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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Today's business news headlines from around Cumbria...

Winners of CN Group Business Awards 2013 announced

The dynamism and invention of Cumbrian business was there for all to see at last night's CN Group Business Awards. The winners were unveiled at a gala ceremony at Rheged, near Penrith, attended by 300 of the county’s movers and shakers.

Business Awards picture gallery

Lifetime achievement award: Graham Lamont

CN Business awards 2013 photo GRAHAM Lamont is a chartered accountant, but that description does not begin to do justice to a man who has achieved so much for his native county.

Social Enterprise award: Carlisle & District Credit Union

CN Business Awards 2013 photo THE credit union was set up in 2004 to provide affordable loans and a home for savings. It aims to serve the whole community, including those rejected by the banks.

Businessperson of the year: David Hymers

CN Business Awards 2013 photo DAVID Hymers started Totalpost in 2002 and has taken the business from strength to strength, growing turnover by between 50 and 100 per cent in most years.

Rising Star: Samantha Birkett-Leigh, Bliss Nail Studio

CN Business Awards 2013 photo MANY 14-year-olds don’t know exactly what they want to do in life. But Samantha Birkett-Leigh did.

Customer Service Excellence: Story Homes

CN Business Awards 2013 photo STORY Homes built its reputation on quality . Customer care is a vital part of the package.

Manufacturing business of the Year: Oxley Developments

CN Business Awards 2013 photo OXLEY Developments has 150 employees based across three sites in Ulverston and Barrow.

Service business of the year: Lakes Speciality Foods Ltd

CN Business Awards 2013 photo LAKES Speciality Foods is a catering butchery business with 38 employees based in Staveley.

Digital/social media award: Theatre by the Lake

CN Business Awards 2013 photo THEATRE by the Lake, Keswick, is moving drama into the computer age with its new award-winning website.

Tourism & Hospitality award winner: The Cranleigh hotel

CN Business Awards 2013 photo THE Cranleigh is a five-star luxury hotel in Bowness and has 15 employees.

New Business of the Year: Carvetii Coffee Roasters

CN Business Awards 2013 photo THERE is the sweet smell of coffee in the air , thanks to professional roasters Gareth Kemble and Angharad MacDonald.

Innovation award winner: Oxley Developments

CN Business Awards 2013 photo OXLEY Developments was established in 1942 and has 150 employees at three sites in Ulverston and Barrow.

Environmental & Energy award winner: Appleby Manor

CN Business Awards 2013 photo APPLEBY Manor is a 31-bedroom four-star hotel that has been owned by Mike and Angela Dunrobbin since 2000.

Retailer of the Year: Cranstons

CN Business Awards 2013 photo CRANSTONS is a family business founded in 1914 when Stanley Cranston began delivering meat in the Eden Valley using a horse and cart.

Tourism & Hospitality award winner: The Cranleigh hotel

CN Business Awards 2013 photo THE Cranleigh is a five-star luxury hotel in Bowness and has 15 employees.

Community Involvement: GlaxoSmithKline

CN Business Awards 2013 photo GLAXOSMITHKLINE in Ulverston is consistently driving down its carbon footprint.

Community Involvement Award: Out of Eden

CN Business Awards 2013 photo THIS is a business that truly believes ethics are compatible with being profitable and successful.

Training & Development award winner: Two Castles Housing Association

CN Business awards 2013 photo TWO Castles is a not-for-profit provider of social housing, managing more than 3,500 homes. It has offices in Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven, and employs 118 staff led by a 10-strong board.

Exporter of the year: Triveritas

CN Business Awards 2013 photo A CONVERTED sandstone barn at How Mill, near Brampton, is perhaps an unlikely setting for one of Cumbria’s most dynamic exporters.

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