Celebrating Knowsley’s Business Success

Published on: Friday, 27-November-2015

In another spectacular evening, guests from across Knowsley and beyond gathered to celebrate business success at the Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards. 

The annual awards recognise the creativity, enterprise and hard work of the individuals and organisations that continue to contribute towards Knowsley’s economic prosperity.
The ceremony showcased highlights from the last year and some of the fantastic achievements and successes in Knowsley. From global businesses, to smaller organisations and entrepreneurs, major regeneration projects that are transforming the borough to individual achievements, the awards recognise success in all sizes and sectors.
For the last nine consecutive years, Knowsley’s business base has continued to grow and the number of jobs in the borough has increased by 10% since 2009 – the largest rate of growth in the Liverpool City Region. In addition to this, business start-up rates have almost doubled in the last 10 years.
Edward Perry, Chair of the Knowsley Place Board and Director of Operations for Knowsley Hall led the judging panel this year along with other Knowsley Place Board members. Edward said: “The volume and quality of the nominations this year was fantastic. It is testament to the vibrancy of our business community here in Knowsley that we have so many successes to highlight. The awards provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the people and oganisations behind these success stories.”
Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “Once again, the awards have been a fantastic celebration of Knowsley and its business and regeneration community.  It is such a great occasion to recognise the dedication of those people who continue to make Knowsley such a great place to do business.”
The 9 winners on the night were B&M Ventilation Services Ltd, Blends Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover Limited, Structec (NW) Ltd, Tratos (UK) Limited, Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) part of the First Ark Group, Edward Brown from KSA Education & Training,  Renaissance Skincare & Beauty, Willowbrook Hospice and the Big Help Project.
The main award of the evening, Judges Choice Award was presented to New Capital Knowsley Limited for the unique contribution they have made to Knowsley, firmly putting it on the map as a place to invest and do business.
The company has invested significant money in a project at a time when no else in the north west was, and has built the first large scale commercial speculative development in the City Region for over 6 years. This will provide a home for Amazon and will be creating over 100 jobs.
New Capital Knowsley has already stated to build a second speculative scheme which will be twice the size of the first.
The event is supported through sponsorship and donations to the prize draw on the evening, which raise money for the Mayor of Knowsley’s chosen charities.
All photos from the evening will be available on www.knowsleybusinessawards.com

Winners of Knowsley Business and Regeneration Awards 2015

  • Business of the Year (1-9 employees) – B & M Ventilation Services Ltd
  • Business of the Year (10-49 employees) – Blends Ltd
  • Business of the Year (50+ employees) – Jaguar Land Rover Limited
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – Structec (NW) Ltd
  • Commercial Development of the Year – Tratos (UK) Limited
  • Housing Development of the Year – Knowsley Housing Trust (K H T) part of the First Ark Group
  • Employee of the Year – KSA Education & Training – Edward Brown
  • Employer of the Year – Renaissance Skincare & Beauty
  • Outstanding Achievement – Willowbrook Hospice
  • Social Enterprise of the Year – The Big Help Project
  • Judges Choice - New Capital Knowsley Limited