Knowsley Business Awards

It was a night to celebrate business success at the annual Knowsley Business Awards on the 23rd November.

More than 660 guests were welcomed to the ceremony, the biggest audience to date bringing together members of the business community from Knowsley, North West and beyond to recognise the achievements of companies and individuals that are driving forward Knowsley’s economic growth.

The ceremony showcased highlights from the last year and some of the fantastic achievements and successes in the borough.

Edward Perry, Chair of the Knowsley Place Board and Director of Operations at Knowsley Safari and Hall, said: “It never ceases to amaze me, year on year, the sheer volume and range of business success stories coming out of Knowsley. This year’s awards once again reminded me what a great place Knowsley is to do business and makes me very proud to be part of this wonderful business community.

The feedback from winners, highly commended businesses and all of the guests has been extremely positive.

This year we were pleased to welcome the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram to witness the outstanding achievements of Knowsley’s business community.
Image courtesy of The Challenge.

A total of 15 awards were presented during the spectacular ceremony, which was held in the Grand Marquee in the grounds of Knowsley Safari. Seven businesses were also Highly Commended for their success and contribution to Knowsley’s growing success story. This year Knowsley has seen the highest rate of productively growth out of more than 350 places across the country, up 140% since 1997 the highest growth in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Award Winners

Housing Development of the Year – Countryside Properties (UK) Limited for Harrington Place, Huyton with Roby
Commercial Development of the Year – db symmetry for Aquila, Huyton
Green Award – Green Growth Power Ltd
Retailer of the Year – Walton Flooring Centre
SME of the Year – Blends Ltd
Investment of the Year – Jaguar Land Rover
Newcomer of the Year – LM6 Commercial Property Ltd
Transport and Logistics Business of the Year – Sovereign Transport Services Ltd
Employee of the Year – Mike Matthews, St. Modwen
Corporate Social Responsibility – Knowsley Community College in partnership with Knowsley Council
Excellence in Export – Clarke Energy
Excellence in Export (SME) – Minta Group
Small Business of the Year – Citrus Electrical Ltd
Manufacturer of the Year – Tratos UK Ltd
Manufacturer of the Year (SME) – Olympic Foods

Bob Edwards, CEO, Minta Group said: “We were highly impressed with the organisation and presentation of the Knowsley Business Awards and we were delighted and proud to scoop the award for Exporter of the Year (SME). We export our products all over the world and have been trading in Knowsley for over 42 years. It’s such a boost for the Minta Team to be recognised for our achievements and we were impressed to hear about all the wonderful successes that Knowsley has achieved.”

Highly Commended

Retailer of the Year – Rogues and Rascals Barbershops
SME of the Year – Precision Pneumatics Limited
Newcomer of the Year – NeedleSmart Limited
Transport and Logistics Business of the Year – Seacon UK
Employee of the Year – Aimee Flanagan, Structec (NW) Limited
Corporate Social Responsibility – Green Growth Power Ltd
Small Business of the Year – ACR

John Massey, Sales Director, Precision Pneumatics said: “It was a fantastic evening and it is a tribute to our superb team that we have been Highly Commended in what is always a fiercely contested category. What is even more pleasing is that a number of our customers have won prizes; Knowsley is a great place to do business and it is a testament to the energy of the local business community that products developed here are used around the world. We are proud of the relationships that we have built with our customers and the part that we play in helping the borough to grow.”

Congratulations to all the award winners and shortlisted businesses for their outstanding contribution to the Borough. To hear what the winners had to say and view photographs from the evening click here.

View the film clips of the winners, highly commended business and indeed all of the business who made the shortlist, kindly sponsored and produced by NEET TV.

Nominations were judged by members of the Knowsley Place Board, which is made up of senior figures from across the North West, we would like to extend a special thank you for your support.

We would also like to thank businesses who donated prizes to the Mayors Charity Raffle & Auction and Barclaycard who matched all monies raised. A total of £8,987 will go to the Mayor of Knowsley’s chosen charities, Willowbrook Hospice and Lyndale Cancer Support.

And finally the event is supported through sponsorship so one last thank you goes to the lead sponsor Maro Developments and all of this year’s sponsors, without whom the event would not have been the success it was.