Call for hotels to enter Merseyside Indie Business Awards

The most successful and innovative hotels in Merseyside are being urged to seek recognition by entering the Merseyside Independent Business Awards (MIB).

Created by Merseyside law firm Morecrofts, the MIB awards are now in their third year and celebrate the region’s booming independent business sector.

Categories include ‘Place to Stay’, which replaces the Independent Hospitality Business category won by Mere Brook House in Wirral in 2014, as well as ‘Best Creative Business’ and ‘Best Start Up’.

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Winners of each of the categories will also be put forward for the coveted main award, ‘Independent Business of the Year’, which includes a £10,000 business support package.

Each entry will be judged by some of the city’s best business leaders, including Gary Millar (ex Lord Mayor of Liverpool and founder of Parr Street Studios) and Jenny Stewart (chief executive Liverpool Chamber).

The awards will culminate with a black tie dinner, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside stalwart Roger Phillips and his daughter, Juice FM and Bay TV presenter Ellie Phillips, at Liverpool’s Rum Warehouse on October 1, where the winners will be revealed.

Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts said: “Liverpool’s hotels have been ranked the third best in the UK, outperforming Manchester and Birmingham, which shows the variety and high-quality of the city-region’s offering. There’s also been a real surge in new openings of accommodation at all ends of the spectrum and we’re urging Merseyside accommodation providers to really celebrate their achievements with us and get involved.

“This year accommodation providers have their own dedicated category for the first time with ‘A Place to Stay’, allowing them to compete with each other rather than with tourism and leisure operators.”

Merseyside hoteliers have until 14th August to make their submissions.

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