Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the maritime sector in the North West of England, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).
The organisation, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses, held its annual awards on Thursday evening (March 9) at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club.
There were 12 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Business of the Year Award. The winners are:
Best Newcomer (Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group)
WINNER: Complete Training Solutions
Rising Star (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)
JOINT WINNERS: John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV and Lauren Kemp, Beech Group
Engineering Company of the Year (Sponsored by RSM UK)
WINNER: DT Engineering NW Ltd
Innovation Award (Sponsored by Peel Ports Group)
WINNER: Warrant Group Ltd
Freight & Logistics Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
WINNER: 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
Maritime Professional Services Award (Sponsored by Tilney)
WINNER: MDS Transmodal Ltd
Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest)
WINNER: RS Clare & Co Ltd
Micro Business of the Year (Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre)
WINNER: LEK Lubrication Systems
Positive Impact (Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners)
WINNER: Liverpool Cruise Terminal
The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Beech Group)
WINNER: Ian Higby, Managing Director, Atlantic Container Line
SME of the Year (Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services)
WINNER: Eldapoint Ltd
Business of the Year (Sponsored by Stream Marine Training)
The judges’ award for Maritime Ambassador is decided each year by an independent judging panel, which was unanimous in choosing Ian Higby, Managing Director of Atlantic Container Line (UK) as its 2017 winner.
Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “Our third event has exceeded all expectations we had when we started organising this event more than three years ago. Each year we have built on the success of the previous year and this year’s event was no different. We had greater demand for tables, more award categories and more entries than ever before.
“We heard about some of the truly excellent businesses based here in the North West and this event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sheer diversity of their expertise and achievements. Our key message for 2017 is ‘Liverpool is Back’ and we certainly proved that on Thursday evening. We were also very honoured to hold the event at Liverpool Football Club, which provided a stunning backdrop for our maritime awards”
Key guests within the maritime sector included Bernhard Friess, Director of the European Commission and David Dingle, Chairman of Maritime UK. Jacqueline Foster, MEP for the North West, was as a guest speaker on the night.
The MMIAs was sponsored by Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training. Hill Dickinson LLP sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.