Project Description


In this category, the contribution of small businesses to Knowsley’s economy will be commended.

Judges are looking for businesses employing between 10-49 staff that are not part of a larger organisation and can demonstrate outstanding success and/or the positive impact it has on the community.

Category criteria

  • The business journey, what makes the business a success

  • Growth and financial performance to date

  • Key achievements/Niche markets

  • Customer, staff, stakeholder engagement and collaboration

  • Staff/owner development, recruitment and training

  • Evidence of innovation, effective leadership and management

  • Social value e.g.  Apprenticeships (created/sustained),  supporting young people into work, use of local suppliers, use of local skills/labour, bringing other businesses into the supply chain, community engagement/involvement

  • Future growth plans and contribution to Knowsley

Applied Nutrition Ltd was last year’s winner of this award – why not take a moment to read what their Managing Director Thomas Ryder had to say about winning in 2018.

“We have exciting new products in the pipeline and are constantly evolving, we never rest on our laurels. Success breeds success and we thrive on bringing the next new ground-breaking product to market.

Knowsley is my home as well as my business location, at trade shows across the globe we are often asked ‘where are you based?’. I’m proud to say Knowsley.

The prestigious ceremony last year was truly overwhelming! To be reminded of the hard work that we put in, and winning Small Business of the Year Award was the icing on the cake.

It drives me on to aim for the Medium Business or even Excellence in Manufacturing Award this year!”

Thomas Ryder, Applied Nutrition Ltd
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