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A to Z of local businesses on course for MIB awards glory 

BUSINESSES from across Merseyside remain on the road to success in this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards. 

From Absolute Body Solutions and Baltic Bespoke to YogaNation and Zeus Tech Solutions, a wide variety of ambitious, successful local outfits are among the finalists. 

Retailers, manufacturers, hospitality businesses and creative agencies are joined on the list by construction, pharmaceutical and arts organisations. 

The hugely popular MIB (Merseyside Independent Business) Awards returns this year following a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. The winners will be announced at Liverpool’s Rum Warehouse on Thursday 20 October. 

The awards were created by Morecrofts Solicitors to showcase the positive social and economic impact that independent business owners and leading entrepreneurs have on the city region. 

Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “When we announced the return of the MIB Awards this year, we knew it would be welcome news among the local business community, but the level of response has exceeded all expectations. 

“The quality and quantity of entries has been incredible and this is reflected in the calibre of firms that have made the shortlist. It really is the A to Z of outstanding local businesses. 

“For many, it will be their first chance to shine in front of their peers since 2019 and, no matter who tops the podium on the night, it promises to be a wonderful celebration of our shared achievements as a community.” 

The awards are headline sponsored by Liverpool BID Company. Its chief executive, Bill Addy, said: “Here at Liverpool BID Company, we’re so proud of the incredible entries this year at the Merseyside Independent Business Awards.  

“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate these independent businesses who have had such a tough two years but have shown up every day, who have championed their peers and their industries and deserve to be recognised. This year we see some of the best quality ever and we see it being an especially tough job for the judges involved. Good luck!” 

Firms have been shortlisted across a total of 13 categories, as follows: 

Trades / Manufacturing Business  
Baltic Bespoke 
Dams Furniture 
Hemsec Manufacturing 
Kimpton Ltd 

Best Start Up 
Contact Sport 
Doogle’s Donuts & Coffee 
Hatter’s Digital Agency 
The Fermentation Station 

 Digital & Technology Business 
Flare – K-Safe 
Hexsor Scientific 
Zeus Tech Solutions 

Community Impact  
Big Help Trading 
Wellbeing Enterprises 

 Bar of the Year 
Future Yard 
Kazimier Garden 
The Bard  

Culture & Tourism 
Epstein Theatre 
Future Yard CIC 
Invisible Wind Factory 
Tales from the Necropolis 

Employer of the Year 
92 Degrees 
Caring Connections 
The Big Help Project  

Retailer of the Year 
Blankstone Opticians 
Booker Flowers & Gifts 
Owen Drew 
Purple Carrot 
Wongs Jewellers 

Professional Services Business 
Avrenim Group Bathgate Business Finance 
Financial Planning Corporation 
Langton Genealogy 

Creative Business 
hi-impact consultancy 
Hitch Marketing 
Ph. Creative 
Poke Marketing 

Health & Wellbeing 
Absolute Body Solutions 
Caring Connections 
Evolving Mindset 
The Zone 
YogaNation Wellbeing Hub 

Restaurant of the Year 
Antonio’s Bar & Grill 
Delifonseca Dockside 
Duke Street Food & Drink Market 
Pierre Griffe’s Café Bar & Bistro 

Businessperson of the Year 
Dr Natalie Kenny (BioGrad) 
Louise Gillespie (Jessie & Co) 
Simon Krol (Krol Corlett Construction) 
Stephen Lucas (Zeus Tech Solutions) 

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