Mersey Maritime, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses in the North West of England, held its annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) on Thursday last week at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club.
The winners were: Best Newcomer (sponsored by Brookes Bell Group) – Complete Training Solutions; Rising Star (sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University) – joint winners John-James Gallagher (RoyalHaskoningDHV) and Lauren Kemp (Beech Group); Engineering Company of the Year (sponsored by RSM UK) – DT Engineering NW Ltd; Innovation Award (sponsored by Peel Ports Group) – Warrant Group Ltd; Freight & Logistics Award (sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport) – 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps; Maritime Professional Services Award (sponsored by Tilney) – MDS Transmodal Ltd; Global Reach Award (sponsored by NatWest) – RS Clare & Co Ltd; Micro Business of the Year (sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre) – LEK Lubrication Systems.
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 guest speaker on the night.
The MMIAs are sponsored by Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training. Hill Dickinson LLP sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.