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Mersey Maritime creates industry awards

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Chris Shirling Rooke of MLE

Chris Shirling Rooke of MLE

Mersey Maritime is to host an Industry Awards Dinner next March with a Ministerial presence that will bring together maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the North West.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO of Mersey Maritime, announced: “We are delighted to launch Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards which will be presented at a gala dinner event on 12 March 2015. It will be an annual event designed to celebrate excellence within the Maritime Logistics and Energy sectors. It will also help businesses to network while providing a forum for discussion.”

There are nine award categories:

  • Business of the Year
  • Vocational Skills Award (individual award)
  • SME Business of the Year
  • Engineering Company of the Year
  • Environmental Award
  • Supply Chain Partnership
  • Best Newcomer (company award)
  • Global Reach Award
  • Ambassador of the Year Award

Event sponsors include Cammell Laird, Grant Thornton and Liverpool John Moores University, who, together with a representative from Mersey Maritime and other key business leaders, will also form the judging panel for the awards.

Application packs can be downloaded from today from Mersey Maritime’s website at:http://www.merseymaritime.co.uk/latest-news/apply-now-for-mersey-maritime-industry-awards-2015.phuse  For further details please contact Mersey Maritime communications manager Annette Parker on 0151 647 4747.  Applications need to be submitted by Friday 16th January 2015.

Mersey Maritime Limited

Mersey Maritime is the private-public sector partnership that represents the interests of the shipping, ports and logistics sector on Merseyside, including improvements to the movement of freight across the region. It represents the interests of a cluster of 1700 businesses employing 28, 000 people, with a combined turnover of £2.6bn. The organisation receives funding via the European Regional Development Fund (see below), matched by private sector income raised through membership, events and consultancy services.

Maritime Sector Development Programme

The programme is open to Merseyside-based SMEs. These are defined as businesses with a registered office address in Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral or Knowsley (some postcodes excepted). They must engage in economic activity, being self-employed persons, family businesses, partnerships or associations. They must employ fewer than 250 staff and have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50m, or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43m.

SMEs may qualify for assistance from the programme if they operate in the following sub-sectors: Building, repair and maintenance of ships or boats; Business services; Cargo handling; Defence; Education, training and skills; Engineering and fabrication services; Leisure and Recreation; Navigation and safety; Offshore and underwater services; Oil and gas; Port operations, Professional maritime services; Renewable energy; Research and development; Ship management; Shipping, freight and forwarding agents; Storage and warehousing; Transport by land, air or sea; Wholesale distribution and other specialist maritime sectors.

The European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. The Current ERDF programme, which is worth €755 million, is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. ERDF’s Maritime Sector Development Programme has been extended to 2015. It aims to support productivity, business growth and job creation among small to medium sized enterprises on Merseyside, helping to enhance the competitiveness of the sub-region both nationally and internationally. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

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