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Brighton Pier CEO encourages “building relationships” ahead of Leaders Lunch

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With Brighton Pier considered a jewel in the crown of Britain’s seaside amusements, BPG CEO Anne Ackord knows that such prominence carries a weight of responsibility as she pushes supporting local business and tourism to the top of the group’s agenda. Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business Leaders Lunch will see Anne Ackord address the need for effective...

Roads around Brighton Pier up for review

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Councillors in Brighton are reviewing plans which could completely overhaul transportation infrastructure to and around Brighton Palace Pier. The tabled measures, which form part of an ongoing rejuvenation project of the city-centre, include a proposal to replace a notorious roundabout at the pier’s entrance with a traffic-light junction, which would sit alongside a new bike-lane and improved pedestrian walkways. With the...

Pier boss boosts backing for Brighton landmark

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Brighton Pier Group chairman Luke Johnson has announced he will increase his holding in the investment company, which has managed the Grade II listed Brighton Palace pier since 2016, from 23.7 percent to 27 percent. The highly regarded businessman, who recently bolstered his attraction portfolio with the acquisition of Paradise Island Adventure Golf, will increase his stake by exercising almost...

Seaside regeneration: Lords see life from the operational side

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Brighton Pier’s Anne Ackord and a delegation of top Bacta officials gave Lib Dem and labour peers a tour of the city’s amusements industry during last week’s party conference. The message was very clear: more needs to be done to maximise the opportunities that Britain’s seaside communities can offer.   Lord McNally: “Do you feel you have the right voices in...

VisitEngland survey: Tourism continuing to thrive in Blighty

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Neither Brexit nor terrorism could dampen the English tourist industry last year, with footfall up at two of Britain’s biggest amusement operations and throughout the coast. Both Brighton Pier and Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land theme park ranked among the highest visited attractions in the country last year,according to VisitEngland’s annual survey of participating leisure sites. Brighton’s iconic seaside magnet drew over 4.6m...

Southern seaside towns could reap benefits if Prince Harry becomes Duke of Sussex

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Sussex towns could see huge benefits if Prince Harry is given the Dukedom of the County on his wedding day. The Prince is tipped to receive the title of Duke of Sussex when he marries Meghan Markle this weekend. And, as many operators point out, the additional exposure for the county, should it acquire the world’s most famous newlyweds as its...

Brighton Pier Group stays on course despite turbulent weather

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Brighton Pier Group has positioned itself well for growth across the breadth of its operations through the continuation of its acquisition strategy. All this in spite of a difficult H2 2017 operational climate.   Interim results for the 26 weeks up to 24 December 2017 for the Brighton Pier Group showed that despite adverse weather conditions impacting results at its titular...

Brighton Pier owner on the power of nostalgia

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British entrepreneur and Brighton Palace Pier owner, Luke Johnson, has spoken of the benefits nostalgia can bring when revitalising products.   The businessman, who bought the pier in 2016, said: “Making a faded brand work in the 21st century means respecting the past, but making the offer relevant to a modern clientele.” Johnson acknowledged the importance of heritage in relation to the...

Hastings Pier must take “more commercial approach” Brighton Pier bosses say

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  Opening to the public in April 2016, winning "Pier of the Year" and the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2017, then entering administration last month, Hastings Pier has a strong momentum. But it will need to change its business model to survive, according to potential buyers.   The Brighton Pier Group has revealed the strategy it could adopt were it to...

Brighton Pier owner pledges £5,000 for city’s historic terrace

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A campaign to redevelop the Victorian arches on Brighton seafront received a major boost after the owner of the Brighton Palace Pier pledged to donate £5,000.   The entire Grade II-listed cast iron structure that forms Madeira Terrace is closed to the public over fears parts could collapse. Last July saw the launch of the Save Madeira Terrace crowdfunding campaign to kickstart...

Brighton Palace Pier CEO receives industry award

Anne Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Brighton Pier Group plc, receives the Bacta Community Award from Bacta Chief Executive, John White (left) and Bacta President, Gabi Stergides
Anne Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Brighton Pier Group plc, has been recognised for her services to the amusements industry.   Anne, who was appointed to the newly created role as Chief Executive of the company in June 2017, received the Bacta Community Award from the association’s President, Gabi Stergides at a presentation held on Brighton Palace Pier. Reflecting on the award...

Brighton rocketing: pier sees increasing revenues, profits and investment

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In the first full year since its takeover by hospitality entrepreneur Luke Johnson, the Brighton Pier Group has recorded impressive results with a 278 percent rise in profits and a near 40 percent increase in revenues.   The Brighton Pier Group has announced a pre-tax profit of £3.5m for the year ending 25 June 2017, a 278 per-cent rise on...

Brighton Pier to host British science festival

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Brighton Palace Pier is set to become a key venue for the British Festival of Science taking place this week, which is set to attract 20,000 visitors.   Scientists, artists and entertainers will set upon the seaside city as it hosts the science festival for the first time in 34 years. The pier boardwalk will feature pop-up experiments, interactive installations and...

Visitors put off by high parking fees over bank holiday

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Seaside operators may have been impacted by rocketing parking charges over the bank holiday weekend.   Research into parking rates for popular British coastal destinations has found that regular daily prices could have increased by as much as five times over the long weekend. The fear for operators is that, with more money spent on parking fees, the less visitors will have...

Brighton Pier profits from marathon crowds

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Brighton Pier saw queues of people waiting to play as the annual Brighton Marathon and warm weather drew in hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators.   Additional footfall provided Brighton Pier with a ‘bumper weekend’ and ‘a very busy arcade’ as marathon runners caught some downtime on the south coast attraction. Taking place on the hottest day of the year so...

Arcades miss out in Pier of the Year awards

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Hastings Pier has been voted as Pier of the Year 2017 awards with Worthing and Llandudno Piers coming in second and third respectively.   The newly reopened Hasting Pier has been voted Pier of the Year 2017 by members of the National Piers Society in the recent awards vote. It narrowly beat Worthing, which for the third year running came second, while...

Brighton Pier brightens first year financial results

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The first year of Brighton Pier Group PLC’s acquisition of the city’s Palace Pier has delivered encouraging financial results.   The Brighton Pier Group PLC has reported strong profit growth in the first half of its financial year, as revenue grew off the back of the improving UK tourism market. The company bought the pier a year ago in April, before which...

Tourism Sector Backs Campaign for Lighter Evenings

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“Let’s use our daylight hours more wisely” states BALPPA. Britain’s leading tourism sector amusement and leisure parks are calling on the Government to shift UK clocks to Central European Time, putting the UK one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in the summer - creating lighter evenings all year round for the UK's tourism sector. According to...

Two piers included in Times’ top buildings

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Brighton’s i360 ‘vertical pier’ and Hastings Pier have been included in The Times newspaper’s list of the top 10 buildings of 2016. The list, compiled by critic Jonathan Morrison to celebrate the best architectural creations of the past year, offered praise for the designers of both piers. The i360 was ranked at six, with Hastings Pier one behind in seventh. London’s...

Brighton Pier ‘transforms’ new owner’s balance sheet

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The newly named Brighton Pier Group sees an immediate improvement in both profit and market value after acquiring the historic attraction in April. The new owners of Brighton Pier returned to profit this summer after a reportedly “transformational” year, thanks in part to its newly acquired centerpiece. Formerly known as Eclectic Bars, The Brighton Pier Group adopted the eponym after an...

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