The most eagerly-anticipated event of Cumbria's business calendar takes place tonight (Thursday, October 20) – the presentation of the CN Group Business Awards.
Around 250 of the county's business movers and shakers will descend on the Low Wood Bay Resort, owned by Choose Cumbria partner English Lakes Hotels, for a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony.
CN Group stages the annual awards, sponsored by the Centre of Nuclear Excellence, to celebrate the achievements of Cumbrian businesses.
The judges have picked 45 finalists and winners in 15 open categories, plus a special judges' award and a lifetime contribution to Cumbria award.
Choose Cumbria partners Forth Engineering and WYG have been shortlisted for awards. Forth Engineering are finalists in the Manufacturing Business category, with employee Kyle Jenkinson nominated for the Rising Star.
Craig Hatch, Director and Head of Asset Management at WYG in Cockermouth, is up for the Businessperson of the Year award, sponsored by CN Group.
Jonathan Lee, development director of CN Group, who chaired the judging panel, said: “All the judges were particularly impressed with the standard of this year’s efforts.
“It is testimony to the energy and commitment of individual business people and the dynamic and diverse businesses across the whole of Cumbria that the judges had such a difficult task.
“Cumbria has such a lot to shout about and be proud of when it comes to its business community and we look forward to showcasing that excellence at the CN Group Business Awards.”
Training and Development: Country House Outdoor, Carlisle; TSP Engineering, Workington; Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster.
Exporter of the Year: Wax Lyrical, Lindal-in-Furness; Oxley Group, Ulverston; Clark Door, Carlisle.
Community Involvement: Net Development, Kendal; Carlisle United Football Club; Baines Wilson, Carlisle.
Innovation: QG Business Solutions/Indelible Data, Scotby; Innovia Group, Wigton; Kendal Nutricare.
Environmental and Energy Awareness: Ecological Building Systems, Carlisle; FSC Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld; Wax Lyrical, Lindal-in-Furness.
Agribusiness: Cows & Co, Warwick Bridge; Quattro Products, Penrith; Lakes Free Range Egg Co, Stainton.
Tourism and Hospitality: Zeffirellis, Ambleside; Treetop Trek, Windermere; The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite.
New Business: Cumbria Teaching Agency, Ulverston; Cumbria Travel, Whitehaven; Kendal Nutricare.
Service Business: Westlakes Engineering, Whitehaven; Prima Uno, Cleator Moor; InvestAcc Group, Carlisle.
Manufacturing Business, sponsored by BAE Systems: Forth Engineering, Maryport; TSP Engineering, Workington; Clark Door, Carlisle.
Best Use of Media: Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Grasmere; Bruce and Luke's, Carlisle; Country House Outdoor, Carlisle.
Customer Service Excellence: Sally's Cottages, Keswick; Armstrong Watson, Carlisle; Brampton Skip Hire, Carlisle.
Rising Star: Will Gardner-Brennand, Miller Waite, Ulverston; Kyle Jenkinson, Forth Engineering, Maryport; James Brockbank, Digitaloft, Kendal.
Businessperson of the Year, sponsored by CN Group: Craig Hatch, WYG, Cockermouth; Emma Hill, RadioWorks, Carlisle; Sarah Purdham, Prima Uno, Cleator Moor.
Social Enterprise of the Year, sponsored by the University of Cumbria: Amy's Care CIC, Ireby; Carlisle United Community Sports Trust; Enterprise Answers, Penrith.
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