Grapeshot is a New York and London based privately-owned keyword technology provider that provides audience and keyword targeting and analytics solutions in open and private programmatic environments. Grapeshot builds connections for brands, publishers, buy-side and supply-side partners using their page crawling algorithm. Grapeshot’s core technology and product suite offers a fully customisable, transparent and scalable solution, giving their clients simple, integrated control over brand safe targeting. Their client list boasts an impressive mix of international blue chip companies including Dyson, Ebay, Experian, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and many more. With over 50 employees based in both the UK, USA and Singapore, they now plan to expand into Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Sydney, Paris and Frankfurt.
Every year as much of the international team as possible get together for their Summer Company Meeting. 2015 was no different with the entire team from the UK, 4 from the US and 1 from Singapore converging on central Cambridge. Grapeshot is building an internal reputation for putting on unique summer parties for their staff, so the brief for their event co-ordinator was to find a venue that offered both suitable indoor conference facilities for the team meeting in the morning, along with outside space suitable for fun and frolics in the afternoon. At first glance this seemed a simple enough requirement. However, with the date in question being the last day of term and the usual venues such as universities still populated by students, other event companies were unable to find a suitable venue in the required location. Beginning to despair, Grapeshot found KDM Events online. KDM were confident that they would not only secure an appropriate venue, but that they would also be able to manage the afternoon’s frivolity which would be in the form of a School Sports Day.
KDM Events have offices in both London and the North which means their local knowledge of the Cambridge area was hugely beneficial. With years of experience in all aspects of Event Management, including live event management, onsite support, delegate tools, the latest presentation technologies, and access to a vast array of fun team events, KDM was able to manage all parts of the day and liaise with outside suppliers, taking the pressure completely from Grapeshot employees. Lyndsey from KDM Events worked closely with Grapeshot and managed to secure a fantastic venue, Churchill College, which offered just the right balance of internal ambience and outside facilities essential to the success of the day. She set about project managing the afternoon’s entertainment including arranging and co-ordinating old fashioned School Sports Day races, a barbecue, liquid refreshments, first aid provision, prizes and the motivation of 50 odd somewhat reluctant competitors.
Grapeshot was delighted with their Summer Meeting from beginning to end. Gael Norris, Grapeshot HR Business Partner based in their London office was tasked with organising the event and she says of KDM Events:
“Our experience of working with KDM Events was outstanding. Not only did they find us a suitable venue where other event companies had failed, the whole process was simple, seamless and delivered within a very reasonable budget. Lyndsay was so accommodating; friendly, flexible and nothing was too much trouble. She handled changes to the plans like the addition of a BBQ professionally and her communication was exemplary. Despite the Grapeshot team’s apprehension about the Sports Day theme, once they got involved in the games they really enjoyed themselves. We will most certainly be using KDM Events for any requirements we have in the future.”