9:40 am

jill bennett

Thank you for the update, Jenny. As funds for this come from individual department budgets I would advise staff check with management before making arrangements, to ensure that the budget for this is available within their area.
Best wishes
Jill

October 31st, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Bwzrda

Hi, could you please confirm that the only option within the EMS family would be to attend the pre arranged event at the conference centre please. Thanks

November 1st, 2019 at 2:43 pm

bhzjbs

Hi,
Thank you for getting in touch.
All of the options offering a £15 allowance are included in the article. For everything else there is a £10 allowance per person.
Thanks,
Jenny

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