Westmorland Family, Holgates, Heart of the Lakes and English Lakes Hotels are finalists at Cumbria Family Business Awards
Looking firmly to the future, meet the driven and perceptive Large Leisure and Tourism Business finalists…
The Westmorland story began in 1972 when Sarah’s parents, local farmers, set up Tebay Services when the M6 cut though their farm. It was the first and is still the only family run motorway service station on the UK road,and has a longstanding reputation for fantastic local food and deep roots in the local community. From the beginning, its approach has been in stark contrast to the rest of the industry and the business has become known for its innovative approach, its commitment to local, quality food and its integration into landscape and community.
“It’s our approach to food that sets the business apart, we believe proper food matters. So we serve it where you’d least expect it—on the motorway. Quality farm assured food was at the core of my father’s vision when he opened Tebay Services some 40 years ago. Back then it was visionary, today, we’re part of a local food revolution.” Sarah Dunning, CEO of the Westmorland Family.
Established in 1956 Holgates Holiday Parks is a family run business in its third generation and counting.
We have six holiday parks located in some of Cumbria and Lancashire’s most scenic countryside. Our Parks are dotted along the charming Morecambe Bay shoreline with its unspoilt landscape for miles around. We have parks for touring caravans, motor homes, camping pods and tents as well as privately owned holiday homes. Some of our parks are tranquil and quiet others are vibrant with plenty of facilities.
Holgates is a holiday destination equipped for the 21st century, a modern business with 5* facilities and an unbeatable team at the heart of the business.
Celebrating more than 40 years in business, Heart of the Lakes is the Lakes District’s most successful and longest standing self-catering cottage company, with more than 300 national park-based quality properties on its books and a 60% return trade.
Heart of the Lakes is renowned for putting ‘people before profit’ and is heavily involved in local charitable and community initiatives, most notably, the innovative ‘Our Man at the Top’ scheme, which funds a full-time member of The National Trust staff working with teams on the ‘Fix the Fells’ projects. They are also involved with The Armitt Trust, The Kelsick Foundation, The Brathay Trust and sponsored the first woman to finish the 2016 Lake District ‘TriathlonX’. In 2017, they are headline sponsors of September’s ‘Festival of the Fells’ event.
In October 2014, Heart of the Lakes won the ‘Community Involvement’ award at the CN Group Business Awards and in 2016 won the ‘North and Northern Ireland People’s Choice Award’ for family business of the year. They were also the runner up in the national ‘People’s Choice Award’.
English Lakes is a family run hotel group with five individually styled properties, each with its own distinctive style but all offer the same quality service. These properties benefit from a range of spectacular settings, excellent leisure clubs and individual dining experiences. 4 star hotels on the shores of Windermere; Low Wood Bay is currently undergoing a major redevelopment and will open later this year as Lake Districts first world class resort. Waterhead, cleverly combines traditional Lakeland elegance and a stunning setting, with the comfort of the Lake District’s only Town House Hotel. The Wild Boar, set in the Gilpin Valley enjoys 72 acres of private woodland. A fantastic traditional inn which offers a dining experience full of character with its open kitchen and onsite smokehouse and microbrewery. In North Lancashire, The Midland is an iconic architectural edifice that showcases the elegance of classic Art Deco design. Lancaster House is perfect for weekend breaks with the Trough of Bowland, Lune Valley and Lake District all nearby.
What an incredible set of finalists, good luck to them all! See you on the night! #CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria