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National awards success for Cumbrian family businesses.

These wonderful wonderful family businesses all made it through to the finals of the national Family Business of the Year Awards. Zeffirellis & Fellinis, Sally’s Cottages, PHX Training, Grasmere Gingerbread, Bells of Lazonby, The Churchmouse at Barbon, GM & SM Marrs, Wm Armstrong, Lakes Cottage Holidays, Reays Coaches, JMP Foodservices, Hawkshead Relish and JB Banks of Cockermouth. That’s a bakers dozen of brilliant businesses all representing our wonderful county on a national stage! The ceremony took place on Thursday 8th June (which turned out to be was a pretty important date for us all!) and THREE of our blooming marvellous Cumbrian family business finalists WON! From the bottom of our hearts a huge congratulations to the winners, and a big well done to all the finalists who made it to the nationals. The competition was seriously stiff with household names like Walkers Shortbread and Thatchers Cider in the running, to be included in the same field as such institutions is truly excellent and you should all be very proud – we certainly are!

Wm Armstrong were crowned the best family run Transport & Logistics business in the country and were also runners-up as overall winners which went to Manchester’s HMG Paints.  In a hotly contested category The Churchmouse at Barbon were recognised as the nations best Hotel & Leisure family business and Hawkshead Relish picked up the gong for the country’s best Small Family Business.


We sent Sue down to represent the #CFBA team and show our support for all you there, Sue also sponsored the North category of the national awards and was one of the judges.

“It was a fantastic evening and lovely to see such strong Cumbrian representation, the North category had the highest applications of any region.  We were absolutely delighted to see thirteen of our finalists representing the county on a national stage. For three of them to pick up awards is fantastic news for them and the vitally important family business sector as a whole. It also showed that the Cumbria Family Business Awards have done their job of cementing our regions businesses on a national stage. – Go Cumbria, we’re with you all the way!”



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