Search on for region’s indie business of year

MAX Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, has spoken of the invaluable contribution Independent Businesses make to the city region following the announcement that he will act as a judge in this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards. He said: “Liverpool City Region is one of the England’s fastest growing regional economies and independent businesses are at the very heart of that. “Merseyside is well known for manufacturing, tourism, media, retail and professional services and there’s some shining talent and businesses operating in these sectors. The Merseyside Independent Business Awards provide chance for innovation, creativity and growth to be recognised and importantly, to fly the flag for Merseyside as a place to do business too.” The Merseyside Independent Business Awards the region’s only event which puts the spotlight on independents. Family-run Matta’s Foods on Bold Street won the grand title ‘Business of the Year’ in 2014 and received a coveted package of business support and mentoring as the prize. Dalip Matta from Matta’s Foods said: “The win made a huge difference to the business – people were talking about us, it brought more customers through the door and the business support and guidance we received as part of our prize has really helped to keep pushing the business forward. It was also very special for my parents as they were about to retire after more than 50 years building the business. I’d urge any Merseyside business that wants to grow their business to enter the MIB awards.” The headline sponsor of the 2015 ceremony is the Liverpool BID Company. Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts Solicitors, which created the MIB awards, said: “The MIB Awards are designed to draw a collective gaze on the region’s best independent organisations. A good number of those are naturally based within the city centre so it’s great to have the BID Company give us this level of support. “Nominations for this year’s awards have come in thick and fast and it demonstrates the vibrant and talented seam of independent businesses that exist in our region. “We work closely with the BID throughout the year and I’m sure this will only serve to strengthen that relationship and boost the awards even further. Together with our category sponsors, we all share a belief in empowering the independent business community to achieve its incredible potential.” The MIB Awards takes place at Rum Warehouse Liverpool on October 1 2015. For more information visit www.mibawards.co.uk Photo caption: Max Steinberg from Liverpool Vision is pictured with Morecrofts’ managing partner Alison Lobb