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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 a majority family owned 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 are now closed but you can register your interest for when they open again here.

When applications are open you would 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! We will be opening for nominations for 2020 later this year, at which point 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 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 all the difference as they are presented to the judges alongside their application.

When do applications close?

We are now closed for applications.

What is the process after applications close?

The judges are sent the applications which they spend time reading and assessing. They then meet to discuss (argue over) creating the shortlist. All shortlisted businesses are finalists and will attend a short interview with the judges. After the ‘Meet the Judges’ days then judges have another round of discussion and decide on their winners who will be announced at the ceremony.

How will I know if I’ve been successful?

We try to contact all businesses whether successful or not shortly after judging day. This year judging day will be on 24th January.

Finalists will be provided with a finalist logo for use in their 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 there is a guidance document to help you too.

Our Sponsors

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