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What is Team Building?

February 2020

What is team building?

No man is an island. In fact, working well in a team is a fundamental skill that is important for all aspects of life. Look back to the dawn of time and you will see that humans have always worked together towards a common goal. It is what has made us so successful, and something that we continue to do today both at work and in our day-to-day lives.

For that reason, team building activities are an important way of bringing together groups of people who are required to work in collaboration to achieve something. This can be applied in schools, sports teams, within the workplace, and beyond.

Team building Explained

Team building is a broad term for any sort of activity or exercise that is undertaken with the aim of building trust, developing key skills and defining roles within a group of people.

In the workplace, team building usually takes the form of structured activities, where teams are given a task to complete or a goal to work towards. Within this, teams are required to assign and clarify roles and devise an approach that utilises communication, trust and problem solving in order to be successful.
In many cases, team building can be used to shine a light on how well a team works together and highlight areas for change. Not all teams naturally gel and work collaboratively, and team building presents an opportunity to identify this and work towards change.

Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development

Team building became more popular following a series of academic studies on teamwork. The first of these was by American Psychological Researcher, Bruce Tuckman. In 1965, he published his theory called ‘Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development’, which explored the stages a group moves through as they develop. These are known as:

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing

This theory of group development aims to understand how teams grow and work together. Of course, at the beginning most teams are essentially a group of strangers who have been put together for one reason or another. But what we hope to achieve is a united group working towards (and achieving) common goals.

The four stages (which would eventually become five in 1977 with the addition of ‘adjourning’), track a team as they move towards ‘success.’ From the forming stage, where roles and responsibilities aren’t clear and the team aren’t familiar with one another to performing, where clearly defined roles, effective communication, synergy, trust and mutual understanding result in achievement.

This is, of course, a whistle stops tour of Tuckman’s theory, but even at a glance we can see where team building slots into this theory and how it can lead to higher performance and achievement of goals.

From Tuckman’s theory, many more have arisen, and many different factors hold sway over the outcome. But the core idea of group development is still used today in understanding how teams grow, work together effectively, and how we can help the process along.

Develop Your Team With KDM

As the UK’s leading event specialists with over 30 years’ experience, we’ve built up a fantastic portfolio of team building activities. From light-hearted fun to focused team and personal development, we have a range of activities and events to meet every need! If you would like to find out more or need support in organising your very own team building day, give us a call today!

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Wychwood Park – KDM’s Venue of the Month

February 2020

The Big Interview – Wychwood Park  

This February it is all about our Venue of the Month, Wychwood Park. This week we interviewed their Sales Manager, Lorna Thompson to answer those burning questions.

Hotel entrance with venue of the month announcement sticker

Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside and surrounded by landscaped gardens, Wychwood Park is a stylish and modern conference venue and hotel. Located close to the town of Crewe, with easy access to Junction 16 of the M6, and Crewe train station. The hotel has direct rail links to Manchester, Birmingham and London, so is ideally placed for all types of events and leisure breaks.

Can you start by telling us a little about yourself, your background and career highlights

I started in the Hospitality Industry 19 years ago. I loved the industry instantly and could see this was where I wanted my career path to be. Originally I started in front of house, working in the Bars and Restaurant and then took the leap and moved into Sales. Starting as a Diary Co-ordinator and working my way up to Sales Office Manager.

What next I asked myself?! So I took another leap moving into proactive sales and fell in love with the job! Starting off as a Sales Executive and working up the ladder again – all the time gaining more and more experience and training to lead me to where I am now.

 

As the Sales Manager at the Wychwood Park Hotel, what are your key challenges and objectives

I think a huge challenge for us here has been the transition that the hotel has gone through and possibly very confusing time for customers. That being said we are now embarking on such an exciting chapter here at the hotel. We are owned by Mokan Hotels who have fully supported the huge investment and refurbishment we have recently undergone this has enabled us to step into 2020 with a fantastic new product for our customers to experience, Additionally we are managed by Legacy Hotels & Resorts again who are instrumental in supporting and managing the transition the hotel has undergone.

The objective now is to raise awareness and ensure our customers know we are so much more than just a Hotel / Conference Centre – we have our PGA Standard Golf Course and Claret Jug Brasserie, Fantastic Function Rooms, Training Rooms, Bar, Restaurant and 113 Bedrooms – including the completion of 2 brand new Suites.

Mirrored bar area with tall blue stoolsBright and colourful dining area with pendant lighting Beautiful live edge wooden table surrounded by chairs in a meeting room at Wychwood

What do you enjoy most about your role at the Wychwood Park Hotel

In my role as Sales Manager, I get to work with a vast amount of clients. I build relationships and support with their specific requirements. I like to think as their Account Manager I develop that relationship from being a supplier to becoming an advisor for them. Should they have any external requirements for meetings, training and events I am the first person they think of to talk too.
Every day is different – I could be speaking with a client about a series of training events for their company and the next discussing Company Celebration and Kick-Off Events.

 

What is your favourite feature of the venue

Having had the £3.2 Million Refurbishment every part of the venue is now fantastic. However for me personally, I think the main feature I love is our Atrium. The area has been transformed. We now have a luxurious, warm welcoming open lounge that has a huge WOW factor for guests arrival. Whether you are checking in, arriving for a Conference / Event or relaxing and enjoying refreshments this central area now feels like the heart of the hotel.

 

When it comes to helping corporate clients bring their events to life, where do you begin

The key for me is finding out the things that make the difference – what is important to the client?  What’s going to make the difference for them and ultimately make their life easier running this event? How can we take this pressure off and exceed their expectations?

 

What would you consider makes a great hotel?

My colleagues – we pride ourselves in investing in the team. We drive them to develop great relationships with customers and understand their needs. We spend a lot of time understanding what makes our customers tick. What are those little things that make their event run easier and what is going to make the difference for the customer.

 

What can we expect to see from Wychwood Hotel in the next 12 months

Who knows?! With our brand new product, both our owners and management company have big plans…  All I would say is watch this space. This is an exciting time here with a New Decade and New Hotel, the sky’s the limit.

 

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

New Decade New Hotel! With a £3.2 Million Refurbishment, the hotel is completely different that you just have to experience it. With flexible training space, fabulous new bar and restaurant we have combined both modern, slick and practical event space with luxury and sophistication. A WOW factor for any training, conference or event you may have.

 

Female with short dark blonde hair smiles.

Lorna Thompson – Sales Manager 

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

What Makes a Successful Team?

February 2020

Successful Team

“What makes a good team?” Businesses of all sizes have asked us that question time and time again so to help you to create a fantastic team dynamic within your work space, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 qualities which make up a successful team.

People in every workplace talk about building the perfect team but few truly understand how to develop an effective team. If each member of the team shares the same common goal and trusts one another, collectively you can achieve fantastic results. What’s more, coming into work can feel like pure joy! Suddenly work no longer feels like “work”, instead you find yourself feeling energised in the morning, ready for the challenges that lie ahead! As Steve Jobs once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”

If employees do not gel well together however, problems can arise such as conflict, poor organisation and missed targets – to name but a few!

8 Qualities That Make for a Successful Team 

So, what can teams do to ensure that they work in harmony, driving the company forward whilst also creating a positive working environment? Below we’ve summarised some of the key qualities and characteristics that a successful team possesses…

  • Communication

Communication is the foundation of any strong team. No matter what the size of the team, it’s hugely important that each member feels comfortable in sharing thoughts, opinions and ideas with other members. What’s more, it’s also important to take the time to actively listen to one another. Without this, wires can become crossed leading to poor results and a negative atmosphere.

  • Trust

Like communication, trusting one another sits at the core of any great team. Without it, it can be difficult to work collaboratively, hindering productivity due to individuals avoiding risks, avoiding change or simply protecting their own personal interests. A lack of trust can also result in an unwillingness to speak openly and to share ideas, leading to a lack of innovation, creativity and expression. In short, if your team members trust one another, they’re more likely to communicate effectively and work together strongly.

As David Brent once said, “Trust people and they’ll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great.”

  • Goals are clear

A well-performing team understands the goals set and is committed to making them happen. Clear direction and agreement on expectations, accountability and outcomes are essential for creating an effective team. Not only does this create a sense of stability within the workplace, it also ensures that everyone understands the task at hand from the very beginning.

  • Contributions are Valued

Building on establishing clear goals and expectations, it’s also hugely important that each member of the team contributes their fair share of the workload, understanding what is expected of them and where they fit in. Through this, employees can gain a sense of belonging within the wider team and can also take pride in their achievements.

  • Conflict is Managed

A little conflict is good occasionally as it shows that each member of the team is truly passionate about the task at hand and the end goal – it also allows room for growth. Managing this conflict in a healthy and constructive way however is hugely important, especially for leaders. The key goal is to manage and deal with any conflict quickly and directly, working with the key individuals involved to come to a positive resolution. It’s also hugely important that leaders differentiate between what is perceived as a challenge and what could be classed as criticisms.

  • Diversity is Celebrated

Perhaps the most exciting thing about working in a team is the opportunity to work with so many unique people. It’s this diversity that can transform a great team into an exceptional team. Every person is different, bringing varied experiences, knowledge and insights to the table. Through diversity, teams can possess a wide set of strengths and skills which can open a world of creative ideas and insights.

  • Good Leadership

A strong leader is a key component within any effective team. But what makes a good leader we hear you ask? A strong leader is trusted by the rest of the team. They’re drive team development, motivation and are open to feedback. Delegation is also crucial, sharing tasks and responsibilities with the wider team to create a sense of belonging, trust and purpose for others.

  • It’s not “all work and no play!”

Introducing a bit of fun and enjoyment into the daily 9-to-5 is hugely important for improving and maintaining a team’s morale. Teams who work well together tend to enjoy one another’s company, often socialising outside of work and within the workspace, this can make for a relaxed, positive environment which is a win for all involved!

Take Your Team to The Next Level

The 8 points listed above are just some of the key factors involved in creating a well-performing team. If you’re looking to take your team to the next level, why not check out our extensive range of team building activities? Voted the “Best Event Provider” for 2017, 2018 and 2019, we are renowned for delivering high quality team building days out at venues across the UK. You can also contact us directly with any questions!

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30th Anniversary – The Big Interview

January 2020

Two company directors pictured in celebration of our 30th year
 

 

Since establishing in 1990, KDM has grown from just 2 employees to now having over 25. We have provided over 17,000 events over the last 30 years totalling well over 500,000 attendees! Pretty impressive when you consider almost 1% of the population have taken part in a KDM event! Today, KDM has built up an impressive client base including venue and agent partnerships. Successfully establishing ourselves as an award-winning and leading supplier to the event industry

In recognition of this momentous occasion, we have both our Director Kevin Davies and Managing Director Brad Davies in this month’s Big Interview hot seat. We took some time to sit down and talk to them both and get their perspective on KDM’s 30th Anniversary and what it means to them. 

 

How did KDM Events come about? What inspired you to create the company?

KEV. I was a bank manager and decided I wanted to do something different and took the opportunity of a re-structuring to leave. Whilst choosing my time to leave I was baby-sitting a branch and stumbled upon a customer who was providing some driving activities. I was intrigued and went along to see what he actually did. The industry was in its infancy and I could see that a more professional approach might be successful. So we went into partnership but went our own separate ways some 18 months later.

 

What was KDM’s first event?

KEV. It was 30 July 1990 – we took an insurance company client to Brocket Hall for a multi-activity day – a lovely sunny day with Clays, Archery, Hovercraft, Quad-bikes and grass carts against the lovely backdrop of the house. And all followed by a tour around Lord Brocket’s Ferrari collection – before it got … erm, ‘stolen’!

 

What does the 30th anniversary mean to you?

KEV. I originally gave the business 5 years before it would fade – and I’m delighted I was wrong. Although we have evolved and spread our reach over the years to keep ahead of the competition. I just feel pride that the amazing team we have here are such a close-knit bunch who are committed to each other and our values and are clearly focused on giving our clients great events. That Brad has taken over the reins allowing me to keep involved and step back is a fantastic bonus. I look forward to watching him and the team grow KDM as an even stronger force in the industry.

BRAD. I still vividly remember being highly embarrassed at primary school, when for reasons that I can’t remember my Dad came into school to give a demonstration of a hovercraft in action on the playing fields! Showing my advancing years, that must have been in the 1st year or two of KDM… so it’s amazing that the business has grown & thrived so much since those early days, and of course, a sense of pride that I’m lucky enough to now work in & carry on the family business.

 

What has driven KDM success?

KEV. Our people and their commitment to being straight forward and doing things properly. Our integrity, customer service, transparency and planning to make sure we get it right every time.

BRAD. Undoubtedly the whole team at KDM has been key to this, not many people get to truly enjoy & have a passion for their job – hence having people with a real passion for events, and a commitment to delivering great experiences to all of our clients has been integral to this. This has, in turn, led to our reputation as always being a highly professional & trustworthy company, which is hard-earned over 30 years with all the peaks & troughs that occur in the economy & the wider world over such a period.  

 

What is next for KDM?

KEV.  …. over to Brad for the answer to that one!

BRAD. Onwards & upwards… we aim to continue to be the supplier of choice to the industry for team building, evening & themed events – but also evolve as a trusted partner of all of our clients’ event needs, from serious conferences to informative roadshows to big Summer & Christmas parties. Speaking of which, we shall, of course, be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a big party this July!

 

During the year we will be making a number of significant announcements as we continue to strive to be a leader of excellence within the industry. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news such as exclusive offers, brand new events to 2020 and much more. 

 

Kayleigh Fyfe 

9th January 2020

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Charity Trolley Dash for Trussell Trust

December 2019

Welcome to the 4th annual KDM Trolley Dash

Last week KDM organised a Charity Trolley Dash, helping to support the Trussell Trust. For anyone that doesn’t know, the Trussell Trust is your local charity food bank organisation. Instead of sending out Cards and Presents we decided to support the work of the Trussell Trust by donating to our local food bank.

 

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Why the Trussell Trust?

We have so many food lovers in our office and we are often inundated with treats with lots of leftovers! On reflection we all admit that we often take for granted how lucky we all are, this is what triggered the idea to help support our local food bank. What better way to do this than organise a KDM trolley dash.

The all-important rules!

To say we are a competitive bunch is an understatement!  The rules are crucially important to keep everyone in order and keep things fair. Heading over the road to our local supermarket, we split into teams, fill our trollies with the pre-approved lists and then it’s the race against the clock to see who can get closest to their budget spend in the quickest time!

And the results are in….

We all made our way back to the office, as we all eagerly await the results with a mince pie. Kathy our Director announced the winning team, which was Sarah, Jacci and me! ( I promise it wasn’t a fix 😁) The all-important bottles of fizz were handed out and we all reflected on the importance of supporting local charities.

four ladies with shopping trolley and Christmas hat

Jamaica (Photo-bombing), Jacci, Sarah and me.

KDM’s Charity Events

We offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor team building events, event management services evening events and much more. We also created our Charity event, known as the ‘’Charity Bargain Hunt’’.  Clients can give something back to their chosen charity whilst still keeping the focus on working towards a team focused team event.

KDM Charity Bargain Hunt

Our Charity Bargain Hunt works by setting a series of ‘hotspots’ on your tablet based around the local area. We try and relate the questions to the area, making the event as interesting and informative as possible. With the focus of the event on charity, we will have arranged in advance with a local hospice for example, what items would make a real difference to their work. We write the event accordingly with hotspots set to send the teams to various shops once they have answered questions correctly.

To sum up, we all had great fun organising and taking part in the annual trolley dash. Why not focus your next team event on your company’s chosen charity. Contact your dedicated event manager today to find out more

Heres to next year!!

 

Jess Gallimore

16th December 2019

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 

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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. 


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