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Navigating New Horizons: Sixth Annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards set for 6 March 2020

By Mersey Maritime

Recognised as the United Kingdom’s leading maritime cluster organisation at the recent Maritime UK National Awards in Southampton, Mersey Maritime is pleased to announce the launch of its own sixth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, 2020.

A firm fixture in the calendar of the maritime community across the North West, Mersey Maritime will once provide the industry across the North of England the opportunity to showcase their work at this special and high profile event taking place on Friday 6th March 2020 at the iconic St Georges Hall in Liverpool.


Commenting, Chief Executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:

“As an organisation we were delighted to be recognised at a national level by Maritime UK in their awards in September, although we are rather used to handing the awards out ourselves rather than receiving acclamation in this way! But it has given us a taste of what it feels like to have the work and activity we engage in on a day to day basis applauded and accredited externally. Here in the North West, I’ve always felt that we are in a unique position. Businesses collaborate with each other, offer support and celebrate achievements together. Mersey Maritime is driven by our motto that we are, ‘Stronger Together’, which has been a key factor in the Liverpool City Region’s recognition as a centre of maritime excellence. These annual awards always seek to showcase this fact.


“This year our theme is ‘Navigating New Horizons.’ With the UK’s likely withdrawal from the European Union firmly in sight, it is more important than ever that we look to the opportunities that a renewed focus on global and international trade represents for our region. As the country’s major west-facing port city, the wider Liverpool City Region is well placed to seize the opportunities presented as we reach out as far as possible across the world to bring trade, investment and growth to our area. Now is the time to be excited and optimistic about the future. These awards will definitely celebrate and champion the enthusiasm I know matters so much to our members.


“We are delighted to also announce the generous support of a number of our long term strategic partners in sponsorship for the event. ‘Diamond Sponsorship’ has been secured from Peel Ports Group, Kays Medical, Western Union Business Solutions and Royal HaskoningDHV for MMIA20. Each of these businesses recognises the valuable role Mersey Maritime plays in being the ‘voice for the maritime sector’ in the Liverpool City Region and are committed to seeing our £4.2 billion sector continue to thrive.”


“Our sixth annual awards event looks set to be the biggest and best yet. Our planning is now well advanced, and the application process is live online. For some time, we’ve wanted to take these important regional awards to the next level and we are confident our plans for the event in 2020 won’t disappoint. Find out more here:


Award application details:

 The application process for the awards opens on Monday 25th November 2019 and will close on Tuesday 7th January 2020. The award categories are as follows:

  • Employer of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Engineering Company of the Year
  • Environmental Impact
  • Innovation Award
  • International Trade Award
  • Maritime Ambassador’s Award
  • Maritime 2050 Award
  • Maritime Professional Services Award
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Positive Impact
  • Rising Star
  • SME of the Year


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Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the Liverpool City Region. We work with businesses of all sizes and in all locations to develop strong, market-responsive supply chains and promote Liverpool’s maritime industry as a world class Centre of Excellence.


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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Navigating New Horizons: Sixth Annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards set for 6 March 2020