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Our Corporate Events Team are Superstars!

January 2011

Every week we collate the client feedback we received from the previous week’s events. We are totally committed to maintaining our high standards and not allowing the inevitable pressure on costs to deflect us from our objective of delivering high quality corporate events every time. All of last week’s feedback is not yet in but the following will give you a flavour and confirms that we are succeeding. Well done and thank-you to all the KDM team.

“Nicky, I just wanted to say again a massive thank you to you, Kathy and the team for such a fabulous conference! It couldn’t have gone better and I am still on a major high. Your team were all so efficient and everything was extremely slick, controlled and timely. I was particularly impressed with Graeme, your event manager, and everyone had a great time with the team building.”
Conference Management and Production, Magazine Mayhem Team Building and Hollywood Themed Dinner

“The event went well, was well received and I was pleased with how it went. I thought it met the objectives, everyone seemed to enjoy it; it was a good experience and useful.”
– Bigger Picture Team Building

“The event staff were excellent.”
– Krypton Factor and Quest for the Best Team Building

“Feedback from the event was awesome … best party so far. The guys were great as usual and the room looked fantastic!! I look forward to the next event we have …”
– Calypso Carnival Themed Dinner and Party

“The event went really well. It was excellent and a lot more fun than expected. The guys were great!”
– Crystal Maze Team Building

“The event went really well, my colleagues were all really pleased and they all noticed the branding on the balloons and the colours. The guys on the event were great too! I would definitely use you again if I needed any help!”
– Table Dressing for Product Launch

“They team told me they had a fantastic day, everybody really enjoyed all the events including the team building.”
– Crystal Maze Team Building

“Everyone had a fun night; the boys were excellent and did a good job! I was happy with the event and the pre-event service.”
– Horses, Hogs and Hounds Corporate Entertainment

“Thanks so much to you and your colleagues the evening went really well and everyone seemed to have a good time. The theming was lovely and the snowboarding was managed very professionally. Lots of people had lots of fun so thanks very much!”
Winter Wonderland Themed Party

“The evening was marvellous! Everything was perfect and the staff were great as always. The entertainment suited the theme down to the ground.”
– Masquerade Ball Theme Night

“The event went very well and all credit to the guys for fitting the screens into the room. Garry and Shaun were fantastic.”
– Mega Quiz Corporate Entertainment

“As usual Graeme and the boys did a fantastic job, we couldn’t ask for anything more, please pass on our much appreciated thanks to them all. Once again thanks for all your help.”
– Fun Casino Corporate Entertainment

Team Building with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards

November 2010

When a major retailer introduced a programme for its junior employees to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as part of their personal development they approached KDM to help them implement the physical element of the programme. (read more …)

Posted in Team Building Blog

Corporate Event Thank-you!

October 2010

Feedback from our clients is always very welcome but I was really pleased when Sarah Fitz received this email from our client – the Personal Assistant to the Finance Director of one of the UK’s major food wholesalers following our organising of their corporate event. Why was I so pleased? – because it compliments us succinctly about the area we care about most passionately – our people and the quality of good, personal service they give to all of our clients.

Well done guys.

“Sarah,

Thanks again for all the work that you did for us on the run up to the booking.
Also a big thanks on behalf of all the team – the night was a great success!

Darren organised the evening brilliantly and was a great asset to your business.
Please send him our thanks as well.

I look forward to speaking to you next summer!

All the best,

Rachel”

The Apprentice goes Team Building

October 2010

Whilst Lord Sugar may well be back on our screens searching for his new Apprentice, he’s a little off the pace! KDM’s clients beat him to the punch and have spent the summer looking for their own Apprentice. Our fun-filled team building event contains several key messages and we ensure that the delegates enjoy themselves as well as learning. Not just that we ensure that the client receives a tangible return on their investment.

Leadership, time management, teamwork and communication are all demonstrated in a team building event which is flexible enough to be either team or individual based … and in which no-one gets fired!

Posted in Team Building Blog

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!

Posted in Treasure Hunts

KDM goes ‘Strictly … Dancing’

September 2010

Strictly Come Dancing is back on the BBC, and ‘Strictly … Dancing’ is also back on the road with KDM and appeared this week at Eastbourne in a highly creative corporate event.

Here a group of 60 clients, coached by our professional dancers, will be strutting their stuff in four groups – dancing Disco, Salsa, Jive and Charleston – in a fierce competition to win the coveted ‘Strictly’ medals. Complete with glamorous frocks (girls only!), a dance off before a themed dinner will lead to a nervous meal as guests eagerly await the judges’ scores which will be revealed following dinner where the happy winners will again perform their winning routine.

Posted in Team Building Blog

KDM Help George

August 2010

When our client Provident Insurance requested Sponsorship for a ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ fund raising event we were keen to find out how we could help. Supported by a programme of (read more …)

Hello to Caroline and Matt

August 2010

Two new members join our corporate event sales team today as new graduate Caroline Archer joins us fresh from an events management degree at Sheffield Hallam and Matt Brown – a colourful character! – joins to develop his sales career twelve months after graduating from Keele. We’re delighted to have them both on board and feel sure they will quickly settle in – they’ll certainly hit the ground running as we embark upon the busiest months of the year! Good luck to you both.

Green Shoots of Recovery?

July 2010

It seems ironic that a Government elected to cut public expenditure and hence take money out of the economy seems to have created a sudden surge in demand for corporate events. The private sector has been watching its corporate entertainment and team building wallet very closely for the last eighteen months. Having minimal exposure to the public sector purse gave KDM no cushion as the private sector retrenched, and like everybody in our sector, sales dropped alarmingly and sadly job losses resulted.

Now with cuts in public expenditure en route we would expect the private sector to feel the first cuts as central and local government outsourcing and consultancy work dries up. The result should be to stifle any upturn in demand for discretionary expenditure as the corporate belt remains firmly tightened. Whilst it is early days and a minor recovery this time last year died with the cancellation of the corporate Christmas in 2009 seems not to be the case in 2010 and there is a growing demand for corporate events and away days.

Can it be that corporate Britain sees more economic stability ahead with a Government determined to keep public spending in check and, whilst many economic uncertainties abound, feel that they are in a position to retain profitability as they chart a course through the coming year? Or alternatively have we all got used to economic crises and now accept them as the norm?

Posted in Team Building Blog

A Good Night Out for a Good Cause

July 2010

Had a fantastic night out at the Donna Louise Trust Summer Ball last Sunday. The Trust is our local Children’s Hospice and does fantastic work but needs to raise over £3m each year to keep up its work. Whilst not the usual corporate event that we might organise the principles are broadly the same; KDM designed the table centrepieces and dressed the tables, created the theme – ‘A Flight of Fantasy’ – produced the graphics and media stings, theming and props whilst Jonathan Wilkes used his show business contacts to create some fantastic entertainment. With 300 guests the event had fantastic support from local business and over £30,000 was generated to help the hospice.


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