Celebrating excellence in business

Fri, September 28th, 2018

This week we caught up with some more of our winners from last year to find...

This week we caught up with some more of our winners from last year to find out what motivated them to enter the Chamber awards. At the request of some of our members we have extended the deadline to Friday 5 October so if you have been thinking about entering but were not sure – read on!

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust came away with two awards last year, Empowering People and Communities and Local Hero. The community engagement project which impressed the judges, was aimed at providing the widest choice of employment opportunities to the local community, supporting young people from diverse backgrounds, many of whom were the first generation to consider higher education. The project also inspired and encouraged younger children through interactive sessions. All elements of the project have had an excellent success rate, creating a positive impact on the local community.

The key to success has been partnership as Karen Mattson, Head of OD & Learning, explained.

"We worked with a wide range of partners to deliver this project and without them it simply would not have happened. Creating opportunities like this for young people, to encourage and inspire them, is fundamental to supporting the city region in the longer term. We don't often get a chance to celebrate our successes so winning the award was a real bonus!

We were really delighted however when Paul Dixon won the Local Hero Award. We have some fantastic volunteers and in way this award was for all of them and the amazing work they do. But Paul got to take home the award on the night and it couldn't have gone to a more worthy candidate."

Our joint winners of the Environmental Impact Award really demonstrated the breadth of the work which businesses are doing to reduce their environmental impact and create social value in the community.

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people and runs three social enterprises activities in Merseyside, taking in and selling a wide range of donated and refurbished furniture and household goods. Partnership working was highlighted by Nigel Mellor Chair of Emmaus Merseyside as a key to the project's success.

"Whilst we were the lucky ones invited to accept the award, we did so on behalf of all our supporters as well as those Companions who contribute their time and effort running the retail businesses. Winning the award helped us to raise the profile of what continues to be a major issue for all our towns and cities. It has also helped to raise awareness of some of the really simple, practical things that people can do to help recycle goods and reduce landfill".

The Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance was the other joint winner, also demonstrating what can be achieved when different organisations with the same goal come together. The Alliance (a partnership between Arriva, Stagecoach and the LCR Combined Authority) shares a passion to not only increase bus patronage but to minimise the detrimental impact of road transport on the environment.

The partnership have introduced a number of practical measures as well as longer term policies, including significant investment in greener vehicles, recycling and reducing resources and are working with local communities and schools.

We would love to share your story this year. For more information on the Annual Dinner Awards visit http://www.liverpoolchamber.org.uk/services/annual-dinner-awards-2018.aspx

To find out more about our keynote speaker, Mike Moran, CEO, Proton Partners International, see our “5 minutes with….” feature here.

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