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North West 2022 LGBTQ+ Awards Shortlist Revealed

The shortlist for this year’s LGBTQ+ Awards has been unveiled.

Now in their second year the awards continue to recognise the amazing achievements of LGBTQ+ people or allies in business and commerce.

The finalists have been decided by the awards committee after an increased number of entries, which has highlighted how businesses have been creative and resilient to bounce back in the past 12 months.

A judging panel will have the difficult task of now deciding on the winners of the awards ahead of the awards ceremony taking place at the Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool on 21 October 2022.

Drew Cockton, founder of the North West LGBTQ+ Awards, said:

“It’s wonderful to see businesses supporting the awards, whether that be through sponsorship or entering. The awards have grown in 2022 and this gives us the opportunity to shine a light on our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters in business and thank them for making our region such a fantastic and opportunity-filled place to do business and call home.”

The 10 categories include awards for best new and small business, community impact, hospitality award, best employer, the LGBTQ ally award, and outstanding contribution. There will also be special awards given out on the evening.

Sponsors of the 2022 awards include Everton Football Club, ChilliMix Holidays, MSB Solicitors, Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company, Westminster Associates, Homes for Students, Cool Breeze Agency and The Guide Liverpool.

The shortlist is:

Young Person in Business

  • Joshua Lloyd Griffin, Joshua Lloyd
  • Luke Davies, Polari
  • Oliver Jude, Oliver Jude Clothing
  • Liam Mitchell, Mr Tumble Liverpool

Best Small Business

  • Little Bear’s Fudgery
  • Red Floral Architecture
  • Splodge Creative
  • The Hive by VH Interiors
  • Unit3 Design Studio

Community Impact Award

  • Adam Brown Dance Company
  • Markos Malone
    Sort Your Fit Out
  • Zacc Keogh, ZK Studios

LGBTQ+ Hospitality Award

  • Box Leisure Recruitment
  • FIKA Liverpool
  • Yas Bean

Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • BT (BT Consumer – BT/EE/Plusnet) part of BT Group plc
  • Homes for Students
  • United Utilities

Best new Business Award

  • Adam Sutton Estates
  • Billie The Brand Store & CiCi Morcroft
  • Funnyboyz

Best Employer Award

  • Heritage Great Britain
  • Softcat

LGBTQ_ Ally Award

  • Dobie Optimum Fitness
  • Dolphin Health Club
  • Merseymade
  • Sophie Green
  • This Generation

Outstanding Personal Achievement

  • David Griffiths, Allport Dental Surgery
  • Joshua Kelly, Hair Choice
  • Lee Chambers, Essentialise
  • Paul Kallee-Grover, Ki Partnership

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