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Short list revealed for Merseyside Independent Business Awards

MONKEYZ, a pineapple and a choir are among the names shortlisted for this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards.

The awards, organised by Morecrofts Solicitors, are now in their third year and received a record number of nominations across all 11 categories, exceeding last year’s total by almost 20%. The event is headline sponsored by the Liverpool BID Company.

Shortlisted businesses this year include hairstyling product Pro-Blo, snacks company Tags and farm shop and festival organiser Claremont Farm.

Some of the more eye-catching names on the list include digital marketing agency Fire Pineapple, day nursery Cheeky Monkeyz and The Choir With No Name, which runs choir sessions for the most disadvantaged members of society.

Vying for the coveted Businessperson of the Year award are Mark Hensby, managing director of Liverpool Organic Brewery and Real Ale Events, Mococo founders Maureen & Lee Hooson, crowd-funding entrepreneur Annie O’Toole and John Tague, founder of Tags snacks.
The awards aim to recognise the region’s most inspiring entrepreneurs and SMEs, with the winners announced at a glittering ceremony at the Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock on Thursday October 1.

Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts Solicitors
Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts Solicitors

Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “We have a wealth of homegrown business talent right here on our doorstep and the MIB Awards is designed to highlight the very best of those.

“The shortlist reflects the diversity of our independent business community, from manufacturers of bespoke church furniture and urban regeneration to boutique hotels and organic gin. We even have pints of lager and packets of crisps.

“We are looking forward to meeting all of the shortlisted businesses and showcasing their efforts at the awards ceremony, which promises to be a tremendous celebration of Merseyside’s independent business champions.”

A full list of the shortlisted businesses is detailed below:

Best Independent Start-Up


Cheeky Monkeyz

The Distillery


Independent Place To Stay

Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa

Epic Apart-Hotel

62 Castle Street

Best Independent Trades Business

Les Perry


Merseyside Developments

Retail Business of the Year

Claremont Farm




Culture, Leisure & Tourism Business

Sound City

Bistro Qui

The Interesting Eating Company

Palm House

Real Ale Events

Best Independent Digital & Technology Business

Fire Pineapple

Studio Mashbo


Beauty & Cosmetic Business of the Year

Urban Calm



Manufacturing Business of the Year

The Leather Satchel Company

Hayes & Finch

Abbey Engineering

Independent Creative Business


Meet & Potato



The Community Award

The Choir with No Name


We Make Places

Independent Business Person of the Year

John Tague

Maureen & Lee Hooson

Mark Hensby

Annie O’Toole

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