Merseyside Innovation Awards Launch Today

The search is on to find the most ground-breaking products and businesses across Merseyside. The 20th annual Merseyside Innovation Awards will recognise and reward pioneering companies which could help to revolutionise industry and commerce.

The overall winner of the awards will receive a prize of £10,000 in cash while the runners-up can win specialist business support worth up to £2,000.

 2014 Awards Winner (Neill Briggs BAC Mono)
Merseyside Innovation Awards Final 2014
Pictured L-R: Jane McCubbin, BBC Radio Merseyside,
Neill Briggs, Briggs Automotive (Winner),
Neville Freeman, NanoFlex Ltd,
Mike Houghton, Siemens Plc

Last year's victor was Briggs Automative Company, the Speke-based manufacturer which is the creator of the BAC Mono single-seat sports car. The business is run by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs, who first unveiled the car in 2011.

The other finalists to narrowly miss out on the main prize were Pulmorphix, a Liverpool John Moores University-spin out which has developed a device that replicates the conditions deep in the human lung, and Ultromex in Bromborough, the designer of a chemical process to help with the recycling of cathode ray tubes from old TVs.

Businesses can now place their entries for the awards, with the judging panel selecting a monthly winner from the entries received that month.

At the end of the entry period the applicants will be whittled down to three finalists who will be invited to give a presentation to the judges at the final, taking place at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool in July.

Awards founder Brian McCann, partner and director of MC Vanguard Corporate Finance, said: "Merseyside Innovation Awards is a great place for innovative companies and individuals to showcase their ideas and along the way it offers them the opportunity to be guided by one of the wide range of the sponsors involved with the awards."

For more information please visit the Merseyside Innovation Awards site.  Alternatively please contact Cara Bartlett, Merseyside Innovation Awards Co-ordinator at You can also download and print an awards flyer here

Mitchell Charlesworth and MC Vanguard are once again proud to support the ceremony. The other MIA Colour Logo 791 X 391sponsors are BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners, Kenyon Fraser, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool LEP, NatWest, University of Liverpool Management School, Insider, Unilever, Village Software, WP Thompson, C-Tech Innovation, the North West Fund and Trustech Smart Ventures.

This story first appeared in Insider North West and can be read here.

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