Chris Sarchet Bell, popularly referred to as CSB, is one of the pioneers of the entertainment and nightlife industry in the United Kingdom. He is a figure who has brilliantly changed the mode of organizing occasions and events that have captured the attention of young adults and gained the trust of local authorities and parents.
He is the founder of Shutdown events, a brand that focuses on hosting events for kids and teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 years old, with the aim of creating an atmosphere where these young adults can have fun and be free.
Recently, I was privileged to get a one-on-one discussion with Chris Sarchet Bell. In the interview, we were focused on getting to know him more, the growth of his brand (called Shutdown Events), his role in the advancement of the United Kingdom’s entertainment industry, his plans for the future and learning the essential tips that helped him achieve success.
We had the following discussions;
How was growing up like for you?
Growing up was a little tough for me because I lost my dad at a young age. Suddenly, I had to become the man of the house very young, and because of this, everything I do is so my family will never work again.
How did you build a world-class brand in the entertainment industry?
Shutdown Events was established in 2014 in my hometown, Burnley. It started as an off-shoot of my previous experience in the events and nightlife industry, where my team and I organized over 18 events. From this we decided to target the younger market, to get the interest of the younger audience and give them the experience before they reached the age of 18 years.
By doing this effectively, we were able to quickly make Shutdown Events a top attraction for clients and attendees in the city. In the space of four to eight months, we covered more cities. In two years, we were already touring the UK as the largest U18s brand nationwide.
How did you know it was time to go nationwide with your brand?
I was always ready to take my brand to a higher level and grow. I knew it was right to go on with my plan because now more than ever the music, live, events and concert scene is bigger and more in demand than ever, especially with the younger generation.
At this moment, I measure success through my brand recognition and getting positive feedback. So far, I have been able to achieve this effectively.
What special talents and abilities helped you to achieve success?
I see myself as a determined person because I never give up. No matter what hurdles have been thrown at me over the years, I always get back up and keep going. The secret to my success is not allowing anyone to tell me things can’t be done.
I usually say, “Tell me I can’t, I’ll show you I can”. I live by this saying daily and I have it tattooed on me. I love proving people wrong and this determination is why I am where I am today.