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Economic partnership chief wins top honour

The Argus: Bahbas organiser Caraline Brown Bahbas organiser Caraline Brown

Leading talents in business were honoured last night – including an ‘outstanding Brightonian’ who will retire next year.

The winners of the ninth annual Brighton and Hove Business Awards (Bahbas) were announced at the Palace Pier.

A big winner on the night was flood specialists Ambiental which took home the award for best environmental industry company and business beyond the city.

The Kitchen Store claimed the title of fastest growing business and was also highly commended in best independent retailer category.

The biggest surprise was for awards chairman and director of the city’s economic partnership, Tony Mernagh, who retires next year. He was presented with a red book engraved with This is Your Brighton Life and the title of outstanding Brightonian.

Caraline Brown, awards organiser, said: “Tony has held many senior positions yet has still found time to chair the Bahbas every year since their inception.

“Respected by all, including political parties and all sectors of business, he has had the strength and determination to work with seven leaders of the council and six chief executives – no mean feat. He leaves a legacy which we can all build on – to make Brighton and Hove a great place to work and to do business.”

Other winners included The Young People’s Centre who won greatest contribution to the community and The Treatment Rooms which won best customer service. The Sealife Centre was named best place to visit while Paddle Round the Pier took best event in the city.

Bookseller The Book Nook scooped best independent retailer, digital marketing agency DC Storm won the professional services award and ecommerce agency Gene Commerce won best new kids on the block.

Recruitment agency Stelfox won best place to work, creative digital and web design agency Bozboz won the creative industries award and managing director of the year went to Neil Purssey of fire safety equipment manufacturer Fireco.

The Argus, Absolute Brighton and Juice 107.2FM were media partners of the event.

The Bahbas were also supported by the Chamber of Commerce, Brighton & Hove City Council, the Brighton Business Curry Club and B&H Tourism Alliance.

l Don’t miss Business Matters for a full report and reaction from the Bahbas – only in The Argus on Tuesday.

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7:30am Fri 11 Jul 14

still waiting says...

All very laudable and well-deserved I have no doubt. But does a day ever go by without some sort of awards ceremony somewhere? They are starting to lose their meaning. Still, it fills up hotels on quiet days......
All very laudable and well-deserved I have no doubt. But does a day ever go by without some sort of awards ceremony somewhere? They are starting to lose their meaning. Still, it fills up hotels on quiet days...... still waiting
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8:11am Fri 11 Jul 14

nuff said says...

Has Alex Bailey started dying his hair?

Good to see The Argus (correctly) referring to the Palace Pier.
Has Alex Bailey started dying his hair? Good to see The Argus (correctly) referring to the Palace Pier. nuff said
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10:14am Fri 11 Jul 14

Phani Tikkala says...

At a time when the council budget is being slashed and the green muppets want to put up council tax by 5.9%, is it right that the council should be part funding back-slapping lavish events like this that mean absolutely nothing to 99.9% of the council tax paying public?

Trebles all round!!
At a time when the council budget is being slashed and the green muppets want to put up council tax by 5.9%, is it right that the council should be part funding back-slapping lavish events like this that mean absolutely nothing to 99.9% of the council tax paying public? Trebles all round!! Phani Tikkala
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10:29am Fri 11 Jul 14

beboo1 says...

These awards must be lovely to attend lots of highly respected people in one room respecting each other for their hard work and drinking and eating to excess whilst not recognising that there are many more people in Sussex who contribute to business without being recognised . We are still in a financial hole and I suspect when people win awards we need to emphasise that they are not respected by all . Alot of businesses in brighton have been reduced to bankruptcy and people have lost their livelihoods because of the guidelines and unrealistic expectations of people such as Tony Mernagh . Lets remember to have the respect of political parties and chief executives doesn t mean it has all been good and that he is respected by all .
These awards must be lovely to attend lots of highly respected people in one room respecting each other for their hard work and drinking and eating to excess whilst not recognising that there are many more people in Sussex who contribute to business without being recognised . We are still in a financial hole and I suspect when people win awards we need to emphasise that they are not respected by all . Alot of businesses in brighton have been reduced to bankruptcy and people have lost their livelihoods because of the guidelines and unrealistic expectations of people such as Tony Mernagh . Lets remember to have the respect of political parties and chief executives doesn t mean it has all been good and that he is respected by all . beboo1
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