19 Mar 2019
Runcorn-based IT services company, Polymorph, has been announced as Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA) first monthly winner of 2019, for its global software product Mercury.
Since 1996, the awards have recognised and rewarded innovative companies and individuals in Merseyside who use creativity to fuel growth and profitability. MIA’s aim is to help companies turn great ideas into great businesses and contribute towards the region’s economic development.
Polymorph’s Mercury software enables naval forces, countries and intelligence agencies to securely share information in real-time and has successfully protected World Food Programme vessels in delivering 1.7 million tonnes of food and reducing the number of hostages taken from 237 (2011) to zero in 2017.
Mercury’s success has also directly generated £3 million of revenue for Polymorph and allowed the company to expand and invest in the infrastructure of its local IT team.
Polymorph founder, Steve Harris, said: “Winning an MIA monthly award is a fabulous achievement, acknowledging the huge impact Mercury has had globally in fighting against piracy and armed robbery of vessels, which have serious political, security and humanitarian ramifications.”
Brian McCann, MIA Chairman, added: “The Merseyside region has become a hub for bespoke maritime technology solutions. We are proud and excited to recognise the unique and pioneering work Polymorph is delivering globally from its Merseyside base.”
The MIA attracts and celebrates regional companies large and small. A monthly winner is selected between January and May; three applicants are then shortlisted for the final in July with an opportunity to win £10,000. With an annual turnover of £3.5 million, Polymorph is classed as a large company* and eligible for the MIA Prestige Award.
MIA is driven by a group of locally-based sponsor organisations including, dewinter, Mitchell Charlesworth, Unilever, Liverpool City Region LEP, Natwest, Insider Media, Village Software, WP Thompson, O’Connors, RTC North and BBC Radio Merseyside.