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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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West Cumbrian high fliers on awards shortlist

The finalists for the CN Group Business Awards have been chosen, and judges say the standard is as high as ever.

The annual awards are run by CN Group, publisher of the Times & Star.

The judges have picked 47 finalists who include many businesses and individuals based in West Cumbria.

The 15 category winners will be revealed at a gala dinner at Carlisle Racecourse on October 16.

Marie Whitehead, director of CN Events, who chaired the judging panel, said: “We were spoilt for choice.”

The judging panel included two of last year’s winners. Tony O’Pray, managing director of TIS Cumbria in Workington, received the award for joint winner of manufacturing business of the year, while David Hymers, boss of Totalpost Services in Alston, was businessperson of the year.

Also judging were Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, and Julian Whittle, business editor of The Cumberland News.

Training and Development: Askins & Little, Carlisle. Energus, Workington. Safety Critical, Cleator Moor.

Exporter of the Year: Enesco, Carlisle. Oxley Group, Ulverston. SIS Pitches, Maryport.

Community Involvement: Cranstons, Penrith. GSK, Ulverston. Heart of the Lakes, Ambleside.

Innovation: Eden Housing, Penrith. Simplyco, Cockermouth. SIS Pitches, Maryport; Truncator, Little Langdale.

Environmental and Energy Awareness: Cumberland Pencil, Workington. GSK, Ulverston. Newlands Adventure Centre, Keswick.

Retailer of the Year: Armstrong Ward, Kendal. Celebrations, Carlisle. Dickinsons Furnishers, Carlisle.

Tourism and Hospitality: Lakes Lodges, Hawkshead. The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth. Tottergill Farm, Castle Carrock.

New Business of the Year: Cherry Tree Fashions, Workington. Cumberland Lodge Livery and Riding School, Workington. Prima Uno, Cleator Moor. Shap Chippy.

Service Business of the Year: Caterite, Embleton. Grisdales, Cockermouth. Lamont Pridmore, Carlisle.

Manufacturing Business of the Year: Innovia, Wigton. Lakeland Fells Furniture, Windermere. Sealy UK, Aspatria.

Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media: Cranleigh Boutique, Windermere. Enesco, Carlisle. Omega Music, Brampton.

Customer Service Excellence: Enesco, Carlisle. Sally’s Cottages, Keswick. Walby Farm Park, Carlisle.

Rising Star: Marie Tattersall, Acorns, Cleator Moor. Sam Morris, Askins & Little, Carlisle. Steven Beggs, Simplyco, Cockermouth.

Businessperson of the Year: Kurt Canfield, Safety Critical, Cleator Moor. Sally Fielding, Sally’s Cottages, Keswick. Paul Murphy, Simplyco, Cockermouth.

Social Enterprise of the Year: Brathay Trust, Ambleside. Kirkgate Arts, Cockermouth. Love Maryport.

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