Finalists have been revealed in the search to find the best businesses in Cumbria.
The nail-biting wait is over for firms large and small from all corners of Cumbria as we reveal the final shortlist for this year's inaugural in-cumbria Business Awards.
More than 200 firms threw their hats in the ring for the prestigious awards which celebrate the best businesses in Cumbria.
Judges have examined the entries and have shortlisted entrants in 16 categories covering all sectors of business and industry to three finalists in each category.
A top panel of distinguished business leaders from across the county will now visit all the shortlisted businesses over the coming weeks.
There are 45 entrants on the shortlist with one prize, the Lifetime Contribution to Cumbria, only revealed on the night of the awards.
The nominees will find out how well they have done in a glittering ceremony at The Halston Aparthotel in Warwick Road, Carlisle.
James Higgins, group editor of CN Group, praised all those who entered the awards, with the high quality of entries meaning judges had to make difficult decisions on which businesses made it to the final.
He said: "Well done to everyone who was nominated for an award. I know that the judges had to make some extremely tough decisions before they decided who would be lucky enough to make the final contest.
"The quality of entrant this year has been extremely high, which is a tribute to the amazing businesses - both large and small - which exist in our county.
"I cannot wait until the ceremony in November where we will find out who the winners are."
The awards night will be hosted by BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan.
Simon Harrison, the owner of The Halston which will host the glittering event, is also looking forward to the awards ceremony.
He said: "It is great for Cumbria, we are very excited. The quality of the function and the scale of the event will really put Carlisle on the map."
This point was echoed by the venue's operations manager Becky Langley, who revealed that the hotel is preparing a special 'Taste of Cumbria' menu for the evening, which will showcase the best of Cumbria's quality produce.
She added: "It is really nice to have it here and I think we will be able to show that The Halston can host such a big occasion.
"It will be fantastic for us to showcase what we can do as a business."
Cumberland Building Society
The Lake District China Forum
TSP Engineering Ltd
Simply Good Food/Peter Sidwell
Best community involvement
Best New Business
Taylor Made Pet Care
Danyelle Haines - GSK
Dylan Atkinson - Capita
Jade Haughan - H&H Group
Best Tourism and Hospitality
Appleby Manor Hotel and Garden Spa
Best Customer Service Excellence
H&H Insurance Brokers
Caterite Food and Wine Service Ltd
The Plastics Bottle Company
Best Family Business
Out of Eden
Stalkers Transport Services
Roland Hill Limited
Best Business Person
Amyn Fazal - Penrith Building Society
Richard Fletcher - Caterite Food and Wine Service
John Coughlan - TSP Engineering
Best Professional Services Company
Best Social Enterprise
Brampton and Beyond Community Trust
Cumbria Health On Call Limited
More Handles Limited
Best Large Business
Cumberland Building Society
Lifetime Contribution to Cumbria
Revealed at the gala dinner at the inaugural in-cumbria business awards at The Halston, Carlisle on November 9.
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