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By Mersey Maritime

An exciting new era of growth on both sides of the Mersey, says Wirral Council leader Phil Davies

 

Liverpool city region’s success was built on the power of its port and maritime trading businesses.
As Britain’s Atlantic Gateway, Liverpool has welcomed people and products from across the oceans and waved its farewells to those looking to build new lives in the new world. As the UK Government foolishly negotiates its way out of our largest trading relationship with Europe, new opportunities on the North West coast may well be opening.

Port investment
The £400m Investment in the Port of Liverpool has seen the bright-red Megamax cranes become a feature of the waterfront in the same way the Albert Dock would have become 200 years earlier.
The Port of Liverpool now has the capacity to handle 95% of the world’s mega-ships, capable of bringing goods and cargo into the heart of the UK through the deep water terminal at Seaforth. The ship to shore cranes can simultaneously unload TWO 13,500TEU container ships.
Today, nearly 80% of shipped cargo into UK still arrives in the southern ports of Southampton, Felixstowe and others, but more than 60% of that cargo is destined for destinations north of Birmingham.
Utilising the facilities in Liverpool would not only reduce costs, tackle trucking and transport congestion but provide new jobs in warehousing and logistics in the region.

New vessels
Liverpool’s port success was also matched by Birkenhead’s prowess in ship-building and professional services for the maritime industries. Today, Cammell Laird still fits and repairs ships as well as a growing range of engineering and manufacturing services.
Later in 2018 we hope to see the launch of SS Sir David Attenborough, the Arctic exploration vessel being completed at the Birkenhead yard. The SS Sir David Attenborough is the largest non-military vessel to be built in UK for a generation and there is quiet optimism that the government will reward the yard when it awards the next order for more than a billion pounds worth of 31e Class Frigates later this year.
Now, with a new Maritime Knowledge Hub being developed in association with Peel Ports, John Moores University, Wirral Council and Mersey Maritime, we are looking to encourage economic growth and investment in a new range of maritime technologies and businesses.

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Member of the month: Tilney

Tilney is an award-winning financial planning and investment company with a major base in Liverpool, at the Royal Liver Building, and a history that stretches back more than 180 years. Its clients include private individuals, families, charities and professionals and it looks after more than £24bn on their behalf.

Many of Tilney’s clients run their own businesses and they have specific financial circumstances with their own set of challenges. In many cases, exiting a business is the culmination of a lifetime’s work, so it is vital to get it right. Whether you are planning to sell your business, transfer ownership, or restructure to include family members, it will be one of the biggest decisions of your career.

Tilney has a long track record of working of supporting business owners throughout their career, so that when it is time to sell or transfer your business they can create the best possible outcome for you when transferring your business wealth into personal wealth.

 

Selling a business

Ann-Marie Atkins, a chartered financial planner for Tilney in the North West, works with entrepreneurs such as Frazer Bradley, who runs a business supplying clothing to high-end stores, and Andrew Murray, who recently sold his company. Ann-Marie has been helping Frazer restructure the company so it will be ready for selling in the future and has advised Andrew on selling his previous business. She explains the process:

“Building a solid financial planning structure can help you effectively and tax-efficiently transfer business wealth back into personal wealth. To formulate a plan, I consider where the client and their business are currently. This could be anywhere between building up the business to preparing for a future exit or at the exit stage itself.

“When I start to construct this plan, I make sure that my clients don’t miss out on their available tax allowances, such as pension carry forward. I also restructure their income and dividends and ensure that they have used tax-efficient wrappers including ISAs. These can be overlooked or their long-term benefits can be misunderstood.

“It’s really important not to lose sight of them as many of these wrappers can help to create tax-efficient income in retirement. These are just a few of the numerous issues a good financial planner would consider.”

 

Happy clients

Both Frazer and Andrew are pleased with the services Ann-Marie provided. Andrew said: Before selling my business, I hadn’t received any professional financial planning advice, purely because everything I had was invested in my company. Ann-Marie looked at all the things we needed to do to get us ready and in the best position for when the sale went through.

Frazer said: “The products and services offered by Tilney are great. This is helped in no small part by the likes of Stefan (Palenski, director of investment management), another very solid character. I feel comfortable with Stefan and Ann-Marie looking after my money.”

Ann-Marie added: “We’re able to offer such a great service because we are used to working with entrepreneurs. We understand business structures and work closely with accountants to understand a client’s needs. To make a business exit successful for a client, we know that this is a joint effort between us, the accountant and other professionals involved. When we sit down together we can talk with confidence about the experiences we’ve had with clients and can instil this confidence in the clients themselves.”

Tony McDonough

Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk

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By Mersey Maritime

Become more than a member of Mersey Maritime, join the Members Board

Mersey Maritime is a fast-growing organisation with ever-increasing influence at regional, national and international level.
With an annual GDP contribution to the Liverpool city region economy of £4bn, the sector we represent needs a strong voice to make sure its interests are taken seriously at a the highest levels.
We are providing that voice and in order to continue to make ourselves heard we need the continued support and commitment of our members.
Mersey Maritime has a fantastically diverse membership base, from innovative engineering firms such as Accu-right and Star International to educational partners including the School of Tropical Medicine and Hugh Baird College, and of course not forgetting the large operators such as Peel Ports, Bibby Group and Cammell Laird.
As part of the next stage of our growth and evolution we are forming a new Members Board that will provide an extra channel for you to help shape the future direction of Mersey Maritime.
Chief Executive Chris Shirling-Rooke, said: “This will be a forum, held quarterly and chaired by a board member, where members can talk about the challenges and opportunities of operating in the maritime sector and feed in ideas on how we can work for the benefit of us all.
We want our members to feel they all have a stake in Mersey Maritime and can all have a say in the future direction of their organisation.”

If you are interested in becoming part of the members board please contact events@merseymaritime.co.uk 

By Mersey Maritime

Industry big hitter Ruth Wood joins executive team at Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime has added an experienced marketing professional and passionate sector advocate as its new commercial manager.
Ruth Wood joins from Peel Ports where she spent eight years in the Port of Liverpool owner’s marketing function, the last two years in a senior marketing role. She has seen huge change in maritime during that period – much of it for the better.

Significant change
“When I joined Peel it was still the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and it was a traditional and reactive organisation,” she said.
“That has changed significantly over the past few years and Peel Ports is now an innovative and progressive business that has become an expert in articulating its plans and vision.”
“I think Mersey Maritime and the wider maritime sector in the Liverpool city region have been on the same journey. The maritime sector is so important to to Merseyside – worth almost £4bn annually, representing 13% of the region’s GDP.
“Other industrial sectors have been better at communicating their role in the past, but now we in maritime are doing the same. I love maritime – it is diverse and exciting – and I want to play my part in helping support the growth of the sector within the region and beyond, encouraging new talent to join the industry and help improve awareness of the role maritime plays to the economy.

Multi-faceted role
Ruth is returning to work following the birth of her baby, Lyla, who was born eight months ago. It was the second daughter for her and husband Tom – elder daughter Emilia is now aged four.
Her role at Mersey Maritime will be multi-faceted, encompassing marketing and commercial activity, membership growth and engagement and deputising for chief executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke, in his absence.
“Our members are the most important part of what we do and my role will be to both bring in new members and communicate to our existing members how much we can benefit their organisations,” explained Ruth.
“Mersey Maritime used to be dependent on EU funding. Now it has transformed itself into a confident, self-sufficient and growing organisation. We are taking our members with us on that journey and offering our support to help them grow, too.”

Real coup
Welcoming Ruth to Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke added: “Bringing Ruth on board represents a real coup for us. She has a huge knowledge of the maritime sector and possess the skills and dynamism to help drive the sector in the City Region forward.
“Myself the board and the entire team here at Mersey Maritime are really looking forward to working with her as we embark on the next stage of our journey.”


Tony McDonough
Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk
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By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool to Dublin freight ferry operator Seatruck reports soaring volumes

Liverpool to Dublin ferry operator Seatruck says freight volumes soared 10% in 2017 compared to overall market growth of 3.9%.

Seatruck runs 76 departures per week on its three routes: Liverpool-Dublin, Heysham-Warrenpoint and Heysham-Dublin. It offers up to four daily departures a day from Liverpool’s Brocklebank Dock using vessels Clipper Ranger and Seatruck Pace, Power and Progress.

Since 2015 Seatruck volumes have risen by more than 30% as its long sea unaccompanied service has significantly grown in popularity. Over this period Seatruck has committed additional tonnage and increased sailing frequency in line with customer demand.

Strongest growth has been into Dublin where the company now operate five departures per day in the busy midweek period.

Seatruck executives believe that the continued and worsening HGV driver shortage in Ireland and the UK is leading to a growth in unaccompanied trailer shipments as operates seek to use this vital resource more efficiently.

By shipping trailer only, from ports which reduce road mileage compared with the traditional transit through Wales or Scotland, operators can make significant door-to-door savings in what is an increasingly competitive logistics landscape.

In the coming weeks a new £7m loading ramp will be installed at Heysham Port which will provide Seatruck with an enhanced service in the port from the new dedicated facility.

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Former Newcastle FC executive is new boss at Liverpool Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has announced the appointment of its new chief executive – John Irving, the current chief commercial officer at Newcastle Airport.

LJLA, a member of Mersey Maritime, has been without a chief executive since last summer when Andrew Cornish resigned after almost three years in the role.

A qualified management accountant, Mr Irving will take up his post in Liverpool on March 12. Prior to his time in aviation John has also held senior commercial and financial positions at Newcastle United FC and Procter and Gamble.

LJLA handled almost 5m passengers in 2017 with flights to more than 60 destinations in the UK and across Europe. Passenger numbers grew by almost 3% last year compared to 2016 generating the airport’s highest annual passenger figures since 2011.

Mr Irving said: “I am very excited at being given the opportunity to take this business forward at a time when the Peel Group’s continued investment in the airport has seen Liverpool become one of the UK’s stand-out regional airports.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to building on this recent success and for Liverpool to continue to be the faster, easier, friendlier airport of choice for passengers from across the region.”

LJLA chairman Robert Hough added: ”John has helped Newcastle Airport make significant progress in his time there and we are therefore delighted to welcome him in his new role here at Liverpool, bringing drive and determination to take the airport on to the next level and to realise its tremendous potential.”

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Maritime firm’s boost from winning Merseyside Innovation Awards as 2018 contest begins

One of Merseyside’s most forward-thinking maritime SMEs has been speaking about winning last year’s Merseyside Innovation Awards – as this year’s contest is launched.

Last year, Marlan Maritime, a member of Mersey Maritime, was the overall winner, narrowly beating gas safety-monitoring company Gas Tag and virtual reality social media app, vTime.

Recognised for its coastal surveillance and innovative use of radar in monitoring tidal patterns, Marlan Maritime provides engineers, conservationists and councils with up-to-date information about the ever-changing patterns of shorelines.

This year’s winner can grab a £10,000 prize with £2,500 each for two runners-up. The Merseyside Innovation Awards seek to recognise companies large and small and between January and May one winner a month will be selected. Three entrants will go forward to the final in July.

Marlan Maritime managing director Alex Sinclair said: “Interestingly, winning the MIA in 2017 has fundamentally changed our perception of what we are doing.

“Prior to the award, we believed in what we were trying to do, we believed that it is going to make a positive impact to people living on and working with the coast. After winning, we knew that other people believed it too.

“Potential customers can feel a little uneasy about being early adopters of new technology, but having the endorsement of the MIA judges provides some reassurance to the people we are talking to due to its history of excellence across Merseyside.”

2018 will also see the return of the Prestige Award, specifically for larger businesses with a turnover of £1m to £25m, which in 2017 was awarded to EMS Healthcare, a mobile healthcare provider, in recognition of the vital services they provide to users across the region.

Brian McCann, MIA founder and partner of Mitchell Charlesworth Accountants, said: “The breadth of innovation and creativity within the MIA continues to astound myself and the judging panel.

For further information about the Merseyside Innovation Awards and to find out how you can apply in 2018, click here

http://www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk

Potential applicants can also discover more about the Merseyside Innovation Awards by attending one of two networking lunches:

  • Tuesday 6th February: 1pm – 2pm, Liverpool Science Park
  • Tuesday 10th April: 1pm – 2pm, Daresbury Science Park

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime to host major maritime summit of UK industry leaders

Maritime industry leaders from across the UK will converge on Merseyside later this month for a major summit.

Mersey Maritime will host the event on January 30 which sees Maritime UK’s Regional Council bring together maritime ‘cluster’ organisations from the Solent, Cornwall, Scotland, East of England and the Humber.

It is a product of collaboration between industry, academia and local government and is seen as an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice.

The fact that Mersey Maritime, which is the cluster organisation for the Liverpool city region, has been chosen to host and chair the event at its Birkenhead base is a recognition of its senior role in the UK maritime sector.

Maritime UK’s strategic plan aims to bring cluster organisations together, helping deliver coordinated activity in support of its nationwide priorities.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chairman of the Maritime UK Regional Council, and chief executive  of Mersey Maritime, said: “We believe it’s very important to bring the UK’s various regional cluster organisations into Maritime UK, helping foster collaboration and to drive growth.

“Clusters are powerful vehicles to drive growth, and working with universities we’re able to deliver exciting and innovative solutions for the global maritime sector.

“It’s true that we can achieve more together than we do alone, so I’m incredibly excited about what the UK’s clusters can do together with the rest of Maritime UK.”

Ben Murray, Maritime UK manager, said: “Maritime UK already brings together the key organisations from the four maritime industries, and this initiative reflects the fact that there are a number of regional cluster organisations that should be part of our collective work too.

“Not only does this increase collaboration, and help us to deliver our collective growth ambitions, but it also means that we’re able to respond to the changing devolution landscape to support and benefit from regional programmes of increasingly powerful regional government.”

Tony McDonough

Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk

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By Mersey Maritime

MM members play key role in £2.5m Battle of the Atlantic Memorial campaign

Mersey Maritime members are to play a key role in a £2.5m campaign to build a memorial to the Battle of the Atlantic at Liverpool’s Pier Head.

The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM) campaign is being supported by National Museums Liverpool and the project will work closely with Merseyside Maritime Museum. The memorial will also be sited on National Museums Liverpool’s land, between the River Mersey and the Museum of Liverpool.

And helping to publicise the campaign is another Mersey Maritime member, Polaris Media, run by brothers Ben and Sam Pinnington. They secured significant coverage of the launch in regional and national media.

Crucial battle

Crucial to the outcome of the Second World War the Battle of the Atlantic last from 1939 to 1945 and cost an estimated 100,000 lives.

Liverpool was home to the nerve centre of the Allied operations during the battle but, incredibly, it has no dedicated national memorial. But now a campaign has been launched to change that.

BOAM is a registered charity and is looking to raise £2.5m to build a memorial on the Pier Head, incorporating the existing statue of U-Boat hunter Johnnie Walker . It would comprise a 8-metre monument in the shape of a merchant ship split in two.

The design is the brainchild of acclaimed sculptor Paul Day whose works include the Battle of Britain Monument and the Iraq-Afghanistan memorial, both in London.

Naval blockade

Called the “longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history”, the Battle of the Atlantic started with the naval blockade of Germany and was followed by Germany’s subsequent counter-blockade.

It was at its height from mid-1940 through to the end of 1943 and its participants included the British Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, US Navy, Allied merchant vessels all pitted against the German Navy and the aircraft of the Luftwaffe.

The aim is to unveil the monument in 2019, the 80th anniversary of the start of the battle and the beginning of World War Two.

Maritime specialists

Polaris managing director Ben Pinnington said: “Coming from Merseyside and specialising in maritime it is a privilege to work on this project.

“Media interest in the memorial is high and it is great to have the Mail on Sunday on board to bang the drum for the campaign nationally and internationally as one of the biggest news websites in the world.

Ben said Polaris, which also specialises in exports, is bringing its international contacts to the campaign to help drive awareness overseas of the fundraising effort.

“Through our partner in Chicago, Virgil CSR, we have been able to open doors and we are planning a fundraising tour to America in May,” he added.

For more information on the campaign, sponsorship packages and to make donations visit: www.battleoftheatlantic.org  or email: info@battleofatlanticmemorial.org

Tony McDonough

Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk

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By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Awards 2018 shortlist revealed – celebrating the city region’s £4bn sector

Mersey Maritime has unveiled the shortlist for its 2018 awards – a celebration of excellence and innovation in Liverpool city region’s £4bn maritime sector.
The Mersey Maritime Awards 2018, which organisers say will be the biggest and best yet, take place at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium on March 8. Next year the organisation plans to take the awards on to a national stage.

The shortlist includes a diverse range of business and it was compiled by the judges using a scrupulous points-based system.

The judges met on January 19 to discuss the entrants before going away to give further thought and then submitting their final scores. The scores are averaged and the top three in each category make the shortlist.

Some categories will have 4 companies on the shortlist – this is where companies have had tied averages. The finalists will now all be invited to meet the judges on February 8, after which the judges will score them again.

The scores will be averaged and then added to their round one scores. The winners will be those with the highest scores.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “The standard of entries this year has been the highest yet.

“Liverpool city region is re-establishing itself as a national and global hub for the maritime sector and the 2018 awards will feature the National Impact Award which is open to companies across the UK.

“We are quickly being recognised as the number one hub in the UK for the maritime sector and so in 2019 our awards will become a national event.”

The 2018 shortlist is as follows:

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Stellamar
Bibby Marine Services
Isle of Man Marine Cluster
Sensor City

Engineering Company of the Year – Sponsored by RSM UK
Accu-Right Engineering Limited
Dantec
James Troop & Co Ltd

Freight & Logistics Award – Sponsored by Seatruck Ferries
B&M
Liverpool John Lennon Airport & Wynne Aviation
Lombard Shipping & Forwarding

Global Reach Award – Sponsored by Natwest
Eldapoint Ltd
MIRIS
Royal HaskoningDHV

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Peel Ports
Accu-Right Engineering Limited
Liverpool John Moores University
Marlan Maritime Technologies

Maritime Professional Services Award – Sponsored by Tilney
GP Shipping
Hill Dickinson
Royal HaskoningDHV

Positive Impact Award – Sponsored by Associated British Ports (ABP)
Liverpool Seafarers Centre
Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST)
The Engineering College

National Impact Award – Sponsored by Maritime UK
Merchant Navy Training Board
Orsted
Peel Ports Group
Survitec

Rising Star – Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University
Sophie Phillips – Complete Training Solutions
Jamie Bates – Orsted
Emma Wilson – Peel Ports Group

Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by MTC
Certa Elevators
Fort Recruitment
Sherrington Associates

SME of the Year – Sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV
Accu-Right Engineering Limited
Eldapoint Ltd
Offshore Painting Services
Star International

Business of the Year – Sponsored by Stream Marine Training
Accu-Right Engineering Limited
Seatruck Ferries Ltd
Royal HaskoningDHV

Mersey Maritime would like to thank all companies who took the time to apply.

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

We must step up the battle against deadly malaria, says Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine director

More innovation will be needed if we are to win the battle against deadly malaria worldwide, the director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) says.

Professor Janet Hemingway has delivered this year’s Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Christmas Lecture.

She told the audience of researchers, staff and guests there had been “hard-won gains” in the battle against the disease, which kills more than 1m people worldwide every year, but added: “If we ignore resistance to insecticides and drugs, malaria control will continue to stall.”

An estimated 300-600m people, mostly under five and mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, contract malaria each year and LSTM, which is a member of Mersey Maritime, is at the forefront of research into the disease.

Pictured: Professor Janet Hemingway, Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Global leader

The organisation is recognised as a global leader in research into a number of areas of public health, which include malaria, neglected tropical diseases, the health of newborn children and older youngsters, research into drug resistance and also lung health and tuberculosis.

LSTM’s reputation is such that it attracts the leading researchers and students from around the world, offering unrivalled learning opportunities to people from around 65 countries.

As one of the few postgraduate centres of excellence in the field it has a research portfolio worth more than £210m

It says: “We translate cutting edge research and innovation from our laboratories directly to the people who will benefit most – breaking the cycle of poor health and poverty.”

Joint venture

LSTM is also a partner in the Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator – a £25m laboratory development in partnership with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Accelerator hosts a number of relevant small and medium-sized enterprises and its two floors are devoted to LSTM’s resistance mitigation portfolio including six cutting edge laboratories.

Other facilities of LSTM include:

  • The Centre for Tropical and Infectious Diseases – a £23m facility for developing new drugs and diagnostics, vaccines and pesticides.
  • The Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory – A UKAS accredited laboratory that offers a referral service for the identification of a wide range of human parasites.
  • Well Travelled Clinics – a not-for-profit travel health service, providing pre-travel advice and post-travel consultations.
  • The Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE) – established by the Departmental of Vector Biology.

Founded in 1898, LSTM was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine and its groundbreaking work is continuing to this day – a global centre of excellence and expertise right here in the Liverpool city region.

Tony McDonough

Consultant at YBNews

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By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime aims to take its awards national in 2019

With entries for the Mersey Maritime Awards 2018 now starting to come in organisers say they are ready to take the event on to the national stage in 2019.

The latest awards, to be held at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium on March 8, will be the fourth and they promise to be “biggest and best yet”.

Liverpool city region is re-establishing itself as a national and global hub for the maritime sector and the 2018 awards will feature the National Impact Award which is open to companies across the UK.

Mersey Maritime chief executive Chris Shirling-Rooke now says the time is right to make the awards a national event in 2019. He said: “In the Liverpool city region alone the maritime sector is worth almost £4bn a year.

“That is not just about shipping. It covers a huge range of businesses from logistics to energy to financial services. We are a global leader in the sector and so we think it is appropriate to take our awards national and open it up to companies from across the UK in 2019.

“We know many of our own members are already competing nationally and internationally and we believe they will be ready to showcase themselves on a national level.”

The 2018 awards welcome back four ‘Diamond’ sponsors – Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group & Stream Marine Training (SMT). Each of the award categories are also fully sponsored. People wishing to attend can also now buy tickets for the event.

The theme for this year’s awards is ‘Making Waves Globally’ – based around the fact Liverpool city region is trading on a global scale and leading the way in terms of infrastructure investment, innovation, and connectivity both nationally and with the rest of the world.

There are now 12 award categories with the addition of the National Impact Award for 2018. As always, the judges will be considering who could be the potential candidate for this year’s Maritime Ambassador, taking the award total up to 13.

The categories for the Mersey Maritime Awards 2018, are:

Business of the Year– Sponsored by Stream Marine Training

SME of the Year – Sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV

Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by MTC

National Impact Award – Sponsored by Maritime UK

Rising Star Award – Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University

Engineering Company of the Year – Sponsored by RSM

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Stellamar

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Peel Ports Group

Freight & Logistics Award – Sponsored by Seatruck

Global Reach Award – Sponsored by NatWest

Maritime Professional Services Award – Sponsored by Tilney

Positive Impact Award – Sponsored by Associated British Ports (ABP)

Maritime Ambassador of the Year** – Sponsored by Beech Group

To apply download an MMIA18 Application Pack  and complete and return the application form by Friday 5th January. To book a table download the MMIA18 Booking form  and email the completed form to MMIA18@merseymaritime.co.uk

Tony McDonough

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An exciting new era of growth on both sides of the Mersey, says Wirral Council leader Phil Davies
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Become more than a member of Mersey Maritime, join the Members Board
Industry big hitter Ruth Wood joins executive team at Mersey Maritime
Liverpool to Dublin freight ferry operator Seatruck reports soaring volumes
Former Newcastle FC executive is new boss at Liverpool Airport
Maritime firm’s boost from winning Merseyside Innovation Awards as 2018 contest begins
Mersey Maritime to host major maritime summit of UK industry leaders
MM members play key role in £2.5m Battle of the Atlantic Memorial campaign
Mersey Maritime Awards 2018 shortlist revealed – celebrating the city region’s £4bn sector
We must step up the battle against deadly malaria, says Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine director
Mersey Maritime aims to take its awards national in 2019