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KDM witness increase in Corporate Hospitality

February 2012

The team at KDM have noticed a recent increase in corporate hospitality enquiries and bookings suggesting companies are continuing to invest in rewarding hard working teams or valued customers despite the doom and gloom reported in the media about the current economic climate.

Whether you need to reward a hard working team or incentivise customers KDM can assist in providing the right event to achieve your objectives. From music concerts, to theatre and major sporting events KDM can suggest corporate hospitality packages to suit. Alternatively, if you are looking for something a bit more bespoke please let us know and we can tailor an event to your specific requirements.

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Senior Event Manager flashes more than just creative flair during Catwalk Challenge training

February 2012

Continuing the commitment to continuous learning the KDM team, including office and event staff, took part in Catwalk Challenge training yesterday afternoon.

Catwalk Challenge is a fun (I now say this with some authority following the hilarious events of yesterday afternoon) indoor team building event offered by KDM in which teams are given the opportunity to design, create and model a catwalk collection.

Graeme delivered the brief and we were tasked with designing 3 items of clothing; one for the beach, one for ‘da club’ and one for evening wear. The garments had to be for the upcoming season and we had to create a unique company name, control the lighting, music and introduce the collection to the audience.

As someone who once sewed a cardigan to a cushion while trying to re-sew a button on I must admit I was slightly nervous about letting down my team in this event but for those amongst us with little or no skill, sewing can be kept to a minimum as there are plenty of other tasks to keep guests occupied. Also staplers are provided so if threading a needle is just too much you can just staple clothes together!

Garments produced included an Olympic themed evening dress with coloured hoop design, a Ginger Spice inspired Union Jack clubbing outfit, a sexy gold number with fetching turban. Also created was a rather revealing outfit made almost entirely of gaffer tape and safety pins which Garry Holford, senior Event Manager at KDM, designed, made and modelled.

Despite the slight lack of enthusiasm at the start of the event everyone, including the men involved and those who are sewing challenged, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the event. This event will bring out the creative side in everyone – and, unlike the KDM team, if you’re lucky that’s all you’ll see!


Please contact us if you are interested in booking a Catwalk Challenge or any other indoor team building event.

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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.

 

Braving the Dragons’ Den – No Budding Entrepreneurs Here!

January 2012

Last week, teams from KDM stepped in to the Dragons’ Den to present fantastic new product ideas. Unfortunately, Peter Jones wasn’t available and Graeme, who was running the event, refused to invest any of his hard earned cash but we still had plenty of fun.

In this team building event, teams have to develop a completely original product write an accompanying presentation and then pitch their idea to the dragons.

Surprisingly, after a lovely long Christmas break brains were in gear and we quickly came up with ideas for a product and got cracking on making a proto-type and developing snazzy presentations to accompany our pitch.

The two brand new products created were ‘Glide’ a tool to help the elderly put their coats on and ‘The Happy Mouth’ an aid for when your drinking arm becomes weary after prolonged pub sessions!

Top things I’ve learnt from this event:

~ Sometimes you really can make something out of nothing

~ This event is suitable for all guests – even those who know nothing about the famous TV show this event earned its namesake from

~ It’s highly flexible and easily tailored to a specific company

~ No one from KDM is a budding James Dyson***

~ Don’t make up the budgeting section of the presentation and then try to ‘blag’ your way through questions from the dragons – it won’t work

~ Sam does an excellent impression of a drunk person

***James Dyson is the billionaire inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner! So, now you know.

For more details on Braving the Dragons’ Den or any other KDM event please contact us on 01782 646300.

Oh and Happy New Year from everyone at KDM! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

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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!

Christmas Comes Early to KDM

December 2011

Christmas came early to KDM yesterday as presents were moved from under the tree and piled into sacks ready to take to the Salvation Army.

KDM staff have spent the last few weeks Christmas shopping for boys and girls as part of the Salvation Army’s toy appeal.

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We Have A Winner!

December 2011

In the KDM Christmas Newsletter, KDM launched a Christmas Limerick Competition. To win £50 of Say Shopping vouchers all contestants had to do was write a humorous limerick and send it to us!

The judging was very difficult as we received so many fantastic entries. The whole KDM team voted to decide a winner who I am pleased to announce is:

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007 Theme Night

November 2011

Last night KDM provided a 007 Theme Night for 300 guests at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

The event is an annual dinner hosted by a leading organisation in the field of parenteral and enteral nutrition. Guests were encouraged to dress in costume for the event which was attended by dieticians, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech & language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and all involved in the provision of care in the community and in care homes.

KDM provided table dressing, room theming and entertainment for the annual dinner during the premier networking and learning event, for all involved in nutritional care.

Guests got into the mood as they drank martinis during the drinks reception before being led into the dining area where tables were decorated with a ‘shaken not stirred ‘martini glass centrepiece filled with ice, lights and glittering 007 logos. After a sumptuous dinner guests were invited to gamble the night away on the fun casino or try their hand on the 007 laser shooting range. Themed props, designed and made by KDM, including silhouette panels, a giant fan of cards, giant dice, dollar signs and 007 backdrop were set up throughout.

This is the third year in succession KDM have been involved in the event and hope to be able to assist in 2012 too!

For information on hosting your own 007 themed company party please contact us on 01782 646300.

KDM Christmas Limerick Competition

November 2011

Are you a poetic genius?

All you have to do is write your best Christmas limerick and the most humorous entry will win £50 of Say Shopping vouchers.

Have you got your pen at the ready?  Here’s a limerick example to get you thinking:
“There was a young elf from Lapland,
Who has a mishap with his hand,
He cut off his fingers,
Making carol toy singers,
So Santa had power tools banned!”

Send your entry to competitions@kdmevents.com. Please keep limericks as clean as possible as the best entries will be compiled and sent out (anonymously) in our digital Christmas card this year! The deadline for your entry is 30th November 2011.

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