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Meet the Team – Agents and Venue

November 2019

We’re your dedicated agents and venues team…….get to know us more!

 

SARAH FITZGERALD   |   Account Director 

t: 01782 647017 e: sarah.fitzgerald@kdmevents.com

After joining KDM in 2003 as a shy and quiet Sales Co-ordinator Sarah quickly found her [sometimes very loud] voice managing our Venue and Agent partnerships. She is now an Account Director developing new and existing client relationships and being the first port of the call for any venue query that arises. What Sarah doesn’t know about venues…. we don’t think there is anything actually! Sarah dreams of owning her very own stately home with a Bollinger cellar (and one for Budweiser too!)

What things make your day better?

Random fancy dress moments……and a can of Red Bull!

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?

Looe in Cornwall, my spiritual home ….. sand, sea and lots of pubs!

 

 

CHARLOTTE BOARD   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647009 e: charlotte.board@kdmevents.com

 

Charlotte joined KDM in 2014 with a Diploma in International Event & Wedding Planning and spent most her time travelling between London and New York City. Charlotte joined KDM as an Account Executive before being promoted to Account Manager and then into her current role of Agent & Venue Development. She is a huge fan of Unicorns, Country Music and is a keen songwriter – one of her songs made it to number 3 on the iTunes country music charts! In her spare time she can be found gigging, songwriting and planning holidays to the USA whilst dreaming of making her millions to buy her very own New York Manhattan townhouse!!! Hopefully, we are all invited …

What are you most afraid of?

Penguins and Prison! Maybe I have a problem with the letter P?! I have never broken the law and never will because being confined to a cell terrifies me. I think I like my freedom too much! Penguins are just a phobia that I have had since I was a child. They are extremely strange animals.  

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Stubborn, dedicated, dreamer!

 

 

KAYLEIGH FYFE   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647004 e: kayleigh.fyfe@kdmevents.com

 

Kayleigh came to KDM with lots of solid experience working in fundraisers, festivals and most recently building an impressive sales record in private hire venues. Now with a degree in Event Management under her belt, Kayleigh is using her keen skills to work with our Agent and Venue partners in looking after their client event requirements. Being able to confidently advise, quote and organise the best solutions, Kayleigh is proving to be a strong member of our helpful sales team. Outside of KDM life, Kayleigh spends her precious spare time (not that she has that much!) with her partner and young children, Isaac and Ezrah, whilst ‘attempting’ to complete her MSc in Digital Marketing.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I use to be a performer and spent much of my time Stilt Walking or Angle Grinding.

What Skill would you like to learn?

I would love to learn another language. I think either Spanish or Mandarin

 

CLAIRE TARALA   |   Account Manager 

t: 01782 647010 e: claire.tarala@kdmevents.com

Having an HND in Travel & Tourism Management and working as a travel agent specialising in Santa’s Lapland and wildlife holidays (aww), Claire then made the switch to corporate events in 2007. After gaining bags of experience in venue finding, key account management and organising large conferences she joined KDM as an Account Manager looking after client, agent and venue sales.  She enjoys nothing more than having fun with her husband and son, going walking, cycling and camping. Apparently one day soon she would also like to learn how to play the drums…so along with our other KDM musicians, singers and songwriters, we foresee a possible KDM band on the horizon!

If you could be in any other occupation other than the one you are in now, what would it be?

Palaeontologist – it would be cool to discover a new dinosaur! I would call it the Clairesaurous.

What things make your day better?

Caffeine, sunshine and cuddles from my husband and son

 

 

JAMAICA RIDGE   |   Account Executive 

t: 01782 647006 e: jamiaca.ridge@kdmevents.com

KDM were really pleased to welcome Jamaica in her first full-time Events Industry role after graduating from Manchester University with a BA Hons degree in Events Management. And because she managed to jam in hospitality experience by working as a Holiday Rep in Bulgaria and in UK 4* Hotels during her studies it was an easy step into the role of Venues Co-ordinator here at KDM. Supporting our Direct sales team, she makes sure that our clients get the best options in venue sourcing with pricing, proposals and site visits. Making her popular with all our other food and drink appreciating staff, Jamaica also likes lots of food and drinks with friends at the weekend. Which apparently keeps her really busy!

If you could be invisible for one day what would you do?

Thinking about it … I would probably follow my dog! I would love to see what he gets up to when I’m not around. 

What do you feel most proud of?

The only person in my immediate family to get a degree – and work in the related industry.

 

 

Want to meet the rest of the KDM team? Click Here 

Posted in Team Building Blog

Team Building Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

October 2019

To inspire your team to celebrate collaboration, we have gathered some of our favourite Team Building quotes. The success of many organisations rests on the ability to build effective teams. Here at KDM, we assist companies and their employees to learn how to function effectively as a team and refocus on their objectives. Having a full understanding of how to create a team which works is our speciality. 

Here are 10 Team Building quotes from well-known, athletes, business leaders, authors and politicians to drive and motivate your team members to build on internal relationships.  Add them to your team’s daily mantra today!

 

Team Building Quotes

The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.  – Margaret Carty 

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford 

 

Illustration of wheel speeding away. Details team building quote from Henry Ford
 

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. – Andrew Carnegie

The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first. – Lyania Vanzant 

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs 

When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back. – Micheal Schumacher

Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

 

Illustration of ants building bridge.  Details team building quote from Helen Keller

 

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. – Micheal Jordan 

Continuous learning leads to continuous improvement. Commit yourself to advance your knowledge. skills, and expertise… Be a lifelong student. – Pam Alabaster

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improve most effectively have prevailed. – Charles Darwin 

 

Our top 10 would not be complete without a quote from our Managing Director, Brad Davies

Escaping the office, experiencing a unique activity and laughing with colleagues has a value that cannot be under-estimated. Whether it be increased morale, greater understanding, stronger relationships or reduced employee turnover.. an enjoyable team activity beats continual death by PowerPoint any day of the week! – Brad Davies

 

Illustration of skulls and cross bones on a desktop screen. Details team building quote from KDM Managing Director Brad Davies
 

Why not download our PDF and share your team members. KDM INSPIRATIONAL TEAM BUILDING QUOTES

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The Big Venue Interview – Brocket Hall

September 2019

This September it is all about our Venue of the Month, Brocket Hall Estate. This week we interviewed the well-travelled Sales & Marketing Director, Paul Liczbinski.

 

View of Brocket Hall from the outside and banner

What motivated you to get into the hotel industry and how did your career journey start?

I started out as a Hilton graduate. Worked in Hilton Hotels across Australia, Hong Kong, New York and the UK. Moving away from hotels I began working for British Airways as a Special Services Manager. I then returned to the Hotel industry and opened the Regent Plaza Hotel and Suites as a DOS,

I have held positions at Talking Point (a travel and events company), The Cavendish Hotel in St James, and the Westbury Hotel. After this, I acted as Regional Sales & Marketing Director at Corinthia Hotels; then moved on to open the St James Hotel and Club St James, The Gulf Hotel and Congress Centre in Bahrain, Blenheim Palace and then worked for a company called My Amazing Events.

Finally landing in my current position here at Brocket Hall Estate.   

 

       What attracted you to Brocket Hall in particular?  

The all-round Estate! The Golf Club, The Auberge De Lac and the jewel in the crown Brocket Hall itself.

 

Can you tell us what a typical day as a Sales & Marketing Director at Brocket Hall entails?

Hunting for new business, team briefings, show rounds with future business clients, reviewing new enquires coming into the business and answering numerous emails. A hundred and one things!

         

When it comes to the Event and Conference side of the business do you see any new trends emerging from your client’s request?

Yes definitely! We are seeing an increase in private events such as birthday parties. Our private clients aren’t the only ones celebrating milestones. More and more we are seeing companies come through with celebratory anniversary events with much larger numbers.

What would you consider makes Brocket Hall a great venue?

It’s history, amazing customer service, a food and wine menu to die for and unprecedented attention to detail.  If you are interested in knowing more about the tales of Brocket Hall dating as far back as the 1200’s, take a look at our timeline here

 

What is your favourite feature of the property?

The Brocket Hall Estates Hall and the Prime Minsters Table.

 

Tell us an unusual fact about Brocket Hall that perhaps the general public wouldn’t know?

The Brocket Babies! Over 4,645 babies have been born at Brocket Hall during the second world war from 1941-1946.

Black and white image of woman bathing a newborn baby. Picture taken during second world war at Brocket Hall

 

Finally in just one sentence can you describe Brocket Hall and why it’s a property not to be missed?

Brocket Hall Estate provides an exclusive event space on 540 acres of grounds. With three uniques venues and space for Marquees for up to 2,000 guests.  

 

Man holds award against promotional background

Paul Liczbinski, Sales & Marketing Director.

 

Want to know more about Brocket Hall? Speak to our venue finding team to find out more

Christmas Team Building – The Top 5

September 2019

Find the perfect Christmas team building activity for your next event.

Try something different this festive period and add some cheer to your annual gathering. Add one of our festive team building activities to make your Christmas get-together more productive. Including a team build into your itinerary will help boost your teams Christmas Spirit, at the same time encouraging collaboration and teamwork.

We have a whole host of Christmas activities and entertainment to choose from. Read on, for the very best Christmas Team Building options, KDM Event’s TOP 5!

Empty wooden table for present product on coffee shop or soft drink bar blur background with bokeh image.

Festive Barista Experience 

Wake up and smell the coffee! In fact, why not grind, blend, pour and taste it while you’re at it? This is your chance to try your hand at creating your own espresso blend and learning the intricate art of the Barista with a Christmas twist.

Guests will be provided with all the knowledge and equipment necessary to develop a wonderful array of coffee-based beverages. Of course, this is a Festive Coffee Experience! All the extra special ingredients to make wonderful seasonal tastes such as ginger, chestnut, hazelnut and cinnamon come as standard…along with decorations!

 

Mulled Wine Tasting 

A Christmas Team Building favourite, this is a 90-minute vino trip to remember! Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a relative novice, this dip into the fascinating world of wine will leave your taste buds wanting more! Our award-winning sommelier hosts the pre-dinner event allowing your guests to sample and enjoy wines from around the world. Eyeballing, swirling, sniffing and swishing will all become second nature as you attempt to identify the bouquet, the after-taste and even the colour of the fabulous selection on offer including the special festive mulled treats.

Ice Sculpting

Bring something unique to this year’s December conference. The ‘Team Ice Challenge’ is a great teambuilding session with the versatility to be used as either a fun break out session or a fully involved event.

After an inspirational demonstration, teams will have the opportunity to ‘try their hands’ at carving a masterpiece ice sculpture! Using the carving kits provided, including chisels, leather gloves and goggles, teams must follow directions to successfully carve their creations. Why not take a look at our event video here

 

Santa Sleigh Build 

‘Santa’s Sleigh’ is a fantastic, fun-filled Christmas Team Building event designed to challenge teams to work together. Involving elements of innovation, creativity, teamwork and ‘driving’ skill – your guests will find an area to excel in! Teams will be required to build their own sleigh using the kit provided to them. It’s then a race against the clock to strip and rebuild their sleighs to win points as the fastest pit crew. Teams then use their creative skills to transform their sleigh into a machine that Santa would be proud of! With the ultimate dream machines created, it’s time for the MOT before teams compete in the Christmas Present Dash. 

Merry Mega Quiz  

Bring teams together for an interactive evening of Christmassy fun this is an event to remember! Incorporating all things Christmas the event includes a Trivia round, Christmas Movies, The Price is Right (Christmas presents & stocking fillers!) and Yuletide Food & Drink. Between these themed rounds, we allow for those who may have Christmas fatigue by including general rounds of observation, history, geography and a good old-fashioned pen and paper round.

Will you win the Merry Mega Quiz Championship title?

 

Of course, this isn’t all of our Christmas offerings. Visit our Christmas Party Idea’s page here for more inspiration 

Brocket Hall – KDM’s Venue of the Month

September 2019

In this month’s segment, we are happy to announce that the Grade I-listed classical country house Brocket Hall is KDM‘s Venue of the Month for September.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be taking a better look at Brocket Hall. To begin with, we will be highlighting all the event spaces the venue has to offer. In addition to this, we will get behind the scenes knowledge from the venue’s Sales & Marketing Director, Paul in the Big Interview.  Finally, but most importantly, we will look at past events KDM has provided at Brocket Hall, as well as exploring the potential for new and upcoming teambuilding options. 

So let’s get started and introduce you to this quintessentially British Stately Home

Brocket Hall
View of Brocket Hall from the outside and banner

If you are looking for exclusivity and excellence, Brocket Hall provides the perfect setting. Situated just 22 miles from Central London, the magnificent 543-acre estate offers history and heritage. With picturesque views across Broadwater Lake and the finest of golf courses, it’s easy to see why Brocket Hall is a preferred venue for business leaders.


The estate host three venues: The Hall, Melbourne Lodge and Auberge du Lac

   Stately home surrounded by grass, trees and a river Sitting room with sofas and a baby grand piano Long dining table with place settings and chandelier

The Hall

18th-century Brocket Hall was once home to two Prime Ministers and is rumoured to be a favourite of Queen Victorias. Today it is home to the finest conference, golf and residential facilities in the United Kingdom. There a number of different spaces at Brocket Hall for your event. All of which have specially commissioned leather chairs and oak tables to ensure the comfort of delegates alongside state of the art audiovisual and conferencing facilities. Not to mention the professional butlers discreetly anticipating your every whim and a team of chefs delivering the highest culinary standards.

The Ballroom is one of the most breathtaking rooms in the Hall; boasting the second-longest dining table in the United Kingdom, the room can accommodate up to 150 guests. With an original hand-painted ceiling and a beautiful grand chandelier, it’s sure to make a lasting impression on your guests. 

Alternatively, for those looking for a more intimate affair, the Library is a perfect choice. Whilst providing panoramic views of the stunning Broadwater Lake, the room can comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests. 

Melbourne Lodge

In the tranquil grounds of the Brocket Hall Estate lies the Melbourne Lodge, an elegant Georgian coach house conversion. Formerly a stable block, it now houses 16 luxury en suite bedrooms with beautiful views of the estate.

All 16 bedrooms are appointed to the highest standard in traditional country house style to provide a relaxing experience. Grandly spacious, furnished with original pieces from the Estate, each room retains the heritage and luxury of a bygone era. At the same time providing all the conveniences of the 21st Century including free WiFi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

Auberge du Lac

Housed in the former hunting lodge, Auberge du Lac enjoys an idyllic lakeside setting overlooking the beautiful 543-acre country estate. With numerous awards, Auberge du Lac provides the highest standards in cuisine and service.

Whether it’s al fresco dining in summer or an intimate environment in the winter months, Auberge du Lac can cater for it all. With a beautiful lounge, picturesque terrace and a host of private dining rooms, the restaurant regularly caters for private dinners, ladies lunches, weddings, birthday parties and other celebrations.


Why We Recommend Brocket Hall

  • Exclusive hire of a Stately home.
  • An expert event team who are on hand to bespoke your event to the highest of standards.
  • A dedicated team of butlers who cater to your guests’ every desire.
  • We have a 16-year long-standing relationship with the venue, hence our extensive knowledge of the site

If you want to know more about this stunning venue get in touch with our team today.

Don’t miss next weeks blog where we will be talking to the venues Sales & Marketing Director, Paul Liczbinski. 

Lets Talk Team Building – Heythrop Park

August 2019

Drive and motivate your team with a unique team building event at one of the country’s finest venues. 

Outside shot of Heythrop Hall and Venue Of The Month Banner

We regularly host all types of team building activities at Heythrop Park Resort throughout the year. We can provide everything from intimate team away days to large 650+ corporate family fun days. Our long-standing relationship with Heythrop Park as a regular supplier means that we are well versed with the venue, its activity sites and their procedures. Delivering peace of mind to our clients and allowing venue staff to concentrate on the other elements of your event.

With over 440 acres of outside space, woodland & grounds to play with, there’s plenty of opportunity for creative team building. 

Popular options include:

Casino Evening 

Action and Adrenalin

Games Galore 

Themed Events

• Team Challenges – Crystal Mazed and Krypton Factor

Country pursuits – Laser Clays, Axe Throwing and Archery
And much more!

Looking for Inspiration?

Here are some events we provided earlier this year:

Race to Success

 

Involving elements of efficiency, time management, creativity, and ‘driving’ skill – each team player will find an area to excel. Using the kit provided to them teams are to build their own outdoor go-kart and trailer. Inter-team communication is key to successfully completing the challenge because no instructions are included and resources are limited. Although our experienced event crew will be on hand to help teams along the way, it is essentially down to the delegates to work together. 

Action and Adrenaline

Guests are provided with an exclusive experience with specifically designed Activity and Adrenalin days. Guests take part in a range of unusual and exciting activities such as Segways, Quad Bikes or Axe Throwing. With one to one tuition, our professional instructors will guide you through the activities with an emphasis on guests gaining as much ‘hands-on’ fun experience as possible.

Depending on your preference this event can be provided in a competitive format as well as informal fun. Informally we will search for the best individual on each activity and award them with a KDM medal. Whilst in the team competition, guests must work together to complete the tasks. Delegates will be tasked with either ‘beating the clock‘ or scoring the greatest number of points in an attempt to gain the maximum advantage against their competitors. Based upon skill, scoring is devised so that the competitive members of your team can compete whilst those simply wishing to enjoy the day can do so. Although guests are encouraged to ‘have a go’ no one will feel under pressure to take part, making it an event all can enjoy. 

Alpine Lodge

Host a cosy wintry evening by simply dressing your room in gingham table dressings, lanterns, sumptuous sheepskin and Christmas garlands. By surrounding your room with atmospheric scenery, snowy trees and lighting, you can immerse your guests into the Alpine Lodge setting.

Even if you can’t hit the slopes this year, you can indulge your guests throughout the evening with entertainment fit for a snowy retreat. Add our VR ski simulators to transport your guests to the very top of the Pyrenees. Huddle around our ski lodge-inspired cocktail bar with authentic ski rack and boots. Consider a pot of fondue for Swiss-style calorie loading, or stick with mulled wine and hot chocolate cocktails. The options are endless and at Heythrop Park, you can let your imagination go wild.

Take a look at what we created last year here

Circus Spectacular

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the spectacular world of death-defying acrobatics, juggling and entertainment. Transport your guests to the Circus Ring with carnival concourse games, colourful table dressing and fairground backdrops. For an authentic experience, you can even drape the room to give the effect of dining in a circus tent.

The Marquee at Heythrop Park provides a perfect setting for this theme. Don’t just take our word for it, view the Big Top transformation here

Our team building activities and theming options are all created in-house by our event technology and development team and we work very closely with the on-site team at Heythrop Park. Consequently, the ideas above, while varied, are a great illustration of what we can do but are by no means all. So if you have something in particular in mind please do not hesitate to ask the question.

That concludes this month segment. It has been great focusing on such a fabulous venue like Heythrop Park and revisiting the incredible events we have worked on together. We hope you gained valuable insights and have seen the venues true potential. If you would like more information on Heythrop Park and our team building offerings, get in touch with our dedicated events team today.

While this may be it this month, don’t forget to look out for our Venue of the Month in September!

The Big Venue Interview – Heythrop Park

August 2019

 Outside Shot of Heythrop Park with 'The Big Interview' Banner

This August it is all about our Venue of the Month, Heythrop Park. This week we interviewed their Conference Office Manager, Ruth Honeywell to answer those burning questions.

What motivated you to get into the hotel industry and how did your career journey start?

The Hotel industry was never really on my radar. I started out as a weekend housekeeper at The Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway throughout my A-Levels and Gap Year prior to University. I studied Sports Science so this was really not what I had planned! Towards the end of my degree, I was offered the opportunity to go back to the hotel to do a 2-year management placement. I thought this would be a good move and this would then allow me to travel afterwards. I actually met my now husband there and ended up staying for 8 years so all plans of travel went out of the window

What attracted you to this venue in particular?

I wanted to develop in the Events area and my background of Country house hotels meant I was looking for something special. I was drawn to the Grand Manor House and the Estate and was excited by the plans to develop the Resort into the Estate it is now.

How long have you been at Heythrop Park and what changes have you seen at the property over the years?

I started at Heythrop Park in January 2008 so lots of changes have occurred over the 11 years. The work to develop the estate had not yet begun so I saw the Estate transform into the beautiful 18 Hole Golf Course which opened in 2009 and the conference centre refurbished into a Crowne Plaza property and opened in 2010. We have since had refurbishments on bedrooms, The Orangery Restaurant and the addition of the Marquee ( the Archery Suite) so there is always something new to sell!

The venue has received a number of positive reviews for its outstanding customer services and attentive staff. How do you motivate your team to deliver professional service on a daily basis?

Taking pride in the property you work in is key. Knowing the customer and anticipating their needs. We have a number of clients that return year on year and it is great that our staff remember them and they remember us so it really does become personal.

What would you consider makes a great hotel?

The team! You can have the best facilities in the world but if you do not have the right staff then everything will fail

What is your favourite feature of the property?

From an events perspective, the Conference Theatre is our most unique space. It will really transform a quite ordinary in Conference into something spectacular. We have had some amazing events in there and listening to Key Note Speakers in that environment is something special that you would not get in a flat conference room. The Manor House Foyer is the best feature and in the Winter months when the fire is lit and the Christmas Tree is up, it really is the best place to have a drinks reception

What’s the most unusual feature at the venue that still remains from the original estate?

Probably the Whale Cave! This is an area in the estate that once housed the bones of a Whale that was gifted to the owner of the estate. The Cave is still there but the skeleton is sadly no longer there.

Whale skeleton inside Heythrop Park Whale Cave

Finally in just one sentence can you describe Heythrop Park and why it’s a venue not to be missed?

We are flexible and unique residential conference venue combining modern facilities with 18th-century elegance, situated in the beautiful countryside providing the ultimate WOW factor to any conference, meeting or event!

Headshot of Ruth Honeywell

Ruth Honeywell – Conference Office Manager

 

Want to know more about Heythrop Park? Speak to our venue finding team to find out more

 

 

Heythrop Park – KDM’s Venue of the Month

August 2019

 We understand that finding the right venue involves much more than simply ticking boxes regarding room sizes or location. The style, atmosphere, price, transport links, contract terms (the list goes on) are all critical factors. For that very reason, we have decided to highlight one of our recommended venues each month. Over the course of the month, we will touch on the general information, interview the events team and showcase some of the fabulous events that have taken place on-site. 

 Venue Of The Month BannerWhat better way to kick off our new segment than to announce the Superb 4star hotel Heythrop Park as KDM‘s Venue of Month.

Heythrop Park

One of the UK’s leading meetings & event venues, located 12 miles north of Oxford. With over 440 acres of outside space on the edge of the Cotswolds, there’s plenty of opportunity for creative team building. From Sheepdog Handling on the South Lawns to go-kart building, the only limit is your imagination.

The venue has 29 meeting rooms in total across the resort, but it’s the venues larger event spaces that steal the show.


interior photograph with 3 red and white sofas Courtyard seating area surrounded by trees and foliage Banquet tables with place settings inside marquee

Conference Theatre

Heythrop Park houses a state-of-the-art Conference Theatre with a private foyer and auditorium seating for 400. The purpose-built auditorium provides the perfect event space for conferences, product launches and award ceremonies. With onsite AV assistance and technical support, you can rest easy knowing your event will go off without a hitch. 

The Ballroom

The Ballroom is a truly versatile event room with capacity for up to 348 in banquet style. The space offers an outside private foyer, event planning desk and separate entrance for your delegates negating the need to use the main hotel entrance.

The Archery Suite

The Archery Suite is the venues largest, purpose-built space with a banqueting capacity of up to 800 people. The suite overlooks the idyllic views of the lawns and Manor House making it the perfect setting for large, lavish events!

The Manor House

At the heart of Heythrop Park resort lies the glorious grade II listed Mansion House.  An 18th-century architectural gem with grand and characterful rooms providing an impressive space for drinks receptions or gala dinners.

Heythrop Park successfully combines modern facilities with elegant period charm. Add in the 358 bedrooms across the resort with beautiful outdoor spaces located in the heart of England. It is easy to see why Heythrop Park is one of the UK’s leading venues for meetings, conferences, and events. 


Why We Recommend Heythrop Park

  • The vast and versatile indoor space that the venue has to offer
  • An expert event team who are on hand to bespoke your event to the highest of standards
  • A resort where old meets new – where 18th-century elegance meets 21st-century style
  • A unique tiered Auditorium sets it apart from its competitors. 

Take a virtual tour of the venue here

Don’t miss next weeks blog where we will be talking to the venues Conference Office Manager at Heythrop Park, Ruth Honeywell. 

How To Plan Your Next Corporate Event

February 2019

Important questions you should ask before you start the event planning process

Infographic - How To Plan Your Next Corporate Event

WHY

Let’s talk event objectives

When it comes to corporate event planning the logical place to start is by asking yourself WHY. Why are you or the company holding this event? Is your goal to acquire new sales leads or maintain current client relationships? Do you want to reward the sales team for a record-breaking year? Are you celebrating a company milestone or looking to improve internal relationships? Defining your event goals and objectives will shape much of what is to follow in the event planning process.

WHO 

Define your events target audience

How well you know your audience can make or break your event. Job Role, Nationality, Age Range, and Gender are all important questions to ask in order to define and optimise each element of the event. These factors will influence many of the choices you make. The aim is to design an event that will not only meet your objectives but also attract and retain the interest of your guests.

WHAT 

Make your corporate event, one to remember

Are you rewarding employees with a fun experiential event?  Do you need to gather the team to learn new strategies and techniques to boost company productivity? Whatever the reason, you will need to have activities that will engage your audience and are aligned with the event goals. There is a large variety of options to consider. Peripheral entertainment, immersive décor, guest speakers or introducing team building activities are all crowd-pleasers.

Keeping your guests engaged with quality activities is imperative. This will have a direct impact on the outcome of the event and whether or not you meet your event objectives. Keep in mind your audience when choosing your activities, for example pairing a creative marketing group with a tabletop, strategy team build may not be the right choice.

WHEN 

Save the date 

When choosing the date for your upcoming corporate event make sure that you consider meetings and events at your workplace. Certain times of the year will be more popular than others. Christmas is obviously a very popular time for events, but festive events are so often left until the last minute. Planning ahead is essential when availability is at a premium.

Are you considering an open invite event? If so, it is imperative that once you have a proposed date, that you check not only your calendar but the industry calendar and events in the surrounding area. Significant events can affect your attendance as well as the logistics of an event.

WHERE 

Location, Location, Location 

Location, decor and ambience will set the tone for your corporate event and plays an important role in the overall experience. However, as well as ticking off the aesthetics, you need to consider other logistical elements before settling on your final venue. The venue needs to be easily accessible and convenient for delegates, event management and suppliers alike. Consideration needs to be made for local traffic. Does transportation need to be provided?  What parking options are available?

You need to factor in the number of people attending and whether the venue can comfortably accommodate guests in your desired layout. The activities you have planned for the event will also impact on the space required. A room which can hold 250 guests for an informal cocktail event may not be suitable for a team building activity for the same numbers.

BUDGET

Money Talks

Arguably the most important question to ask yourself is what budget do you have to with work with? This will ultimately define the What, When and Where of your event. When preparing the budget, you will need to incorporate estimates for all of the key elements such as venue, A/V equipment, catering and entertainment. Consideration should also be given for venue décor, seating, additional event staff and fees. Detailing these estimates will help create a realistic cost overview. Sit down with your accountant or financial team to determine what is reasonable for this event.

Get Started

Starting this process can be quite daunting but considering these key elements is a great start to your event planning journey.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your next corporate event, contact your dedicated KDM Event Planner today.

Sweet Success Conference Event Management

November 2017

Following a number of successful Olympic themed conference events, our client (one of the world’s largest snack companies) asked us to organise and manage their upcoming Annual Field Sales Conference.

The Hilton Birmingham Metropole hosted the 2-day event for 350 field sales staff and the main objective was to launch their bold and bright new branding, the sales team had high expectations and the organisers were excited for the big reveal so our event dressing had to have the wow factor.

Slick Event Management

To deliver the maximum visual impact we designed a bespoke AV set with curved boards to reflect the logo, company coloured staging and amazing micro LED tiles which both changed colour and allowed their new branding with animation to flow over the whole set.

KDM event management staff were on-site throughout to manage the event and ensure the organisers could concentrate on their live business content, we even helped to accommodate some last minute content changes, just another day at the office for a KDM Event Manager!

During registration, we took control of 350 field sales laptops, chargers & bags which were all updated and PAT tested during the stay – the feedback from this element was that it was the smoothest turnaround they had ever had.

Then with a very short window of time, our event management team ensured that the main room was transformed to an atmospheric purple paradise for the awards dinner where guests entered to dressed tables complete with silver candelabras and branded linens.

The after-dinner awards ceremony saw a 350 strong audience in fancy dress applauding a Gorilla, Superman & ‘Dorothy’ picking up company awards, this is where our photo studio came into its own with guests coming back for more photo opportunities. It’s the only time you will ever see Marilyn Monroe, The Pink Ladies, Minnie Mouse & Mario together!

Finally, the following day saw the conference event wrap up with group rotations each hosted by a KDM event management team member to ensure no-one got lost! And using our interactive handsets through the conference also allowed the company to gain feedback throughout the event to ensure it successfully met all of their objectives.

Client Feedback

The overall feedback, any events company would be proud of and we certainly: – “Very positive, well structured, well planned even with the adverse weather affecting timings, I’m not an event organiser so appreciated the support/advice/guidance provided by Caroline and her team. We’ve had lots of feedback on how well it was organised, the content was great and it was very engaging. The evening looked great and the photo studio was a favourite! Thank you for your support at all times – It was a pretty slick operation!”


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