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Careful with the emails!!

October 2012

Can you remember the good old days when postman Pat used to amble down your drive with the morning’s eagerly awaited post? Now, courtesy of the internet  it’s at you all the time.

Now the widows of Nigerian millionaires offering to share their fortunes with you  and Canadian Pharmaceutical vendors suggesting you need some help in the bedroom department is one thing but when you and your beloved decide to celebrate your nuptials you don’t want your big day spoilt do you?

Unfortunately an email sent to the wrong person and – oops! For the full story click here.

 


Introducing our new recruit

September 2012


Hello to Rebecca who’s joined us this week as an Account Executive. Rebecca will be working with our two Sarah Fitzgerald and Sarah McGregor helping our agency and venue partners. Rebecca has an Event management degree from Leeds Met and has spent the last fifteen months working at Eastwood Hall and so has loads of experience. Welcome to the team!


KDM’s Industry Predictions for 2012

January 2012

As event professionals we are constantly asked for our opinion on what 2012 will have in store for the event industry. So, we’ve asked Nicky Wrighte, Commercial Director at KDM, and here are her top four predictions for 2012.

1) Events will move out of London in the run up to and immediately after the Olympics due to reduced availability, increased venue costs and traffic congestion.

2) Events for staff motivation and reward will be key in 2012 – in part using the budget which hitherto was spent on Christmas parties and Olympic themes will prove to be very popular for internal events.

3) Free Wi-Fi will become a standard offering from venues. There’s a clear call from consumers that this has to happen to allow for the advent of increasing technology based elements in events.

4) In planning their forthcoming hospitality packages, companies might needlessly spend massive amounts of time ensuring that they are adhering to the Bribery Act coming into force in April. This act is designed to prohibit high level ‘improper inducements’ e.g. all expenses paid trips for entire family to the Maldives rather than a ‘thank you/networking’ day out at Ascot!

Please contact us to discuss any aspect of the event industry and we’ll be happy to chat!


Last Minute Bookings (LMBs) – Top Tips

January 2012

There has been no settling back in gently for the KDM team after the lovely long festive break as due to last minute bookings everyone has had to hit the ground running to keep up. In fact, last minute bookings have become so common at KDM we’ve given them their own acronym – LMBs.

Way back in October 2011 we blogged that we actually love LMBs and it seems we’re not alone. We’ve discovered that they are something of a trend in the industry right now.

In a quick bit of research we’ve discovered that of the last 80 bookings, which have taken place over the last 2 months, there has been a lead in time of less than a month for over 50% of the enquiries and a lead in time of less than 10 days for nearly ¾ of those.

If you’ve been put in charge of organising a last minute booking for an event, whether it is a meeting, conference, team build or theme night, read KDM’s top tips for a successful event here:

Information To save time and energy making enquiries make sure you have all the information regarding your planned event, including guest numbers, timings, objectives and the all important budget right from the beginning. If your budget is £50 per person for a day delegate rate tell the venue you are asking for quotes. If you don’t advise your budget and they quote you £60 per person you’ll only have to go back and negotiate which will cost you valuable time. If you advise your budget and the venue can’t accommodate at least you will know right away so you can contact somewhere else.

Be flexible If you are looking for entertainment and the band you have booked for the last 5 years isn’t available be flexible and try someone else. You might just find that the alternative band/hospitality package/magician achieves exactly what you wanted anyway.

Use it to your advantage Some venues and entertainers will offer promotions if they have availability last minute and want to fill the date. So, when enquiring last minute it’s well worth asking if there are any promotions being offered, after all, if you don’t ask you don’t get.

Call in the experts If it’s all too much to cope with, just give KDM a call and we’ll take on all the hard work. We can recommend venues, negotiate discounts, organise AV, team building, theming and entertainment.

 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 2011

This will be last blog for 2011. The next time I write it will be 2012!

There are only 5 working hours left and then the KDM office will close for the Christmas and New Year break – although Kevin is likely to pop in to the office as he’s a bit of a workaholic!!

Here at KDM we’ve had a great year – we’ve worked with some great clients (both old and new), had some weird and wonderful enquiries and created some excellent events (even if we say so ourselves).

Here are our highlights of 2011:

1. New Recruits – 2011 saw four new recruits as Claire, Katie, Jo and Vivian all joined the company. All recruits have settled in very nicely and now very much part of the KDM team.

2. BIG Product Launch – Between 26th May and 21st July 2011 KDM managed the UK wide product launch for a leading boiler manufacturer, with 24 events at different locations in 8 weeks. Regarded as a great success across the company and within the industry, the client has proposed to realign their marketing budget away from exhibitions to live events as a more successful means of communication with installers in line with feedback from the event.

3. Emerald Partner Status with Donna Louise Trust – KDM have donated over £10,000 to the charity, which provides a range of specialist care and support for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families, over the last two years including supporting them with their annual summer ball.

4. New Website – OK so it hasn’t been launched to the general public yet but work on the brand new KDM website started in earnest at the end of June and will be launched (fingers crossed) in early 2012.

5. Charity Support – KDM have been proud to support a number of charities with their fundraising efforts including the British Heart Foundation, the Donna Louise Trust, Breast Cancer Awareness, Children in Need, Comic Relief, the Poppy Appeal and Douglas Macmillan.

6. New Events – Weird and wonderful enquiries meant KDM developed the following new team building events, corporate entertainment and themed events and parties: Olympian Challenge, Rollercoaster (hour long icebreaker), Fairyball Themed Evening, Cirque du Soleil Theme Evening (including Rope Performer and Accordion Player), Jazzmatazz Charity Summer Ball, Dry Stone Walling (client’s fixed a wall on the Chatsworth Estate), Artistic Challenge (teams recreate works of art such as Birth of Venus by Botticelli and yes guests do take their kit off!).

7. Over 500 Events – KDM prepared, planned, organised, managed and ran over 500 events in 2011 – we’re hoping for even more in 2012

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of everyone at KDM Events!


The Retail Experience!

October 2009

The world’s most famous department store opened its doors to our clients ‘Make the Difference’ nominated associates for a highly exclusive and totally aspirational celebratory dinner. (more…)


I Want Something Different!!

September 2009

We hear it a million times – “I’m organising our annual event and looking to do something different this year”. That’s how my Pentathlon event at Sports City Manchester started out and so I set off in my quest for that elusive, ‘never been done before’ event.

My client, a member of the sales team for a large sportswear company, had come back to me for the third successive year looking for an energetic, competitive sporting activity for a group of very fit individuals. They had done our Out of Office Olympics and School Sports Day in previous years.

I produced the idea of a Pentathlon event and put forward a few venue suggestions. We finally settled on Sports City and arranged for the guests to take part in high jump, long jump, shot putt, 60m hurdles and 200m sprint. Guests were given a coaching session in each activity by qualified coaching staff after which they competed against each other in a bid to be the best.

Feedback from the guests was very positive, 5* service a very enjoyable night in a great venue. The problem is  – what to do next year?

Craig
June 2009


Just for Fun

September 2009

After a quick Google search a new client came to us requiring full management of their two day apprentice training programme. The brief included two days of fun team based activities plus overnight accommodation. Fun, fun, fun was the name of the game and we did not disappoint. (more…)


Stock Car Racing

August 2009

The marketing team from one of the country’s leading office stationary suppliers were tasked with organising a two-day incentive for their top performing sales staff. The brief included the venue, leisure activities, an overnight stay and a full day of competitive outdoor activities and they needed us to do it all. (more…)


Family Fun

August 2009

One of our top clients needed help with a family afternoon they were organising for their staff and clients. This was to be a double purpose event with a focus on both rewarding loyalty and providing a networking opportunity. We provided an activity day of informal fun to entice both adults and children including… (more…)



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