One of the UK’s most popular radio presenters will host the 2018 in-Cumbria Business Awards.
Star of BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine, will take to the stage to unveil the winners at the biggest event in Cumbria’s business calendar.
Shortlisted finalists and guests will gather at the Halston Hotel, Carlisle, on Thursday November 15 for a celebration of the very best in business, in association with headline sponsors Sellafield Limited.
Entries are now open for both individuals and businesses across 15 award categories. Nominations can also be made for the prestigious Lifetime Contribution to Cumbria award.
Jeremy Vine, who in addition to his self-titled radio show presents Crimewatch, Eggheads and Points of View, said he was itching to host the awards.
He said: “I’m really excited to be coming to Cumbria to host the in-Cumbria Business Awards and celebrating the achievements of businesses.
“These are interesting times for businesses with both economic and political challenges, but there are many examples of businesses thriving thanks to the drive and determination of the people behind them.
“I’m looking forward to learning more about the fantastic businesses you have in Cumbria and recognising the successes of the people behind them. Don’t miss the chance to get involved.”
Mr Vine also has fond personal memories of Cumbria. “One of the best holidays I ever had was as a student,” he said. “I travelled from Durham University to Kendal and we stayed in a friend’s parents’ holiday home and explored the Lakes on foot for hours and hours, day after day.
“I remember being stunned by the beauty of it all. Even years later when I visited the Grand Canyon in the USA, I remember thinking it wasn’t a patch on the Lake District.”
The 2018 awards will build on the huge success of the inaugural in-Cumbria Business Awards last year, which saw 240 business leaders gather to celebrate Cumbria’s business prowess with host Amol Rajan, the BBC’s media editor.
Luke Dicicco, group business editor at CN Group, urged businesses to get involved.
He said: “Our role at the heart of Cumbria’s business community, is to help celebrate the achievements and tell the stories of the people who make this county so special,” he said.
“I am constantly struck by the amazing things that businesses and the people behind them do here.
“Cumbrian companies are leading the way in a huge variety of industries, not just those for which we are famed around the world. Business in Cumbria is vibrant and surprising.
“We need to shout about this much more. The in-Cumbria Business Awards are an opportunity to take stock, and for a memorable evening, come together and celebrate together.”
Gary McKeating, head of community relations for Sellafield Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s in-Cumbria business awards.
“Cumbria is home to an incredibly diverse range of businesses, from young start-ups and SMES to traditional family-run firms to global multi-nationals.
“The dedication, determination, and ingenuity of those companies drives forward the county’s economy every day.
“These awards offer a great opportunity to highlight the achievements of our business community and demonstrate our importance to the regional and national economy.”
In 2018, in-Cumbria will again enlist the help of expert judges to shortlist entries in the 15 categories.
This year they have been grouped in to awards that recognise the work of individuals, celebrate the achievements of businesses generally, in specific industry sectors, and for specific disciplines and activities.
Businesses will have until Friday, July 16 to submit their entries.
Mr Dicicco added: “We were wowed with both the volume and quality of entries last year and we expect the level to rise even higher in 2018 given the prestige of the in-Cumbria Business Awards.
“There are also opportunities for businesses to get involved as sponsors, which will again be popular. On both fronts I’d urge businesses not to delay or miss out on the opportunity to promote what you do.”
For more information and to apply, visit www.in-cumbria.com/businessawards
If you are interested in becoming a category partner, contact Pam McLeod, CN Group client services director on 01228 612237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org