Life in lockdown

Well, it’s felt like the longest 3 months in the world since I last wrote my last blog back in March after what can safely be described as one of the most terrifying but surreal experiences that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. 

The first month of lockdown was amazing, being at home with the family, loads of BBQ’s, no work or late nights and lots of fun quizzes and then reality soon hit when the news from “Downing Street” was getting worse everyday at 5pm. From then onwards, I had event after event postponed or in some cases even cancelled with no income coming in as a self employed business owner for the next few months.

The reason why I wanted to write this blog was a number of reasons really:

1. It’s amazing how kind people are and how your closest pull you through tough times so you can survive and keep going.

2. I really felt that I took my life for granted so this really given me a wakeup call needed to enjoy everyday, cherish the time with my family and ensure I have a work life balance.

3. Try to ensure you shop local and support local businesses 9instead of rushing back to the big chains to fill the Director’s pockets. Small businesses need you more than ever at this point so get behind them all!

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the keyworkers that have managed to get us through the last few months, I can’t wait to host or DJ at your party or event next year as a big thank you for all the hard work you have done.

2021 is looking like one of the busiest years on record for the event industry so if you are looking for a host, DJ or even a few lessons please get in touch with me directly or visit my website for more information.

July 17, 2020

COVID-19 in the events world….

As a small business, we are committed to providing you with the best service possible and are currently monitoring and following all guidance and advise issued by HM Government and Public Health England.

With regards to the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, we have already taken a number of precautionary measures including cleaning all equipment before and after every event, minimising external meeting’s and not purchasing any additional equipment from some of our worldwide suppliers at this time.

We will continue as normal with our booking’s however should your venue decide to close or amend your booking due to COVID-19, then we will do everything possible to transfer your booking to a new date subject to our availability. Please note that all remaining balance payment dates will stay in place as per your original contract.

The situation is being monitored daily and very closely with other suppliers, venues and governing bodies. We will update you with any further information once we know more.

Stay safe and if you would like to discuss your booking then please DM me or email djdeanevents@gmail.com.

March 13, 2020

Back to business…….

Everyone in the industry said that 2020 would be a big year and that’s exactly what it has been so far!

My social media inbox, emails and phone haven’t stopped flashing since New Years Day and I couldn’t be happier with the recommendations, enquiries and bookings I’m getting on a daily basis. I am blessed to work with some amazing teams and venues that recommend my services to their clients and couples.

Having my own business has allowed me to be flexible, creative and given me the chance to spend some quality time with my little one’s and watch them grow up; that’s something no amount of money can buy and it goes so quickly so I’m enjoying every moment. Yes it’s hard when you host an event and come in at 2am, then your children jump on you at 6am, but would I change it……no!

It can be exhausting when you are a sole trader running your business as you are; effectively being the Operations Manager, HR Assistant, Accountant, Administrator, Customer Service Representative, Salesman, Marketing Assistant and Operative but having these responsibilities not only grows your business but you as a person too. Some days are harder than others but if you plan your diary, create realistic tasks and ensure you look after your wellbeing, you will succeed!

For all of you out there running a small business, keep focussed, talk to other professionals and ensure you still give yourself enough time to do things for you. Your business will be there tomorrow and you can always pick things up another day.

Dean John

February 20, 2020

A view from the forest…..

The Christmas season is now underway and it’s lovely to see so many venues taking the time to decorate and bring the magic back to Christmas. I can’t wait to start the party season at the wonderful Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort for their festive party nights and then to round the year off, I will be hosting their New Years Eve spectacular event- so get in touch with the hotel to book your place!

The last year has been great, some of the highlights for me included:

After a successful meeting with the team at the Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest, I am pleased to announce that from 2020, I will be one of their fantastic entertainment suppliers. I can’t wait to work alongside the events team and future couples getting married at this stunning venue.

Lastly, I would like to thank these amazing venues for continuing to recommend me; I look forward to working with you again throughout 2020:

Have a great Christmas and New Year, thank you to everyone that has supported me this year, especially my amazing wife and children who are my world.

Dean John

December 3, 2019

Is it too early to talk about Christmas!

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both very busy times for the entertainment industries. Most professional DJ’s that work as preferred suppliers for venues throughout the year end up being booked in January/February time for all the Christmas party nights and also the biggest night of the year New Year’s Eve. As a DJ, I think that I could have booked Christmas and New Year’s eve over and over again as I have had so many enquiries. 

My advice to anybody looking for a DJ around Christmas time for your corporate party, wedding or other event would be to contact and book them at least 10 months ahead to avoid any disappointment. 

This year I have been asked by the fantastic team at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the heart of the New Forest to host all of their Christmas Party nights and also their New Years Eve party which is going to be one big celebration. We have a couple of things to keep you entertained throughout the food service and then you will need your dancing shoes ready to party the evening way. 

If you still haven’t yet booked anywhere for your Christmas or New Years Eve party night, Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort still have a few spaces left so get in contact with Chelsea Bacon on 01590 646504 or email chelsea.bacon@macdonald-hotels.co.uk for more information.

October 24, 2019