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KDM witness increase in Corporate Hospitality

February 2012

The team at KDM have noticed a recent increase in corporate hospitality enquiries and bookings suggesting companies are continuing to invest in rewarding hard working teams or valued customers despite the doom and gloom reported in the media about the current economic climate.

Whether you need to reward a hard working team or incentivise customers KDM can assist in providing the right event to achieve your objectives. From music concerts, to theatre and major sporting events KDM can suggest corporate hospitality packages to suit. Alternatively, if you are looking for something a bit more bespoke please let us know and we can tailor an event to your specific requirements.

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Senior Event Manager flashes more than just creative flair during Catwalk Challenge training

February 2012

Continuing the commitment to continuous learning the KDM team, including office and event staff, took part in Catwalk Challenge training yesterday afternoon.

Catwalk Challenge is a fun (I now say this with some authority following the hilarious events of yesterday afternoon) indoor team building event offered by KDM in which teams are given the opportunity to design, create and model a catwalk collection.

Graeme delivered the brief and we were tasked with designing 3 items of clothing; one for the beach, one for ‘da club’ and one for evening wear. The garments had to be for the upcoming season and we had to create a unique company name, control the lighting, music and introduce the collection to the audience.

As someone who once sewed a cardigan to a cushion while trying to re-sew a button on I must admit I was slightly nervous about letting down my team in this event but for those amongst us with little or no skill, sewing can be kept to a minimum as there are plenty of other tasks to keep guests occupied. Also staplers are provided so if threading a needle is just too much you can just staple clothes together!

Garments produced included an Olympic themed evening dress with coloured hoop design, a Ginger Spice inspired Union Jack clubbing outfit, a sexy gold number with fetching turban. Also created was a rather revealing outfit made almost entirely of gaffer tape and safety pins which Garry Holford, senior Event Manager at KDM, designed, made and modelled.

Despite the slight lack of enthusiasm at the start of the event everyone, including the men involved and those who are sewing challenged, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the event. This event will bring out the creative side in everyone – and, unlike the KDM team, if you’re lucky that’s all you’ll see!


Please contact us if you are interested in booking a Catwalk Challenge or any other indoor team building event.

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Braving the Dragons’ Den – No Budding Entrepreneurs Here!

January 2012

Last week, teams from KDM stepped in to the Dragons’ Den to present fantastic new product ideas. Unfortunately, Peter Jones wasn’t available and Graeme, who was running the event, refused to invest any of his hard earned cash but we still had plenty of fun.

In this team building event, teams have to develop a completely original product write an accompanying presentation and then pitch their idea to the dragons.

Surprisingly, after a lovely long Christmas break brains were in gear and we quickly came up with ideas for a product and got cracking on making a proto-type and developing snazzy presentations to accompany our pitch.

The two brand new products created were ‘Glide’ a tool to help the elderly put their coats on and ‘The Happy Mouth’ an aid for when your drinking arm becomes weary after prolonged pub sessions!

Top things I’ve learnt from this event:

~ Sometimes you really can make something out of nothing

~ This event is suitable for all guests – even those who know nothing about the famous TV show this event earned its namesake from

~ It’s highly flexible and easily tailored to a specific company

~ No one from KDM is a budding James Dyson***

~ Don’t make up the budgeting section of the presentation and then try to ‘blag’ your way through questions from the dragons – it won’t work

~ Sam does an excellent impression of a drunk person

***James Dyson is the billionaire inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner! So, now you know.

For more details on Braving the Dragons’ Den or any other KDM event please contact us on 01782 646300.

Oh and Happy New Year from everyone at KDM! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

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Kreative Drama Magazine Wins Publishing Deal

October 2011

Kreative Drama Magazine beat FHM and Water Babes to a publishing deal following a competitive pitching process to a top publishing mogul on Tuesday this week. The winning entry, imaginatively entitled Kreative Drama Magazine, is a KDM gossip magazine detailing scandals and drama in the exciting world of corporate events. Unfortunately, it won’t be available on the shelves of your newsagent as it was only the brain child of KDM’s very own Alan, Craig, Katie and Sam who were taking part in Magazine Mogul training.

 

The whole KDM team took part in Magazine Mogul training led by, Senior Event Manager, Garry Holford. Divided into teams the challenge was to produce a magazine layout for a particular type of publication. Provided with costumes and a press pack, including laptop and digital camera each team worked as the design, copy and photographic departments to pull together the magazine.

There is plenty of scope for cross-dressing – though the KDM team were very restrained with Sarah posing as a gladiator, Darran as a fireman and Craig as Kevin! We had a hobby magazine for those with a love of animals that reside in water including otters and beavers and a men’s lifestyle magazine with a focus on heroes who save cats from trees but end up getting attacked like a ‘gang of angry otters’. Using props including a giant anvil, a rat cuddly toy and a pound costume the event was lots of fun, had something for everyone and really allowed the creative juices to flow.

Magazine Mogul is a highly interactive and fun team building event designed to stretch participants’ minds, test communication skills and reinforce the value of good time management and teamwork. To enquire about this or any other event please contact us.

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Craig swaps his suit for his event kit

October 2011

When informed that Account Executive, Craig would be leaving us the bubbly came out and we began planning goodbye celebrations – only to discover he wasn’t going very far!

Craig has swapped the 9 to 5 life of suits and computers for his event kit as he moves on to the event staff team, remaining part of the KDM family.

Look out for Craig on a team building event near you soon!

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Keeping us on our toes

October 2011

When a client called the KDM office at 4.30pm on the 3rd August to say they would like inflatable beach volleyball at their summer party we advised this wasn’t a problem. The catch? The event was at midday on the 4th August.

As we own 99% of the equipment used to run our events and employ full time Event Managers last minute events aren’t a problem for us.

In fact you might say last minute events are our forte. They are what keep us on our toes.

So, if you have a corporate event enquiry, even if it’s tomorrow, give us a call. Chances are we’ll be able to help!

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‘The Tadpole’ Triumphs in Triathlon Tester

August 2011

Inspired by watching her son Brad take part in last year’s London Triathlon our Director Kathy decided she could not be outdone. Off down the shops, for a wet suit and bike (she already has 63 pairs of trainers) and training began.Kathy Davies - Director
‘Oh yeah’, we said. We were wrong. The usual running regime had biking and swimming added and the tempo increased as the big day approached. Off to Excel last weekend with 14,999 other competitors for the world’s largest Triathlon and whilst she did look a wee bit nervous a little shopping was squeezed into the morning’s preparation.

Supported by husband Kevin – from the rigours of the beer tent – a 750m swim in St Katherine’s Dock was followed by 20 km on the bike and a 5 km road run resulting in the tremendous time of 1 hour 55 mins.
… and ‘The Tadpole’? – have you seen the picture?

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KDM see Red and do a bit of Team Building!

July 2011

Seeing Red … KDM’s Team Building Event. Well not really but to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the British Heart Foundation’s “Red for Heart” Campaign, the KDM Events Team saw this as an opportunity for our own team building activity! We organised the day so all 16 of us wore red items of clothing, and could participate in the mini-games we organised which included how many red M ‘n’ Ms are in the jar! We also had a ‘bake off’ between the ladies (not very pc round here! and anyway the blokes are useless at cooking) which included jam tarts, cupcakes and a whole tart which Sarah McGregor won for her scrumptious tasting, red coloured cupcakes!
Our Team Build raised £46.75 for the British Heart Foundation, we all had a lovely, fun day and then went down the pub to get red noses!

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Switching a day in the office for a 106 mile bike ride … are you crazy?

July 2011

Well, the crazy culprit was Caroline Archer, our recent addition to the direct sales team. Caroline switched organising Corporate Events for a day to organise and participate in a Charity Cycle Ride to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Caroline and 15 fellow cyclists cycled 106 miles from Lullington to Skegness in 11 hours, successfully completing the challenge to do it in a day!

After this energetic outburst Caroline is back gingerly seated in the office ensuring everyone’s Team Building and Corporate Event needs are looked after.

The bike ride raised over £6,000 which included kind donations from the whole KDM Events Team!

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Come Rain or Shine, KDM have it covered!

July 2011

With my hen party weekend approaching I’m sitting here wishing the weather was much better and instead it looks as though we will be in for a wet one!

Some of my clients that have booked outdoor Team Building events have been asking me the question ‘ What happens if it rains?’. As it is not possible to book the sunshine along with our team building events then KDM always have a wet weather contingency in place. For our outdoor events, as standard we will provide disposable waterproofs for each guest and also coloured tepee marquees where guests can shelter in the event of a heavy downpour. Plus, for a nominal fee, our clients also have the option of booking our wet weather contingency. For this an additional indoor event as a backup activity is available should you decide not to proceed with your outdoor event due to bad weather. Options include a Mega Quiz or Play your Games Right, to name just two! This can be arranged at a nominal fee and gives our guests peace of mind during our good old British Summer!

Sam

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