A raft of South Cumbria firms are in contention to be named the Family Business of the Year for the north of England and Northern Ireland.
The awards are organised by award-winning magazine and online resource centre Family Business United, and highlight the contribution family firms make to the UK economy.
Of the 15 firms nominated for the awards organised by magazine and online resource centre Family Business United, seven are from South Cumbria. They include Choose South Cumbria partner English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues, Hawkshead Relish, Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, tea-room and craft shop, Kendal, Heart of the Lakes holiday rental company, Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere and Nanny Brow luxury B&B, Ambleside.
Paul Andrews, founder and managing director of Family Business United, said: "We are delighted to be able to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do."
Each of the shortlisted firms are in the running for the overall Family Business of the Year 2016 and finalists in the sector categories will be announced in the Spring.
Sue Coulson, director of Coulson Associates and sponsors of the award, added: "Any one of those shortlisted would make worthy winners and ambassadors for the sector.”
The awards process concludes at a gala reception and awards ceremony that takes place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 2 where the winners will be crowned.
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