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KDM see Red and do a bit of Team Building!

July 2011

Seeing Red … KDM’s Team Building Event. Well not really but to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the British Heart Foundation’s “Red for Heart” Campaign, the KDM Events Team saw this as an opportunity for our own team building activity! We organised the day so all 16 of us wore red items of clothing, and could participate in the mini-games we organised which included how many red M ‘n’ Ms are in the jar! We also had a ‘bake off’ between the ladies (not very pc round here! and anyway the blokes are useless at cooking) which included jam tarts, cupcakes and a whole tart which Sarah McGregor won for her scrumptious tasting, red coloured cupcakes!
Our Team Build raised £46.75 for the British Heart Foundation, we all had a lovely, fun day and then went down the pub to get red noses!

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Switching a day in the office for a 106 mile bike ride … are you crazy?

July 2011

Well, the crazy culprit was Caroline Archer, our recent addition to the direct sales team. Caroline switched organising Corporate Events for a day to organise and participate in a Charity Cycle Ride to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Caroline and 15 fellow cyclists cycled 106 miles from Lullington to Skegness in 11 hours, successfully completing the challenge to do it in a day!

After this energetic outburst Caroline is back gingerly seated in the office ensuring everyone’s Team Building and Corporate Event needs are looked after.

The bike ride raised over £6,000 which included kind donations from the whole KDM Events Team!

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Sheep seek Corporate Entertainment with KDM!

April 2011

It might have been a long hard day, but to emerge from the office at chucking out time on a busy industrial estate to see mother sheep and her two black lambs entering our yard was a turn up for the books! Cheeky blighters just looked at us and strolled nonchalantly in.

Being public spirited we shut the gate behind them thinking we would entertain them whilst we scratched our heads trying to work out how to find the farmer.

Plan B however quickly had to spring into action as all three of them promptly decided to ignore the weeds we’ve been trying to kill and instead decided to munch our carefully cultivated shrubs. Picky little devils!

Yikes! Now if Meirion and David had been here with the sheep dogs then no worries but instead a bunch of desk jockeys turned quickly into cowhands and, showing the creativity and rapid response for which we are renowned, somehow managed to usher the sheep from the yard onto the street and then ‘direct’ them somehow back into their field. Mint sauce anybody?

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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

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 …)

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?

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Lib – Tory Team Building Anyone?

May 2010

I was asked to do a short piece for our local radio station the other day on how team building might be effective for the new Government coalition. My instinctive response was that the issues of bringing together two political parties with what would often be two contradicting views on issues would be an unusual challenge – but, as with a lot of things, my instant reactions were wrong.

After all each party is itself a mix of individuals and factions with conflicting views, aims and ambitions – it is just that with the Liberal / Conservative coalition there becomes an even wider mix of aims.

What is the difference between political team building and corporate team building – very little I would say after giving the matter some more thought. In a corporate environment individuals are seeking to achieve their personal aims which often might conflict with or to a lesser extent deviate from the corporate goal – ever heard of office politics? The team leader has to recognise this and establish clear objectives for the team as a whole and then create the environment in which the disparate ambitions of the individuals are harnessed to the good of the team – and this is the area in which team building plays an important part.

Every day the corporate world brings together different teams and competitors to work together in mergers, acquisitions and more pertinently joint projects, ventures and major engineering works. It’s just taken the politicians a while to catch up.

I’m awaiting David Cameron’s call.

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Team Building is a Waste of Time!

April 2010

Whilst we all know that a poor journalist has to make a living somehow however that cannot be accepted as an excuse for poor journalism.  Not so for Kate Devlin the Medical Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

   She wrote a fascinating article on Team Building when, obviously feeling in need of a break, she took time out at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. (read more …)

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The Day we ‘Saved the Nation!’

March 2010

The message was innovation and profitability as my client was trying to become the most profitable insurance provider on the market. We provided a two day conference event for forty six regional managers to push home the company message and outline the steps needed to achieve this. They required corporate team building with an emphasis on communication and working together to solve business problems and we had just the thing. (read more …)

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American Diner Theme Night

February 2010

Our client had chosen a venue with American Diner style booths for their event conference finale party. It was our job to transform the rest of the room to emphasise the theme and get everyone talking. After a site visit, many hours of design and planning and full event management the result was stunning. (read more …)


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