Echo Regional Business Awards

Award Categories, Sponsors & Shortlists

Executive Sponsors



Liverpool Business School is a Faculty within Liverpool John Moores University and a provider of business education for over 30 years. As part of a modern civic university, we seek to make a significant impact to growth in the Liverpool city region and beyond.

Our corporate development portfolio recognises the impact that trained managers have on transforming business performance, and works across sectors and organisations to develop leaders and managers.

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We believe the Government apprenticeship scheme is an opportunity to enable this transformation and have designed a range of flexible leadership and management programmes, mapped to the apprenticeship standards. The courses enable businesses to meet organisational training needs and staff to realise their potential, for those new to managing, right through to senior managers and leaders. We encourage businesses to use their apprenticeship levy to develop great leaders, who will help to lead change in their organisation.

We support businesses in an increasingly digital world by providing courses and graduates with the digital skills and knowledge required by all sectors. Our academic research strives to help fill knowledge gaps in the area of digital technology through research activity undertaken by our Digital Sciences Centre and Advanced Digital Research Group.

By understanding partner organisations, and engineering flexibility into the support we provide, we can help businesses grow. Through bespoke programmes and interventions built around individual businesses and employees, the Liverpool Business School will create the next generation of leaders, and assist in driving economic development right across the Liverpool City Region.

Timothy Nichol, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University

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Award Categories and Sponsors

    • Liverpool John Moores University Degree Apprenticeship Programme


      Whether you’re an employer or a learner, find out about the Degree Apprenticeship programme at Liverpool John Moores University.
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    • New Business of the Year


      This category is open to businesses that began trading after January 1st 2017. If you are a high performing new company with something to shout about this is the award for you. The judges will be looking for evidence of a sustainable business that has met, or is on its way to meeting initial targets, that can demonstrate
      success in their industry with the potential to grow strongly in the future.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Business of the Year (up to 50 employees)

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       This award is for businesses established for more than two years which employ up to 50 people and can demonstrate all round business excellence. The judges will be looking for a business that has delivered consistent growth and solid financial performance through great leadership, understanding its customers and engaging employees. Open to all sectors.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Business of the Year (51 to 250 employees)

      Sponsored by


      If you can demonstrate outstanding business performance in your industry and employ between 51 – 250 people, then this is the category for you.  The judges will be looking for a business that has delivered consistent growth and solid financial performance through great leadership, understanding its customers and engaging employees. Open to all sectors.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Business of the Year (over 250 employees)

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       If your business employs more than 250 people and can show outstanding business performance, this is the category to enter.  The judges will be looking for a business that has delivered consistent growth and solid financial performance through great leadership, understanding their customers and engaging employees. Open to all sectors.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Outstanding Charity Support

      Sponsored by


      We’re looking for companies who go above and beyond to help raise funds and support charities or community groups in our region. This could be by organising fundraising events or challenges with its employees, through company donations or matched giving, sponsorship and support of charity events, staff fundraising or volunteering programmes, payroll giving, or just general raising awareness.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Corporate Social Responsibility Award

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      The CSR award is for businesses dedicated to building better workforces, creating a sustainable economy and healthy communities. Tell us about how corporate social responsibility is woven into the fabric of your business, whether you are leading the way on diversity, education, community initiatives or addressing global issues and how your efforts have made a difference to your business and commercial success as a result.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Creative Impact Award

      Sponsored by


      This category is open to businesses that derive their income from their creative services. This could include design, publishing, film, architecture, the arts and marketing. Entries are welcome from all firms, whether they are acting as agents or principals. The judges will be looking for evidence that creative work has led directly to improved business performance.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Knowledge Business of the Year


      This category is open to any business, ranging from early-stage recent start-ups to long-established multi-nationals, that seek to commercialise knowledge whether that be developing intellectual property or selling professional know-how.. This includes firms active in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology
      sectors as well as those in software, IT, engineering, geology, robotics, advanced manufacturing and professional services. The judges will be looking for evidence that the knowledge either has been, or can be, converted into a viable and profitable business and they will also assess its economic impact on the Liverpool City region.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • International Business of the Year


      This award recognises a business that has achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth through exporting.  The judges are looking for businesses that have achieved export growth or an increase in revenues from overseas operations, as well as considers increases in market share through exporting, innovation in products, services of processes to enable exporting, international engagement and potential for future growth.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • Young Business Person of the Year

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      For business people aged 35 or under (on 31st March 2018). This category is looking to recognise business leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future.  Judges will be looking for a successful entrepreneur or to a senior manager who has made a significant impact on their business, who has set and achieved objectives within its business plans and established a position of sustainable profitability and success.
      Download your ENTRY FORM here

    • ECHO and Business Post Business Person of the Year

      Sponsored by


      We are looking for a business leader who stands out from the crowd, someone who has helped to grow the reputation, not only of their organisation but also the city region.  He or she will have achieved this through inspirational leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit that creates a sense of direction and momentum for development within the business.