Law firm Hill Dickinson has been announced as the reception drinks sponsor for the annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA)s for the second consecutive year.
The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime, and the awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.
The 2016 awards dinner follows the success of its inaugural event last year. The closing date for applications has now passed, with the number of entries increased by almost 60 per cent since 2015.
Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “We are delighted that Hill Dickinson has agreed to sponsor the drinks reception for the second year running. Our inaugural event last year was a huge success. This can be seen by the fact that when we sent out information about the 2016 awards, tickets literally sold out overnight.
“We are now looking forward to recognising the businesses behind some of the most outstanding entries we received this year at our awards dinner in March.”
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director at Hill Dickinson, said: “It is a pleasure to be sponsoring the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards for the second year running. Liverpool and its surrounding areas were influential to Hill Dickinson’s foundations over 200 years ago, and continue to be an important force in the maritime industry.
“We wish all those nominated good luck and look forward to seeing many industry colleagues at the awards in March.”
The finalists are due to be announced this month.
There are also three overall event sponsors Brabners LLP, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), and Peel Ports Group. Each company will sponsor an award with additional award sponsors for the remaining categories.
The MMIAS will be presented at a prestigious black tie dinner at Wallasey Town Hall, Merseyside on March 10th.
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 1, 700 businesses employing 28, 000 people, with a combined turnover of £2.6bn. The organisation has recently entered into a partnership agreement with Liverpool John Moores University to develop a Global Maritime Knowledge Hub on Merseyside.