Celebrating Excellence in Business

Join us at this year’s Annual Dinner and Awards

Posted by Paul Cherpeau

Chief Executive

Fri 24th, Aug

I am delighted to announce that tickets for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner 2018 are now available. Once again the magnificent Rum Warehouse will provide a stunning backdrop to what I know will be another entertaining and successful evening. We are also particularly pleased that SP Energy Networks will be our main sponsor, and that we will welcome Mike Moran MBE, CEO of Proton Partners International, as our keynote speaker, providing a fascinating insight on his career journey so far.

Celebrating excellence in business is the theme of our Annual Dinner Awards this year and over the next few weeks we will be looking at each of the award categories and revisiting last year's winners.

The theme of responsible business will run through all of the award categories, building on the success of last year and also acknowledging the growing awareness of the importance, and the benefits, of being a responsible business. We will be presenting six awards this year and you can find out more information here.

It is particularly timely given the Government recently launched its first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years setting out its vision to empower and invest in society. The strategy highlights the increasingly important role that businesses continue to play in building a fairer society, recognising that a strong business environment and prosperous local communities go hand in hand. It is easy to be cynical about the intentions behind the strategy and the resources available to deliver tangible outcomes, but there are some positives too - not least the recognition of the pivotal partnership role that business plays. It is also encouraging to see so many different government departments involved in the strategy, acknowledging the fact that responsible business impacts on all aspects of our lives.

The real positive is the extent to which business itself is driving forward this agenda. Too often the media focusses on the negative examples of poor employer practices which sadly still exist, but we know that there is an increasing number of local businesses who are mainstreaming responsible business, whatever the size or sector, putting social and environmental responsibility at the heart of what they do. They recognise that it is key to long-term, sustainable growth as well as how they manage risk and retain consumer and investor trust in their brand and business plan.

The strategy also highlights new business models including “purposeful business” which recognises that in supporting employees, communities and the environment a business can actually create shareholder value.

The success of any strategy however can only be judged on what it delivers. The government has pledged its support for responsible business, with an update on its approach in 2019. This year it will establish a responsible business Leadership Group which will lead the debate about the role of business in society as well as building on the work of the Inclusive Economy Partnership. In the meantime, we think actions speak louder than words and we look forward to identifying opportunities to work with local partners, including our Responsible Business Forum, to support delivery of these objectives and highlight business activities at a local level which are already having an impact.

Help us to showcase the very best of responsible business practice in our city region as we celebrate excellence in business at this year’s Annual Dinner Awards.

For more information on the awards and how to enter go to http://www.liverpoolchamber.org.uk/services/annual-dinner-awards-2018.aspx or email awards@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

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