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Awards Night Nerves: Merseyside Independent Business Awards 2016

You may remember a few weeks back we excitedly announced (shouted from the roof tops and all over our social media and to everyone sat outside La Tasca Queen’s Square) that we’d been nominated for an award!?

Well, the nerves have officially set in. This time next week The Guide Liverpool team will have been polished and primped to within an inch of their lives following a gala dinner and awards ceremony at The Titanic Hotel, Rum Warehouse to celebrate with very best of Merseyside Independent Business.

The nomination really spurred us on and we’ve been mad busy bringing you all the action from the summer festivals like Liverpool Loves, Fusion and Reminisce, while documenting huge Liverpool stories such as the World Premier of The Beatles Film and breaking entertainment news from Craig David Echo Arena tour dates to live action video from Pirate Festival on the Dock. It’s been a busy few weeks, but now all eyes are on the MIB’s.

The Merseyside Independent Business Awards were set up by Morecrofts Solicitors in 2013, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the independent business. From one man operations to large employers the awards sees businesses from all over the county enter the prestigious awards with 13 categories, so you can see why we’re made up to have been shortlisted!

As an added bonus, an overall winner is also picked to win a business package worth more than £10,000

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Our nomination knocked us for six, to have been recognised alongside some highly successful, independent businesses that we know and love ourselves, is a huge honour. Liverpool has long been a hub for start-up enterprises and we’re always keen to showcase new talent whether it be music, festivals, charity work or new bars and restaurants. We really are a city of trend setters and giving those people and organisations a platform to promote their work is what we like doing best.

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Fellow nominees include 60 Hope Street, The Art School and Miyagi in the Best Place to Dine category, along with Delifonseca Dockside, The Liverpool Cheese Company and the Dutch Flower Shop in the running for Best Independent Retailer and a whole host of other accolades including ours, which is Best Creative Business….eeek! 

Whatever the outcome, we have to send our congratulations to all the nominees for not only being ace at what they do individually, but also for inspiring others to explore the possibilities of independent business and help to make Liverpool the diverse, culturally rich city it is.

Good luck to all the fellow nominees, we’ll see you there!

Click here to find out more about the MIB Awards and the 2015 winners. 

 

The 2016 finalists are: 

 

Beauty and Cosmetic Business of the year

Beauty and Holistic Lounge

 

So Coco Rouge

 

Revitalaser

 

Best Independent Place to Dine – Sponsored by Bolland & Lowe

 

The Art School Restaurant

 

Hardy’s Kitchen

 

Miyagi

 

60 Hope Street

 

Best Independent Place to Stay – Sponsored by Elliot Fletcher

 

Epic Apart-Hotel

 

The Richmond Hotel

 

Independent Start-up Business of the year – Sponsored by Butterworth Spengler

 

Pao!

 

The Hippy Club

 

Independent Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by Wesleyan Bank

 

Matthew Farrell, John Ennis and Nick Thomas – Graffiti Spirits

 

Mark Hensby – Liverpool Organic Brewery

 

Gavin Sherratt – Studio Mashbo

 

Jon Kelly – Meet & Potato

 

Helen Lord – Used Kitchen Exchange

 

Community Organisation of the Year

 

The Brink

 

Fritto Italian Street Food

 

Fusion 21

 

NYAS

 

The Whitechapel Centre

 

Best Independent Creative Business – Sponsored by Bruntwood

 

Studio Mashbo

 

The Guide Liverpool

 

Meet &Potato

 

Culture and Tourism Business of the Year – Sponsored by Merseyrail

 

Constellations

 

Darkstar Laser

 

dot-art

 

Sefton Park Palm House

 

Best Independent Digital and Technology Business – Sponsored by Forresters

 

Aabyss

 

Connect

 

Cyberfrog Design

 

Studio Mashbo

 

Independent Employer of the Year

 

Carringtons Catering

 

Daisy and Jake Day Nursery

 

Fieldway Group

 

Health @ Work

 

Hi-impact Consultancy

 

Professional Services Business of the Year – Sponsored by RBS

 

One HR

 

BWMacfarlane Chartered Accountants

 

Joanne Finnerty Recruitment

 

Mitchell Charlesworth Accountants

 

Independent Retailer of the Year

 

Delifonseca Dockside

 

Dutch Flower Shop

 

Liverpool Cheese Company

 

Revolver Retail 

 

The Yog Bar

 

Trade, manufacturing or Engineering Business of the Year – Sponsored by DSG Accountants

 

The Leather Satchel Company

 

Power-pipe

 

Merseyside Business of the Year – The winner of each category will make the shortlist of this award and will be awarded at the award ceremony.

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