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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.

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 candelabra’s 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.

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!”


Gone to the dogs? Not a chance! A Three Day Product Launch – Creative Team Building & Unique Party Theming

September 2017

An event to mark the launch of a ground-breaking animal healthcare product, developed by a global healthcare leader. While the new brand would be a transformational offering, it would be entering an already-satisfied market place competing against established household name products.

The internal staff launch therefore had the critical mission of galvanising the salesforce with team building activities to challenge the status quo and confidently sell the revolutionary new brand, while assisting direct-selling customers to regain business that was currently being lost through other channels.

The three-day launch would bring together over 150 employees in what was briefed as a transformational event that would enable and empower staff to ‘create great’.

Creating a transformational event

Having won a three-way pitch, for the provision of the event’s operational content, KDM Events had a four week window in which to source two venues one for the accommodation and business content, and the other for the product launch itself and to design a dedicated delegate registration website for streamlined and effective event management.

The branding and the concept behind the launch theme had been designed by healthcare strategy and communications specialist, Cognite.  KDM was tasked with conveying Cognite’s ‘Transformational’ theme into the look and feel for the events.

We also produced two key elements of the internal launch – the gala dinner and team building activity.

Day One of the three day product launch conference saw the 150 delegates engaged in business unit meetings, using multiple meeting rooms at London’s Tower Hotel.  The unveiling of the new product took place on Day Two, at iconic events space Vinopolis. The surprise guest speaker was distinguished physicist and presenter Professor Brian Cox, who inspired the audience with a scientific talk echoing and expanding on the launch’s ‘Transformational’ theme.

The gala dinner at the Tower Hotel saw the venue ‘transformed’ in the new product logo colours with creative table and room dressing.  Mind reader Alex Crow delighted guests with a personalised cabaret while a customised photo studio provided delegates with souvenir photos linked to the product.

Day Three of the launch provided an opportunity for delegates to put their understanding of the new product into practice, through one of our most popular and unique team building activities, the Stop Motion Animation techniques made popular by Aardman Studio’s ‘Wallace & Gromit’.  In this highly creative session, delegates worked in teams using modelling clay and craft materials as well as mini studios and recording equipment to create, film and edit their own movies.  The exercise stretched participants to communicate ideas in new ways and brought out strong teamwork, planning and production skills.

Our very happy client said:  “Both the choice of venues and the launch content reinforced the brand’s essence and core values.  The event’s messaging and delivery helped support our team to further believe in the product and they came away energised and ready to ‘create great’ and be ‘transformational’ in the field.  We are confident that they will be able to challenge perceptions, and encourage direct-selling customers to rethink and become brand ambassadors in their own right.”

A result any events company would be proud of!


Relighting the Company Fire – Evening Entertainment & Venue Finding for a Company Party

September 2017

A leading Plant Hire Company, stuck in an annual groundhog day type corporate dinner, enlisted our help to refresh the company-wide event and make it an occasion that their 300+ employees would be excited to be a part of.

Where to start! The event had been held at the same venue for a number of years and the format was unchanged so the KDM Event Management team got to work straight away on venue finding, getting our ideas and recommendations across on that same day.

St John’s Hotel in Solihull was the chosen event venue, providing the Midlands based company with 150 bedrooms and space for their rejuvenated company party.

Our next task was to consider ways to change from a staid corporate dinner, to a Company celebration dinner thanking employees for their hard work – with a particular emphasis on entertainment & fun, in order to leave a lasting impression & strengthen morale amongst employees.

After considering a range of possible themes, a Wild West Themed evening was selected to create a real party atmosphere – with the focus then turning onto the requirement to ensure a memorable evening. KDM dressed all tables & provided bespoke cactus centrepieces, and themed the room with a range of props such as Ranch signs, bale stacks, gallows, gravestones, silhouette panels, themed backdrops etc – along with a bespoke Wild West themed saloon bar & entranceway.

From a wide range of entertainment options, KDM sourced a band along with line caller to provide a barn dance, as well as various themed shooting ranges, Rodeo Bull, bespoke Photo Studio & spoof paparazzi amongst others. A memorable evening was had by all, with excellent client feedback also reporting that next year’s event will have to be larger due to increased demand to attend from employees.

 

 

 

We’re a full service Events Management Company with a huge range of themes available here: Themed Evenings, and prices starting from £20 per head, why not reduce the stress of your next event by contacting KDM to do what we do best!!


High Energy Injection – Team Building & Conference Event Management

August 2017

The Finance division of a global construction machinery giant, initially approached KDM with a view to putting together a team building activity event, which would be a key element of its annual company conference.

The conference would be exclusively for the Finance division staff, with a lot of the content structured around the company’s varied product range. The organisers were hoping to squeeze a hefty agenda into a very tight timeframe, and after the day’s business sessions the participants would attend a reception followed by an awards evening. For the Midlands – based company, the Mere Golf Resort and Spa hotel offered the ideal event location.

Having discovered that KDM are in fact a full service Events Company providing not only team building activities & entertainment, but also event management & conference production, our client expanded our brief somewhat in order lighten their own event planning burden.

While our event manager worked closely with the client during the planning phase, we picked up new tasks to assist with event production including full event management & support for the day’s programme to ensure the smooth running of the events. We devised a bespoke 30-minute Family Fortunes – style ice-breaker focussed team building session in the afternoon, involving questions based on the company’s products – teams answered 19 specially-prepared questions on screen, using table buzzers and added sound effects contributed to the competitive atmosphere.

For the conference as a whole KDM provided full AV support, including set and stage, audio, video and lighting.

Any fatigue felt by the 82 delegates at the end of their day of business sessions was soon dispelled by our evening entertainment in the shape of nine-piece soul and latin band, which injected high energy into a very lively evening drinks reception.

For the awards dinner the venue was transformed with a vibrant turquoise and orange theme, continuing the buzz of the preceding upbeat reception. As well as colour-wash lighting around the room, we provided specially designed table centres that continued the flamboyant theme.

In addition to assisting with conference event management, KDM provided AV support for the awards dinner, as well as music to accompany the presentations for each of the winning categories.

Speaking after the event our client said: “Conference went very well, everything was brilliant, band provided were amazing – table dressing and room looked great.”


Bravura Party Performance at Stamford Bridge – Star Studded Conference Event Management

July 2017

Asked to produce an action-packed motivational staff party at a landmark London venue, KDM’s corporate event squad brought Hollywood to Chelsea FC for a star-studded experience.

About our client
Our client is part of a leading UK merchant banking group listed on the FTSE 250 index and one of the City’s most enterprising and respected banks. A pioneering provider of premium finance with a 35-year pedigree, the company helps over a million people across the UK and Ireland spread the cost of their insurance policy.

The brief
With a strong commitment to customer service and an industry-leading staff training programme, the company sees employee engagement as critical to its business success. KDM had been producing annual employee events, ranging from corporate team building activities & games through to full conference event management, for this client for the last three years, but its new Chief Executive was keen to kick-off 2015 with a fresh event format that would motivate and reward all 330 staff members for the year ahead.

We were tasked firstly with sourcing a venue exuding real wow-factor that would be sited within a 20-minute radius of our client’s Wimbledon office, and secondly with producing an action-packed evening event combining dinner, dancing and an awards ceremony.

KDM’s response
From a shortlist of six possible venues we proposed Stamford Bridge – the iconic home of Chelsea FC and ideally located with excellent transport links to neighbouring Wimbledon. Most importantly, the venue’s Great Hall provides a magnificent open space for large-scale company events. Rather than being a dedicated function suite, this versatile area gave us the perfect blank canvas on which to stamp the personality and style that would create an unforgettable corporate event.

‘A Night at the Movies’ was the chosen theme to tie in with their internal communications programme, and with the help of creative lighting, star cloth and giant props, the guests were transported to Hollywood for a night of glitz and glamour. Throughout dinner a series of themed team building games kept them on the edge of their seats. Contestants won prizes using specially-designed scratch-cards, and each movie-themed table competed to win a celebrity face mashup contest. In addition to a pre-arranged celebrity look-alike contest, guests took selfies, which could be immediately uploaded onto the main screen, offering just one of the evening’s many prize opportunities. Following the company’s award ceremony, an eight-piece band and DJ ensured there was no let-up in adrenalin-fuelled activity. Our Event Management team were delighted with the results and enjoyed the evening almost as much as our client’s guests.

Client feedback
Our seamless event management seems to have paid off! Here’s just a sample of the comments received from the guests:

“A great evening thoroughly enjoyed by all within my teams so thank you so much for putting this on for everyone!”
“Amazing night and a huge thank you to everyone involved in organising it!”
“Great location, fantastic effort with decoration of the main room.”
“It was a well organised evening and I enjoyed myself, it just went too quickly.”
“It was amazing, I felt as if I enjoyed myself too much! Was such a great atmosphere and the marketing team and everyone involved really did pull it out of the bag! Well done”
“The decorations were amazing and loved the Hollywood theme.”


Don’t Let Practicalities Limit Your Imagination… We Sure Won’t!

December 2016

As the exciting, sparkling madness of Christmas quickly approaches, the KDM office is alight with the buzz of party organising, getting the Is dotted and the Ts crossed, the event team are carefully placing giant playing cards behind the life-size polar bear and lining up traditional Christmas trees next to the giant disco balls. If you came by to visit us you might wonder whether we misunderstood the mad hatters tea party concept!

December is always a visual explosion at KDM, the masses of varied themed evenings underway all have to start somewhere and, like we tell all of our clients deciding on theming to add that extra sparkle to their Christmas party, you really are only limited by your imagination.

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Some clients like to choose a theme with their venue in mind; we’ve produced a Winter Wonderland at East Midlands Conference Centre, a Grease themed party at Venue 1886, a Night at the Races at Bedford Lodge Hotel, an Electric 80’s theme at Mercure Hatfield Oak and A Victorian Christmas Tale at Coombe Abbey. All of these themes integrated beautifully into their respective venues, transporting guests to another era or place and we loved every minute of planning and production but this is only the tip of our creative iceberg!
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If you want a wild and wonderful theme in a stately home, or a traditional Christmas in a modern space to shock and amaze your guests on arrival, we’ll work with you to pull it off gracefully but with maximum impact, we’ve plent of experience in dropping square pegs into round holes.

Think outside the box? What box?!? There is no box! Tell us about the party you want, the reaction you want, the type of venue you like and how many creative liberties we can take, we’ll build you the themed party you didn’t really believe was possible and we’ll do it with great big grins across our faces because we love a challenge! Get in touch about your next themed party to find out more.


Event Management Made Easy With Nothing Left To Chance

August 2016

For most event organisers, when the day or evening arrives, the result of months of hard work, meticulous planning and endless calls to various companies confirming space requirements and timings, the last thing on their mind is sitting back and enjoying the fruits of their labour because they still have hours of coordinating, question answering and service nudging to get through before the event is over and they can finally relax.

It doesn’t have to be that way – as was discovered by one of our most recent Event Management clients – how? Let us explain:

Johnson Tiles are a manufacturer & supplier of ceramic and porcelain tiles to architects and designers all over the world. Sharon at Johnson Tiles organises their events carefully year on year, choosing a suitable venue, sourcing great suppliers and being there on the night to make sure it all runs nicely, to schedule and without issue.

End to End Event Management for Corporate Events, Conferences andCompany Away Days

This year, Sharon got in touch with KDM and asked us to help out by providing evening entertainment in the form of casino tables. While we were discussing the requirements we let slip that, as with many of the venues across the UK, we have first hand knowledge of and strong working relationship with her chosen venue; the Best Western Stoke-On-Trent Moat House. This led to KDM taking on a much broader role in the planning, production & management of the event.

We provided planning assistance, a complete AV set with double screens, technicians and music, pre-dinner entertainment; magicians and caricaturists, Roulette, Black Jack & Stud Poker Tables with giant props to add to the mood set by our favourite DJ and we managed the whole event from start to finish to ensure it ran beautifully, to schedule, without a hitch.

Sharon didn’t need to worry about a thing!

We plan over 500 events every year at conference venues, hotels and specialist team building activity venues across the country, so we get to know these venues and their respective spaces, accesses and conference staff pretty well.

And that’s our entire secret, that’s how we manage events so well and put our clients at ease, we’ve amassed a huge amount of knowledge and with that we can happily provide every assurance that your event will run exactly to plan.

Sharon was delighted with the success of her event, and here’s what she had to say afterwards:

“Absolutely awesome – not one single hitch, everything ran seamlessly – a great bunch of guys.  My thanks to them and you, Jane.”

So, to avoid the worry of no shows, late suppliers and equipment not fitting through the door, give us a call and let us handle the details while you prepare to enjoy the event.

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Point S Celebrates the Fourth of July – Case Study

November 2015

KDM transformed a Grade II conference centre in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside into the setting for a Fourth of July corporate party, ensuring the perfect balance between business networking and having fun.

About our client: Point S is well on its way to becoming one of the automotive sector’s go-to brands for tyres – favoured by consumers and fleet operators alike.  Over its forty-year history the company has become established as one of Europe’s leading suppliers of tyres, wheels and car service with an ever-increasing global footprint.  In just five years, over 200 independently-owned centres have joined its UK network, benefitting from the brand’s values and commitment to customer service.

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The Brief: With a network of independent service centres that spans the country, opportunities for relationship-building are taken seriously and Point S places great value on the annual summer party organised for the company’s staff and partners.

Raising the star-spangled banner
The party date was set for July 4th, making the theme of Independence Day an easy choice, and the chosen venue was dedicated conference centre Ashorne Hill in Warwickshire.  But when it came to making the Stars and Stripes event really come to life, the venue’s manager suggested that Point S should consult a professional event organiser. Enter KDM.

Delighting the guests
We overlayed the Fourth of July theming through of all the venue’s event areas – Bar, Restaurant and Foyer – with customised  table dressings, painted backdrops and giant props such as Stars and Stripes flags.  KDM provided indoor and outdoor themed games and entertainers, including a caricaturist who delighted the guests with his impromptu sketches.

To help the 130 guests recognise staff, both from Point S HQ and the event’s sponsor, Apollo, KDM’s graphics department designed bespoke ‘Wanted’ posters showing photos of key individuals. These  were displayed around the venue.  To maintain the American theming throughout the event, we sourced contemporary country music and created a play list.  With the partying in full flow,  a country band and disco provided live entertainment until 1.00am.

Client feedback
Sam Simpson from Point S, who was responsible for the event said: “Right from the start KDM were great to work with, Garry was great and had everything organised and all the guys with him were so lovely and helpful and did a great job.  Also, Clive the Caricaturist was fantastic and he mingled round with people early on which went down really well. It was excellent and the props etc. were great.  I can’t wait now for our next one and I will definitely be contacting you again.”

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Twenty four/seven quotes for event planners

August 2015

Have you ever been working over a weekend and found yourself needing to price a business event, but frustrated by the fact that sales offices are closed?

This is a problem that arises ever-more frequently as busy event planners take their work home with them.  Getting a fast quote can be a challenge any time – our own turnaround time is less than four hours – but when you need it at the weekend, that’s no help.

And this is why KDM have been working feverishly to devise a tool to give event planners instant online ideas for teambuilding and motivational events – complete with package prices.

We’ve developed what we believe is a ground-breaking solution that allows you to get started on your event-planning process – whenever and wherever it suits you.

Introducing our new Event Search tool, which has been designed to offer a range of options based around your event objectives, using search software that can throw up ideas and compute prices within seconds.

By clicking here, you can input basic details such as numbers, region, format and objective, for either daytime or evening events.  The system will then present several suggestions, showing descriptors, images and video clips of the chosen activity.  It also includes wildcard suggestions to inspire outside-the-box thinking.  Prices are shown against the activity once the number of participants has been specified.

We’ve priced a huge range of popular activities – from collaborative problem solving exercises to creative team-based experiences or themed reward parties – to give you an instant view of what can be achieved with your budget.

And rest-assured – just as with any other quote – our teams will be on hand to refine and adapt solutions to meet more specific event objectives once you have selected your preferred initial concept.


Sabre are shaken not stirred…

July 2014

Whilst it may be a cliché to state that no two events are the same, this was certainly proven to be the case when KDM were recently tasked by leading technology company Sabre with organising a bespoke event for 30 VIP clients of CEO level from across the world – with the brief involving The Shard, James Bond, creativity & technology.

Our initial thought was for a unique James Bond themed experience using classic cars in Central London; however upon considering the logistics of transporting guests around Central London at a pace quicker than a comatose snail we unfortunately had to shelve this idea.

However from this came the inspiration for a unique event – a James Bond themed GPS Treasure Hunt, but with a rather unique format!

Hence after a briefing south of the river, guests were met by a fleet of black cabs with all drivers suitably dressed for the occasion – to be ferried to an exclusive Private Member’s club in the heart of the City, for a martini-making masterclass.  After learning the history & basics behind 007’s favoured martini’s (and some equally important tastings), teams were put on the spot to design their own martini, with the outcome judged by our very own barman.

Part one of the challenge over, guests were then transported to a variety of locations including the National Portrait Gallery & Westminster Abbey to tackle a range of Bond themed questions & challenges, finishing up at the Shard before the results of the event were announced later that evening at the James Bond Exhibition in Covent Garden.

End result of the event was some very drinkable martinis, great photos, lasting memories for the guests & a satisfied client on the day!

Guests arrived at an exclusive Private Members Club in the Heart of the City, but didn’t have long to relax in the luxurious surroundings! Half of the group headed straight for a Martini-making master class..

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Whilst the other half of the group took in a Classic Bond film in the oh so cool Cinema room, whilst sampling a selection of Bond-inspired Martinis!

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