The finalists of the inaugural Pride of St Helens Business Awards, which look to celebrate and raise the profile of the very best of local business practice, have been announced.

The awards support our vision to raise the profile of the borough’s hardworking, innovative and enterprising business community.

The awards evening will be held on Thursday 15 November at the Totally Wicked Stadium in partnership with the St Helens Star and the Steve Prescott Foundation. The Business Awards are organised in conjunction with the traditional community awards Pride of St Helens, which take place on Friday 16 November.

Finalists were shortlisted by a panel from the St Helens Economy Board, and St Helens Council Leader, Derek Long.

Eamonn McManus, Chairman of both the St Helens Economy Board and St Helens RFC, said: “These awards will celebrate the role of St Helens businesses and social enterprises in raising the profile of St Helens. While we can only present awards to a select few, it is the collective diligence of all local businesses that make St Helens an attractive place to invest, live, work, learn and visit, by nurturing pride and aspirations, and creating inspiration and employment opportunities.”

Council Leader, Derek Long said: “The quality and creativity of businesses and their staff in St Helens Borough is breath-taking. It’s no wonder businesses are investing here. Congratulations to everyone who entered. You are an asset to our local economy!”

Sponsors of the awards include Natwest, Knauf Insulation, Unite the Union, St Helens College, St Helens Theatre Royale, Steve Prescott Foundation, DC&A Financial Planning, Global Mutual, Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, Lucam Consultancy, and Cultivate.

Full list of finalists follows:

Community Impact
Apex Charitable Trust, Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre, Groundwork

Growing the Creative Industry
Jamm Studios, St Helens Theatre Royal, Vinyline Graphics

Employee/Team of the Year
Boots – Jodie Sefton, Groundwork – Amy Dawber, Ibis Styles – Mauricio Dorta, Waterside Training Ltd – Kathryn Kirby

Employer of the Year
Boots, Communication Plus Ltd, Handepay

Excellence in Logistics
DriverNet, Proactive Despatch Ltd, Nijman/Zeetank

Excellence in Manufacturing
Coral Products Ltd, Inovus Medical, The Filter Design Company

Medium/Large Business
Handepay, Longworth Building Services Ltd, Network Space

Skills for the Future
Carmel College, Cowley International College, Mill Green School

Small Business 10-49 Employees
Compound Feed Engineering Ltd, OD’s, Safer Sphere

Small Business <10 Employees
Forsters Farm Shop, Heaven Sent, Phoenix Plant Based Eatery

Growing the Visitor Economy
St Helens Theatre Royal, Saints Rugby Club, Haydock Racecourse

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