Finalists Announced for Wirral Business Awards 2017

The list consists of 40 shortlisted organisations, who will now compete in ten award categories to be chosen as winners at the awards ceremony being held at Thornton Manor on 22nd September.

Organised by Wirral Chamber of Commerce and now in its eleventh year, the event is supported by headline sponsors Progress to Excellence Group Ltd and Russell Taylor Group.

Recognised as one of the Peninsula's largest and most prestigious business events, it highlights the innovation and enterprise the community has in making Wirral and the wider city region as locations of business excellence.

A four-strong judging panel decided which entries made it through to the final in each category, comprising Chris Fry (Office Senior Partner at KPMG in the UK), Ben Miller (Partner at DLA Piper), Alan Evans (Strategic Commissioner for Growth for Wirral Council) and Paula Basnett (CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce).

Paula Basnett said, "We are very proud to organise this annual event on behalf of our business community.  This year we received record numbers of entries and the quality excelled which made the judging extremely difficult.  However, I am confident that the chosen finalists will be great ambassadors in representing the best of Wirral’s businesses."

Chris Fry added, “The awards demonstrate the huge contribution businesses make to the economic growth and prosperity of our local economy through national and international trade. The standard of entries this year have again been extremely high and consequently was very difficult choosing those which are going forward to the next stage, but I offer my congratulations to all the applicants and finalists.”

The complete list of finalists are: -

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Stiebel Eltron UK

  • Hygienic Innovations
  • Roberts Snack Shack
  • Sure Solutions
  • Three Dimensional Training

Business of the Year (under 11 employees) sponsored by Pacific Sheds

  • Blackberry Grove
  • Gud Design
  • Red Apple Education
  • Vigo IT Solutions

Business of the Year (11-49 employees) sponsored by McEwan Wallace

  • hi-impact consultancy
  • Hoist UK
  • Horner Downey
  • Plus Point

Business of the Year (50+ employees) sponsored by NW Systems Group

  • Capital Reinforcing
  • CPL Training Group
  • Russell Taylor Group
  • Typhoo Tea

Business Person of the Year sponsored by Smylie Ltd

  • AF Global - Keith Taylor
  • Joanne Finnerty Recruitment - Joanne Finnerty
  • Plus Point - Mark Sweeney
  • Russell Taylor Group - Ben Russell

Rising Star sponsored by Young Chamber

  • The Jackson Canter Group – Katherine Spaughton
  • Joanne Finnerty Recruitment – Claire Statham
  • Passport Language Solutions – Jennifer Foulds
  • Vigo IT Solutions – Tom Barbat

International Trade Award sponsored by Peel Group

  • AEV
  • Paragon Scientific
  • Regal Wholesale
  • Tranmere Rovers FC

Sustainability Award sponsored by Unilever

  • B&M Waste Services
  • Brooklet Farm & Livery
  • Floral Pavilion
  • Stiebel Eltron UK

People Development sponsored by B&M Waste Services

  • AF Global
  • Capital Reinforcing
  • Cirrus Purchasing Ltd
  • Unilever

Customer Service sponsored by The Contact Company(winner to be decided by Public Vote)

  • Auger
  • Inteb Managed Services
  • LBW Accountants
  • The Light Cinema

Outstanding Business of the Year sponsored by Wirral Council 

  • The judges will select one winner from all entries received and the winner will be revealed on the night.

Speaking of the applications, Ben Miller thought, “The entries for this year’s Wirral Business Awards are well placed to achieve even greater business success in the year ahead. I am delighted that Wirral has a thriving business community which is bringing innovation and success to the area.”

Alan Evans summarised, “Wirral Council is proud to be part of the Wirral Business Awards 2017, and the diversity of the companies entering this year, large and small, new and established, was outstanding and will all play key roles in Wirral’s future business growth.”

It is expected that more than 500 leading business people will attend the Gala Dinner at Thornton Manor on September 22nd when the awards will be presented on what promises to be one of the region's largest business networking events of the year.  Tickets and tables for the event are available through

The event is also being supported by Typhoo (Reception Sponsor), Mills Media Group (AV Presentation Partner), and Let’s Go Design and Print (Print and Design Partner).


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