The driving force behind two of Harrogate’s most successful annual business events have announced their retirement.
Since 2005, Brian Dunsby OBE and his wife, Beryl, have created and organised the Yorkshire Business Market, and, for the last six years, the Harrogate Christmas Market.
Yesterday’s YBM, held at Pavilions of Harrogate, saw almost 1,000 business owners and managers attending the event which featured nearly 100 Yorkshire firms and organisations showcasing their unique products and services.
And last year’s Harrogate Christmas Market, held on Montpellier Hill, saw a 25 per cent increase in visitors on 2016, with a total of 75,000 people passing through.
Mr Dunsby, the former chief executive of Harrogate District Chamber of Trade, said: “Both Beryl and I have recognised that the time has finally come for us to retire.
“This decision hasn’t been taken lightly, in fact far from it. However, we aren’t getting any younger, and whilst we have relished the challenges and rewards both markets have given us, we now want to enjoy what time we have left with our children and grandchildren, who all live abroad.”
Brian Dunsby – who was made an OBE in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to business and the community – added: “Beryl and I have been incredibly lucky to have been supported in both events by wonderful teams of volunteers whose skill and enthusiasm have ensured the successful delivery of each event.
“Our Perlex office staff have always provided faithful and flexible working to accommodate the variable nature of these projects. Maggie Hall has actually worked with us as PA and Event Administrator for over 30 years, whilst Chris Muir has been our Database Administrator for over 12 years.
“With the Yorkshire Business Market and Harrogate Christmas Market, we have two ready-made events that each need someone to take over the reins.
“They are both well established and our hope is that they will continue to be annual fixtures in the Harrogate business and tourism calendars for many years to come.”