The Man Behind BishopSound
Andrew Bishop is an established leader in the Music Equipment and Audio Business and has developed strong relationships with all the leading global buyers, sellers, and users of loudspeakers.
Following a corporate career with Barclays Bank and Norsk Hydro, Andrew purchased Carlsbro Electronics Ltd - one of the UK's leading PA and music amplification companies - in 2001.
Under Andrew's ownership, Carlsbro turnover grew from £900k to £4.6m in eight years, delivering healthy profits, but in 2009, following the 2008 Financial Crisis, Andrew sold Carlsbro to the Soundking Group of Ningbo, China. Carlsbro stopped making PA in 2013.
In addition to his active involvement in audio manufacturing, Andrew represented the voice of industry from his position as Director and Chairman of the Education Committee of the MIA (Music Industries Association) and with Feargal Sharkey and UK Music, helped revoke the UK's controversial “Two in a Bar Rule” that limited performances without the acquisition of special licences. Andrew still works with all of the Music Industry bodies such as NAMM and Musician's Union. He is also the past Vice-Chairman and Director of PLASA (Professional, Light and Sound Association) and PLASA Media.
Andrew was also the founder, owner and Chairman of the European Music Television Station "The Musicians Channel" (M-Channel) a new concept in Music TV, launched on Sky Digital (channel number 475) and available free to 600 million people. Andrew sold this business in 2006.
Andrew was also the Non-Executive Director of Dawson's Music in Warrington for four years, the largest general Musical Instrument and amplification retailer in the UK.
Andrew was the founder of British Acoustics (www.britishacoustics.com) a high-end speaker and amplifier manufacturer with production facilities in England, China and India but this project is on hold as he engineered in the VMT purchase of OHM (www.ohm.com) and then concentrated on BishopSound.
Following a period as a consultant for leading international audio companies, Andrew was drawn back to manufacturing in 2015 by repeated requests from past customers for new PA equipment that could deliver the 'British Sound' loved by users the world over but increasingly hard to find. Within a year the new company BishopSound Ltd, founded by Andrew and his wife Victoria, was operating at a profit and is now exporting to over 20 countries worldwide as well as satisfying a strong and rapidly growing home market in the UK.
Brimming with business experience and passion, Andrew is a top International Sales Person, a positive planner, leader, strategist, trouble-shooter, motivator, public speaker and problem solver. Andrew has held an array of senior board level positions with a track record of growing, inspiring and motivating international companies in the Music Business.
Coached by Sir Digby Jones, overseas trade is one of Andrew's prime skills, as he is universally trusted in business and is known by over 600 Music business distributors in over 200 countries, globally.
Having completed his first Marathon in London 2012, Andrew blends his fitness with a passion for good business and hard work, expects to be challenged to deliver the highest possible results in all of his undertakings. Manufacturing products in the UK once again is high on his list of “must-dos” before 2020.
As BishopSound goes from strength to strength, Andrew is once again turning his attention to manufacturing as well as designing top-class professional audio equipment in the UK, the first fruits of which he hopes to see in 2020.