KDM Events Ltd.
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.”
Prologis is the global leader in industrial real estate, owning and managing approximately 23 million square feet of logistics and distribution space in the UK alone.
With headquarters in Solihull and a London office dedicated teams specialise in development and leasing, transactions, project management & infrastructure, property management supported by legal, finance, HR, global client relations, marketing and support services. The company has enjoyed stellar success in 2015 following on from winning the prestigious Estates Gazette Property Company of the Year – Industrial and Distribution, for the second year running.
Irrespective of how important a role modern communications and technology plays in building and running a business there is no better way to know and understand colleagues than hosting a dedicated team building event – where all employees can get actively involved in fresh learning challenges and forming a better understanding of colleagues that they can then take back into the workplace. For Prologis the summer of 2015 presented the ideal opportunity for staff to take stock of what they’d achieved and learn a little more about working with their colleagues in a team building event.
Why we chose to work with KDM events
“We’d worked with KDM in the past organising Christmas parties, so we knew how professional they were and also that the team would relish taking on a challenge that would take us out of the comfort zone” says Julie Bunce of Prologis.
KDM’s client account manager Lyndsey Yarwood takes up the story, “We adapted an indoor collaborative team build event (Crystal Maze) so that half of it was done outdoors. We also added a professional facilitator to the event as the client felt it was important to have someone there to talk through the learning points whilst the event was happening and point out how to use it together back in the workplace. We switched the teams around throughout the event so that the guests were all having to work with different members of the group which they thought was a great (and challenging) experience!”
In the evening an outdoor barbecue allowed the teams to relax and review the earlier event which then continued over traditional pub games, such as darts, air hockey and skittles where informal teams were reinforced as they reminisced over what had been achieved.
What we’d say to anyone thinking of working with KDM
“It was a really good demonstration of the value that professional event organisers can offer. The team worked really hard on the day to move part of the event outside, so we were able to take advantage of some great weather and the professional facilitator was really intuitive – switching teams when needed and making the collaborative learning process fun and entertaining. KDM proved brilliantly that they know how to run creative events and I’d thoroughly recommend their services to anyone, in fact we’re already looking forward to the next one,” says Julie.
|Client: Prologis||Supplier: KDM Events|
Point S is well on its way to becoming one of the automotive sector’s go to brands for tyres used by consumers and fleet operators alike. A forty year history has seen the company become established as one of Europe’s leading suppliers of tyres, wheels and car service with an ever increasing footprint across the globe. In just five years over 200 independently owned centres have joined the UK network benefitting from the brand’s values and commitment to customer service.
Because the network spans the country opportunities for relationship building have to be taken seriously and Point S places great value on the annual summer party for the company’s staff and partners. The date was set for the 4th of July, making the theme of Independence Day an easy choice, but when it came to making the event come to life it was suggested by the manager of the venue in Warwick that Point S should talk to a professional event organiser.
Why we chose to work with KDM Events
After an initial meeting it was clear that the brief brought the best out of KDM Events as attendees needed to be thoroughly entertained, event sponsors impressed and budgets strictly adhered to.
The chosen theme of 4th July was incorporated into all the venue areas at Ashorne Hill with table dressing, painted backdrops and giant props such as American flags decorating the Bar, Restaurant and Foyer. For entertainment KDM provided indoor and outdoor themed games and entertainers, including a caricaturist who proved to be really popular. Then the venue was taken over by the country band and disco until 1.00am.
To help the 130 guests recognise staff at Point S and sponsor Apollo, KDM’s graphics department designed bespoke ‘wanted’ posters with photos of key individuals which were printed and displayed around the venue. Lastly KDM sourced contemporary country music and built a play list as music throughout the event until the band kicked off.
What we’d say to anyone thinking of working with KDM
Sam Simpson from Point S, was responsible for the event, “Right from the start KDM were great to work with, Garry was great and had everything organised and all the guys with him were so lovely and helpful and did a great job. Also, Clive the Caricaturist was fantastic and he mingled round with people early on which went down really well. It was excellent and the props etc. were great. I can’t wait now for our next one and I will definitely be contacting you again.”
|Client: Point S||Supplier: KDM Events|
Since 1990, it’s been our job to help you deliver events that provide the best shared experiences for your audiences and give the highest return on your objectives. Our team of over 20 staff work from our offices in the Midlands & London, organising and delivering events all over the UK.
THE GOODS – WHAT WE ACTUALLY DELIVER:
- Free venue-finding service
- Creative Conference Production
- Audio Visual & Lighting
- Indoor & Outdoor Team Building
- Evening Entertainment
- Themed Evenings
- Company Fun Days
As a supplier to the industry, we own all of our own equipment and KDM’s Event Managers will deliver your event. This gives great control over the quality, delivery and price of the end product – ensuring that we always deliver a great service to meet your brief.