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Nominations are now closed.

All the nominated businesses are here! The nomination process has been a humbling one, we have received so many fantastic nominations for so many wonderful reasons. Storm Desmond, personal setbacks, sticking by their staff, family businesses and their ethos are clearly held dear by a great number of you. All nominated businesses were invited to apply to the awards formally, many have already done so and those who haven’t yet still have until midnight on Wednesday to get their application in! Any family business can apply for the awards nominated or not, but for those who were nominated the generous nominations will be shown to the judges with their application and will help provide invaluable information to the judges. Watch this space for the upcoming Shortlist and until then, a round of applause for all the businesses below who received a nomination.

Coco Cheveux
Crafty Baa
Villa Positano
JMP Foodservice
Westmorland Packaging
The Punchbowl at Barrows Green
The Village Inn
Mr H’s Tea Room
James Cropper
Cartmel Sticky Toffee
English Lakes Ice Cream
Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake
Peter Hall and Son
Copper Pot Cafe
Stringers Beer
Sweet Heart Candy Carts
PHX Training
SMS Speedway
Lakeland Media
The Smithy Inn Holme
Hand on Heart Jewellery
Cumbria Payroll
Susan’s Farm
Twoey Toys
Stephenson Halliday
ADL Architects
Baines Wilson
Park Cliffe
Story Contracting
Pappys Texas BBQ
Scott Bainbridge
Palace Cycles
Low Sizergh Barn
Cumbrian Cow Ice Cream
Nics Nordic Walks
The Cheeseboard
Lakeland Furniture
Bramwells International
Church Mouse Cheese – Barbon
Lindsay & Sons
Wellington Farm Cafe
Financial Management Bureau
Ultimate Security Group
The Keswick Boot
JH Bookkeeping Services
Tweddle Engineering
Rattle Gill Café, Ambleside
Whitehaven Skips
Fairydust Empodium
Drive & Coupling Solutions
Forth Group
Carvetii  Coffee LTD
Well Done Solutions
The Watermill – Ings
Tree Top Trek
Pattinson Builders
Windermere Roofing
Magical Mels
DA Harrison
PV Dobsons
CT Hayton LTD
Fynne Fish Fishmongers
Howbarrow Organic Farm
Willowford Hall Farm
Carlisle Brewing Company
Rayrigg Motors
Pye Motors
Faraday’s Tasty
Murray’s Chemist
Stoller’s Funiture World Barrow
Different Strokes
Lloyd motor group
Pete bland sports
Westmorland Family
WM Armstrong
Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon
Coniston Corporate
Dutton Hire Ltd
The Plastic Bottles Company
Abbey Coffee Shop, Shap Cumbria
Progression Solicitors
Lamont Pridmore
Jetties and Moorings


Family businesses, you have until midnight on Wednesday 23rd January to apply!


Enterprise Answers make all the difference

The team met with Grahame Latus one of the main sponsors for the Cumbria Family Business Awards to talk about why he wanted to get involved. Meeting Grahame is always a pleasure, we visited his offices in Penrith on a typically Cumbrian day and were welcomed with a cup of tea and cake from Traybakes, which is five star treatment in our book!

Grahame’s enthusiasm for entrepreneurs is boundless and the more we learnt about Enterprise Answers it became clearer to see why he has faith in businesses where others don’t. Having brought many Cumbrian businesses to life we wanted to understand more about Enterprise  Answers so Grahame talked us through some of the family businesses they have worked with and the change they could help bring.

 “The difference our funding makes is often the difference between a business happening or not, we lend where the standard banks can’t or won’t and we adopt a more flexible approach to assessing business propositions.When we see these peoples’ business plans it’s apparent these are sound business investments even though they are outside the norm.


I am immensely proud of the businesses we have helped over the years,many are now household names in our region and our involvement has ranged from funding to start up a cafe to helping an existing company launch a new range. Working with hard-working businesses and seeing their endeavours come off is part of the joy”

 three-haresSophia spoke with James of Sedbergh based family business The Three Hares. James said:

“They (Enterprise Answers) were very supportive the whole way through. They lend with a personal touch and came to see us regularly to see how we were progressing and give guidance.”

This level of interest is rarely seen from the ‘big boys’ and as Cumbria Family Business Awards is in its first year we too are grateful for the financial backing Grahame and his team have given to the event itself.

Enterprise Answers seem to know how to back a winner and The Three Hares along with previous clients Baba Ganoush have both recently made The Guardian Best 50 Breakfast List, no mean feat! Other businesses they have supported continue to represent the best that Cumbria has to offer and include Cumbria Crystal, Mr Vikkis, and Town Head Farm near Penrith. We hope to make Enterprise Answers proud sponsors and do keep your eye out for Grahame on the night, he’s a lovely chap and always open to new ideas. He could be the difference to your business in 2017! enterprise-answers

2,4,6,8 it feels great to nominate!

nominee-logo-blackWhat a week its been for the team here at #CFBA2017 HQ, Sophia has been spreading the good news to businesses across the county and frankly has been loving it. Some Sophia spreading good news! businesses have been nominated five times which just goes to show how much family businesses mean to their local communities.  Some of the nominations coming in have brought a tear to Soph’s eye (to be fair though she does cry at adverts) but they have been seriously brilliant. One theme has cropped up time and again and understandably so. Storm Desmond impacted so many people in Cumbria and its affects can still be felt however some of the most heart warming nominations have come from people who saw family businesses re-building their businesses, helping others and working harder than they’ve ever worked before to keep afloat and grow stronger. Sophia has a box of tissues at the ready so nominate some more and let Soph spread more good news, why wouldn’t you…just look how happy it makes her!

Help is at hand, we’re on YOUR side remember!

Lucky ducks! We have extended the closing date for applications to midnight on Monday the 2midnight5th January. We appreciate that for many of you Christmas is an extremely busy time and the last thing we want to do is add any more pressure! You now have another two weeks to get your application and all supporting documents to us. So now you can now get your Christmas shopping finished and apply for awards – hurrah!

If you would like some help with your application, we have very generously created a help-sheet for you which you can download here. There are some hints as to what you should be thinking to include because yes, we really are that nice!

Jonny and Nathan are as hardy as their herdys!

Sheep farming is a Lake District tradition. Jonny and Nathan are a fifth generation family business who have been farming in the stunning Borrowdale valley for over a hundred years. We sent the delightful Dave to meet these two absolute treasures and this is the gorgeous film he made.

You absolute treasures! Thanks a million.

thanks-1804597_960_720This is a THANK YOU to our fantastic and forward thinking sponsors who wanted to see the Cumbria Family Business Awards happen. They are all genuinely interested in family businesses and want to see them succeed. The awards are in their first year and we really appreciate the support whilst getting this first event off the ground.




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From helping someone turn their idea into a reality to financing an existing business fund a new project Enterprise Answers have been behind the scenes of some of the country’s best-loved businesses. Thank you for supporting us too!

The Federation of Small Businesses are ‘the voice’ of the SME in Britain. Having their support for family businesses shows their commitment to business in Cumbria. Thanks FSB!

Sue has worked with Family Business United for a number of years now, Paul Andrews (who is also one of our brilliant judges) has unbounding enthusiasm for family business and his enthusiasm is rather contagious! Now look what you made us do Paul?!

We’re Welly excited!

sarah-edwardsGreat news entrants! We have just added a new judge to the panel, Sarah Edwards Editor at Wellies & Wine will be bringing her journalistic nose and love for the unique to the decision making process. Visiting some of you brilliant entrants and giving a ‘Welly Loves’ review to boot, there could be even more coverage for your business!

There’s so many reasons to apply and if Sarah isn’t another one we don’t know what is!

Because of you…

sheep2Family businesses are not corporates, you think differently, act differently, employ people differently and give back differently. THANK YOU! You are the reason Cumbria’s towns and villages don’t have identi-kit high-streets, the reason our fells are criss-crossed with handmade stone walls, the reason we have orange sheep roaming the fields and the reason Cumbria is a contender for World Heritage status. This is your moment to be recognised for all you do. Your audience will stretch beyond the county border and indeed will land some of you on a national stage. Take this opportunity. Apply. We are more than a landscape. We Are Cumbria.

#CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria

The future’s bright…the future’s Cumbrian!

Big thank you to the Westmorland Gazette for sharing our story this week. As business owners ourselves we west-gazunderstand the level of dedication and sheer hard work needed to make something work. It’s this commitment and drive that we recognise in family businesses across the county and what we want to recognise and reward.

Cumbria is full of new and exciting businesses as well as hosting a rich and respected heritage of long established family firms. Sue, Janett and I are truly bowled over by Cumbrian businesses’ ability to adapt and change.


We see Cumbria standing on the global stage and want to make sure family firms are in the spotlight. – Event Organisers: Sue, Janett and Sophia

Our Sponsors

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