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Cumbria Family Business Awards Finalists 2018

Thirty-five Cumbrian family businesses will battle it out on Friday 9th March to be crowned Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year at the Cumbria Family Business Awards. Now in their second year, the nationally trending awards was created to celebrate the contribution family businesses make to the county, with nearly 90% of businesses in Cumbria being family run. Grahame Latus who is backing the awards for the second year in a row and who will be presenting the most prized award on the night said:

“The judging process has been remarkable, meeting the finalists was especially enlightening and uplifting. The thorough process has made for some difficult decisions as the standard of applications from family businesses across Cumbria was so high. I look forward to presenting the ‘star prize’ on the night.”

Enterprise Answers are one of three main supporters of the awards alongside Armstrong Watson and Lamont Pridmore. Recognising the importance of family businesses to Cumbria other businesses are also backing the Cumbria Family Business Awards including; Cartmell Shepherd, Cumberland Building Society, 2017 winners Bells of Lazonby, NXT Recruitment, Steve Howard The Business Doctor, Hawkshead Relish, Progression Solicitors and Net* who created the website for the Awards and the special voting system which was launched for the Employee of the Year Category this year.

Get to know the finalists a little more.

Food and Drink Producers –  sponsored by Bells of Lazonby

“Winning both our Food & Drink Producer category and the overall Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year 2017 was a highlight of last year so it felt natural to support other family businesses going through the process this time around. The finalists are all worthy, each creating and making produce Cumbria should be proud of. Good luck!” – Michael Bell 

Lovingly Artisan

Grasmere Gingerbread

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery


Food and Drink Establishments – sponsored by Armstrong Watson

“Cumbria is recognised as one of Britain’s foodie havens, the quality of the establishments across the county is remarkable. By setting such high standards the families behind these businesses have cemented Cumbria’s reputation as a go-to destination. The finalists are all brilliant examples of why Cumbria is so loved and we wish them all good luck!” – Paul Dickson Chief Executive

Ryecorn Ltd

Three Hares

The Churchmouse at Barbon

Askham Hall


Retailers and Wholesalers

“We are a family business and completely understand the challenges those growing a retail or wholesale business in the county face. Starting any business in a rural location is commendable and we wish every luck to all the finalists who have made a success of it!” – Maria Whitehead MD



JB Banks


Manufacturing – sponsored by Lamont Pridmore

“Cumbria has a proud manufacturing heritage and as a family run business ourselves we wanted to support those who are making products both on a large and small scale. Quality and family values are at the very heart of these finalists ethos’ and we wish them the very best of luck!” – Graham Lamont Chief Executive

Hayhurst Joinery

Bath House


Professional Business and People Services – sponsored by Steve Howard The Business Doctor for Lakes and Dales.

“Family businesses have values that set them apart from their corporate competition. It’s the people behind the businesses that interest me and how they deal with the unique challenges that running a family business present. The finalists are excellent examples of what can be achieved by thinking big but staying true to their values. Good luck!” – Steve Howard

Elton Finance

Financial Management Bureau

Stephenson Halliday


Property and Construction

CJ City

Roland Hill


Small Leisure and Tourism Business – sponsored by The Cumberland Building Society

Running a family business in hospitality isn’t easy, and you can rest assured that everyone who entered this year’s awards will have worked their socks off to achieve success. The impact of this on our region should not be underestimated, and the combined effort of all the family businesses in the tourism industry has put Cumbria on the map as the home of fantastic accommodation and experiences.” – Grant Seaton Senior Business Lending Manager

Augill Castle

Cedar Manor

Nanny Brow

Hazelbank Country House


Large Leisure and Tourism Business – sponsored by Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors

“Not only have these families created businesses of remarkable quality which are all jewels in Cumbria’s crown, they have also become large scale employers and economic contributors. They have maintained family values whilst achieving all this and any of them would be worthy winners.” – Peter Stafford Managing Director

The Wildsmith Group

The Regent Hotel

English Lakes Hotels

Heart of the Lakes


Creative Business – sponsored by Progression Solicitors

To carve a successful business in the creative industry is not without challenge and it is testament to the family businesses we have seen in this category that they have truly risen to that challenge. There is a rich creative and artistic culture here in Cumbria and it is marvellous to see that so well represented in this awards category .” – Anthony Smith MD

 Lauren’s Cows

Heaton Cooper

Majik House

Miles-Moore Ceramics


Transport and Logistics


Downton Travel



Agriculture Forestry and Farming

The Moody Cow


Three additional businesses have been awarded One to Watch Awards: Little Rascals Daycare, Barry Robinson Ltd and Feather & Springs.

Employee of the Year Finalists – sponsored by NXT Recruitment

“Any business owner understands the importance of having the right people in place, what is so heartening is how clear it is that family businesses truly cherish those people. Family businesses are often cited as being great places to work and we are proud to be supporting both the businesses and employees of Cumbria. Good luck one and all!” – Simon Glencross Director

Lynn Logan, Heart of The Lakes

Cath Irwin, The Regent Hotel

David Forsythe, Stephenson Halliday

Nick Owen, Elterwater Hostel

Nevil Jeffery, English Lakes Hotels

Geoff Whitehead, Lamplighter

Rachael Jackson, Roland Hill

Tony Davies, Virginia House

Chloe Dent, Trade Copiers

The employee finalists have been scored by the judges and OVER 2700 public votes have already been cast. The winner will be announced at the ceremony. Votes can be cast on the website

The thirty-five finalists met with the judges in early February and the winners will be announced at the glittering ceremony hosted by Hairy Biker Dave Myers on Friday 9th March at The Garden at Eden Carlisle.


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A huge thank you to all our sponsors for the Cumbria Family Business Awards 2019