Shortlist revealed for Merseyside Independent Business Awards amid record entries

Law firm Morecrofts, which is behind the awards, says there were entries from 52 businesses and organisations across 13 different categories with the winners announced in October. Tony McDonough reports

Winners of the awards will be revealed at the Titanic Hotel in October


Organisers of the year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards have published the shortlist – and revealed there were a record number of entries.

Law firm Morecrofts, which is behind the awards, says there were entries from 52 businesses and organisations across 13 different categories.

Leading Liverpool accountancy firm BWM is shortlisted in two categories. The firm is up for the Business & Professional Services Company of the Year and its managing partner, Peter Taaffe, is a nominee for Business Person of the Year.

Every corner of the Liverpool City Region, from Southport and St Helens to Heswall and Knowsley, is represented on the shortlist for the awards which are sponsored by the Liverpool BID Company.

Zut, Jot and Maray join Kitsune, Igoo and Mowgli among the other eye-catching nominees on the list, alongside more recognisable names such as Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, LEAF Tea Shop and Sefton Park Palm House.

Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “The MIB Awards continue to go from strength to strength, demonstrating that there is a real appetite to shout even louder about the achievements of our independent business sector. 

Winners from last year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards


“Every year, we are amazed by the breadth of entrepreneurial talent in the region and their relentless pursuit of improvement and success. There is so much to be proud of in our city region and the MIB Awards encapsulates that perfectly.”

The winners of each category will be announced at a ceremony at the Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel in Liverpool on Thursday, October 12.

For further information about attending the awards event, contact Rebecca Keegan on 0151 236 8871, or visit

The full shortlist is:

Best Place to Stay

The Richmond Apart-Hotel

Suites Hotel Knowsley

L3 Living

Epic Apart-Hotel

Retailer of the Year

Caz’s Kitchen

Wongs Jewellers

Walton Flooring Centre

Whitmore & White

Culture & Tourism Business of the Year

Sefton Park Palm House

Air Factory Leisure 

Everyman and Playhouse

The Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament

Health & Beauty Business of the Year

Beauty & Holistic Lounge

Vogue Hair & Beauty

The Spa @ Suites Hotel

Absolute Body Solutions

Employer of the Year

Woods Squared

The Interesting Eating Company

igoo LTD

Meet & Potato


Best Creative Business


Hitch Marketing

Jot Paper Co

Impropriety CIC

The Community Impact Award

The Brink Café CIC

The Construction Impact Framework

Caz’s Kitchen

Baltic Triangle CIC

Best Start Up

Thornton Legal

McIver Scott Recruitment

Fabulous Ideas Ltd

Bluebird Support Services 

Business Person of the Year

James Harper – Walton Flooring Centre

Peter Taaffe – BWM Chartered Accountants

Nicola Pink – Pink Media

Paul Seiffert – Black Lodge Group

Helen Lord – Used Kitchen Exchange

Restaurant of the Year

Tiger Rock Hawker

Mowgli Street Food


LEAF Tea Shop and Bar

Business & Professional Services Company of the Year

McIver Scott Recruitment


Bluebird Support Services 

Trades or Manufacturing Business of the Year

Roxiie’s Treasures

Sugar & Lime Ltd

Inciner8 International

Digital & Technology Business of the Year

LWV Printworks


Kitsune Studio


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