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2018 Winners

The 2018 Winners

Sixteen family businesses picked up prestigious awards at the Cumbria Family Business Awards 2018 which were on Friday 9th March with 140 year old Carlisle based Pioneer receiving a standing ovation when they were awarded the Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year Award.

“David and I were delighted to have won the award for ‘Best Family Business in Retail and Wholesale’. This was then topped at the end of the night when we collected the top prize for ‘Outstanding Cumbria Family Business 2018’. It’s wonderful to be recognised for our high service levels and what we contribute to the regional economy due to our support for farmers and other producers. A big thank you goes to the whole team at Pioneer for making this possible.”

– Graham Jenkins, Managing Director

Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year

sponsored by Enterprise Answers was awarded to

Pioneer Food Services

The Employee of the Year

sponsored by NXT Recruitment

Lynn Logan, Heart of the Lakes

Agriculture Forestry and Farming

The Moody Cow

Food and Drink Establishments

sponsored by Armstrong Watson

Askham Hall

Food and Drink Producers

sponsored by Bells of Lazonby

Grasmere Gingerbread

Professional & Business Services

Sponsored by Steve Howard, The Business Doctor

Elton Finance

Retailers and Wholesalers

sponsored by Hawkshead Relish

Pioneer Food Services

Small Leisure and Tourism Business

sponsored by The Cumberland

Cedar Manor

Large Leisure and Tourism

sponsored by Cartmell Solicitors

English Lakes


sponsored by Lamont Pridmore

Bath House

Property and Construction

Roland Hill

Transport and Logistics


Creative Business

sponsored by Progression Solicitors

Miles Moore Ceramics



Lauren's Cows

Special commendation and serious ones-to-watch in future years

Little Rascals

Feather & Springs

Barry RobinsonLtd

Over three hundred people attended the Garden at Eden, Carlisle on Friday for the glittering awards ceremony which was hosted by Hairy Biker, Si King. Dave Myers had been due to host but unfortunately ill health had prevented him from doing so and his friend and co-presenter Si offered to step up.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback about Friday night. Cumbria owes so much to the family businesses who make this county such a vibrant place to live and work. We were proud to see Cumbria shine so bright and are even more delighted that all the winners will also automatically be represented at the national awards finals in London later this year, flying the flag for Cumbria even further. The awards are such a special event thanks to all the family businesses, both winners and runners and up and wouldn’t happen without them or the fantastic sponsors who make it possible for these awards to happen.”
– Janett Walker, co-founder of the Cumbria Family Business Awards.

4,839 votes were cast in total for the Employee of the Year finalists. The votes ranked and scored and these points were added to the judges scores ‘Strictly Style’. Lynn Logan  of Heart of the Lakes was awarded one of the top prizes of the night by Simon Glencross of NXT Recruitment.

Five other businesses were recognised with prizes, Kendal based agricultural equipment company Robustrack and art-based mother and daughter team Lauren’s Cows were gifted a new 2018 award ‘Going Places’ by the judges. Little Rascals, Barry Robinson Ltd and Feather & Springs were designated Ones to Watch in future years.

The awards were supported by a range of local businesses including; Armstrong Watson, Enterprise Answers, Lamont Pridmore, NXT Recruitment, Cartmells, The Cumberland, Hawkshead Relish, Steve Howard Business Doctor for Lakes & Dales and Progression Solicitors. Each presented their category winner.

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