Constellations Is Star Name In Independents Showcase

CONSTELLATIONS bar and events space was the big winner at this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards, scooping two awards. The Baltic Triangle venue won the Culture, Leisure and Tourism award and also took home the coveted Merseyside Independent Business of the Year award. The awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at The Rum Warehouse in Liverpool, organised by Morecrofts Solicitors and headline sponsored by Liverpool BID Company. Other winners on the night included Asian food truck Pao!, which won the Best Start-Up award, events business Meet & Potato in the Creative Business category, So Coco Rouge for Beauty & Cosmetic Business and Gavin Sherratt of Studio Mashbo, who was named Independent Businessperson of the Year. Awards for the Best Place to Stay and Best Place to Eat were given to Epic Aparthotel and The Art School respectively, the Best Employer award went to Wirral-based Daisy & Jake’s Nursery and Connect won the Digital & Technology award. Revolver Retail scooped Independent Retailer alongside The Leather Satchel Company, which won in the Trade and Manufacturing category. Mitchell Charlesworth took home the Professional Services prize and the Whitechapel Centre received the Community Award, while OneHR, dot-art, Helen Lord and Fritto were highly commended on the night. The Merseyside Independent Business Awards are now in their fourth year and were launched by Morecrofts Solicitors to recognise the region’s most inspiring entrepreneurs and SMEs. Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “The MIB Awards is always a privilege as we get to spend the evening in the company of talented, successful independent business owners, hearing their success stories and celebrating their achievements. “The strength of our independent business sector is plainly evident from evenings such as this and it’s one of those occasions where I can say, without fear of cliché, that each and every one of them is a winner. “Special mention must go to Constellations, a business which exemplifies the calibre of the region’s culture and leisure offer and has been able to marry creativity and innovation with genuine commercial success.” Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, said: “The MIB Awards provides a fantastic platform to celebrate our independent sector. The Liverpool BID Company is proud to be headline sponsor as these awards shine a much-needed spotlight on some truly amazing business success stories and the vital role they play in our economy.” The full list of winners is; Merseyside Independent Business of the Year – Constellations Beauty and Cosmetic Business – So Coco Rouge Best Independent Place to Dine – The Art School Restaurant Best Independent Place to Stay – Epic Apart-Hotel Independent Start-up Business – Pao! Independent Business Person of the Year – Gavin Sherratt – Studio Mashbo Highly Commended – Helen Lord – Used Kitchen Exchange Community Award – The Whitechapel Centre Highly Commended – Fritto Italian Street Food Independent Creative Business – Meet & Potato Culture and Tourism Business of the Year – Constellations Highly Commended – dot-art Independent Digital and Technology Business – Connect Independent Employer of the Year – Daisy and Jake Day Nursery Professional Services Business of the Year – Mitchell Charlesworth Accountants Highly Commended – OneHR Independent Retailer of the Year – Revolver Retail Trade, Manufacturing or Engineering Business – The Leather Satchel Company