All our entries are independently judged by a carefully selected panel of industry experts and insiders.

Judges will score and pick the winners in each of the 23 categories for each region from information provided and research done on the individual entries.

The 2017 judging panel is as follows:

Agnes Fitzgerald

Irish Business Enterprise (IBE) |

What are my Beliefs?

1.              Firstly KISS “Keep It Simple Silly”.  Say what you mean and mean what you say.
             Not everyone will love you for it but everyone will know exactly where they stand.

2.              Your message has got to be Clear, Awesome and Attention Grabbing.

3.              Content must always be worthwhile. Appreciate the client’s intellect.

4.              Offer great Tips and Assistance for a fair fee.

Many moons back I left my homeland of Co. Limerick, South of Ireland to venture around the globe. As I love travelling, I made a career within the hotel industry. My principle area was Promotions. I’m a huge “people person” and loved the work. For me it’s a way of life.

Then I took 10yrs off to be a Mum. That was a very interesting period.

15yrs ago I can back to Business.  Foreseeing the changes sneaking in from “paper” marketing to “digital” marketing I choose to concentrate on Social Media.

Many people are expected to know how to use all the platforms etc without anyone ever showing them how.  No one has explained the purpose of the different packages available so there can be a lot of misuse within the industry.

Agnes Fitzgerald Marketing was set up to change this.  We work to build Solid Business Foundations. To make that happen we concentrate on your Content, Presentation and Contacts.  We start with a Report on your Website and Social Media Platforms.

I found joining the FSB to be very helpful here.  I have professional advice on all sorts at the ready whenever I needed it.  This can be very comforting in Business. 

Dr Emer Gallagher

Senior Lecturer, LJMU |

Dawn Kenyon

Managing Director, RADCaT Ltd |

Dawn is the Managing Director of RADCaT Ltd, spending the last 25 years implementing management systems in a diverse range of workplace settings. These include transport and industry sectors through to working in a senior position for the prison service as a prison manager. As a dangerous goods (by road and sea) and health and safety specialist, Dawn possesses over 17 years experience implementing safe systems of work for clients, thus, allowing them to comply with a wide range of statutory requirements.

Clients have also been supported through the carrying out of audits, training of key staff and the implementation of risk assessments. In total, the service offered is one of total risk management. Dawn provides additional support to clients engaging with them thus allowing them to fully understand and gain ownership of the systems of work being implemented.  More recently, crisis management has been high on the agenda, with clients being challenged and supported when considering sufficient preparedness associated with a crisis type event. Academically, Dawn holds a Forensic Psychology Degree, an Executive Diploma in Management and qualifications in Dangerous Goods and Health & Safety.  This broad range of skills enables clients the opportunity to access a competent, knowledge based and professional service. 

Anne Lambelin

Director, Empty Plates Catering Services |

With a hotel background, I have had the opportunity to work in Madrid (Spain), London (UK), Lisbon (Portugal) and Moorea (French Polynesia) before I came back to England and settled just outside Liverpool.

For the last four years, I have been working within our very own company, Empty Plates. We started off as an outside caterer and we are now concentrating on placing Chefs into professional kitchens.

Alexis Lay

FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan National Councillor |

Alexis is a Director of LEK Lubrication Engineering, a family business that was founded in 1988.  Together with her husband and 2 sons, the business has grown from a one man band, to becoming the UK distributor for Beka Lubrication, a German company that is a world leader in the manufacturer of lubrication products. 

Alexis started her life as a hairdresser, and in that sector she made her first foray into owning her own business, but this was curtailed by the 3 day week implemented in the 1970’s. Having discovered the satisfaction of running a business, she went on later to own a Fast Food business and then finally to entering the family business as it grew.

A member of the Federation of Small businesses since 1993, Alexis has held several positions during those years, and is currently the member of the Merseyside Region who sits on the board of the National Council, representing  the Regional  committee  and ensuring the views of the members is taken to the board. This also brings the responsibility of ensuring all the good work carried out by the FSB in their lobbying work, is reported back to the Regional committee. Meeting such a diverse array of people is what she enjoys most as an FSB member. 

Clive Marshall

Director, TaxAssist Accountants |

Clive is Chairman of Wirral & Ellesmere Port Branch, and Treasurer of the Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan Region, of the FSB.  He has been active in the FSB for the last sixteen years.  He ia a director of, and co-owns, a TaxAssist Accountants franchise with offices in Wallasey and Bebington on the Wirral.  TaxAssist specialise in providing tax, accountancy and related services to small businesses. 

Prior to taking on the TaxAssist franchise in 2000 Clive was the Credit and Telemarketing Operations Manager for Littlewoods Home Shopping.  Based in Liverpool he managed over a thousand staff in Crosby, Preston, Sunderland and Bolton.  The operation was responsible for all aspects of credit, from the initial acceptance and credit limit setting through to debt collection, and also the marketing of products and services to existing Littlewoods customers.  He also has a wealth of experience in business systems development for Littlewoods and a number of other major retail, manufacturing and telecommunications companies plus research and development in the electronics industry.