Red and Gold Top Choice for Christmas

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02.12.2019, 15:45

Red and Gold Top Choice for Christmas

Mitie is installing more than 500 Christmas trees across the UK this festive season, with traditional red and gold colour schemes proving to be the most popular

The group’s Landscapes team says it’s clear the traditional theme remains the favourite with gold stars most popular for the tops of trees and red decorations for tree bodies, although a shortage of red decorations in November meant Mitie had to make a last-minute order for over 2,000 extra baubles. As well as thousands of glittery garlands, droplets and snowflakes, the Mitie team will hang 87,000 baubles and 30 km of fairy lights – enough to light-up the Shard 100 times over.

However, some businesses are bucking the trend and opting to have their own bespoke Christmas decoration themes. This year Mitie created its first-ever Pride-themed tree, featuring decorations every colour of the rainbow, for a hospital in the Midlands.

When it comes to the trees themselves, artificial installations continue to lead the way. 75% of trees sold this year were artificial, as businesses continue to value the reliability of knowing it will last all the way through to the end of December. However, for clients looking for an even more sustainable option, there is a growing trend to plant Firs and Spruces outside, which can be decorated every year as the trees gets larger.


Just as businesses get their trees up before the rest of us, many are asking for them to be taken down earlier and earlier each year. In fact, the vast majority of these 500 trees will be coming down over a five-day period, from the 27th-31th December, as hundreds of hardworking team members ensure decorations are taken down before colleagues come back to their offices in the New Year. That’s nearly 2,175 baubles every hour.

With the first orders for 2020 expected in January, and a review of decorations and trends for the upcoming festivities, for Mitie, the Christmas season kicks straight off in the early New Year.

Tim Howell, managing director, Landscapes for Mitie, says:

“While many of us are only just starting to think about Christmas, the Mitie Landscapes team has spent 12 months hard at work ensuring that businesses up and down the country are ready for the festive season. Though traditional red and gold are timeless favourites, it’s been a pleasure to get creative this year and we’re proud to have decorated our first Pride Christmas tree.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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