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