Who are we?
The agencies day to day running is managed by Ben Bedford (Director), with his wife Sadie supporting as (Financial Director). Ben and Sadie took control of John Bedford Entertainments in 2005 . Since then the business has implented a new state of the art theatricle booking system specifically designed for entertainment agents "STi" which is provided by Mainline Computers. The agency now has a comprehensive website that benifits it's many users, helping clients decide on their entertainers through the power of YouTube videos or Soundcloud MP3 files. Thus giving a better understanding of the artiste being booked.
What have we done?
Ben started his journey in the entertainment business back in 1989 running one of the first, and certainly the best Karaoke's of the day. In 1992 and after hearing more than his fair share of bad singers (some good), Ben decided being a function DJ was the way forward for him. Having worked at every type of venue from a busy city pub to a quite country pub, Working Men's Clubs to Luxury Hotels has given Ben a great insight into the needs of these very different markets. He also worked at many corporate functions, military and masonic gatherings. Golf Clubs, Yacht Clubs etc. Sadie came from a management role for West Sussex County Council. Using her legal knowledge Sadie implemented all the changes from a sole trader business to a limited business, also setting up the accounting system using Sage accounts.She also makes a good cup of tea.
Where did we start
The agency was originally formed back in 1976 in Portsmouth by John Bedford, Ben's father. John originallystarted in 1957 as a 16year old, making over £200 on his first promotion in Chichester - a small fortune, especially for a 16 year old in 1957. John acted as a promoter and manager for some big name acts. He was the first promoter to work the The Who outside London, booking them for a club in Southampton the week their first hit record broke. The que was indeed very long, and the night was a total succes. Other names include Chris Farlow, Cliff Bennet etc. 1976 saw the formation of John Bedford Enterprises, the bedrock of the business today.
To offer total reliability through simple but effective measures. We aim to offer a friendly service and a cost effective choice for our clients. We believe in offering a great service at fair rates, as this generally leads to a long lasting working relations with both artistes and client alike.