Local businesses, social enterprises, schools and colleges gathered at the Totally Wicked Stadium on THursday night for the second Pride of St Helens Business Awards.
Run in association with Invest St Helens – working in partnership with the Steve Prescott Foundation – the business awards is organised in conjunction with the traditional community awards, Pride of St Helens, which take place on Friday 8th November).
The business awards – sponsored by the St Helens Star – supports St Helens Council’s vision of raising the profile of the borough’s hardworking, innovative and enterprising business community, with this year’s event seeing an increase in nominations and entries alongside outstanding quality.
Awards were up for grabs in 13 categories, including development of the year, skills for the future, growing the creative industry, and the people’s business choice.
Winners on the night were:
· Face2Face – Micro Business of the Year
· Branded Items Group – Small Business of the Year
· Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group – Medium/Large Business of the Year
· Cultivate – Growing the Creative Industry
· Inovus Medical – Excellence in Logistics and Manufacturing
· Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre – Community Impact
· Handepay – Workplace Health
· St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School – Skills for the Future
· Mere Grange – Development of the Year
· Orbit Developments –Developer of the Year
· Phoenix Plant Based Eatery – People’s Business Choice
· Philip Fell – Invest St Helens Achievement
· Inovus Medical – Invest St Helens Grand Prize
St Helens Council Leader David Baines, who was on hand to present the Development of the Year award, said: “Latest figures show that our economy locally is worth about £2.7bn. There are 4,500 businesses in the borough, directly employing more than 60,000 people.
“Without local businesses we can’t grow, we can’t thrive, so a big thank- you to them for their contribution and helping improve lives in St Helens Borough.
“Events like this are really important to show the great things that are going on in St Helens, and we can all be really proud.”