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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

 


KDM makes ‘Fresh Hair’ our 2013 Charity

August 2013

‘Fresh Hair’ opened in 2011 at the Cancer Centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and gives a bespoke one-to-one wig fitting service for those that have lost their hair due to treatment or illness. Each year over 700 patients from North Staffordshire and beyond benefit from Fresh Hair’s services.

Fresh Hair operates in temporary premises but to secure its future needs a purpose-built facility. Plans are in place for a salon to include a beauty/holistic therapy suite and private consultation rooms with the aim of creating a salon where patients come to feel normal and leave looking fabulous. The cost of building this bespoke facility is in the region of £150,000.

KDM have nominated Fresh Hair as our chosen charity for 2013 and have made donations of £2,500 so far to this excellent cause. Check out their website for more information and ways that you can get involved – ‘Fresh Hair’ website

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Don’t Miss your Chance to Win an iPod Shuffle!

November 2012

Have you entered our Christmas Carol Competition to win an iPod Shuffle?

All you have to do is take a tune from a Christmas Carol and rewrite the words. Please send your entries to competitions@kdmevents.com. There’s not long left!


Sarah Fitz gets Her Man

November 2012

After years of keeping him waiting, our Venues and Agents Team Account Director Sarah Fitz finally said ‘I Do’ and just two weeks ago Lucky Jim finally got his girl. The happy couple went off on an eagerly awaited honeymoon in the USA and blew into New York just as Super Storm Sandy blew in from the other direction! Sandy soon realised that she’d met her match and moved on leaving Sarah and Jim to have a fabulous holiday and a truly amazing experience. Congratulations to you both from all your friends here at KDM.


KDM Boys Motivated for ‘Movember’

November 2012

The KDM event crew need few excuses to party, play poker and pretend to be little boys again and so the forthcoming arrival of November once again gave them the ideal opportunity to let their hair down in an effort to outdo the girls’ efforts on ‘Wear it Pink’ day. Mind you as we are constantly reminded women get on with it whereas us blokes take forever which possibly explains why ‘Wear it Pink’ takes 24 hours whereas Movember takes 30 days!

Well here is the ‘before’ shot with the guys being shown just what’s expected of them!!


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!



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