Full list of award nominees who will go forward to the grand final of the Wir Back

Full list of award nominees who will go forward to the grand final of the Wir Wirral Chamber of Commerce has announced the full list of 39 award nominees who will go forward to the grand final of the Wirral Business Awards 2015.

Organised by Wirral Chamber of Commerce, and supported by the headline sponsors Magenta Living, The Contact Company, and Park Group plc., the finalists will compete in thirteen award categories to be crowned winners at Thornton Manor on Friday 18th September 2015.

The competition is recognised as one of the region's most prestigious business events, highlighting the wealth of innovation and enterprise the business community has in developing Wirral and the wider city region as a location of excellence.

Wirral Chamber of Commerce CEO, Paula Basnett said, “We are delighted to be able to run such a successful event as the Wirral Business Awards on behalf of our business community.  This year the standard of entries excelled and made the judging extremely difficult, but I am sure that the finalists will represent the best of Wirral’s innovative and enterprising businesses.”

The complete list of award categories and nominees:

Newcomer of the Year – sponsored by Cabfind.com
Apollo Care Wirral Ltd
Extreme Low Energy Ltd
Whitmore & White Ltd

Business of the Year (under 11 employees) – sponsored by McEwan Wallace
Equipped 4 Ltd
Innov8 Safety Solutions
Helukabel UK Ltd

Business of the Year (11-49 employees) – sponsored by Russell Taylor Group
Capital Reinforcing (Ireland) Limited
Heap & Partners Ltd
Hoist UK Ltd

Business of the Year (50+ employees) – sponsored by NW Systems Group
B&M Waste Services
The Contact Company

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Sovex Systems
Cabfind.com - Chris Jordan
Faiveley Transport - Ian Dolman
Woods Squared Limited - Alan Woods

Community Award – sponsored by Progress to Excellence
Claire House Children’s Hospice
Stick ‘n’ Step
Wirral Hospice St John’s

International Trade Award – sponsored by Isle of Man Government
Bennett & McMahon Agencies Limited
Sovex Systems

Sustainability Award – sponsored by Unilever
Bennett Williams Solicitors
Mere Brook House

People Development Award – sponsored by Wirral Met College
Daisy and Jake Day Nursery
Paddock Johnson Partnership

Investment of the Year – sponsored by Peel Group
Carr Farm Garden Centre
Longbow Shop Ltd
Redsun Development

Young Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – sponsored by Stiebel Eltron UK
Halliday Funeral Supplies – John Adams
McEwan Wallace – Rebecca Hulse
Women's Enterprising Breakthrough (WEB) – Natasha Burns

Customer Service Award – sponsored by Hillyer McKeown
Caffe Cream of New Brighton
CJ Charles Ltd
Wirral Society of the Blind

Financial & Professional Services Award – sponsored by Digitel Europe
Bennett Williams Solictors
Hillyer McKeown
Woods Squared Limited

Additionally, two further special awards will be presented at the event ceremony: - Outstanding Business of the Year (sponsored by Wirral Council) and Long Service Award (sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport).

The judging panel were impressed by the high standard of entries received, making their task of choosing the shortlisted nominees very difficult.  Chris Fry, Senior Partner at KPMG, commented, “This is my first year judging the Wirral Business Awards, and I was impressed with the quality of the entries. In all categories there were very strong contenders for the various awards and it often proved a challenge to decide upon the nominees and ultimate winner. 
He added, “However, it is clear to me that the region’s businesses and entrepreneurs have a real depth of quality which is improving year on year and will provide a fantastic foundation for the future prosperity of the region.

This view was supported by Richard Malley, of Handelsbanken, who said, "In my second year as a judge I have again been impressed by the number and quality of entrants for the various awards. The Wirral Business Awards is a great addition to the region’s business calendar and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the gala awards dinner."

Kevin Adderley, Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment, Wirral Council, said, “ The Wirral Business Awards demonstrates quite clearly the width and depth of the enthusiasm, entrepreneurial skill, and commitment of the businesses which make up Wirral’s bus9ness community.”

Over 600 leading business people are expected to attend the Evening Gala Dinner at Thornton Manor in the 18th September when the awards will be presented on what promises to be one of the region's largest business networking events of the year. 

The event is also being supported through additional sponsorship by:
Print – Tyger Print and Design
Media – Wirral Radio
Reception - Typhoo