It’s always a pleasure to hear about business success stories in the South East and the 2015 Brighton and Hove Business Awards offered a great opportunity to honour those who are thriving in the city.
The glittering occasion took place in the soaring surroundings of All Saints Church in Hove, where we were entertained by the brilliant Brighton Gay Men’s Choir before comedian Stephen Grant got the presentations underway. Guests tucked into a very fancy afternoon tea while the winners were announced and the rapturous cheers that greeted each category had nothing to do with the sugar rush brought on by such excellent carrot cake…
Many of the guests were not nominated for awards, but had jumped at the chance to attend the event because they find it to be such a great celebration of the city’s business scene. A number of people told me that they found the BAHAs to be a real highlight of the year and it was easy to see why. The innovation, creativity and sheer enthusiasm we saw on display all evening was uplifting for anyone who is keen to see local companies flourish - though of all 15 nominees, restaurant Silo Brighton probably received the biggest cheer when they were awarded the Best New Kids on the Block Award.
Interestingly, although many gongs went to relatively new businesses, the MD of the Year Award was won by a man at the helm of a local institution that has dominated the seafront for over 150 years. Andrew Mosley triumphed for his work at the Grand Brighton, seeing off competition from Alan Margetts of The Kitchen Store (Highly Commended), Charlie Hepburn of Vivid Event Group and David Wicks of European Recruitment. The challenge of taking a long established and iconic hotel into the competitive 21st industry must be a significant one, so to be recognised for his achievements was surely a proud moment for Andrew and an acknowledgement of his winning approach.
I look forward to discovering who will impress the judges over the next 12 months.