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Solicitor Zoe Calway’s hard work and determination have paid off. After 15 years with top Cumbrian law firm Cartmell Shepherd the mother of two has been made a director of the company.

She began working for Cartmell Shepherd as a legal executive in 2003 with the company going on to fund her training to become a solicitor. She was appointed an associate solicitor in 2014.

She is one of the legal firm’s foremost experts in private client work, working out of the firm’s Penrith office.

Her appointment to the board takes the number of directors to eight.

Also at Cartmell Shepherd, solicitor Matthew Rogers has been presented with the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners’ Worldwide Excellence Award.

It is given to the STEP candidate who achieved the highest mark nationally in STEP’s advanced certificate in will preparation, which is part of a series of exams.

Mr Rogers joined Cartmell Shepherd in September 2013 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2015.

He specialises in all aspects of wills, estates, trusts and powers of attorney and has a particular interest in wills and estate planning for agricultural clients.

He works closely with the firm’s agricultural property team at the Rosehill office in Carlisle.

A Cumbrian mum has been shortlisted for the finals of competition which celebrates parents who juggle business with family life.

Kerryanne Wilde founded Community Emergency Response Team UK (CERT) – formerly Eden Flood Volunteers – at the height of Storm Desmond in December 2015 which saw the county devastated by floods.

Now she is in the running for a social impact honour in The Mpower National Business Awards.

She is also in with a chance of winning the title of Mpower Woman of The Year 2018, which will be awarded to the mum who is an inspiration to all women in business.

A well-known face at a top Cumbrian building society has switched roles. Jenny Strong, assistant branch manager at The Cumberland in English Street, Carlisle, has moved over to Borderway Finance as corporate account manager.

Having worked at The Cumberland for 13 years, her new role is to help local businesses get car and light commercial vehicle finance.

Borderway Finance is part of The Cumberland and offers finance solutions through local vehicle dealers, branches of The Cumberland and direct from its Carlisle-based team.

Stagecoach has announced new director appointments to help deliver a business change programme within its UK bus division.

Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire managing director Matthew Cranwell will become managing director for Stagecoach East Midlands, effective from this month.

Stagecoach North Scotland managing director Mark Whitelocks, has already taken on the role of managing director, Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Mr Whitelocks joined Stagecoach through the company’s graduate development programme and has previously held managerial positions at Stagecoach West and Stagecoach South West.

In September 2013 he took on the role of operations director at Stagecoach East Scotland before being appointed managing director, Stagecoach North Scotland in 2016.

Mr Whitelocks said: “I am looking forward to joining the team and carrying on with the good work that Matt and the team have already done. I am looking forward to further improving the services that we offer by working closely with our customers and stakeholders."

A Cumbrian accountancy and business advisory firm has taken three new recruits on board.

George Silverwood, Kayleigh Dixon and Ross Newton have joined MHA Moore and Smalley at their office in Oxenholme Road, Kendal.

They will help clients with accountancy and tax matters, including corporate accounts, VAT, capital gains tax and self-assessment tax.

Finance experts Karen Thomson and Suzanne Gallagher are women of influence.

The pair, who both work in the payroll division of Cumbrian accountancy, business and financial advice firm, Armstrong Watson, have won places in a roll of honour recognising the profession’s leading lights.

They have been selected for inclusion on the exclusive The Reward 300 index of the payroll profession’s most influential leaders.

This is the second time Ms Gallagher, head of payroll operations at Armstrong Watson, has been on the list and the 10th for Ms Thomson, the firm’s director of group payroll services.

This accolade follows an announcement in January that Ms Thomson had been awarded Individual Chartered Status of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) and is one of the first 10 people in the UK to receive this.

The pair also sit on the board of directors for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.

Rebecca Mooney is counting on a successful future after scooping a prestigious Apprentice of the Year award.

Rebecca, who is studying accounting at Carlisle College and works for Carlisle Refrigeration, won the award at this year’s Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) Training Provider Awards beating off competition from around the world.

The award scheme celebrates the outstanding contributions of both AAT training providers and students.

Work to repair a heavily damaged section of the Settle to Carlisle railway line has been recognised with a top accolade.

Carlisle-based Story Contracting was honoured at the Rail Partnership Awards 2018 for its milestone project to repair significant damage at Eden Brows, near Armathwaite.

Its team were called in to work a 500-metre section of the line following a 500,000 tonne landslip in February 2016.

Their work to get the line reopened saw it receive the award for best small project (under £25m) at the ceremo ny held at The Vox, near the NEC in Birmingham.

Over 14 months, Story Contracting worked with Network Rail to carry out the vital work which allowed the line to be fully reopened in March 2017.

Joseph Connelly is a man with designs on the future.

At just 28, he has been appointed managing director of leading Carlisle chartered architectural practice, Ashwood Design.

Mr Connelly has merged his previous company, Penrith-based Joseph Architecture, with the practice to trade as Ashwood Design Associates, working from studios in both Carlisle and Penrith.

With more than 12 years’ architectural and project management experience, his portfolio ranges from high-end housing developments to multi-million-pound commercial and leisure projects.

As part of the merger, Ashwood’s former managing director Michael Potts has sold his shareholding and taken a director post to help Mr Connelly in his new role. Mr Potts will continue providing a service to his existing clients.