A family-run business in the Lake District has been nominated for a regional award in recognition of its community work.

Coniston Stonecraft is up for the 'Community Champion - People's Choice award' at the North West Family Business awards.

The team, who focus their efforts on creating handmade products out of locally quarried slate, were delighted to receive their latest slice of recognition.

Owner Brendan Donnelly said: "We're almost getting used to it, having been finalists in the Cumbria Life awards last year and winning at the in-Cumbria awards before that.

"But it's always nice to get this sort of recognition because it can be a lonely existence in the mountains."

The Mail: The likes of MP Tim Farron have come out to support the business over the yearsThe likes of MP Tim Farron have come out to support the business over the years (Image: Brendan Donnelly)

Brendan was especially pleased to be nominated for the award due to their connection to the people in Coniston.

"This award is all about the people, which obviously makes it even more special," he explained.

"We try to take part in as much local activity as possible, such as working with the museum and sponsoring a cricket match, although it's difficult to do as much as we'd like because we're always busy up here!"

Having been in Coniston for nearly 50 years - the business was founded in 1976 - has ensured Stonecraft is a key part of the community, regardless of its isolated spot at the foot of the Old Man.

"To be seen as a family business is very important because it's a key to our success - we're a small team of four and we all work tirelessly to keep things running," he said.

Brendan noted any publicity the nomination brings will help Coniston Stonecraft continue serving the area.

He added: "We want to maintain this local craft and this local slate, whilst also promoting the Lake District, its resources and its beauty.

"As long as people know about what we're doing, then we're going to be able to keep doing exactly that."

The awards take place at Bolton Wanderers' football ground on May 10.