MIA Sponsors

MIA’s sponsors are a diverse group of Merseyside organisations each of which has a strong commitment to the support and development of a thriving and creative business sector within the region. See below for a brief profile of each sponsor.

If you are a memeber of LinkedIn you might like to join the Merseyside Innovation Awards Group to keep up-to-date with discussions and events.

BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside has more listeners than any other in the BBC local radio chain outside London. News, sport, the arts, entertainment and specialist programmes are all broadcast from our new studios in Hanovers St in Liverpool city centre, part of the new city centre regeneration scheme.

We do much more than radio - we run the BBC Liverpool website, a BBC shop and a BBC bus. We pride ourselves on our close links with our audience and this year celebrate 40 years serving the people of Merseyside, Cheshire and beyond.

You can hear us on 95.8fm, 1485 am, DAB and live on the internet. To check out our new programme schedules log on to www.bbc.co.uk/radiomerseyside Oh yes, and thanks for listening.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP

www.brabners.com
T: 0151 600 3000

Colin Bell
colin.bell@brabners.com

Brabners LLP is one of the leading North West law firms with its head office in Liverpool. The firm offers businesses a full range of legal services. In addition, to business owners and other high net worth individuals, they provide a range of private client services.

The Liverpool office is highly regarded for its corporate transactional work providing a full range of commercial legal services to all types of organisations including public and private companies, charities, and financial institutions. Specialist services include succession, tax planning for the business and its shareholders, fundraising, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, re-organisations, corporate structures and governance, commercial agreements and terms and conditions of business, intellectual property and specialist advice in a range of IT areas.

C-Tech Innovation

C-Tech Innovation

C-Tech Innovation is a leading innovation management and technology development company. We have been helping our customers to benefit and grow through innovation for the last 40 years.

Our strengths include project and programme management, research and development, technical due diligence, market and technical awareness, IP exploitation, multidisciplinary consultancy and innovation training.

Our experience covers creating new products and processes, implementation of novel technologies, contract and collaborative research, technology transfer and commercialisation. With our own laboratories and workshops at our facility near Chester, we can take projects from concept, through design to construction and commercialisation. This unique combination enables us to provide a flexible, tailored and confidential service.

Insider Media

Insider Media

www.insidermedia.com
T: 0161 907 9713

Rupert Cornford
rupert.cornford@newsco.com

Insider Media is one of the leading independent business information publishers based outside London. The company produces a wide range of monthly business magazines, annual directories and guides, providing a portfolio of professional products covering corporate finance, commercial property and general business activities of importance to company directors.

Included in our portfolio are the award-winning Insider magazines covering the North West, Yorkshire, Midlands, Wales and the South West. Insider also organise and host many prestigious events and award ceremonies across these regions.

Kenyon Fraser

Kenyon Fraser

www.kenyonfraser.com
T: 0151 706 9966

Richard Kenyon
richard@kenyons.co.uk

Kenyon Fraser is the largest marketing services company in the region, one of the few with Chartered Marketer status and the only one listed in PR Week’s Top 150Hired by clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors we develop and implement strategies to help grow our client’s brands and revenues. Our services include public relations, graphic design, marketing, advertising, digital and search engine marketing and web design.

We represent companies from start-ups to blue-chip PLC’s and have particular specialism in regeneration, health, construction, retail, professional services and b2b and b2c marketing.

Our real achievements come from helping our client’s businesses succeed, something each member of the consultancy team takes great pride in doing. As marketers we are keen to put in place measurable performance indicators to analyse our achievements against objectives.

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

We offer members a wide range of services, support and opportunities that are aimed at keeping them ahead of their competition. From training to trade missions, representation to networking, the breadth and depth of what Liverpool Chamber provides ensures that members can operate more effectively and productively, secure in the knowledge that, behind them they have a supportive organisation, established for over 150 years.

We are equipped to react and respond effectively on behalf of local businesses to regional, national and international issues.

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

www.liverpoollep.org
T: 0151 227 2727

Lisa Baldwin
info@liverpoolLEP.org

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is a membership organisation focused on strategic economic development and business growth. By bringing together local entrepreneurs and politicians we have been able to harness the skills and experience of a wide range of people who understand what it takes to establish businesses and make them successful and therefore sustainable.

The LEP aims to assist existing businesses to grow and to increase their productivity, especially small/medium enterprises and professional firms. We will do this by:

  • Encouraging and assisting them to invest, train staff, diversify, expand, consolidate;
  • Introducing them to complementary businesses, supply chains and services, including professional and financial services; and
  • Assisting them in global markets.

We support the Key Growth Sectors of Knowledge Economy, Visitor Economy, Low Carbon and SuperPort through activities including Business Support, Inward Investment, Lobbying & Communications, Skills, Funding and Major Projects.

MC Vanguard Corporate Finance

MC Vanguard Corporate Finance

www.mcvanguard.co.uk
T: 0151 255 2300

Jean Hughes
jean.hughes@mcvanguard.co.uk

MC Vanguard Corporate Finance is focused wholly on helping the owners of Merseyside businesses get a better result from their business. We do this through working alongside them as they develop their strategy, providing hands-on guidance and assistance during profit improvement projects and delivering corporate finance support to those clients who have plans to grow by acquisition.

Our work covers the full business life cycle from the launch of new businesses with an innovative product or service, through to helping clients to develop and implement succession and exit plans by selling their businesses so as to maximize the value earned from their years in the business.

NatWest

NatWest

www.natwest.com/ahead
T: 0151 242 5408

Ian McGee
ian.mcgee@natwest.com

As a relationship bank, we have structured our business towards meeting the needs of our technology customers. Our Technology Sector business service is dedicated to helping dynamic organisations bring new products to market or develop their existing business. We have the size, strength and expertise to take your business further and help your business succeed.

Whether your business needs guidance with finance, managing excess cash, processing transactions or managing risk, our wide network of specialists and support organisations offer a range of products and services designed to help you take your business further.

The North West Fund

The North West Fund

The North West Fund is a £155m evergreen investment fund, established to provide debt and equity funding from £50,000 to £2m to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in, or relocating to, the North West of England. The Fund is one of the largest public sector funds of its kind in Europe and the largest in the UK.

Financed jointly by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank, The North West Fund comprises six specific funds, each managed by a specialist fund manager.

The University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool

The University is committed to working closely with many start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses, allowing them to access expertise that would otherwise be unachievable for a company their size. Help and support can be offered in various ways including: Business Consultancy; Executive Education, Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD); Knowledge Transfer Partnerships; Research & Development; Technical Advice and Use of Facilities; Graduate or Student Projects and Placements; Advice on Business Grants and Funding Opportunities.

Trustech Smart Healthcare Ventures

Trustech Smart Healthcare Ventures

www.smarthealthcareventures.com
T: 0161 276 5764

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Trustech is a specialist NHS organisation with the objective of improving healthcare through the development of innovative products and services across the North West and indeed further afield.  In addition to the 25 NHS Trusts we work with, we also help businesses needing support to commercialise new ideas in the medical and healthcare sector, making them accessible to the NHS market and elsewhere.

Smart Healthcare Ventures is the commercial arm of Trustech and works with private sector companies looking to develop relationships with the NHS.

Our offering includes the following:

  • Access to NHS expertise, both clinical and for example, on procurement, technology transfer, product development and joint venture projects
  • Explanation of NHS systems and procedures
  • Market research
  • Clinical reviews
  • The arranging of trials and testing
  • Evaluation of innovation and protection from an Intellectual Property perspective
  • Strong links with the North West academic community
Unilever

Unilever

www.unilever.com
T: 0151 641 3953

Dr Jonathan Hague
jonathan.hague@unilever.com

Unilever is one of the world’s leading fast moving consumer goods companies with €50 Bn of turnover reported in 2012 and operations in over 100 countries, More than 2 Billion consumers will be using one of our products on any given day. Our product offerings span from Ice Cream and Tea to Laundry and Homecare, encompassing Personal Care and Foods along the way. We have 14 Brands with a turnover of over €1 Billion, with many iconic household names in our portfolio such as Hellmanns, Knorr, Persil, Domestos, Dove, Walls, Lipton and PG Tips. We remain the biggest maker of soap on the planet, continuing a fine tradition of making hygiene and personal care commonplace.

Our corporate mission today is to make sustainable living commonplace. We aim to double the size of the business in the coming years while halving our environmental impacts and improving the health and wellbeing of over 1 Billion people. The social and environmental aspects of our mission are captured in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which was launched in 2011. Today’s mission and our philosophy of doing business is closely based on the spirit in which the company was founded over 100 years ago in Merseyside, by William Hesketh Lever and contains some of the most far reaching commitments to responsible business of any major company.

Unilever has strong continued operations on Merseyside, with one of our major R&D laboratories located at Port Sunlight, employing over 800 researchers, and a major sourcing factory adjacent to Port Sunlight Village manufacturing Liquid Homecare and Personal Care products.

Village Software

Village Software

Village Software, established in 1986, are a dedicated software team creating innovative solutions for businesses of all sizes. We can help you use technology economically and effectively to improve your business.

Our expertise in Business Intelligence means we can help you interpret and use the data within your business more readily, enabling you to manage and report more effectively. Solutions range from complex factory production implementations for large organisations to small businesses where number crunching in Excel can be onerous!

We specialise in linking systems - creating an interface between back-end systems such as Sage and SAP with specialist applications - this streamlines processes, improves efficiency and reduces frustration enabling people to be more productive.

Our business-to-business solutions range from web-sites with enhanced shopping cart systems for dealer interaction to web interfaces for in-house systems.

WP Thompson

WP Thompson

www.wpt.co.uk
T: 0151 709 3961

Les Prichard
lsp@wpt.co.uk
In many cases the commercial value of an innovation is greatly - even wholly - dependent upon the strength of the legal protection obtained for it. WP Thompson are recognised experts in the acquisition, maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights, particularly patents for new inventions, design rights to protect product appearance, and trademark rights to protect a firm's image, reputation and goodwill.
 
WP Thompson is proud to have served business on Merseyside since 1873, but also have offices in London and Munich. Through long-standing relationships with IPR firms throughout the world, and thanks to the diverse technical expertise of their patent attorneys, WP Thompson is able to respond to clients' IPR requirements irrespective of the subject matter and territory concerned.
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