Merseyside Army Reserve unit finalists in industry awards


Col Dave Ashman, CO 156 Regt RLC

Col Dave Ashman, CO 156 Regt RLC

Merseyside-based Army Reserve logisticians 156 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) have been announced as finalists for the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).

The Army Reserve unit has been nominated for the Freight and Logistics Award, sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport, alongside fellow nominees MDS Transmodal and Quality Freight Group.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will bring together the best of the maritime industry in the North West.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime, said: “The number and quality of entries for the 2017 MMIAs has risen for the third consecutive year, which will make for an exciting awards evening when the winners are announced on 9th March. The response from companies operating in the maritime and related industries here in the UK’s North West proves without doubt that ‘Liverpool is back’- the theme we have chosen for this year’s awards.“

He added: “This year we have moved the MMIAs to Liverpool Football Club, a much larger venue with a view out towards Liverpool2 – the new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool – to try and meet demand but we are still running a waiting list for places. It’s a measure of the sector’s confidence that we are once again at absolute capacity for this eagerly anticipated annual event.”

Col Dave Ashman, Commanding Officer 156 Regt RLC, said: “It’s a great honour for the Regiment to be nominated for these awards, and for our work and our strong links with the business community in Merseyside to be recognised in this way. We’re delighted to be nominated alongside such outstanding organisations.

“A partnership between businesses and Defence brings much to both sides, and during my time as Commanding Officer of an Army Reserve unit I’ve been proud to see individuals develop both as Reservist soldiers and as employees, taking invaluable skills and experience back to their civilian jobs – and we as a unit wouldn’t be able to do our job without the support of local employers.”

The full list of finalists is:

Best Newcomer Award Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group: Complete Training Solutions Fort Recruitment MAS Consultants

Rising Star Award Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University: John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV Lauren Kemp, Beech Group Matt Costello, James Fisher Marine Services

Engineering Company of the Year Award Sponsored by RSM UK DT Engineering Heap & Partners ITCL

Innovation Award Sponsored by Peel Ports Group Geo Data Systems Immersive Interactive Warrant Group

Freight and Logistics Award Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport    156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps MDS Transmodal Quality Freight Group

Maritime Professional Services Award Sponsored by Tilney DGB Solicitors Hill Dickinson LLP MDS Transmodal

Global Reach Award 2016 Sponsored by NatWest Knowles Royal HaskoningDHV RS Clare

Micro Business of the Year Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre Immersive Interactive LEK Lubrication PJ Environmental

Positive Impact Award Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners Liverpool Cruise Terminal Liverpool John Lennon Airport Liverpool Seafarers Centre

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador Sponsored by Beech Group A judges’ choice award and will be announced on the night.

SME of the Year Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services      Beech Group Eldapoint Complete Training Solutions

Business of the Year Sponsored by Stream Marine Training Peel Ports Group Royal Haskoning DHV Seatruck Ferries

There will be a ‘Meet the Finalists’ reception for the judges and the nominees on Thursday 9th February.

The winners will be announced at a black tie Awards Dinner four weeks later on 9th March at Liverpool Football Club.

Diamond sponsors of the event are Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training.

Reserve Forces