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Tuesday 18 July 8am -9.30am 
Suites Hotel, Ribblers Lane, Knowsley, L34 9HA

The annual Knowsley Business Awards celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and commitment of the individuals and organisations that are driving forward Knowsley’s economic success. Last year’s awards ceremony was a huge success with 600 guests from the North West business community in attendance.

This year’s ceremony promises to be bigger and better and will take place on Thursday 23 November in the spectacular Grand Marquee in the grounds of Knowsley Safari Park. With nominations now live, this Knowsley Ambassadors’ event will provide you with a unique opportunity to find out more about the awards and why you should submit a nomination this year.

You will exclusively hear from businesses that have previously been shortlisted and/or won an award:

  • Keith Hanshaw, master craftsman and managing director at The Leather Satchel Co who were shortlisted for ‘Exporter of the Year’ in 2015 and won the prestigious ‘Judge’s Choice’ award in 2014 for their outstanding contribution to Knowsley.


  • Peter Eaton, UK operations manager for Entrade/Green Growth Power who won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 2016 following their significant investment in Knowsley.


  • John Massey, director for Precision Pneumatics Ltd who was shortlisted for Medium Business of the Year 2016 will share his experience and provide an insight into how easy it is to enter the awards and showcase your business.


Ambassadors will hear about the stories of these leading Knowsley businesses and learn more about the benefits of being shortlisted and winning a Knowsley Business Award. Knowsley business team representatives will also be on hand to discuss this year’s categories and to support you if you would like to submit a nomination for your business.

Places at the event are limited so please ensure you register as soon as possible so you don’t miss out. Breakfast and refreshments will be served at 8am.

You can email or call him on 0151 443 5802 to reserve your place.








Previous meetings

Workforce of the Future – Wednesday 3 May 2017 8am – 10am
Knowsley Community College, Stockbridge Lane, Huyton, L36 3SD

A skilled future workforce is fundamental to any organisation in any industry. And key to achieving this is to ensure that the education sector and industry work together to understand each other’s needs.

This unique Ambassador session will bring together key figures from business, industry and education from across the North West. You will have the opportunity to question and discuss the challenges facing employers, schools and young people today and help to identify what can be done to tackle those challenges.

The panel discussion will be hosted by Knowsley Place Board member Carmel Booth, Chief Executive of Atlantic Gateway and the panellists include:

Christine Gilbert, former Head of Ofsted and Chair of Knowsley’s Education Commission
Christine is leading the work of the commission to improve education in Knowsley, supporting schools to build good practice and address challenges.

Stuart Lord, Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover
Stuart joined the Halewood site in October 2016. With a workforce of some 6,000 and a vehicle leaving the production line every 82 seconds, JLR is currently investing £130m into extending its Halewood plant.

Michelle Dow, Managing Director, All About STEM
Michelle works across Merseyside, Warrington and Cheshire to bring exciting Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths in schools, linking schools with business and industry and inspiring the next generation of STEM specialists.

Lynsey Merryweather, HR Manager, Clarke Energy
From Clarke Energy’s base in Knowsley, Lynsey manages the company’s teams of sales, engineering, project management, commissioning and maintenance staff deployed around the world.

David Williams, Managing Director, Bellway Homes (North West)
One of the most successful house builders in the UK, Bellway employs more than 2,000 people.Through its regional divisions, Bellway employs local people to stay close to its customers.


Prescot Focussed Knowsley Ambassadors’ event – Tuesday 4th October 2016

From housing to heritage, shopping to Shakespeare – there is a lot happening in Prescot.

With recently approved plans for the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, the town centre masterplan, Geraud UK acquiring the shopping centre, over £1m of investment from the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a new Public Art Strategy and residential developments on the former Watch Factory site and at Prescot Park, it really is an exciting time for the town.

Prescot already has so much to offer and now Knowsley Council, its private sector partners, the local community and business owners are all working together towards ambitious plans which will conserve the town’s heritage whilst transforming the area into an even more attractive place for people to invest, live, visit and spend time.

With the development of Knowsley’s Economic Growth Plan, commissioned by the Knowsley Place Board, we have a clear vision, priorities and targets for growth in Knowsley and Prescot in the coming years.

To complement all of this work, we are launching the new Prescot story which captures the essence of the area and will help to put Prescot on the map through what we say, what we build and the environment we create.

I would like to invite you to a special Knowsley Ambassadors event to find out more about these exciting plans and to hear from some of those people directly involved in the amazing things that are happening in the town.

Speaking at the event will be:

Philip Lamb, Group Managing Director at Geraud UK

John Till, Director at thinkingplace

Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber and member of Knowsley Place Board

Following the speakers, there will be an open ‘Market Place’ where you will have the opportunity to find out more about the many pieces of work that are happening in Prescot.

The event will be held on Tuesday 4 October 2016 (8am – 10am) at the Prescot Shopping Centre in the former Somerfield unit on the ground floor. A selection of breakfast bites and refreshments will be available.

Places at the event are limited so please ensure you register as soon as possible so you don’t miss out. Please email or call him on 0151 443 5802 to reserve your place

Knowsley Manufacturing Network event with Jaguar Land Rover – Thursday 16 June

The International Festival of Business (IFB) returned to the Liverpool City Region in June.

And with the eyes of the business world firmly fixed on the region, Knowsley Ambassadors joined forces with Knowsley Chamber’s Manufacturing Network for a special IFB ‘Manufacturing Week’ inspired event.

More than 1 in 3 advanced manufacturing jobs in the City Region are based in Knowsley so what better time to hear from one of the region’s greatest success stories in this sector – Jaguar Land Rover.

From its base in Halewood, the company continues to go from strength to strength. The biggest car manufacturer in the UK, voted the best company to work for in an independent survey and notably boasting record breaking sales figures in March and April this year, JLR is a formidable force. In fact in March this year, on average one JLR vehicle was sold every 2 minutes!

As promised, it was a fantastic session, opened by Richard Else the Operations Director at the Halewood plant. JLR told Ambassadors more about the company and highlighted some specific Halewood achievements over the last few years.

Knowsley Ambassadors event – 15 April 2016
Knowsley Ambassadors and Raise the Bar event – Transforming Customer Experience 9th February 2016
Knowsley Ambassadors and Superport Forum Combined Event – 23 September 2015
Knowsley Ambassadors Meeting – 29 July 2015
Knowsley Ambassadors' meeting - 22 May 2015
Knowsley Ambassadors' meeting - 18 March 2015
Knowsley Ambassadors’ meeting – 28 January 2015

The Knowsley Ambassadors’ scheme brings together an impressive and extensive range of skills, knowledge and expertise. The group is the driving force behind Knowsley’s future – ensuring Knowsley is promoted, talked about and understood on a regional, national and international stage.

Knowsley Ambassadors are committed, passionate and positive about their place and recognise the combined power they have to proactively shape its future.



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