Oh, What a Night!

The champagne corks were popping on Friday 21st June as Wirral celebrated the return of its prestigious Business Awards.

The glittering show was staged at New Brighton Floral Pavilion where over 400 leaders, innovators and rising stars from the region’s business community were lauded and applauded. ­

We have been proudly working in partnership with Wirral Chamber of Commerce for many years now with our first Wirral Business Awards (WBA) show was way back in 2008.  However, this year was very special as we took on the tasks of both show production and full event management.

The Mills Media Creative team commenced production last October and nine months of hard work finally came to fruition last Friday with a bigger, bolder and brighter show than ever before.

Hosted by BBC Breakfast and Mt Kilimanjaro conqueror Dan Walker, the Wirral Business Awards recognise leading industry figures across a diversity of sectors.

Thirteen awards were handed out on the night and some of the successful organisations to receive winning recognition included PharmaPac, Caffe Cream, Claire House Children’s Hospice and The Contact Company.

Speaking about the award winners, Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said,

“This is an amazing night when the very best businesses in the region come together to celebrate their success and achievements. This year’s Awards have welcomed a record number of entries from a rich diversity of sectors; a diversity that has gained Wirral a reputation of excellence both nationally and internationally.”

WBA 2019 is another example of how our live event projects regularly call upon the full production team here at Mills.  Branding design, scriptwriting, photography of every nominee and the creation of several sponsor films, were all produced in-house whilst the show itself included a dazzling lighting design, creative multi-camera mixing and a pumping PA across the Floral Pavilion’s auditorium.

The new format of the event presented guests not with a run-of-the-mill dinner, but with a specially selected range of delicious international street foods served in the Panoramic, Plaza and Blue Lounges.  And at the OSCAR style award ceremony, guests relished a host of treats in their goody bags before being blown away by an amazing opening dance routine courtesy of Feeding the Fish.

Our MD Andrew Mills said,

“I hope our event made all those who attended very proud to be part of a vibrant and exciting business community.”

Andrew added,

“Dan Walker was an extremely popular host, perfectly blending his warmth and professionalism with wit and just the right amount of mockery! We are already talking about next year’s show and looking at suitable dates. Topping this year will be difficult but I’m confident that our team will deliver in 2020.”

To complete a fantastic evening, a special raffle was held featuring some excellent prizes kindly donated by Andrew Collinge, Arriva NW and Royal Liverpool Golf Club, amongst many others.  Over £1,100 was raised for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – our chosen charity for 2019 – and a very worthwhile cause.

Here’s a list of all winners – congratulations to everyone!

Newcomer of the Year Award
sponsored by Stiebel Eltron
EV Range Extender

Charity in the Community Award
sponsored by B&M Waste Services
Claire House Children’s Hospice

Sustainability Business Award
sponsored by Unilever R&D
Smylies

Digital, Creative & Technology Award
sponsored by Mills Media Creative
hi-impact consultancy

Manufacturing Business Award
sponsored by Bathgate Business Finance
Teledyne CML Composites

Visitor Economy Business of the Year
sponsored by Hickory’s Smokehouse
Port Sunlight Village Trust

Outstanding Customer Service Award
sponsored by The Contact
Company Caffe Cream

Rising Star Award
sponsored by Wirral Borough Council
Georgie Betts – Bettsy & Co

Financial & Professional Business Award
sponsored by Metro
The Contact Company

Energy & Environmental Business Award
sponsored by Constables Estate Agents
Stiebel Eltron UK

Construction Business Award
sponsored by Finsa UK Ltd
JD Engineering NW Ltd

Business Person of the Year
sponsored by HRGO Recruitment
Paul Jordan – Hoist UK

Business of the Year Award
sponsored by Wirral Chamber of Commerce
PharmaPac

Thank to all our sponsors

HEADLINE SPONSORS

Russel Taylor

Wirral Chamber of Commerce
Progress to Excellence

EVENT ORGANISERS

Mills Media Creative

DRINKS SPONSORS

Morgan Sindall

GIFT SPONSORS

Smylies
Arriva

AWARD SPONSORS

Bagnall & Morris
Constables
Stiebel Eltron
Bathgate
THE CONTACT COMPANY
HRGO
Metro
Unilever
Hickorys Smokehouse
Finsa
Wirral BC

Thanks to everyone who donated raffle prizes:

  • PROGRESS TO EXCELLENCE
    • 6 bottles of champagne
  • FAZENDA
    • Dinner for 2 with a bottle of house wine
  • ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB
    • Four Ball voucher
  • LEASOWE CASTLE
    • Dinner, bed & breakfast
  • SDS REJUVENATE
    • Lux manicure & pedicure voucher
    • 4D laser facelift voucher (worth £750)
    • Body Blaster voucher (worth £500)
  • SMYLIES
    • Fortnum & Mason Luxury Hamper
  • PARK GROUP
    • Portable Bluetooth Karaoke Speaker
  • THE VILLAGE HOTEL
    • Overnight stay on a Sunday with breakfast and access to leisure facilities
  • THE WHEATSHEAF
    • 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of wine
  • EDGE & SONS
    • £20 gift voucher
  • ANDREW COLLINGE
    • Get-the-look-sleek product set – CO by Andrew Collinge
    • Cut & blow dry with a stylist or senior stylist at any Andrew Collinge Salon
  • STIEBEL ELTRON
    • The Red Fox £100 gift voucher
  • ARRIVA NW
    • Love 2 Shop £75 gift voucher
    • Love 2 Shop £75 gift voucher
  • FLORAL PAVILION
    • 2 tickets for FAME the Musical on Saturday 20th July 2019