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Karen Smith

Bright Spark Electrical Services

My first love has always been music, back in the early 80’s, I was in bands when I was at University, I played keys, I sang backline, and over the years it’s always been there, although family and business commitments have overtaken it. I haven’t done so much of my own personal music making since, but I’ve always been involved in music, mostly with sound engineering at gigs or churches and bands in pubs, doing the mixing. I joined Rock Choir, which is a fabulous organisation that is a really good multi-layered singing experience and that got my vocals back in. I had already been involved with doing the sound for local churches but this is much more involved, I’m now part of a team at Hillsong Church Tonbridge, with around 10 core members in production and I’ve been there for 7 years, covering front of house sound engineering for them for 4 years, and more recently as in-ear-monitoring engineer and also providing cover for the stage lighting. I’ve engineered at the 02, Dominion Tottenham Court Road, Theatre Royal on Drury Lane and Apollo Victoria. I’ve worked with the sound engineers for U2, Tom Jones, Mike and the Mechanics and Il Divo, recorded and sang on an album recorded at Abbey Road and have worked the sound desk at The Dublin Castle, in Camden, where Madness first started out, as well as Amy Winehouse played frequently. All the work I do for the Church, I do for free, I love it and I get loads from it.
A few years ago now some friends of mine said; “why don’t you become an electrician” - I laughed at them at first, but then thought not such a bad idea, so after work I went to night school for 3 years. After working for a number of different contracts I started to work on my own, I was doing alright and then I joined something called the Entrepreneurs Circle which gave me the boost I needed and Bright Spark has grown from there. I never turn any work down, even to change a light bulb, it’s about building relationships. We had a large contract for the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School, where I was the lead electrician, working 12/16 hours a day to get the job finished and I earned a lot of respect. Subsequently, every year, we’re getting more and more work, through referrals, repeat business, BNI or other networking. We now have a team of 6, including one person in the office and 5 of us out on the road. We’re always really busy.

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About the business

Karen Smith and her team of electricians are based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, covering areas across Kent and Sussex. Bright Spark Electrical Services have had over 40 years of experience and specialise in domestic installations. Our services range from rewires and replacing light fittings to replacing a fuse in a plug, regardless of the task Bright Spark Electricians are capable of the job. Our team at Bright Spark pride ourselves in providing the greatest customer satisfaction achievable with every job, delivering you with some of the best electrical contractors in the South East.

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