THE business community in Cumbria is supporting the new North West Family Business Awards.

This celebrates the achievements of family businesses in this area as well as from Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Businesses have welcomed the sponsorship opportunities created by the new awards, and to champion and represent family businesses of all shapes, sizes and ages from across the region.

The new awards have evolved from the successful Cumbria Family Business Awards, established by The Family Business Network. The expansion of the awards has created new sponsorship opportunities.

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson said: “Our sponsorship packages offer the chance to get involved and be a part of a comprehensively marketed Awards ceremony which champions family businesses, and the contributions they make to the successes across the North West region.

“We look forward to celebrating family businesses, thank our existing and welcoming new sponsors for the North West awards.”

North West firms are keen to support the 2020 awards. Carol Fisher, Head of Personal Injury and Marketing Director at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors in Cumbria said: “Cartmell Shepherd are proud to be sponsoring the Cumbria People’s Choice Award.

“A large number of our clients are family businesses and they play an invaluable role in our local community. Being in the local community is also part of our own business ethos. Good luck to all of the finalists and we look forward to celebrating with you on the evening.”

Des Metcalfe, Director Front Row Graphics based in Sedbergh said: “It’s both a pleasure and a privilege to lend our support to the Family Business Awards this year, as we very much look forward to celebrating this amazing community and the people who make it happen.

“Family businesses play a vital role within our communities and economy, and this is a sector we feel deserves recognition for their contributions. The new North West Awards provide a great platform for raising the profile of these businesses, and celebrate their successes.”

Maria Ramsdale, Investment Executive at FW Capital based in the Cumbrian office in Penrith said: “Supporting the Family Business Network Awards for the North West of England is very important to us at FW Capital as we work across the region, supporting businesses.

“This is a sector of the market which is so vibrant and innovative. Family Businesses of all sizes are growing. We feel it is important not only to celebrate but to raise the profile of this very important sector. We are delighted to be able to help support the first North West Family Business Network Awards.”

The Family Business Network was founded in 2014 by Sue Howorth in Cumbria however, the expansion across the north of England, has led to the new North West Awards.

Sue said: “The Family Business Network’s sponsorship packages offer the chance for firms and organisations to get involved and be a part of an event which highlights the North West family business sector on a national stage, with winners of each category having the opportunity to gain further recognition at the UK-wide Family Business of the Year Awards run by Family Business United.”

Sponsors for the 2020 Awards include; NXT Recruitment, Cartmell Shepherd, Enterprise Answers, Be The Business, Hawkshead Relish, FW Capital, Chesworth Communications, Front Row Graphics, Miles Moore Ceramics, Lamont Pridmore, wearebnet, Western Pensions, Cumbriashare, Lancashare and Mancheshare. And there are still opportunities for more Cumbria businesses to be involved.

As well as full category sponsorship packages, there are also smaller sponsorship opportunities to fit every businesses’ budget.

Dave added: “We would like to thank our sponsors to date for their support. Sponsorship for a number of categories has already been sold out, however, there are more sponsorship opportunities available for the North West Family Business Awards and information is available in our Sponsorship Pack.”