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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?

As long as you have two or more family members playing an active role in the business and you are located in Cumbria you can apply. Start-ups as well as established multi-generational family run businesses are welcome to apply. Free to enter.

How do I enter?

Applications open at midnight on 11th October 2018.

Download the application form and either fill it out online and email it back to us at or print it out and send it to Cumbria Family Business Awards Team c/o The Family Business Network, Windermere Road, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9PL. The judges can only judge from what is included in the application forms so if there’s anything else you want them know let ’em have it! (We’re thinking links to videos, pictures, you know, the fun stuff!)

Can I nominate another business?

Yes! How kind of you! When applications open for 2019 on 11 October 2018, you will be able to re-visit this page and nominate. We will need to know the reason you are nominating the business and of course their contact details. From there we will contact them in order to fill in an application form. Please note your nomination is not an application on their behalf and they do still need to apply formally, but your nomination could make a difference!

When do applications close?

We are now closed for applications. We re-open for applications at midnight on 11th October 2018

How will I know if I’ve been successful?

Shortlisted businesses will be informed early February and supplied with a logo you can use on websites and in your own marketing! Great stuff.

Finalists will then be informed and provided with a finalist logo for use in your own marketing and of course invited to the Awards Dinner and Ceremony where the winners will be announced. Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed at each stage.

What are the judges looking for?

That would be telling! Safe to say however, that the judges all have their own specialist areas and we are looking to celebrate and recognise family businesses in all their shapes and sizes. Read the questions and remember you are a family business and the way you run your business is unique to  you – tell us about it! We aren’t here to catch you out, we want to hear about your story, what makes your business tick, how you get involved in the community and how you celebrate being a family business. If you get really stuck you can still call one of the team and we will be holding FREE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS to help you along too!

Our Sponsors

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