Independent business community in “good health” as MIB Awards shortlist is announced

THE shortlist has been revealed for the Merseyside Independent Business Awards 2018 following a record number of entries.

Healthy lifestyles feature strongly in this year’s list of local businesses, which includes White Wolf Yoga, Absolute Body Solutions, Fit Food Shack, The Brink and Health@Work in a range of categories.

The region’s bustling food scene is also well represented, with Silk Rd among the contenders for Best Start Up as well as Restaurant of the Year, where it will vie with Wreckfish, Slim’s Pork Chop Express and Belzan. Helen Wynn of Carringtons Catering is among the Business Person of the Year nominees.

The MIB Awards is organised by Morecrofts Solicitors and headline sponsored by Liverpool BID Company. The shortlist and eventual winners are decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from within the regional business community.

Now in its sixth year, it aims to celebrate the achievements of local entrepreneurs and independent businesses and showcase the enduring impact they have on the regional economy.

Liverpool has the largest number of companies on the shortlist and there are more finalists than ever before from each of the other Merseyside boroughs.

Knowsley has five shortlisted nominees, with Sovereign Transport Services, Suites Hotel & Spa, social enterprise First Ark, Citrus Electrical Supplies and online security specialist Nexus Protect all nominated in different categories.

Five Wirral businesses – digital agency Maxweb, Owen Drew Candles, Anne Roberts Hair & Beauty, Hitch Marketing and Leasowe Castle – make the shortlist, while community organisation Tomorrow’s Women Wirral also features.

Sefton has two finalists – advanced machinery manufacturer CNC Robotics and social media agency Cattington – while St Helens is represented by glazing specialist Universal Arches.

Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “The judges were blown away yet again this year by the incredible volume and quality of nominated businesses.

“Not only do we have the largest number of nominations to date and an increasing number of businesses promoting a healthy lifestyle, but it is also especially pleasing to see such a wide spread of shortlisted businesses from every corner of Merseyside.

“The MIB Awards is evidence that our independent community remains in good health and continues to provide the region’s commercial backbone.”

The full shortlist is detailed below and the winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Rum Warehouse on Thursday 18 October.  For further details, please contact Ami-lee Price at Morecrofts Solicitors on 0151 236 8871.

MIB Awards 2018 Shortlist

 Best Place to Stay (Sponsored by Royal Albert Dock)

Suites Hotel & Spa
Elegant House
Leasowe Castle

Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Wirral Chamber of Commerce)

Owen Drew Candles
Blankstone Opticians
Walton Flooring Centre

Culture & Tourism Business of the Year (Sponsored by Merseyrail)

Everyman and Playhouse
Otterspool Adventure Centre
Western Approaches

Health and Beauty Business of the Year (Sponsored by Titanic Hotel)

Absolute Body Solutions
Anne Roberts Hair & Beauty
White Wolf Yoga

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Elliot Fletcher)

Doris IT
The Interesting Eating Company Group
Pink Media
Suites Hotel and Spa

Best Creative Business (Sponsored by Forresters)

The Guide Liverpool
Branchwork Media
hi-impact Consultancy
Hitch Marketing

The Community Impact Award (Sponsored by Handelsbanken)

The Brink
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
The Open Door Centre
First Ark

Best Start Up (2 years or under) (Sponsored by Bruntwood)

Ava and Harrison
Fit Food Shack
Ghetto Golf
Nexus Protect
Owen Drew Candles
Silk Rd

Business Person of the Year (Sponsored by InfoTrack)

Helen Wynn – Carringtons Catering
Jay Hynd – The Guide Liverpool
Rachael Forshaw – Sovereign Transport Services

Restaurant of the Year (Sponsored by Bolland & Lowe)

Silk Rd
Slim’s Pork Chop Express

Business & Professional Services Company of the Year (Sponsored by Butterworth Spengler)

Courtney Recruitment
McIver Scott Recruitment


Trades or Manufacturing Business of the Year (Sponsored by Wesleyan)

Citrus Electrical
Universal Arches
CNC Robotics

Digital & technology Business of the Year (Sponsored by DSG)