Award winning actor confirmed as host for First Ark Awards

Fri, October 13th, 2017

Neil Fitzmaurice has been confirmed as host of The First Ark Impact Awards

Award winning Liverpool actor Neil Fitzmaurice has been confirmed as host of The First Ark Impact Awards which recognise both people and businesses for their contribution to communities across Merseyside.

Fitzmaurice, who has starred in numerous television and film productions including Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Peep Show and The Office, will present awards ranging from Social Organisation of the Year to Business Partnership of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

The entertainment for the evening will be provided by Liverpool based acts Up All Night and Soul Wizards while former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists MD Productions will also be performing one of their trademark high energy dance routines.

Nominations have now closed for the awards which take place on the 3rd November at The Venue in Huyton. This year marks the 11th incarnation of the awards and over 200 people are expected to come together to celebrate those who have made a positive difference within their community.

Speaking about his participation in the awards, Neil Fitzmaurice said:

“I was really pleased to accept the invitation to host the First Ark Impact awards, it’s a great opportunity to recognise the amazing individuals and organisations we have in Merseyside.”

Bob Taylor, chief executive of First Ark, said:

“These awards are about celebrating the unsung heroes who work to make our community a better place to live. This year’s event reflects the growing number of people and organisations we are working with and it will be great to have Neil join us for the evening. I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors who are helping to make this happen.”

The list of sponsors for this year’s awards includes a range of business lining up to offer their support for the proceedings. Savills are sponsoring table drinks and Seddon are sponsoring the room decorations while Michael Page Housing are sponsoring the drinks reception. Other sponsors include:

• FH Groundworks will sponsor KHT Resident of the Year
• Knowsley CVS will sponsor Volunteer of the Year
• First Ark Social Investment will sponsor Social Enterprise Champion
• Structec will sponsor Community Group of the Year
Keepmoat will sponsor Social Organisation of the Year
• Anthony Collins will sponsor Community Project of the Year
• Wright Hassall will sponsor Business Partnership of the Year
• Novus Solutions will sponsor Apprentice of the Year
• Fusion21 will sponsor Investment of the Year
• Travis Perkins will sponsor Inspirational Person of the Year
• Michael Page Finance and Housing will sponsor Entrepreneur of the Year

Anyone who is interested in attending the awards should contact Helen Goodwin at First Ark either by email or telephone 0151 290 7489.

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