The competition is open to individuals, social enterprises and to businesses located in Merseyside and the immediate surrounding area with a turnover below £25m. Businesses owned or part-owned by employees of the sponsors or members of their families are not eligible to enter.
Entrants are encouraged to send relevant supporting material (e.g. photographs, drawings or videos) No responsibility will be accepted by the sponsors for any material sent.
All materials and information submitted will be treated as confidential and will not, subject to 6 below, be disclosed to third parties without the express permission of the entrant.
The winners may be required to take part in media publicity and this is a condition of entry. They must also agree to take part in the presentation ceremony and to exhibit their products/innovations at the presentation as required to do so by the sponsors.
The sponsors cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any infringement, loss of, or for the protection of patents, copyrights or any other rights in the ideas and proposals submitted in this competition. Entrants must ensure that any necessary protection of their interest is arranged before submitting their entries.
The sponsors will not be responsible for entries which may be damaged, delayed, lost or mislaid in the post or otherwise or for any subsequent letter or document not being received on time or at all either by the sponsors or the entrants.
There can be no appeal against the decision of the sponsors or of any judge or committee appointed by them and these decisions must be accepted as final in respect of all matters concerning this competition including the interpretation of the rules and conditions.
We use a scoring system based on the following:
“Degree of Innovation” - the extent to which your idea is unique.
“Commercial Potential” - the scope to build a business based on the innovation or the potential for the innovation to generate revenue.
“Impact on Merseyside” - the extent to which the innovation will bring benefit to the Merseyside economy.
The award winner will be announced at the finals event in late June.
Early entry is encouraged since all entries received will be considered for each month's award. The closing date for entries will be