The Brighton and Hove Business Awards (BAHBA) are now open for business.
2017 will mark the twelfth year of this annual scheme which honours local business talent and success. Previous winners have included a mix of start-ups and sole traders, in addition to some of the city’s largest and most influential organisations, including Duke of York’s, Small Batch Coffee, Brighton Gin, Infinity Foods, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, The Grand Brighton, Brighton Pride, The Big Lemon, The Gingerman Restaurant Group, BrightonandHoveJobs.com, Dental Health Spa, Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, American Express Community Stadium, Brighton Festival and Sussex University – and many more!
New sponsors include The University of Brighton, Red7, Healys, Churchill Square and NatWest who join City Cabs, Yelo Architects, Graves Jenkins, Chamber of Commerce, Cardens, Martin Searle and RLF for the only awards in the city which recognise and reward great Brighton business.
The awards are supported by the Big Lemon, B&H Chamber of Commerce, Gemini Print, Brighton Business Curry Club, Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance. Juice 107.2 FM, Platinum Business and Title Sussex join The Argus as media sponsors.
The awards will be chaired by Fiona Shafer from the MDHUB and will be staged at Proud Country House on Thursday 14 September.
“Successful cities rely on flourishing businesses to help grow the local economy and Brighton & Hove is home to an enviable range of enterprises. The BAHBAs are a great way of recognising and rewarding the hard work that our city’s businesses put in and an ideal platform to highlight and celebrate their success.” Nick Hibberd, Executive Director Economy, Environment & Culture, Brighton & Hove City Council.
New sponsor Mark Buchanan-Smith Centre Director at Churchill Square commented: “While Churchill Square is home to many retail favourites, it is important to us to support local independents, who play a significant and integral part in Brighton’s community. Brighton is known for its diversity of retailers from independents to large high street and international stores, of which we are proud.”
“Nat West is delighted to have the opportunity to put its support behind the BAHBAs. We are committed to the UK SME market place and it is important to champion the tremendous range and quality of entrepreneurs and SMEs that we have in Brighton and Hove,” said Gary Chown, Director Commercial Banking East Sussex at Nat West.
“In 2016 I was voted the ‘Outstanding Brightonian’ by the BAHBAs judges. When I heard my name called out I couldn’t believe it and was not at all prepared for speaking in front of the 300 strong audience! The last 8 months have been amazing with many people pleased to see my work and Brighton Chamber recognised. Winning the award was a highlight of last year and definitely good for business.” Sarah Springford, Director of Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce
Danielle Plowman, founder of Ellie Ellie, the winner of the Fastest Growing Business at last year’s event said: “After winning our award last year we’ve gained increased exposure in the press, both nationally and internationally. This has helped us go from a team of nine to 17 in a year, as well as experiencing a business growth of almost double during peak Christmas trading. We’ve just moved our office into larger premises and we are planning to make the big move into a warehouse this year!”
Sam Murphy, Company Director of Matthew Murphy Electrical Services Limited and winner of the Chair’s Award commented: “For a relatively new business within a hugely competitive market the award has shown our customers and prospective customers that we are committed and dedicated to providing an outstanding service – not fly-by-night tradespeople. We also think winning the award may have been a key factor in us being one of six UK companies to be involved in the Manufacturing and Engineering Parliamentary Review 2017. We even get to have dinner in the House of Commons!”