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Liverpool Chamber hosts annual Innovation in Business Awards

SOME of Liverpool’s most exciting start-ups and most established institutions came together as winners at this year’s Innovation in Business Awards, organised by Liverpool Chamber. 

Among those to receive awards were Brewery Bus Tours (New Business of the Year), Liverpool Empire Theatre (Experience Provider), Green Bell Packaging (Innovative Product or Service) and Ticket Quarter (Customer Excellence Award). 

Creative merchandise business Wild Thang (Sustainable Business / International Business of the Year) and M&E building contractor Kimpton (Talent Development / Chair’s Award) each picked up two awards at the sold-out event, which welcomed 500 guests at St George’s Hall. 

Two awards were presented for Business of the Year; River Capital won the award for companies with fewer than 30 employees, while Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine won the award for larger businesses.  

Yoga Nation (Innovation in Health & Wellbeing), Employability Solutions (Social Impact Award), Big Help Project (Community Impact Award) and Liverpool John Moores University (Skills Provider of the Year) were all victorious. 

Meanwhile, there were individual awards for Noura Qusairy (Young Person of the Year) and Alison Pountney (Leadership Innovation Award), both from the University of Liverpool.  

Paul Cherpeau, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber, said: “Innovation is at the heart of all commercial success and, as this year’s awards demonstrate, it can be found in businesses of all shapes and sizes. We introduced new categories for 2023, such as Innovative Product or Service and Leadership Innovation, to accurately reflect the changing face of business innovation.  

“There were high-calibre entries and worthy winners across every category and the evening was an excellent reminder of the spirit of resilience, creativity and foresight that embodies our city region’s business community.  

“I would also like to offer huge thanks to our sponsors for their support, without which this celebration of innovation would simply not be possible.” 

The Innovation in Business Awards 2023 were headline sponsored by Blok ‘N’ Mesh. Its CEO Simon Worsley said: “There are numerous innovative organisations, large and small, doing great things here in the Liverpool City Region across a diverse range of sectors. It was a great pleasure for us to support and attend the awards again this year and share in the dynamism and achievements of our fellow local businesses.”

2023 Awards Winners: 

Social Impact Award, Sponsored by ACC Liverpool 
Winner: Employability Solutions 

Sustainable Business of the Year Award, Sponsored by Liverpool Hope University 
Winner: Wild Thang 

 Talent Development Award, Sponsored by Help to Grow @ The University of Liverpool Management School 
Winner: Kimpton 

 Customer Excellence Award, Sponsored by BT Local Business 
Winner: Ticket Quarter 

New Business of the Year Award, Sponsored by Wild Thang 
Winner: Brewery Bus Tours 

Community Impact Award, Sponsored by Warwick Development 
Winner: Big Help Project 

Young Person of the Year Award, Sponsored by Kimpton 
Winner: Noura Qusairy from University of Liverpool 

 International Business of the Year Award, Sponsored by Quirky Digital 
Winner: Wild Thang 

Experience Provider of the Year Award, Sponsored by MICT 
Winner: Liverpool Empire Theatre  

Skills Provider of the Year Award, Sponsored by A&B Marketing 
Winner: Liverpool John Moores University 

 Innovative Product or Service Award 
Winner: Green Bell Packaging 

Innovation in Health & Wellbeing Award, Sponsored by National Museums Liverpool 
Winner: Yoga Nation 

 Leadership Innovation Award, Sponsored by MTC Training 
Winner: Alison Pountney from University of Liverpool 

Business of the Year Award (over 30 employees), Sponsored by Lexus Liverpool 
Winner: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

Business of the Year Award (under 30 employees), Sponsored by ComCab Liverpool 
Winner: River Capital 

Chair’s Award, Sponsored by Blok ‘N’ Mesh 
Winner: Kimpton 

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