Liverpool is an exhilarating place to do business. You can feel the energy that our city-region’s businesses project. You can almost touch it.
Independent businesses in particularare integral to the city’s fabric and that’s why we launched the MIB awards in 2012 as we celebrated our 200thyear.The awards provide a chance to recognise those businesses that are forging ahead with grit, determination and creative thinking – the very qualities that make Liverpool and Merseyside great.
The people of Liverpool are, in my opinion, some of the proudest in the UK. We wear our culture and heritage on our sleeve. We’ve built the UK’s second largest regional economy. We have more than 250,000 businesses choosing to call the city home. We have captivated the world stage with the story of our cultural and economic renaissance.It’s no surprise then that as the deadline for the third MIB awards looms, the search for the city’s most innovative and dynamic independent businesses reaches fever pitch.
But what makes a successful business? Winners in business have clear aspirations, defined goals, drive and a clear sense of responsibility. They know how to compete, to change and flex as markets change and have the passion to keep going.They write their own success with confidence.
Those of you who know my passion for tenniswon’t be surprised when I draw comparison between the game and the world of commerce. For me, Wimbledon Women’s Champion Serena Williams sums it perfectly.She said: “Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.”
This message chimes well with business and judges for this year’s MIB will be looking for entries that show confidence and bravery in their decision-making,tackle challenges with innovation, deliver growth in the face of adversity, capitalise on new opportunities and wave the flag for Merseyside.
Past MIB winners Mattas, The Brink and CyberHost Pro are part of Liverpool’s success story and proof of why the city has earned its place as one of the UK’s leading business destinations.
It’s too early to know who will be crowned the most worthy independent businesses of 2015?But if you act quickly, it could well be you.
To enter Morecrofts MIB awards visit www.mibawards.co.uk. The closing date for entries is 14th August 2015. The awards will culminate with a glittering black tie dinner at the Rum Warehouse on 1st October and the winner of ‘Independent Business of The Year’ will be gifted a £10,000 businesssupport package.