Just weeks after the great success of the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Merseyside firms now have the chance to enter the inaugural Maritime UK Awards.
The new national awards programme looks to celebrate the breadth of the UK’s £37.4bn maritime sector and will be the first truly national maritime awards in the UK, organised by industry, for the benefit of industry.
They will be open to companies from across the whole maritime sector, embracing the shipping, ports, services, engineering, and leisure marine industries. And, in a unique twist, the awards evenings will be held in a different UK maritime region each year.
The first awards ceremony will take place in the Solent, where the maritime sector represents a significant 20% of the economy, supports 120,000 jobs and facilitates trade worth £77.5bn.
Harry Theochari, Maritime UK chair, said: “We are excited about this inaugural event that will not only shine a spotlight on the most exciting and dynamic activity across our sector, but will also champion each of our great maritime regions by rotating each year.
The awards are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes. The categories mirror themes in the Government’s recently-published strategy for the sector, Maritime 2050. They are:
- Diversity Award
- Innovation Award
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Award
- Sustainability Award
- Coastal Powerhouse Award
- International Trade Award
- Employer of the Year Award
- Start-up of the Year Award
- The David Dingle Award for Collaboration
- Rising Star Award
- Business of the Year Award
- 2050 Award
The Maritime UK Awards will be judged by a panel of internationally recognised maritime leaders. Entries for the 2019 awards, which are organised by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Maritime UK, open on April 26 and close on June 13. To find out more or to enter visit www.maritimeuk.org/awards