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Friday, 22 May 2015

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CN Group Business Awards finalists announced

THE finalists for this year’s CN Group Business Awards have been chosen, and the judges say the standard is as high as ever.

The annual awards celebrate the achievements and enterprise of Cumbrian businesses and are run by CN Group, publisher of the North West Evening Mail.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Carlisle Racecourse on October 16.

The judges met this week to pick 47 finalists and 15 winners, whose identity will be kept under wraps until the awards night.

South Cumbria finalists include GSK and Oxley Developments, both in Ulverston; Heart of the Lakes in Ambleside; Lakes Lodges at Hawkshead; Lakeland Fells Furniture and the Cranleigh Boutique in Windermere; and the Brathay Trust at Ambleside.

Marie Whitehead, director of CN Events, who chaired the judging panel, said: “The number and calibre of entries across all categories this year showcase the fantastic business offer we have in this fabulous county.

“We were spoilt for choice and are delighted with our winners. We are looking forward to celebrating with all our winners and finalists in October.”

The judges met on Tuesday to draw up the shortlist.

The panel included two of last year’s winners.

Tony O’Pray, managing director of TIS Cumbria in Workington, was joint winner of ‘manufacturing business of the year’, while David Hymers, managing director 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.

The Chamber of Commerce is the lead partner in Cumbria Business Growth Hub, which is sponsoring the awards.

A minimum of three entries have been shortlisted in each category. But in ‘innovation’ and ‘new business’ the standard was so high the judges have selected four finalists.

All those shortlisted receive two complimentary tickets for the awards dinner where Kevin Roberts, chief executive of the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, is guest speaker.

BBC Radio Cumbria’s Julie Clayton will compère the event.


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