​Finalists announced for Wirral Business Awards 2017 Back

​Finalists announced for Wirral Business Awards 2017
The list consists of 40 shortlisted organisations, who will now compete in ten award categories to be chosen as winners at the awards ceremony being held at Thornton Manor on 22nd September.

Organised by Wirral Chamber of Commerce and now in its eleventh year, the event is supported by headline sponsors Progress to Excellence Group Ltd and Russell Taylor Group.

Recognised as one of the largest and most prestigious business events, it highlights the innovation and enterprise the community has in making Wirral and the wider city region as locations of business excellence.

A four-strong judging panel decided which entries made it through to the final in each category, comprising Chris Fry (Office Senior Partner at KPMG in the UK), Ben Miller (Partner at DLA Piper), Alan Evans (Strategic Commissioner for Growth for Wirral Council) and Paula Basnett (CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce).

Paula Basnett said, "We are very proud to organise this annual event on behalf of our business community.  This year we received record numbers of entries and the quality excelled which made the judging extremely difficult.  However, I am confident that the chosen finalists will be great ambassadors in representing the best of Wirral’s businesses."

Chris Fry added, “The awards demonstrate the huge contribution businesses make to the economic growth and prosperity of our local economy through national and international trade. The standard of entries this year have again been extremely high and consequently was very difficult choosing those which are going forward to the next stage, but I offer my congratulations to all the applicants and finalists.”

The complete list of finalists are: -

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Stiebel Eltron UK
Hygienic Innovations
Roberts Snack Shack
Sure Solutions
Three Dimensional Training
Business of the Year (under 11 employees) sponsored by Pacific Sheds
Blackberry Grove
Gud Design
Red Apple Education
Vigo IT Solutions
Business of the Year (11-49 employees) sponsored by McEwan Wallace
hi-impact consultancy
Hoist UK
Horner Downey
Plus Point
Business of the Year (50+ employees) sponsored by NW Systems Group
Capital Reinforcing
CPL Training Group
Russell Taylor Group
Typhoo Tea
Business Person of the Year sponsored by Smylie Ltd
AF Global - Keith Taylor
Joanne Finnerty Recruitment - Joanne Finnerty
Plus Point - Mark Sweeney
Russell Taylor Group - Ben Russell
Rising Star sponsored by Young Chamber
The Jackson Canter Group – Katherine Spaughton
Joanne Finnerty Recruitment – Claire Statham
Passport Language Solutions – Jennifer Foulds
Vigo IT Solutions – Tom Barbat
International Trade Award sponsored by Peel Group
Paragon Scientific
Regal Wholesale
Tranmere Rovers FC
Sustainability Award sponsored by Unilever
B&M Waste Services
Brooklet Farm & Livery
Floral Pavilion
Stiebel Eltron UK
People Development sponsored by B&M Waste Services
AF Global
Capital Reinforcing
Cirrus Purchasing Ltd
Customer Service sponsored by The Contact Company – (winner to be decided by Public Vote)
Inteb Managed Services
LBW Accountants
The Light Cinema
Outstanding Business of the Year sponsored by Wirral Council
The judges will select one winner from all entries received and the winner will be revealed on the night.

Speaking of the applications, Ben Miller thought, “The entries for this year’s Wirral Business Awards are well placed to achieve even greater business success in the year ahead. I am delighted that Wirral has a thriving business community which is bringing innovation and success to the area.”

Alan Evans summarised, “Wirral Council is proud to be part of the Wirral Business Awards 2017, and the diversity of the companies entering this year, large and small, new and established, was outstanding and will all play key roles in Wirral’s future business growth.”

It is expected that more than 500 leading business people will attend the Gala Dinner at Thornton Manor on September 22nd when the awards will be presented on what promises to be one of the region's largest business networking events of the year.  Tickets and tables for the event are available through www.wirralbusinessawards.com/book-tickets

The event is also being supported by Typhoo (Reception Sponsor), Mills Media Group (AV Presentation Partner), and Let’s Go Design and Print (Print and Design Partner).