Reservist logisticians 156 Regiment RLC winners at Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2017


Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the maritime sector in the North West of England, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs), including Liverpool-based Army Reserve unit 156 Regiment RLC who won the Freight and Logistics Award, sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Mersey Maritime, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses, held its annual awards on the evening of Thursday 9 March at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club.

There were 12 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Business of the Year Award. The winners are:

Best Newcomer (Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group)

 WINNER: Complete Training Solutions

Rising Star (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)

 JOINT WINNERS: John-James Gallagher, Royal Haskoning DHV; and, Lauren Kemp, Beech Group

Engineering Company of the Year (Sponsored by RSM UK)

 WINNER: DT Engineering NW Ltd

Innovation Award (Sponsored by Peel Ports Group)

 WINNER: Warrant Group Ltd

Freight & Logistics Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport)

WINNER: 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps

Maritime Professional Services Award (Sponsored by Tilney)

 WINNER: MDS Transmodal Ltd

Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest)

 WINNER: RS Clare & Co Ltd

Micro Business of the Year (Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre)

 WINNER: LEK Lubrication Systems

Positive Impact (Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners)

 WINNER: Liverpool Cruise Terminal

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Beech Group)

 WINNER: Ian Higby, Managing Director, Atlantic Container Line

SME of the Year (Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services)

 WINNER: Eldapoint Ltd


Business of the Year (Sponsored by Stream Marine Training)

 Seatruck Ferries

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Ashman, Commanding Officer of 156 Regiment RLC, said: “156 Regt RLC were delighted to receive the prestigious Freight and Logistics awards at the Merseyside Maritime Industry Awards. The recognition of what the Regt has been doing to foster closer relationships with industry and academia has been fully recognised and it is this work that will help to continue to build our network of Armed Forces friendly organisations, who can both offer careers and job opportunities for service leavers, as well as provide that vital support to our reserve soldiers in the work place.”

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “Our third event has exceeded all expectations we had when we started organising this event more than three years ago. Each year we have built on the success of the previous year and this year’s event was no different. We had greater demand for tables, more award categories and more entries than ever before.

“We heard about some of the truly excellent businesses based here in the North West and this event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sheer diversity of their expertise and achievements. Our key message for 2017 is ‘Liverpool is Back’ and we certainly proved that on Thursday evening. We were also very honoured to hold the event at Liverpool Football Club, which provided a stunning backdrop for our maritime awards”

Key guests within the maritime sector included Bernhard Friess, Director of the European Commission and David Dingle, Chairman of Maritime UK. Jacqueline Foster, MEP for the North West, was as a guest speaker on the night.

The MMIAs was sponsored by Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training. Hill Dickinson LLP sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.

156 Regiment is the only logistic regiment in the North West and offers unrivalled opportunities and challenges. For more information about how you can get involved, visit

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