“Tis the season to be jolly…”


After a busy year for most of us, I think we’re all looking forward to winding down and taking a few days break away from the office. In true Val Doonican style, I’m already day-dreaming of the excitement of Christmas Eve, creeping around taking presents downstairs to pile up in front of the tree and leaving a glass of port and a mince pie for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph – it’s all part of the magic for the kids. And then, the Big Day. Personally I’m looking forward to sitting down and falling asleep in front of the fire after a whopping Christmas Dinner finished off with a drop of sherry. In reality, it’ll be playing games with the kids for the whole day, but either way I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with the family.

In the meantime, my advice is if you have to endure the office Christmas party again this year, you may as well see the year out with a bang and go for it… what’s the worst that can happen?!? Speaking as an MD, there are very few things that could land you in hot water with the boss, so let loose and enjoy yourself, you deserve it at least once every year. Just don’t break the law, eh.!!…

Our office will be closed in-between Christmas and New Year, but we’ll still be making sure that everything’s ok with our hosting, and all our clients’ websites are up and running as normal. We’ll be checking our VPS and SSL websites 24/7, and that the servers are all in good order and providing the best protection against any cyber hackers. We’ll be updating all keywords, tags and links before we break up so all our clients’ SEO is performing throughout, along with our social network engagement. If you do run into any problems, the best way to contact us is by email – either Michael (mriley@cdpcreative.com), or myself (jcooper@cdpcreative.com), or send us a tweet @cdpcreative. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Thoughts will all too quickly then turn to the New Year and resolutions. The same ones every year… it’d be nice if just one of them lasted beyond Valentine’s Day! Some of the eclectic mix of events we’ll be attending and looking forward to next year include:

Travel Technology Show – 25/26 Feb – London

Buy Yorkshire Conference – 28/29 Apr – Leeds

Tour de Yorkshire – 1-3 May – Across Yorkshire

SheffEX – June – Sheffield

St Leger – 9-12 Sept – Doncaster

Rugby World Cup – 18 Sept-31 Oct – Across England

It’s going to be an action-packed 2015, and we’re all really excited here at CDP and ready for anything that’s thrown at us, good or bad – that’s the fighting spirit!

Final thoughts are with everyone we’ve worked with this year, on both sides of the fence – it’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a journey, and a pleasure. We wish all our clients, suppliers, partners and readers all the very best for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Joyeux Noel! Frohe Weihnachten! Feliz Navidad!