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

Summer Days

Well, where do I start this summer?

I have spent most of my week days in July delivering a government contract called the National Citizenship Service (NCS) for Personal Best Education.

The workshops that we have delivered are centred around DJ & Event Production but incorporate lots of other key skills that the young people can use in their lifetime. The workshops are fun, interactive and give these Year 11 students a taste of managing sound, lighting along with being creative behind the decks. We have seen over 1500 students from Hampshire based schools this summer and the participation and engagement level has been exceptional considering these guys have just finished their G.C.S.E exams.

Every week to celebrate the students time on the programme, I would provide a lively party night which gave all the students and leaders the chance to show their best dance moves. These party nights took place at Marwell Activity Centre and Tile Barn Outdoor Centre twice a week and were in very different settings. Marwell was set in a large barn so had a club feel to the evening and Tile Barn was playing out of a marquee so more of a festival vibe for the students.

Overall, it’s been a great year so far and seeing some of the students grow in confidence and improve their self-esteem in such a short space of time has been one of the biggest highlights for sure.

If you work at a school, college, youth club or you are a corporate based team looking for a team building day with a difference please get in contact to discuss building a tailored programme or workshop to suit your staff or student needs.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Dean

August 22, 2019

Latest Update

It’s been around three months since I did my first ever blog and as you can imagine lots of things have happened since then…

The summer will soon be upon us and the wedding season is certainly in full flow now averaging 2/3 wedding bookings per week so keeping the business ticking over nicely. Having already celebrated with over 12 couples this year, the season looks like it will be very busy so thank you again to all the couples that have booked with Dean John – Professional DJ & Event Manager.

I am also pleased to announce that Dean John – Professional DJ & Event Manager will be working in partnership with Personal Best Education (PbED) to deliver DJ & Event workshops for their National Citizen Service students at both Marwell Activity Centre and Tile Barn in Brockenhurst. More information about the programme can be found here.

Lastly, I would like to thank some of the amazing suppliers that have helped with my journey and have recommended me to their clients.

These include: Alisa Roberts Photography, Luminique Events, Elmsleigh Cakes, Wonderberry’s, Anita Makeup Artist & Hairstylist, Natural Skin By Lynne, Southsea Drinks Company.

And of course a big thank you to all the venues that recommend Dean John – Professional DJ & Event Manager to provide entertainment to their clients.

Marwell Hotel

Bartley Lodge Hotel

MacDonald Elmer’s Court Hotel & Resort

South Lawn Hotel

The Cromwell Arms

Have a good week!

Dean John

May 23, 2019