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17th June 2017
OBE for Brian Dunsby, Harrogate Christmas Market Organiser

We are very proud to announce that the founder and organiser of the Harrogate Christmas Market, Brian Dunsby, has been awarded the OBE for services to business and the communities in Harrogate in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Brian said this was a “marvellous surprise and a welcome recognition of the achievements of the Perlex Team, especially his wife Beryl,  Maggie Hall (Office Administrator) and Chris Muir (Database Administrator).  We have been very well supported by Harrogate Chamber’s Management Group and Past Presidents’ Group, especially Mark Lancaster.  Also more recently supported by the Yorkshire Business Market, Harrogate Christmas Market and Harrogate Line Supporters’ Groups, who are all volunteers helping to promote the economy of Harrogate and attract more visitors.”

Brian Dunsby is a successful entrepreneur who has been managing and helping small businesses, trade associations and professional Institutes for almost 40 years and was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2008. The OBE is for his voluntary work since 2002 when Brian was appointed Hon Sec & Chief Executive of Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce. He created the first Harrogate Business Market in 2005, which has since grown to become the annual Yorkshire Business Market with over 100 Exhibitors and 1,000 visitors.

In 2012 Brian and Beryl created a new Harrogate Christmas Market that now attracts about 200 Traders and nearly 60,000 visitors to shop in the Town Centre.  In 2013 and 2017, this event won the Hospitality & Tourism Best Achievement Award and in 2015 it won the Harrogate Advertiser Business Award in the Tourism Category.  Brian has also worked tirelessly as the Transport Spokesman for Harrogate Chamber to improve the rail connectivity to and from Harrogate and was recognised by Railfuture UK in 2015 as Best Campaigner and for the Best Campaign.

We are sure Brian will continue to support Harrogate’s businesses and communities for some time to come and hope you will join us in offering him our sincere congratulations on his many achievements.


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