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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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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 the 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 teambuilding activity & evening entertainment during which long-lasting mementoes 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 lasting value – each of the animations created was 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 premiere 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 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 fundraising.

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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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.


Boris the Baby Bat Bombs in on the KDM Team

August 2011

Wikipedia tells us that bats are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight – but Boris the baby Bat would beg to differ; flying doesn’t come naturally to him at all 🙁
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He landed on the floor of the M D’s office at KDM’s head office in Trentham sometime on Wednesday night and was found awaiting rescue on Thursday morning by Kevin.  Boris – named following a pretty biased vote comprising a fully inclusive electorate of Accounts Supremo Maria and no-one else – spent the next few hours in a makeshift bat house, carefully constructed by the ever thoughtful Maria. He found comfort in a duster and sipped from a tea spoon until the whole team had to say our final goodbyes when Suzanne, a Bat Carer with the Bat Conservation Society flew in to take him to the Bat Hospital where he will be fed on bugs, taught to fly and be cared for until he is fighting fit when he will be returned to Trentham to play once again with his Bat Mates.

While Boris is recovering, plans for his return are already in motion, as corporate entertainment experts we can’t resist the opportunity to plan a welcome home party – the Bat Man, Robin and Bat Lady costumes are on order, the champagne is on ice … Gotham City here we come!


Our Corporate Events Team are Superstars!

January 2011

Every week we collate the client feedback we received from the previous week’s events. We are totally committed to maintaining our high standards and not allowing the inevitable pressure on costs to deflect us from our objective of delivering high quality corporate events every time. All of last week’s feedback is not yet in but the following will give you a flavour and confirms that we are succeeding. Well done and thank-you to all the KDM team.

“Nicky, I just wanted to say again a massive thank you to you, Kathy and the team for such a fabulous conference! It couldn’t have gone better and I am still on a major high. Your team were all so efficient and everything was extremely slick, controlled and timely. I was particularly impressed with Graeme, your event manager, and everyone had a great time with the team building.”
Conference Management and Production, Magazine Mayhem Team Building and Hollywood Themed Dinner

“The event went well, was well received and I was pleased with how it went. I thought it met the objectives, everyone seemed to enjoy it; it was a good experience and useful.”
– Bigger Picture Team Building

“The event staff were excellent.”
– Krypton Factor and Quest for the Best Team Building

“Feedback from the event was awesome … best party so far. The guys were great as usual and the room looked fantastic!! I look forward to the next event we have …”
– Calypso Carnival Themed Dinner and Party

“The event went really well. It was excellent and a lot more fun than expected. The guys were great!”
– Crystal Maze Team Building

“The event went really well, my colleagues were all really pleased and they all noticed the branding on the balloons and the colours. The guys on the event were great too! I would definitely use you again if I needed any help!”
– Table Dressing for Product Launch

“They team told me they had a fantastic day, everybody really enjoyed all the events including the team building.”
– Crystal Maze Team Building

“Everyone had a fun night; the boys were excellent and did a good job! I was happy with the event and the pre-event service.”
– Horses, Hogs and Hounds Corporate Entertainment

“Thanks so much to you and your colleagues the evening went really well and everyone seemed to have a good time. The theming was lovely and the snowboarding was managed very professionally. Lots of people had lots of fun so thanks very much!”
Winter Wonderland Themed Party

“The evening was marvellous! Everything was perfect and the staff were great as always. The entertainment suited the theme down to the ground.”
– Masquerade Ball Theme Night

“The event went very well and all credit to the guys for fitting the screens into the room. Garry and Shaun were fantastic.”
– Mega Quiz Corporate Entertainment

“As usual Graeme and the boys did a fantastic job, we couldn’t ask for anything more, please pass on our much appreciated thanks to them all. Once again thanks for all your help.”
– Fun Casino Corporate Entertainment



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