Excellence in Manufacturing/Logistics – Sponsored by Kier (headline sponsor)

Kier is a leading investor, builder, and maintainer of the UK’s essential assets. We offer our clients access to specialist expertise supported by a breadth of capabilities. Kier operate across a wide range of the construction industry sectors including Education, Health, Housing, Leisure, Property, Transport & Utilities. Our business is committed to operating safely, healthy people and supporting local communities.


Housing Development of the Year – Sponsored by Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is a full-service international law firm. We respond to the pressures and opportunities facing businesses globally with legal excellence and innovation. We were named Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2018. With 24 office locations on four continents, wherever your commercial interests take you, we have the footprint and expertise to provide support. We recognise that giving a first class service goes beyond just legal excellence.


Contractor of the Year – Sponsored by Knowsley Chamber

Having celebrated our 30th anniversary in September 2018, Knowsley Chamber and the Growth Hub continue to strive to deliver value to businesses in order to generate growth and competitiveness. We provide tailored advice and support for all types of businesses and across sectors. SMEs have access to the funded business growth programme, and our extensive programme of workshops and seminars are highly regarded because they deliver practical value.


Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Volair

Volair Limited is a company owned by the Council and operates the Council’s leisure estate for the benefit of the community on a ‘not for profit basis’. Volair is committed to enhancing the physical and cultural wellbeing of the community through the sport, leisure and cultural opportunities we offer through our 11 venues which includes; superb swimming pools, 3G football pitches, high quality fitness suites, luxury spa and Velodrome / BMX Park.


Corporate Social Responsibility – Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques. The company employs 40,000 people globally and supports around 240,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses.


Employee/Team of the Year – Sponsored by Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari was opened in 1971 and remains one of the region’s most popular visitor destinations, consistently attracting half a million visitors each year. In 2015 & 2017 the Park won Liverpool City Region Large Attraction and is ranked by TripAdvisor in the top 20 European zoos. There is a long history of keeping animals on the Knowsley estate; in the 19th century, the 13th Earl of Derby, a renowned natural scientist, created his own menagerie, containing 319 species of birds and 94 species of mammals.


Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Knowsley Council

Located in the heart of the North West, between Liverpool and Manchester, Knowsley is home to 147,000 residents and around 3,900 businesses. The council has many responsibilities from delivering day to day services from health and social care, maintaining highways and building new homes, to improving educational attainment, attracting investment and creating employment opportunities.


Commercial Development of the Year – Sponsored by LM6

LM6 are a Chartered Surveyors Practice based in Knowsley. We specialise in the industrial sector principally in the sale, leasing and acquisition of commercial property across the North West Region. We represent leading funds and property companies as well as occupiers providing effective solutions across a full spectrum of real estate issues.


Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by The Dean Trust

The Dean Trust is a Multi Academy Trust comprising of five secondary schools and four primary schools. The Trust is committed to securing positive outcomes for all children within its schools but also supports many other schools in the North West through its Teaching School which is based in Trafford. As an employer of over 600 staff, The Dean Trust seeks to nurture, develop and encourage all of its employees to maximise their potential and seize opportunities to aid their professional development.


Large Business of the Year (250+ employees) – Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport currently handles five million passengers per year with flights to almost 70 destinations in the UK and across Europe. With a growing range of destinations bringing increased passenger numbers, 1 million more passengers now choose to use Liverpool compared to four years ago.