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Huge Celebration for Knowsley Business Awards

by Lisa Bennett

In the biggest ceremony to date, 850 guests came together at this year’s Knowsley Business Awards, to celebrate the success of individuals and organisations from across Knowsley and beyond.

A total of thirteen awards were handed out on the night, with a further 10 receiving a Highly Commended accolade and in a surprise announcement, a Judges Choice Award for Prescot Ambassadors was presented.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“Each year, the Business Awards provide an opportunity for the business community in Knowsley and further afield, to come together to recognise those individuals and organisations who are contributing towards the economic success of the area.

“We have some amazing success stories here in Knowsley and the event is a wonderful celebratory occasion. And with 850 guests this year, it certainly was a celebration. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of this year’s winners and highly commended and thank everyone who took time to submit a nomination.”

Councillor Graham Morgan with Apprentice of the Year, Danielle Flynn from Jaguar Land Rover

The volume and calibre of nominations submitted is testament to Knowsley’s thriving business community and all nominations were judged by members of the Knowsley Place Board which is made up of senior figures from across the North West.

Edward Perry, Chair of the Knowsley Place Board commented:

“Once again I am delighted to have been part of the judging panel for these prestigious awards. I think I can speak on behalf of all my fellow place board members when I say that year on year we are overwhelmed by the standard of the entries. This year was no exception.

“The achievements and successes from Knowsley businesses and business people are quite remarkable and the collective contribution of our business community to Knowsley is fantastic. The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate all that hard work, determination and expertise and for me, and many others, the Knowsley Business Awards are a big highlight in my calendar.”

Edward Perry with Employee of the Year, Josh Fearon from Noodles Nursery. Knowsley Business Awards 2018

In a true reflection of the ‘Knowsley Place’ philosophy, the Judges Choice Award recognised the collective ambassadorial spirit of the independent business community in Prescot which is alive with passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the town centre. This is evident in the number of new businesses investing in the town during the last 12 months and the huge support this has generated on social media.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse has been the catalyst for investment in Prescot and lead sponsor for this year’s Knowsley Business Awards is Kier who are the preferred construction partner for the Playhouse.

Judges’ Choice Award, Prescot Ambassadors

This year’s winners

Knowsley Business Awards 2018 Winners
Applied Nutrition Ltd – Small Business of the Year
Machmade Ltd – Developing Future Skills
Cybertill – Medium Business of the Year
Colloids Limited – Large Business of the Year
Anwyl Homes – Housing Development of the Year
Blends Ltd – Excellence in Manufacturing (up to 100 employees)
Dairy Crest Limited – Excellence in Manufacturing (over 100 employees)
Villages Housing Trust – Corporate Social Responsibility Award
JK Brickwork NW Ltd – Micro Business of the Year
Orbit Developments – Commercial Development of the Year
Krol Corlett Construction – Contractor of the Year
Danielle Flynn, Jaguar Land Rover – Apprentice of the Year
Josh Fearon, Noodles Nursery – Employee of the Year

Knowsley Business Awards 2018 Highly Commended
Beverston Engineering Ltd – Developing Future Skills
Blends Ltd – Medium Business of the Year
Bellway Homes Limited – Housing Development of the Year
Beverston Engineering Ltd – Excellence in Manufacturing
Your Voice Your Choice – Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Spectrum Drylining Ltd – Micro Business of the Year
Webber (NW) Ltd – Contractor of the Year
Kevin Porter, JK Brickwork NW Ltd – Apprentice of the Year
ACC Charity Team, Associates of Cape Cod – Team of the Year
Lisa Walsh, QVC – Employee of the Year

Judges Choice Awards – Prescot Ambassadors
Jessie & Co.
MATE Productions
Albion Bakehouse
The Dance Shop
The Bard
Pinion Bistro
Poppy Belle Florals
Mabel Doll
Station Coffee House
Kingsmen Street Food
Urbano Chiringuito
Rogues & Rascals
Poco Coffee
Ray’s Bakery
Natural & Gorgeous

View the winners photos on the Business Awards website.

The awards evening is supported through sponsorship and is not possible without the tremendous support of our outstanding and loyal sponsors.

All proceeds from the prize draw, auction and charity casino will go towards the Mayor of Knowsley’s chosen charities, Breast Mates Cancer Support Group and Hop Skip and Jump foundation.