Family Court Help wins top award

Liverpool’s business community has celebrated the city’s best start-up companies in the city at a special awards ceremony in Central Library.

Hosted by the city’s economic development company, Liverpool Vision, the inaugural Best City, Best Business awards were open to any business which started in 2013, had been assisted by Liverpool Vision and were adjudged either to reflect Liverpool’s growing entrepreneurship or have a strong social culture.

Best Business Start-Up was won by Emlyn Jones of Family Court Help, both for success as a new business in a very tough market and for the passionate support for people and families in distress.

Runners-up prizes went to English Rose Vapours and Second Skin Events.

Kathy Lawrence of The Boudoir Book won the £250 award for Best Women’s Start-Up.

Runners-up, Impropriety Theatre and The Original Cupcake Company, received prizes of tickets to this year’s Accelerate 2014 event at the International Festival for Business (IFB 2014) and gift boxes from event sponsor Belgravia House of Gifts.

The event was addressed by two of the city’s leading entrepreneurs – Adrian McEwen of DoES Liverpool and Christine Bulmer Goodwin of Mpower People – and by Councillor Nick Small, cabinet member for Employment, Skills and Enterprise who also presented one of the awards.

Cllr Small said: “The inaugural Best City, Best Business awards was a great success and a terrific celebration of the ambition, innovation and determination of people in the city. The turn-out, as well as the calibre of entrants, shows the growing strength of entrepreneurship in the city.”