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Mersey Maritime announces finalists for industry awards

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Mersey Maritime is pleased to announce the finalists for its first Industry Awards. The Awards will have a Ministerial presence that will bring together maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the North West.

The winners will be revealed at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards black tie dinner on 12th March 2015.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “We are delighted with the response and look forward to celebrating the excellence within the Maritime Logistics and Energy sectors at the Gala Dinner next month.”

Business of the Year Cammell LairdPeel Ports

Seatruck Ferries


Vocational  Skills Award Cammell LairdHughes Sub Surface Engineering

Peel Ports

SME of the Year Beech GroupBrookes Bell Group

Flynn Refrigeration

Sea Level Research

Engineering Co DT EngineeringIPS Marine Fabrications


Environment OceanchestRS Clare

Sea Level Research

Supply Chain Hughes Sub Surface EngineeringPeel Ports

RS Clare

Best Newcomer McKennas MarineMaxim Product Solutions


Sea Level Research

Global Reach Bibby ShipmanagementBrookes Bell Group

Flynn Refrigeration

Royal Haskoning




















The next step for the finalists is a ‘Meet The Finalists’ reception for the judges and the nominees on Thursday 12th February 2015.

The winners will be announced at a black tie Awards Dinner on 12th March at Wallasey Town Hall, Wirral. For further details please contact Mersey Maritime communications manager Annette Parker on 0151 647 4747.

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. www.merseymaritime.co.uk

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 visithttps://www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

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