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Our friends in the North

July 2016

Is it just KDM’s experience – or are Northern venues suddenly standing out as exciting and innovative challengers to their Southern counterparts?

With bases in Staffordshire and West London we routinely deliver corporate events all over the UK, and are used to a heavy London bias in venue-selection because we, and our clients, felt that the Capital set the pace in terms of variety and wow factor.

But over the last year or so we’ve seen a shift.  Many more event planners are keen to explore locations north of Watford (in fact, north of Nottingham!) and we’ve been delighted to recommend a range of destinations in the top half of the map – not just for their stunning venues, but for the surrounding infrastructure in regenerated spaces.

Take Liverpool, for example. Enjoying the legacy of its 2008 European Capital of Culture status, the city has continued to receive development funding, sparking interest from corporate groups. This may be for companies based around the UK attracted by the better value of northern locations, or for Manchester-based clients keen to find a new, fresh destination within easy reach.

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With all the investment in regeneration around the Albert Docks, the museums and the new hotel builds, organisers are spoilt for choice in Liverpool.  The Titanic hotel is fabulous, especially its highly versatile Rum Warehouse – a great atmospheric space for meetings and dinners. The newly-built Jury’s Inn also provides excellent meeting space and proximity to the Echo Arena.  And the waterfront location of the award-winning ACC is a huge draw.

We’ve had great success with Black Cab GPS themed treasure hunts around Liverpool, taking teams to the Docks to explore the Maritime Museum or The Beatles Story; also to Knowsley Safari Park.  And with free entry, the World Museum provides further scope for team events.  And of course the Docks offer a prime opportunity for Dragon Boat racing.

Further afield, another of our current favourites is the Toffee Factory in the heart of the Ouseburn area of Newcastle – itself a fascinating area of interest.  Featuring design classics and locally produced furniture, the Toffee Factory hires out an event space for up to 70 people.

In recent months we’ve run a series of amazing events at other Northern venues – including a daytime team event at Thorpe Park Hotel in Leeds, another team event at the Westerwood Hotel in Glasgow.  Also an evening’s beer tasting and giant games at the Railway Museum in York, and a Yorkshire Fete themed event at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

So watch this space for further Northern gems. We’re confident that when it comes to venue selection, the North is the new Black, and we look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of  corporate guests from around the UK to experience its rich industrial heritage and dazzling natural landscapes.  Oh – and Northern hospitality takes some beating as well …


Taxi for Caroline!

November 2013

When a client tells us they have a short lead in booking, it usually means we have a few weeks or at the very least a week….

It was a rainy day last Tuesday when an email enquiry for a team building activity suitable for an international group in London landed in my inbox. I immediately thought that our new GPS Black Cab Challenge would be perfect. We’d just set up a great deal with a family run cab company and we were excited to be able to begin working with them so I called the client to share my thoughts about how this would be an excellent activity for the group – the combination of the iconic Black Cabs and historical points of interest within the capital city makes for an exciting and unique tour of London. Guests have the opportunity to visit a number of key locations such as Westminster & Whitehall, the Square Mile of the City, St Pauls, Soho, Southbank, Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park in a short amount of time. Plus you get chauffered around the city door to door and don’t get too rained on!

The client was delighted with the idea, but then dropped the bombshell – “and so we’d like this event on Thursday” I gulped and replied “This Thursday? In 2 days?”

Fortunately, I was able to quickly speak to Garry one of our Event Managers here on site to check availability of staff and GPS tablets. Next, our cab company sprang into action (thank you Helen!) to check the drivers for us and so within 90 minutes the entire event was confirmed and organised with time to spare!

Feedback from the client was that it was a ‘Great teambuilding event, and run really professionally at very short notice.’

A happy end to the rainy week! So if anyone else has any last minute bookings – bring ’em on!

Caroline
Account Manager (and speed booker extraordinaire)

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Christmas Comes Early to KDM

December 2011

Christmas came early to KDM yesterday as presents were moved from under the tree and piled into sacks ready to take to the Salvation Army.

KDM staff have spent the last few weeks Christmas shopping for boys and girls as part of the Salvation Army’s toy appeal.

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We Have A Winner!

December 2011

In the KDM Christmas Newsletter, KDM launched a Christmas Limerick Competition. To win £50 of Say Shopping vouchers all contestants had to do was write a humorous limerick and send it to us!

The judging was very difficult as we received so many fantastic entries. The whole KDM team voted to decide a winner who I am pleased to announce is:

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KDM Christmas Limerick Competition

November 2011

Are you a poetic genius?

All you have to do is write your best Christmas limerick and the most humorous entry will win £50 of Say Shopping vouchers.

Have you got your pen at the ready?  Here’s a limerick example to get you thinking:
“There was a young elf from Lapland,
Who has a mishap with his hand,
He cut off his fingers,
Making carol toy singers,
So Santa had power tools banned!”

Send your entry to competitions@kdmevents.com. Please keep limericks as clean as possible as the best entries will be compiled and sent out (anonymously) in our digital Christmas card this year! The deadline for your entry is 30th November 2011.

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KDM’s Christmas Toy Appeal

November 2011

KDM are joining the likes of Sainburys, Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, Britannia Building Society and many local schools by supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each staff member will take a tag from the Christmas tree and buy an appropriate gift – whether it be a toy for a young girl or a present for a teenage boy.

The Salvation Army distributes the toys collected through the community to children and families that would otherwise have little or nothing under the tree on Christmas morning. The Salvation Army have been running their Christmas Toy Appeal for 7 years and in 2010 they collected 9,350 presents and are hoping for many more this year!

KDM are pleased to support such a worthy cause and if you’d like to join us by donating a present please contact us on 01782 646300.

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The Italian Job – in Wiltshire!

September 2010

When a leading law firm wished to say thank-you to a major client they approached KDM for corporate hospitality ideas. We quickly established that the client was one who did rather than watched and possessed a passion for fast cars. We recommended our Italian Job event; cue the fleet of Mini Cooper S’s and six teams were quickly zipping around the Wiltshire countryside. Teams were navigating between villages, stretching the rules and scheming to gain every possible advantage in search of the cache of bullion which, as it transpired, was conveniently located at a nearby country house hotel where, mission accomplished, guests enjoyed the award ceremony and a delightful dinner. And who won ….. ? The lawyers, as usual!

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