Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside


By Annette Parker

Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the maritime sector in the North West of England, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).

The organisation, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses, held its annual awards on Thursday evening (March 9) at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club.

There were 12 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Business of the Year Award. The winners are:

Best Newcomer (Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group)
WINNER: Complete Training Solutions

Rising Star (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)
JOINT WINNERS: John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV and  Lauren Kemp, Beech Group

Engineering Company of the Year (Sponsored by RSM UK)
WINNER: DT Engineering NW Ltd

Innovation Award (Sponsored by Peel Ports Group)
WINNER: Warrant Group Ltd

Freight & Logistics Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
WINNER: 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps

Maritime Professional Services Award (Sponsored by Tilney)
WINNER: MDS Transmodal Ltd

Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest)
WINNER: RS Clare & Co Ltd

Micro Business of the Year (Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre)
WINNER: LEK Lubrication Systems

Positive Impact (Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners)
WINNER: Liverpool Cruise Terminal

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Beech Group)
WINNER: Ian Higby, Managing Director, Atlantic Container Line

SME of the Year (Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services)
WINNER: Eldapoint Ltd

Business of the Year (Sponsored by Stream Marine Training)
Seatruck Ferries

The judges’ award for Maritime Ambassador is decided each year by an independent judging panel, which was unanimous in choosing Ian Higby, Managing Director of Atlantic Container Line (UK) as its 2017 winner.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “Our third event has exceeded all expectations we had when we started organising this event more than three years ago. Each year we have built on the success of the previous year and this year’s event was no different. We had greater demand for tables, more award categories and more entries than ever before.

“We heard about some of the truly excellent businesses based here in the North West and this event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sheer diversity of their expertise and achievements. Our key message for 2017 is ‘Liverpool is Back’ and we certainly proved that on Thursday evening. We were also very honoured to hold the event at Liverpool Football Club, which provided a stunning backdrop for our maritime awards”

Key guests within the maritime sector included Bernhard Friess, Director of the European Commission and David Dingle, Chairman of Maritime UK. Jacqueline Foster, MEP for the North West, was as a guest speaker on the night.

The MMIAs was sponsored by Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training. Hill Dickinson LLP sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.


About A.Parker
MERSEY MARITIME Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the UK's Liverpool City Region, bringing together over 1250 businesses whose activities contribute some £3.47bn - or 13% - to the region's GDP. The cluster is the broadest and largest outside of London, reflecting Liverpool's long history as a maritime mercantile city. As a city region that has maritime embedded in its DNA, Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to address an agenda centred on skills, innovation, R&D and business support that will help facilitate further growth and job creation. The organisation is co-located with LJMU at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral (UK).


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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