A BUSINESS boss has spoken of the importance of Christmas parties - as workers across Bradford district gear up for their festive celebrations.

Many workplaces are organising Christmas get-togethers and employees are readying themselves to let their hair down after a busy old year.

Charlie Lavemai-Goldsbrough, policy and representation executive at West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, told the Telegraph & Argus that such events are wonderful for boosting morale - while helping other companies.

Charlie said: "The festive season is upon us, and many businesses will be looking at celebrating the occasion with some form of a party. 

"Whether it is something casual or an all-out event, Christmas parties are a great chance to get together with teammates to look back on the year they have had.
"But these occasions provide much more than a canapé or a glass of something fizzy. 

"In what has been a year of mixed fortunes for business, Christmas parties bring an optimistic spirit in the countdown to the festive break and allow companies to show their employees how much they value their hard work and talent. 

"Plus, it can also be a great chance to support local business, either hosting at one of their venues, buying a gift from a local shop or using local catering firms. 

"If a party is not on the cards, then festive volunteering can be a great way for businesses to give an extra helping hand for those less fortunate this year and encouraging building team spirit in the process."

Staff at Keighley-based Timothy Taylor's Brewery are among those in the Bradford area looking forward to toasting the festive season.

Scott Cameron, senior brand manager, said: "The Timothy Taylor's team work extremely hard every day of the year. 

"Our talented brewers, our drays, our office staff, and our sales team who are dotted all around the UK - all pulling together relentlessly to make sure our beers are quality and are able to be enjoyed by customers across the country. 

"Our Christmas parties are a way to bring the team together, to celebrate our shared achievements, and of course to enjoy a few well-earned pints - supporting the pubs that support us."

Meanwhile, Bradford-based Morrisons is helping people get into the Christmas spirit without having to break the bank - by making its cafes available to book for parties up until December 23.

There's even a free mince pie to enjoy.