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Innovative businesses large and small celebrate awards success

Liverpool Chamber hosts annual Innovation in Business Awards

Some of Liverpool’s most exciting start-ups and its most established institutions came together as winners at this year’s Innovation in Business Awards, organised by Liverpool Chamber.

Among those to receive awards were Brewery Bus Tours (New Business of the Year), Liverpool Empire Theatre (Experience Provider), Green Bell Packaging (Innovative Product or Service) and Ticket Quarter (Customer Excellence Award).

Creative merchandise business Wild Thang (Sustainable Business / International Business of the Year) and M&E building contractor Kimpton (Talent Development / Chair’s Award) each picked up two awards at the sold-out event, which welcomed 500 guests at St George’s Hall.

Two awards were presented for Business of the Year; River Capital won the award for companies with fewer than 30 employees, while Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine won the award for larger businesses.

Yoga Nation (Innovation in Health & Wellbeing), Employability Solutions (Social Impact Award), Big Help Project (Community Impact Award) and Liverpool John Moores University (Skills Provider of the Year) were all victorious.

Meanwhile, there were individual awards for Noura Qusairy (Young Person of the Year) and Alison Pountney (Leadership Innovation Award), both from the University of Liverpool.

Paul Cherpeau, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber, said:

“Innovation is at the heart of all commercial success and, as this year’s awards demonstrate, it can be found in businesses of all shapes and sizes.

“We introduced new categories for 2023, such as Innovative Product or Service and Leadership Innovation, to accurately reflect the changing face of business innovation.

“There were high-calibre entries and worthy winners across every category and the evening was an excellent reminder of the spirit of resilience, creativity and foresight that embodies our city region’s business community.

“I would also like to offer huge thanks to our sponsors for their support, without which this celebration of innovation would simply not be possible.”

The Innovation in Business Awards 2023 were headline sponsored by Blok ‘N’ Mesh. Its CEO Simon Worsley said:

“There are numerous innovative organisations, large and small, doing great things here in the Liverpool City Region across a diverse range of sectors. It was a great pleasure for us to support and attend the awards again this year and share in the dynamism and achievements of our fellow local businesses.”

The evening began with a VIP drinks event in the Concert Hall, sponsored by The Sovini Group, before a larger reception sponsored by ComCab Liverpool. Other sponsors of the Innovation in Business Awards include Lexus Liverpool and MSP Global along with event partners Puzzleduck, DWNTWN Big Creative Events and The Guide Liverpool. A separate winners’ event will be hosted by Everton Stadium in early 2024.