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App, App and Away!

April 2014

Making for a more interactive and user friendly personalised experience, the first outing of our brand new KDM event app for game shows was a great success in March.

10 teams worked hard to outwit one another in their branded company Mega Quiz held at Ettington Chase, Stratford. Using the pre-installed app on hand-held tablets, the teams were able to interact with the on screen visuals, video and questions to send in their team answers. Guests racked their collective brains to summon up the answers to a list of crazy questions such as:

  • True or False? Duelling is legal in Japan as long as both parties are registered organ donors.
  • Sport: In Greyhound racing what colour vest do dogs running from trap two always wear?
  • Rogues Gallery: Which 2 celebrities are mashed together in this picture? (see below)

Working on a secure & fast Wi-Fi network (installed by us!) the app worked smoothly allowing the guests to submit their answers and clock up their team scores! By the end of the night though, as usual only one team was celebrating and enjoying the winner’s prize of champagne!

With further developments in the pipeline we are upgrading all of our evening and team events throughout 2014 to enable use of the apps in conjunction with hand-held tablets. Get in touch to find out more about how these new apps will work on your events!

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Expanding plans for 2014

January 2014

 

We hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and that 2014 is looking as exciting for you as it is for us! With so many things coming up this year we thought that we would give you a glimpse of what we are up to.

New Event App

Following months of reviewing code and pulling out his (already sparse) hair, our MD Kevin has created a great interactive event app. Designed in-house the app is completely unique to KDM and will be a great addition to many of our events. It is slick, highly reliable and great fun! It will enable us to provide live Q&A and event feedback for your events, personalised quizzes and game show rounds both easily and cost effectively. We will be rolling the app out over the next month so ask for it on an event near you soon!

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Vans

We imagine that breaking down on the way to your event because we are travelling in a rusty old van would be really bad! Bad for us and bad for you! Cunningly, we have always avoided scenarios like this by continually investing in repairs and improvements to our equipment. Recently, this has seen us add two brand new vans to our fleet. The additional vans:

  • Enable us to respond to an increased demand for events on the same day.
  • Are also larger – enabling us to hold a greater capacity of equipment. So, we don’t have to send two vans on your event which is cheaper for you and better for the environment.

What’s more, our Event Staff are sure to enjoy the plush comfy seats whilst travelling the country delivering events from Inverness to Eastbourne!

And finally….New Staff

A survey by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), reported by the Telegraph, advises that 20% of workers will be on the lookout for a new job in 2014. This is great for us as we looking to recruit two new sales team members to continue the steady growth we achieved last year. We have been inundated with applications and first interviews will begin soon. But if you are one of the talented 20% looking for a new challenge in 2014, there’s still time and we’d love to hear from you so don’t be shy. Details can be found at TotalJobs KDM Events

 


Time to Celebrate – An unusual summer event!

June 2013

On 5th June we delivered an unusual summer event for a key pet nutrition client. They were so happy that it’s only right to begin this blog with their feedback:

‘The afternoon event went really well, we can’t wait to get the films back … yesterday evening went absolutely great. The magician and mind-reader were amazing – great choices they really added another dimension. The photo booth went down a storm as we knew it would, pictures were being uploaded to Facebook straight away!! LOL. The band were really great getting everyone on the dance floor straight away with their lovely mix of music… ‘

Naturally when a company hits a milestone they want to celebrate, even more so when they have two milestones in the same year which is why they chose KDM to organise the whole day and create a memorable event for them!

The initial brief was simple; a flexible afternoon teambuild activity & evening entertainment during which long lasting mementos would be created. Pitching against 3 other companies our team put our heads together to create a bespoke solution based around our ‘Animation Innovation’ team event (Wallace and Gromit style film making) followed by a summer BBQ party with film screening. This proved to be a winning combination that ticked all the client’s boxes.

The event took place on site at their office and research centre in Leicester in a lovely Marquee with an open side so staff could enjoy the June weather (which thankfully was perfect!) The Animation Innovation hit four key requirements: Involvement of all guests – everyone had a specific role during the production of the films in addition to participating in outdoor challenges. Celebrating the company history – each animated short film depicted a key milestone in the company’s success. Creating something of a lasting value – each of the animations created were designed to be utilised by the client following the event. Allowing staff to perform their work duties –the flexibility of the event allowed guests to come & go so that they could still carry out their critical pet care responsibilities. There was an amazing buzz in the Marquee all afternoon, all guests got stuck into the event; some guests were still working on their projects after home time!

In the evening, our Marquee was transformed to create a celebratory summer ball atmosphere with vibrant lighting, balloons & complimentary table dressing to reflect the company colours. Staff were joined by their partners to be greeted with a classic summer drink of Pimms & Lemonade and entertained by our brilliant mix ‘n’ entertainers – Magician, Caricaturist & Mind Reader.

After the big screen premier of the animations and the ‘WAFTAs’ had been awarded guests enjoyed a traditional Hog Roast & buffet including a dessert of Mars Cheesecake (a little slice of heaven). Once all the guests were full an informal Wii competition took place; it was a close call on the Dance Stage as they all had ‘moves like Jagger’.

Whilst an amazing local live band were playing guests also enjoyed the unique experience of our Photo Studio, allowing groups of 10-15 people to create their own special memories as a reminder of this amazing celebration with a 6×4 photo to take away with them from a variety of backgrounds including two personalised to the client.

All in all, a perfect day to remember with 20 films to use for their future events…watch this space!


KDM Movember Results 2012

November 2012

Well at the start of the month they were as smooth as silk (at least above the lip) and now they’re as butch as bananas. Admittedly whilst Darran’s effort looks quite credible a little bit of assistance from a felt tip pen shows that the camera does indeed lie – meaning Craig is the winner winning a night out with the boys with all expenses paid – by him!

Well done boys – we’re looking forward to hearing how much you raised when you’ve finished collecting and KDM will double your money!


KDM are Lead Sponsor for Children’s Hospice Ball

July 2012

It’s harder now for businesses to support charities but we believe that it’s very important for KDM to maintain our part in and contribute towards the wider community in which we live and work. We were therefore delighted once again to be a Lead Sponsor at the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice summer ball where we played our part in raising over £30,000 for this vital local charity. The Hospice provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families and nobody can fail to be moved by the work they do in a venture which is 100% funded by local voluntary fund raising.

Nicky and Kathy from KDM were involved in the early planning right through to fruition where nine of our staff provided audio visual support and both pre-dinner and after dinner entertainment on a brilliant night which was superbly supported by our local community.

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007 Theme Night

November 2011

Last night KDM provided a 007 Theme Night for 300 guests at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

The event is an annual dinner hosted by a leading organisation in the field of parenteral and enteral nutrition. Guests were encouraged to dress in costume for the event which was attended by dieticians, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech & language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and all involved in the provision of care in the community and in care homes.

KDM provided table dressing, room theming and entertainment for the annual dinner during the premier networking and learning event, for all involved in nutritional care.

Guests got into the mood as they drank martinis during the drinks reception before being led into the dining area where tables were decorated with a ‘shaken not stirred ‘martini glass centrepiece filled with ice, lights and glittering 007 logos. After a sumptuous dinner guests were invited to gamble the night away on the fun casino or try their hand on the 007 laser shooting range. Themed props, designed and made by KDM, including silhouette panels, a giant fan of cards, giant dice, dollar signs and 007 backdrop were set up throughout.

This is the third year in succession KDM have been involved in the event and hope to be able to assist in 2012 too!

For information on hosting your own 007 themed company party please contact us on 01782 646300.


That was nice. I’ll have three more please!

November 2011

A recent client was so impressed by a Murder Mystery we provided for them that they promptly booked three more for later the same month.

KDM Murder Mysteries usually take place over dinner, starting as guests are seated and conclude during coffee at the end of the meal. Light-hearted, fun and informal guests typically work in teams to work out ‘who dunnit’!

We have a range of scenarios available and all of our Murder Mystery events are hosted by professional actors, selected for their ability to improvise and entertain. The lead actor takes the role of event manager and co-ordinates the entertainment on the evening to ensure smooth running of the event.

Murder Mysteries are suitable for building teams or entertaining clients making them the perfect choice for corporate entertainment during dinner.


The Day Lady Gaga Came To The Unit

October 2011

What do James Bond, a Snowman, an Elephant and a Champagne Bottle have in common? They all live in the unit at KDM!

OK so they are props. James Bond is in a silhouette panel and it’s not a real elephant but they look pretty impressive anyway.

Room theming and lighting can enhance any room and turn a good themed event in to a great one. Imagine a Hollywood Awards night without the red carpet walkway, giant Oscars, giant clapper boards and directors chair? The table dressing is fabulous but once you add room theming the effect really can be ‘wow’.

Don’t take my word for it though. The below feedback is from a client’s recent Medici Masquerade Ball: “Your guys did a sterling job and proved that you can make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear (I refer to the venue with that comment). Lighting really is a marvellous thing and the team did marvellous things with it. We would definitely want to work with KDM again on future themed events.”

Our props are made at our offices in Trentham by the very creative Pete and we have a huge list of props already which is growing every day.

Whether you are planning a Midsummer Night’s Dream (OK maybe not for this time of year…a Winter’s Tale?), a Grease theme, an Out of Africa, Prohibition Party or Viva Las Vegas we have the table dressing and room theming to complement your chosen theme making your company party or award night one to remember.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Lady Gaga didn’t actually come to the KDM offices. She’s in a silhouette panel too!


KDM achieve Emerald Partner status with Donna Louise Trust

October 2011

KDM have recently achieved Emerald Partner status with Donna Louise Trust after donating £10,000 to the charity over the last two years.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, www.donnalouisetrust.org, is based in Stoke-on-Trent and provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families.

KDM first got involved with the charity in 2009 when selected to provide an African Dream themed fundraiser evening to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary. After the success of the 2009 event the summer ball became an annual event and KDM has been involved in the organisation of the ball ever since, providing a Flight of Fantasy themed event in 2010 and a Jazzmatazz Ball in 2011.

The charity is a very worthy cause and KDM are proud to be able to support them in the invaluable service they provide.


Brand Spanking New Mega Quiz

October 2011

Last Wednesday the KDM sales team swapped the office and telephones for the unit and hand buzzers as we tested the brand spanking new Mega Quiz.

Divided into two teams we took our seats and having been introduced to the event we focused on coming up with team names.

Imaginatively named ‘Team 1’ and ‘Team 2’ we were then guided through the event by our glittering hosts Alan and Garry.

From questions about the Bronte siblings to Roquefort cheese and working out if that photo is of Bruce Willis with hair, the event was hilarious fun!

The new format incorporates both paper based and on-screen rounds, in which teams buzz in their answers using state of the art hand-held keypads. With brand new rounds including the ‘Rogues Gallery’ and ‘Little Kidder’, the event is looking better than ever thanks to the masterful design work by KDM’s very own Graeme.

The Mega Quiz is ideal for after dinner corporate entertainment. For more information and costs on this event (and any others) please give us a call.



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