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Celebrating Success at Knowsley Business Awards 2023

by Lisa Bennett

The 2023 Knowsley Business Awards celebrated another year of business success and achievements with hundreds of guests from across the North West.

This year’s awards ceremony was full of good cheer as a total of 15 awards were handed out and over 800 guests enjoyed the celebrations.

Held at the Grand Marquee at Knowsley Safari, the event celebrated Knowsley’s ambitious and aspirational business community and the organisations and individuals across Knowsley who make a significant contribution to the borough and the wider local and regional economy.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council commented:

“Once again, I am completely blown away by the remarkable business community we have here in Knowsley. We have organisations of all sizes across different sectors who are determined and dedicated to make Knowsley thrive and a great place to work, invest, visit and do business.

“I am really proud of what Knowsley’s business community has achieved during the last 12 months and the Business Awards gave us the opportunity to showcase their achievements. I offer a huge congratulations to all of the winners, those highly commended and everyone who was shortlisted.”

The Knowsley Business Awards 2023 winners are:

Community Impact Award (small business) – Young Adult Respite Service

Community Impact Award (large business) – Liverpool Football Club Foundation

Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Dams Furniture Ltd

Hospitality Business of the Year – Antonio’s Bar & Grill

Apprentice of the Year – Charlie Harrison, Citrus Group

Employee of the Year – Callum McLellan, Abbey Group

Micro Business of the Year – MP Fabrications Limited

Medium Business of the Year – Abbey Group

Small Business of the Year – GL Telecoms Ltd

Net Zero Champion Award – Livv Housing Group

Contractor of the Year – Next Energy Solutions Ltd

Commercial Investment of the Year – Tritax Symmetry Limited

Housing Development of the Year – Bloor Homes (North West)

International Trade Award – Clarke Energy

Visit Knowsley Award – Shakespeare North Playhouse

Special Entertainment

Guests at this year’s ceremony were treated to a special dance performance from Knowsley Central School, who provide education provision to pupils with complex needs.

Supporting Local Charities

As in previous years, the Charity Auction at the ceremony raised money for the Mayor of Knowsley’s chosen charities. This year, the Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Eddie Connor is supporting Breast Mates, a self-help group run by local people, and Knowsley Central School, which provides specialist provision for pupils aged between 3 and 14 years who have complex needs.

A total of £9,330 was raised at Charity Auction and raffle. Amazon generously match funded £5,000, followed by further donations from Fusion 21, Bespoke Fireplaces, SolidTek, LFC, Patrick Properties and The Forshaw Group.

The grand total raised on the night was a fantastic £17,530.

Foodbank Donations

Following the generous donations made at last year’s awards ceremony, guests were once again asked to kindly provide their support to those most impacted by the cost-of-living crisis by bringing donations for the local foodbank.

A huge collection of generous donations was collected on the evening.  718kg was donated, the equivalent weight of 7 Giant Pandas.

Event Sponsors

The Knowsley Business Awards would not be possible without the generous support from external sponsors.