Hi, I’m Neil Bentley. A former Radio Broadcaster and DJ who switched industry in 2012 to challenge myself. I set to the task of creating, managing and investing in my own digital startup businesses in London. Before we get to that, let me briefly guide you through my career.
It all started back in 1991, presenting on the infamous 103.2 Power FM. I held down the position of overnight host, while studying media and film at college during the day. Certainly a tricky work life balance for a 16 year old. Once graduated, I then set upon a journey around the country to gain experience and knowledge at a variety of the UK’s best loved radio stations. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to be part of the main presenting teams at Horizon Radio, Northants 96.6FM, B97 and TFM – before landing the dream job of daytime DJ at Galaxy 105 in Leeds.
Galaxy 105 was a huge turning point in my life. My passion of dance music and radio were fused together, helping me to ride the wave of the brand and deliver record breaking audience figures. I’d regularly DJ all over the country for brands like Deja Vu & Gatecrasher as well as further afield tours in Ibiza, Miami & Tenerife. It was here that I caught the attention of the management team at 95.8 Capital FM, who gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
In 2003 I became the afternoon presenter on the now legendary London station, working alongside Chris Tarrant, Jeremy Kyle & Neil Fox. I presented in front of 100,000 people at Party In The Park, was the go to expert for entertainment stories on Sky News and remixed a top 40 hit. This was also the time that heralded the start of my voiceover career, catching the ear of Haymarket Publishing and became one of their main live voiceover artists for awards on Park Lane – alongside Alan Dedicoat.
In 2008 I moved to Heart 106.2fm and was lucky enough to be given the Drivetime Show. In an ever growing competitive market I managed to score a number 1 position, while also becoming the main cover host for Jamie Theakston on Heart Breakfast. I presented alongside Emma Bunton, Gina D’Campo and Alexandra Burke. I interviewed a plethora of guests including Liam Neeson, Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins.
But it was the end of 2012 that was the most pivotal moment of my career, leaving Radio behind and becoming the founding member of webvid.
webvid is a boutique creative video communications agency that helps brands and events showcase themselves online. Since its inception we have grown a reputable client list which includes Post Office, Microsoft and BBC – and have grown into our third office in Vauxhall, London. As well as video I created a web development arm which helped to cement our digital offering.
In 2015 Swipe Digital Ltd was born to cohesively house our platforms like CrowdScreen and our Events CMS. CrowdScreen has become the go to social engagement display solution, while our CMS powers over 30 awards sites for clients including Haymarket Publishing.
All of this has become my life, my passion and my reason for being. I enjoy managing teams, taking risks and innovation. I had over 23 years in Radio, so in comparison my business career is just at the beginning. I very much hope to grow, learn and enjoy the challenges that lie ahead.
If you would like to talk to me about my business, voiceover or hosting services – please send me an email direct at firstname.lastname@example.org