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PERRY COLLECTS OUTSTANDING BRIGHTONIAN AWARD

12 October 2017

Midnight Communications
Martin Perry collects the Outstanding Brightonian award on behalf of the club.

Brighton & Hove Albion executive director Martin Perry was delighted to pick up the Outstanding Brightonian award on behalf of the club at this year’s Brighton & Hove Business Awards.

It was the first time that the club as an entity had received the award, as Perry himself was the recipient in 2014; and he highlighted the tremendous financial impact which Albion’s promotion to the Premier League has had on the city.

He said, “This award is a real acknowledgement of what the club has achieved. The players, management, staff, the board and fans have jointly accomplished this together by reaching the Premier League having been placed at the very bottom of the Football League; it’s a goal that’s been realised in the last 20 years.

“The award recognises and appreciates the contribution the club has made and will make as a member of the Premier League, to put the city of Brighton & Hove firmly on the world map.

“We know that Premier League matches are broadcast to nearly 200 countries worldwide and the viewing figures are enormous. The estimated economic impact on the city is well above £100 million for this season alone.

“When we originally fought for the stadium, we predicted that it would generate an impact on the local economy of around £23 million. We are exceeding that figure by a hundred million and we will continue to get visitors to Brighton and the stadium from across the world time and time again.”

Perry admitted the award came as a complete surprise and highlighted the feel-good factor generated in the city as a consequence of the club’s success.

“As this award is always kept as a secret, the first we knew of the award was when it was announced on the stage. It was a fantastic surprise.

“I think everyone in the city is absolutely delighted for the club. It is good for the city, business, and for the community.

“This was all a distant dream 20 years ago, and when I think about watching those rather dire football games in Gillingham, the thought of playing in the Premier League was certainly a long way off. To have actually acheived it is really quite extraordinary.”


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