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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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That was nice. I’ll have three more please!

November 2011

A recent client was so impressed by a Murder Mystery we provided for them that they promptly booked three more for later the same month.

KDM Murder Mysteries usually take place over dinner, starting as guests are seated and conclude during coffee at the end of the meal. Light-hearted, fun and informal guests typically work in teams to work out ‘who dunnit’!

We have a range of scenarios available and all of our Murder Mystery events are hosted by professional actors, selected for their ability to improvise and entertain. The lead actor takes the role of event manager and co-ordinates the entertainment on the evening to ensure smooth running of the event.

Murder Mysteries are suitable for building teams or entertaining clients making them the perfect choice for corporate entertainment during dinner.

Fat Friday Gets A Pink Make Over In Aid Of Breast Cancer Research

October 2011

All Fridays are ‘Fat Fridays’ in the KDM Office but Friday 28th October had a pink make over in aid of breast cancer research, raising £100 for the charity in the process.

Cakes and cookies outnumbered people for a time, admittedly not for long, as the goodies were scoffed pretty quickly! In the great KDM bake off there was stiff competition from Katie’s fairy cakes, Caroline’s cup cakes and a Blog Writer’s chocolate and cherry cookies but the KDM winner’s medal must go to Claire for her excellent pink monsters!

Jo created a fabulous pink pig and everyone took part in a game of ‘pin the tail on the pig’ in a twist on more traditional ‘pin the tail on the donkey.’ The prize for which was a bottle of rosé (pink for those less well educated) wine. Though his tail was placed closer to the pig’s snout, Kevin definitely looked the best in the flowery pink scarf that was used as the blindfold!
Having accepted the challenge of filling a jar with pink sweets to play ‘guess how many pink sweets in the jar’ game Katie actually delegated the task to her younger sister so she could have the chance of winning the jar of pink sweets! Her plot succeeded as she guessed 124 sweets which came closest to the 133 contained within the jar. Katie made a ‘Brownie promise’ that she didn’t cheat her way to victory. I’ll leave it to you to decide. Luck was clearly with Katie on Friday as she was also victorious in the ‘what’s next on the washing line’ game with her guess of a tutu!

In the midst of all the pink, cake, monsters and pigs let’s not forget what we did all the fundraising for. The Wear it Pink breast cancer campaign and the funds raised supports pioneering breast cancer research with the greatest potential to save and improve lives and, ultimately, find a cure for breast cancer. One in three people are affected by cancer at some point in their lives so we can be sure that cancer isn’t just something that happens to other people. Having been affected myself by cancer, a close family member was diagnosed last year; I’ll give any support I can to research which may, one day, develop a cure for cancer.

The Day Lady Gaga Came To The Unit

October 2011

What do James Bond, a Snowman, an Elephant and a Champagne Bottle have in common? They all live in the unit at KDM!

OK so they are props. James Bond is in a silhouette panel and it’s not a real elephant but they look pretty impressive anyway.

Room theming and lighting can enhance any room and turn a good themed event in to a great one. Imagine a Hollywood Awards night without the red carpet walkway, giant Oscars, giant clapper boards and directors chair? The table dressing is fabulous but once you add room theming the effect really can be ‘wow’.

Don’t take my word for it though. The below feedback is from a client’s recent Medici Masquerade Ball: “Your guys did a sterling job and proved that you can make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear (I refer to the venue with that comment). Lighting really is a marvellous thing and the team did marvellous things with it. We would definitely want to work with KDM again on future themed events.”

Our props are made at our offices in Trentham by the very creative Pete and we have a huge list of props already which is growing every day.

Whether you are planning a Midsummer Night’s Dream (OK maybe not for this time of year…a Winter’s Tale?), a Grease theme, an Out of Africa, Prohibition Party or Viva Las Vegas we have the table dressing and room theming to complement your chosen theme making your company party or award night one to remember.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Lady Gaga didn’t actually come to the KDM offices. She’s in a silhouette panel too!

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.

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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What is Colin without the ‘L’?

October 2011

How many other jobs will have you standing in Manchester dressed as a pound coin?

On 12 dates between 12th September and 14th October KDM provided PR staff to celebrate the introduction of current account servicing for Co-operative account holders that can now use Britannia branches for their everyday banking.

As part of a nationwide launch KDM provided two staff members – one of whom was a chaperone for the other member of staff who was dressed in a pound costume!

The staff travelled to Britannia branches around the country, concluding with Wolstanton on the 14th October, to hand out logoed chocolate coins outside the branch, entertain the children and encourage customers into the bank.

As you can imagine, all event staff fought for the role of Pound Coin but it was Colin who secured the coveted position for the most dates!

So whatever you’re organising whether it be a corporate event, product launch or conference we’ll be able to help and we’ll do it with a smile on our face – regardless of the costume you want us to wear!

PLEASE NOTE KDM do not own this costume – it was custom made by the client. We simply supply the promotional staff to wear the outfits.

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.

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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