7 October 2014

MIB Awards

FACT is renowned for its unique programme of exhibitions, films and participant-led art projects but this time it was the business’s approach to developing new income streams that has put it in the spotlight.  

Executive Director Iona Horsburgh collected the accolade at the MIB awards, which are organised by Merseyside law firm Morecrofts and were held at Stanley Dock’s Rum Warehouse.

The MIB judging panel said: “FACT is a wonderful example of an independent Merseyside business with a local, national and global reputation. The judges were particularly impressed with FACT’s response to public sector funding cuts, which involved growing partnerships with higher education institutions and developing new corporate relationships to increase income by more than 30% in the last year.” 

Having recently secured three years’ additional funding from Arts Council England to continue as digital lead for the Northwest of England, FACT is working to extend its reach across the creative, digital, health and education sectors.

Iona Horsburgh said: “As a leading digital arts charity, we have to be fleet of foot to ensure we are at the forefront of new developments in terms of funding, research programming and partnerships.

“We’ve recently installed new mobile technology to help us better understand our audiences and enhance their experience and developed an app with young people touched by mental health issues.  As a charity with a socially-engaged approach, it’s important that we show leadership and make the arts accessible. 

“This award really showcases our work and the progress we’re making.  We couldn’t be more delighted and would like to extend our thanks to Morecrofts and the MIB judges.” 

Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts, said: “As a long-standing independent business ourselves, nothing gives us greater pleasure than to see local businesses rewarded for their continued hard work and efforts to engage their communities with new and innovative ideas.  The Merseyside Independent Business Awards were created to shine a spotlight on those businesses.”

Matta’s International Foods scooped two awards at the ceremony, winning Merseyside Independent Business Awards’ Business of the Year as well as Independent Retailer of the Year.  Other winners included Apposing for Digital and Technology Business of the Year, Revolver Retail for Best Original Start-Up of the Year and Maghull Coaches for the Culture, Tourism & leisure Business of the Year.  The full list of winners is available here.