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Mitchell Charlesworth news update January 2019

Entries for 2019 Merseyside Innovation Awards now open

Entering its 23rd year, the Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA) are now open for submissions, which will see one applicant win £10,000 in the accolades’ final later in the year.

Renowned for celebrating creativity across Merseyside, the MIA has a long history of contributing to the economic development of multiple businesses and the region as a whole.

An inclusive award, the MIA commends companies both large and small. The Awards see a monthly winner selected between January and May. Three entrants are then selected for the final in July, where the selected winner will receive a £10,000 cash prize.  The runners up each receive a cash prize of £2,500.

Last year, 5D Health Protection Group claimed the prize, narrowly beating Blinx, a cloud-based and business intelligence app which unifies and correlates companies’ data on one highly visual platform and Oblige Global, who seek to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities, through innovation and smart technologies.

5D Health Protection Group is a Liverpool-based, multi award-winning contract research organisation and centre of excellence in biofilm and microbiology testing. Judges commended the company’s innovation, research and development capabilities.

2019 will also see the return of the Prestige Award, specifically for larger businesses with a turnover of £1m to £25m. In 2018 this was awarded to Fleetsolve, a renewable power solutions specialist, who the judges said demonstrate an innovative approach to powering some of the country’s most sustainable building projects.

For further information about the MIA and to find out how you can apply in 2019, please visit:

Potential applicants can also discover more about the MIA by attending one of the networking lunches on Tuesday 5th March 2019 in Liverpool or Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at Sci-Tech Daresbury. To register your interest, please email Amanda Morris on

Mitchell Charlesworth is proud to sponsor the Merseyside Innovation Awards.

Mitchell Charlesworth boosts corporate finance team with the promotion of James Curtis to manager

Mitchell Charlesworth has bolstered its corporate finance arm, MC Vanguard, with the promotion of James Curtis to corporate finance manager.

James joined MC Vanguard two years ago, and is primarily based in the Manchester office, although operates on a regional basis; working alongside corporate finance partner Jerry Scriven on a variety of lead advisory and strategic advisory projects.

Before joining MC Vanguard, James worked as a management consultant, with a number of corporate clients, such as Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Aviation, and Kingdom Hotel Investments, primarily in the Middle East, on a wide range of strategic projects. Prior to this James spent 4 years as part of the British Army’s Defence Technical Officer Engineering Entry Scheme.

The international links continue with MC Vanguard being recently involved in an acquisition search on behalf of Workforce Holdings, a listed South African human capital services company.

Recent transactions James has advised on include the trade sale of Crest Environmental and he is currently involved in a variety of buy and sell side transactions, ranging from private equity buyouts, acquisition and disposal mandates.

Mitchell Charlesworth raises over £8000 for charities in 2018

Employees at Mitchell Charlesworth have had another busy year of fundraising in 2018, raising more than £8000 for local and national charities.

The charities that have received funds include Macmillan, Children in Need and Breast Cancer Now.

The funds were raised by the firm’s partners and staff who took part in various charity days held throughout the year across its offices in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Widnes. Staff participated in Wear Yellow Day for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan and Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day to name but a few.

Cake bakes, dress down Fridays, competitive games, and donating prizes for staff raffles all helped the team reach the impressive total.

Individual charitable challenges were also taken on with two employees running the world-famous London Marathon. Cara Bartlett, head of marketing, ran in aid of the 1st Great Sutton Scouts Group, raising more than £1400 and Latha Rodgers, director of tax, raised more than £3000 for the mental health charity, MIND.

In addition, the firm also took part in the Trussell Trust’s Summer and Christmas campaigns by donating a large amount of food, toiletries and seasonal items for distribution amongst the North West’s foodbanks.

Mitchell Charlesworth’s CSR programme is thriving, and staff are looking forward to getting involved in a wide range of volunteering and fundraising activities which support national and local charities in 2019.

Mitchell Charlesworth upcoming events

Tuesday 5th March 2019, 1pm – 2pm
Merseyside Innovation Awards 2019: Meet the Sponsors networking lunch
The Women’s Organisation, Liverpool

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 9am – 11am
Property and Tax breakfast seminar with DTM Legal and Empire Commercial Finance
Chester Racecourse, Chester

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 1pm – 2pm
Merseyside Innovation Awards 2019: Meet the Sponsors networking lunch
Sci-Tech Daresbury

For more information please visit here.

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