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Mersey Maritime announces winners of industry awards

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MMIAs Rising Star joint winners – Prof Al-Shamma’a of Liverpool John Moores University (award sponsor), winners Lauren Kemp of Beech Group and John-James Gallagher of Royal HaskoningDHV, and event host Louise Minchin.

Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the maritime sector in the North West of England, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).

The organisation, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses, held its annual awards on Thursday evening (March 9) at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club.

There were 12 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Business of the Year Award. The winners are:

Best Newcomer

Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group

Complete Training Solutions
Rising Star

Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)


John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV

Lauren Kemp, Beech Group

Engineering Company of the Year

Sponsored by RSM UK

DT Engineering NW Ltd
Innovation Award

Sponsored by Peel Ports Group

Warrant Group Ltd
Freight & Logistics Award

Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport

156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
Maritime Professional Services Award

Sponsored by Tilney

MDS Transmodal Ltd
Global Reach Award

Sponsored by NatWest

RS Clare & Co Ltd
Micro Business of the Year

Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre

LEK Lubrication Systems
Positive Impact

Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners

Liverpool Cruise Terminal
The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador

Sponsored by Beech Group

Ian Higby
SME of the Year

Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services

Eldapoint Ltd
Business of the Year

Sponsored by Stream Marine Training

Seatruck Ferries

The judges’ award for Maritime Ambassador is decided each year by an independent judging panel, which was unanimous in choosing Ian Higby, Managing Director of Atlantic Container Line (UK) as its 2017 winner.

MMIA 2017 winners – MMIA winners on the stage at the end of the night

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “Our third event has exceeded all expectations we had when we started organising this event more than three years ago. Each year we have built on the success of the previous year and this year’s event was no different.  We had greater demand for tables, more award categories and more entries than ever before.

“We heard about some of the truly excellent businesses based here in the North West and this event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sheer diversity of their expertise and achievements. Our key message for 2017 is ‘Liverpool is Back’ and we certainly proved that on Thursday evening. We were also very honoured to hold the event at Liverpool Football Club, which provided a stunning backdrop for our maritime awards”

Key guests within the maritime sector included Bernhard Friess, Director of the European Commission and David Dingle, Chairman of Maritime UK. Jacqueline Foster, MEP for the North West, was as a guest speaker on the night.

The MMIAs was sponsored by Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training. Hill Dickinson LLP sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.



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