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Cumbria Family Business Awards Finalists Taste Success at E3 Awards in Bolton

Our own Janett Walker visited the E3 Awards held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton as a guest of #CFBA2017 sponsors Federation of Small Business. Janett was delighted to see a strong Cumbrian contingent and even happier when awards were picked up! Nanny Brow who had been finalists in the very hotly contested Small Leisure and Tourism Category at #CFBA2017 won the Best Family Business Category. Joanne Hunter the fifth-generation business owner of Grasmere Gingerbread, who was a finalist in the #CFBA2017 Food and Drink Producer category was awarded the surprise Special Achievement accolade. Even one of our event sponsors Net* were winners, given the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. Truly a great night for all Cumbria and especially lovely to see Cumbrian family businesses recognised over the border! CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL from all the #CFBA2017 and #CFBA2018 Team. #WeAreCumbria!



Launch Date For Cumbria Family Business Awards 2018 Confirmed

The Cumbria Family Business Awards 2018 #CFBA2018 will be officially launched at The Family Business Conference at The Halston Carlisle on Thursday 19th October 2017.  Overall 2017 winners Bells of Lazonby will be there to talk about the impact of winning Outstanding Cumbrian Family Business of The Year.  The first awards for family businesses in Cumbria were held on Friday 10th March 2017, sponsored by Lamont Pridmore in association with Enterprise Answers. Twelve glittering hand-crafted awards were given out on the night which was hosted by Cumbrian half of the Hairy Bikers Dave Myers.

Jo Vincent Kendal glass artist created the main awards which formed a Cumbrian mountain range and were divided into individual slices of the landscape. Winners were each presented with their artisan award, with some choosing to take them up mountains to show them off even more!  Two additional ceramic awards were designed and made by ceramic artist Siobhan Newton of Miles Moore Clay. Created to reward the two top prizes Employee of the Year and Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year.

The Cumbria Family Business Awards 2018 will take place on Friday 9th March (venue still being kept top secret!) and organisers promise an even bigger and better event than the nationally trending #CFBA2017. You can keep up to date with the awards on Facebook and Twitter.  Winners from 2017 can not enter next year’s, so it’s all to play for at #CFBA2018.

2017 Winners

Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of The Year – Bells of Lazonby

Employee of The Year – Rob Grierson of Ultimate Security 

Agriculture Forestry and Farming – presented by Jonathan Lee CN Group 
Cumbrian Cow Ice Cream

Food and Drink Establishments – presented by Andy Beeforth OBE Cumbria Community Foundation
Zeffirellis and Fellinis

Food and Drink Producers – presented by Jacqui Jackson of Thomas Jardine & Co
Bells of Lazonby

Professional & Business Services – presented by Harry Knowles of category sponsor Federation of Small Businesses
PHX Training – PHX Jobmatch

Small Leisure and Tourism Business – presented by category sponsor Sue Coulson of The Family Business Network
Sally’s Cottages

Large Leisure and Tourism – presented by Paul Andrews of Family Business United 
Westmorland Family

Retailers and Wholesalers – presented by Jonathan Stevenson MP for Carlisle 
The Herdy Company

Manufacturing  – presented by Chris Lamont of category sponsor Lamont Pridmore

Property and Construction – presented by Anthony Smith MD of category sponsors Progression Solicitors
GM & SM Marrs

Transport and Logistics – presented by event organisers Janett Walker and Sophia Newton of Flock
Wm Armstrong Group

Ones-To-Watch – Kin Vodka,  SweetHeart Candy Carts and The Crafty Baa

National awards success for Cumbrian family businesses.

These wonderful wonderful family businesses all made it through to the finals of the national Family Business of the Year Awards. Zeffirellis & Fellinis, Sally’s Cottages, PHX Training, Grasmere Gingerbread, Bells of Lazonby, The Churchmouse at Barbon, GM & SM Marrs, Wm Armstrong, Lakes Cottage Holidays, Reays Coaches, JMP Foodservices, Hawkshead Relish and JB Banks of Cockermouth. That’s a bakers dozen of brilliant businesses all representing our wonderful county on a national stage! The ceremony took place on Thursday 8th June (which turned out to be was a pretty important date for us all!) and THREE of our blooming marvellous Cumbrian family business finalists WON! From the bottom of our hearts a huge congratulations to the winners, and a big well done to all the finalists who made it to the nationals. The competition was seriously stiff with household names like Walkers Shortbread and Thatchers Cider in the running, to be included in the same field as such institutions is truly excellent and you should all be very proud – we certainly are!

Wm Armstrong were crowned the best family run Transport & Logistics business in the country and were also runners-up as overall winners which went to Manchester’s HMG Paints.  In a hotly contested category The Churchmouse at Barbon were recognised as the nations best Hotel & Leisure family business and Hawkshead Relish picked up the gong for the country’s best Small Family Business.


We sent Sue down to represent the #CFBA team and show our support for all you there, Sue also sponsored the North category of the national awards and was one of the judges.

“It was a fantastic evening and lovely to see such strong Cumbrian representation, the North category had the highest applications of any region.  We were absolutely delighted to see thirteen of our finalists representing the county on a national stage. For three of them to pick up awards is fantastic news for them and the vitally important family business sector as a whole. It also showed that the Cumbria Family Business Awards have done their job of cementing our regions businesses on a national stage. – Go Cumbria, we’re with you all the way!”



What have people had to say about #CFBA2017?

Sophia, Sue and Janett speak about that night!

We are still reeling from the glittering night that was the first Cumbria Family Business Awards, the response from the business community has been astonishing and so far as evening’s go, it was a pretty special one. We worked so hard on all the little details that we hoped would make your night even more magical, music, artworks, books and awards designed by the county’s finest artists, not to mention the delightful family business drinks reception. Everything (more or less) went exactly to plan, what we couldn’t have predicted was the atmosphere. The room was simply buzzing and that was down to the people who attended. We would also like to extend our thanks to the wonderful Dave Myers who hosted the night in his inimitable style and was a true gentlemen. Dave genuinely cared about the premise for the night and took time to speak with people until long after the ceremony had finished.  We weren’t the only ones who enjoyed themselves and here are just some of the lovely things people had to say about the night!

The event was superbly organised, the attention to detail was beautiful, but my overriding memory will be the feeling of warmth, joy and sense of community, now that really is hard to achieve! – Sarah Stables University of Cumbria


I just wanted to say a great big thank you for Friday night.  You ladies were awesome!  Everything went completely fabulously, right down to the music played to accompany the winners on stage (you could tell it was organised by women!)  The night was totally buzzing!…I’ve still got an enormous smile on my face! Thank you so much. – Sally Fielding, Sally’s Cottages

Lovely emails, handwritten letters and much more have flooded our inboxes and doormats this week. THANK YOU! Thank you to all the fantastic family business finalists, winners, judges, sponsors, guests, artists, authors, musicians, production team, photographers, videographers and everyone involved in the first of many Cumbria Family Business Awards. #WeAreCumbria! Let’s make sure we get #CFBA2018 trending next year too! Family businesses of Cumbria – you deserve it!

Lakeland Chauffeurs to drive Dave Myers to and from the awards

Lakeland Chauffeurs will be picking Hairy Biker Dave Myers up in good time today to bring him to the Cumbria Family Business Awards. He will be collected from a secret location and brought to the Castle Green Hotel ready to rehearse tonight’s ceremony with Janett, Sue and Sophia.



 “Lakeland Chauffeurs are delighted to be providing the transport for the world famous local celebrity Mr Dave Myers, when he presents the prestigious awards at the Cumbria Family Business Awards Ceremony 2017. He will arrive in our executive transport vehicle, the Range Rover Sport black edition, driven by chauffeuse Hilary Hutchinson.”

They will then return him to his celebrity hideout (?!) once the evening is complete. Lakeland Chauffeurs have kindly laid on one of their executive cars for the occasion and will be treating their celebrity guest with the same care and attention they pay to every passenger. Based in South Lakes but covering all Cumbria and beyond they have a reputation as a reliable, polite and well-presented fleet, winning the Sheila Hensman Cumbria Tourism Award in 2016. Their chauffeurs and chauffeuse also bring their own Cumbrian charm to every trip and we are delighted to have them onboard! Thank you Lakeland Chauffeurs for supporting the first Cumbria Family Business Awards. #CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria

Graeme, Viv, Mark, Hilary, Andrew and Sarah

Handcrafted awards designed by Cumbrian Glass Artist for winners

The awards trophies have been created by Jo Vincent. Designed to reflect the intimate relationship between family businesses and Cumbria. Cumbria is more than a landscape, businesses and communities all contribute to our county to make part of a whole; and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Jo’s work focuses on her engagement with the Cumbrian landscape, permanent geological formations above and under the ground as well as temporary shifts in the landscape caused by seasons, tides and weather. The awards have been created using a variety of kiln formed glass techniques with many of the pieces spending many days in the kiln due to their irregular thickness and textures created in the glass. Each is unique rather like the lucky family business who receives them.


Windermere Lakes Cruises to host cruise for awards winners.

Beyond the celebrations on the night it’s key that family businesses truly benefit from their winning status. Thankfully Windermere Lakes Cruises also understand the importance of making the most of the moment and has kindly sponsored a spring evening cruise on Windermere for the Winners, Judges, Sponsors, Organisers and Press. Windermere Lakes Cruises has a deep relationship with Cumbria and the Lake District. Their iconic boats are now part of the landscape on Windermere and the company works hard to forge links not just with tourists but other Cumbrian businesses.

We recognise that Cumbria is more than a landscape and that local business is as important to the success of Cumbria as the natural beauty. We all have our part to play to ensure Cumbria remains an exciting and inviting place to live, work and visit. The Cumbria Family Business Awards are a great initiative, we are delighted to be hosting the Winners’ Cruise on Windermere. – Nigel Wilkinson

The evening will be a moment to reflect on their family businesses success but also to make new contacts, get additional press coverage, give and receive feedback and talk about their Awards journey. The organisers Sophia, Janett and Sue will also be revealing the winners’ involvement in the next step of the Cumbria Family Business Awards journey.

Channel 4 to film at Cumbria Family Business Awards

The Churchmouse at Barbon are being filmed by True North Productions for a Channel 4 series detailing life in the Yorkshire Dales due out later this year. The production team have been following John and Jules Natlacen both at work and in their personal life in recent months and will be joining us at the Cumbria Family Business Awards to capture their journey.

We are sure you will welcome True North Productions in true Cumbrian style, and we look forward to seeing us all on the telly in a few months time! #CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria



Stuart Maconie amongst creative contributors to Cumbria Family Business Awards

Creating stronger links between Cumbria’s creative and business communities is important to the Cumbria Family Business Awards team. Family businesses have heart, they are recognised as being innovative and dynamic and are in a different way as creative as the creative people who are kindly contributing.

Stuart Maconie’s latest book Pie at Night is one of many being showcased at Cumbria Family Business Awards. Lake District authors Felltarn Friends, David Banning, Andrew Bibby, Len Hayton, Matthew Connolly, Jane Byle have also generously contributed alongside Heaton Cooper Chris Bonnington and Oxley’s. The books play an integral role on the night and will highlight Cumbria’s vibrant creative community to the 250 business representatives attending.

“Having worked in both the arts and corporate world, I wanted to forge stronger links between the two. Both can learn important lessons from the other and the Cumbria Family Business Awards will be a celebration of both” – Sophia Newton

Other creative elements including; original ceramics artwork by Siobhan Newton of Miles-Moore Ceramics, unique hand-built, kiln-fired fused glass pieces by Jo Vincent, pendants by Marilyn Anne Hale, as well as artworks by Daniel Cooper, candles by Wax Lyrical and singing by Annie Perris will round off the artistic contributions from Cumbria for the ceremony. Annie will be singing to raise money for the Re-Bulid Mexico project run by the organisation Urban Saints, donations can be made here.

#CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria

Thanks given to businesses who have shown support for the Awards

Aside from the main awards sponsors, Lamont Pridmore, Enterprise Answers, Armstrong Watson, Coulson Associates, Federation of Small Businesses and Progression Solicitors, there are many other sponsors involved with the first Cumbria Family Business Awards.  Sponsoring with money, time and produce we are extremely grateful to the following businesses who have all shown their support and shown Cumbria and family businesses to be the innovative and generous people at the heart of our economy.

Condeco – sponsoring the welcome fizz on arrival. Chin chin!

Hawkshead Relish – providing their new gin at the Drinks Market. Bottoms up!

Carlisle Brewing Co Ltd – serving up beer at the Drinks Market. Mine’s a pint!

The Porterage – showcasing wine tasting at the Drinks Market. A fine vintage!

Annie Perris – who will be entertaining us on arrival with her singing. Encore! Encore!

Sweetheart Candy Carts – providing and setting up all the chair covers and pretty bows! Tying us up in knots, lovely knots!

Grasmere Gingerbread – providing their signature produce for the dessert course. Gingerlicious scrumptious!

Windermere Ice Cream Company – serving up dessert. I scream you scream we all scream for ice-cream!

Short Form – videoing us in all our glory. Lights, camera, action!

Printing Plus – printing the brochures so we have something to read! Roll up roll up!

We Are Net* – designing the brochure to be a thing of beauty! Brochure brochure on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?!

Wax Lyrical – lighting up the night with their Cumbrian made candles. Let it shiiiiiine!

The Craft Studio and Glass Works – donating 150 unique items of jewellery for the ladies! Spoilt!

Wellies and Wine – tirelessly helping us pull together the boozy elements for the night! Well if the welly fits!

Fullpoint – putting up with our constant design tweaks and requests along the way. Patience is clearly a virtue!

Fluid Productions – turning the night into an all singing all dancing production. Basically Pixar for events!

Low Sizergh Barn – making sure you have bags for your goodies! Bag it up!

Bruce and Lukes – for giving you all the lift you’ll need the next morning! Kettle’s on!

What a wonderful bunch of brilliant businesses, we are truly grateful to every single one of you! #CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to all our sponsors for the Cumbria Family Business Awards 2018