A BROOME-based event agency has celebrated 15 years of business, looking back on highlights including booking Bill Clinton and narrowly avoiding bombs in war-torn countries.

Managing director Nick Terry founded Top Banana in 1999 with operations director Richard Bridge. Between them they have travelled to every continent to organise events for companies including Gucci Group, Wilko, Bacardi and Barclaycard.

To celebrate the milestone, and the company's most successful year to date, Top Banana took all of its 38 staff to Barcelona. Closer to home, it held a series of fun office-based events, running down Top Banana’s Top 15 highlights in 15 years.

It’s fifteenth year has also seen Top Banana winning 15 awards, many of them voted for by industry peers.

Top Banana started off as an idea drawn on a napkin in a garage somewhere in Stourbridge but has grown to occupy 717 square metres and turn over £6.7 million annually.

Mr Terry said: “We’re so proud to have worked on leadership events with some of the world’s top brands. Among our most memorable moments are hearing bombs going off in Beirut during an event and hosting dinners in the Forbidden City in Beijing. In the end it’s about delivering that moment, that tipping where an audience just feels it.”

He added: “Wherever possible, we try and recruit local staff and our staff base is predominantly local and it feels good to be able to put something back into the local community.”

Top Banana, which also has an office in London, has won awards including the Institute of Internal Communication’s Class Winner 2013, an IOIC Award of Excellence - for Danone Baby Talk Live and C&IT’s Excellence Award for Most Effective Solution to a Business Challenge.