Most directors do not support trading on Christmas Day and the majority of them let their staff leave work early on Christmas Eve.
According to a December survey by the Institute of Directors, 89% of its members were opposed to businesses and shops opening on Christmas Day and 93% of them allowed staff to go home early on Christmas Eve.
Richard Wilson, Head of Business Policy, said:
“The run-up to Christmas is a busy time for many businesses, particularly those in the retail trade, the tourist and hospitality sector and the organisations that supply them. This is because there is usually a surge in demand for the products and services in these sectors.
“By the time of Christmas Eve, most directors and their employees are in a need of a well-earned break. All the more reason to keep Christmas special and close down for the day.”
“Our survey shows that the vast majority of directors celebrate Christmas in one way or another – 84% hold a party, reception or Christmas meal for their staff – 56% send charity Christmas cards and 29% give gifts to clients, contacts and other business associates.
“Many directors also want to help others through charitable donations – 31% of directors’ businesses made charitable donations at Christmas, with the typical sum given being around £500.”