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I must start this week's blog by congratulating the winner of our Carlton Apprentice competition, Katie Sludds from the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown. Katie had some tough competition from the other apprentices and I would like to congratulate them all on the great results they achieved. It was great to see all the other staff in the hotels get so behind their apprentices, it really was a team effort. I've no doubt everyone at the Carlton Blanchardstown is delighted with Katie's win and I hope the other apprentices aren't too disappointed. If you didn't get to buy a Carlton gift card from our apprentices in the shopping centres remember they can be bought online and printed instantly on, perfect for some last minute shopping!

I'm sure many of you have been running around this week trying to get the last of your Christmas shopping done before the big day next week. Every year I swear I'll get more organised, you would think I'd learn at this stage, but there is always something I end up rushing out to get. I think it's that idea that nowhere will be open for the day, we definitely panic and over buy. It's just one day but with the way some of us stock up you'd swear the shops were closing for a week! Although in fairness it is customary to over indulge over Christmas so I've no doubt we'll manage to get through it all!

So I guess this will be my last blog post for 2013 and I would like to say a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from everyone here at the Carlton Group. Please be careful as you travel home for Christmas over the next few days and I'll be back with more updates in the New Year. Enjoy the Holidays!

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