Monday, 31 August 2015

Cake maker latest entrant in CN Group business awards

Most people approaching 50 are looking for less stress in their lives, rather than the aggravation of starting a business.

That isn’t true of Maria Ross, of Maryport, who launched a cake-baking business two years ago aged 48.

Now Judi Bakes, which opened a shop in Wood Street in March, is a contender in the ‘new business’ category of the CN Group Cumbria Business Awards.

Mrs Ross began the business from her home in Ennerdale Road. The shop followed as demand grew.

Fresh cakes, coffee and a range of sugarcraft items are available every day.

There is also a web site – – and Facebook page.

Mrs Ross employs her husband Frazer while their daughter Daryl helps out on Saturdays.

Earlier this year she took on an apprentice, 16-year-old Shana Callister.

Judi Bakes produces a wide range of novelty and celebration cakes, attracting customers from all over Cumbria and beyond. It can cater for people with allergies and special dietary requirements. There are children’s workshops on Saturdays and adult workshops on request.

Mr Ross nominated his wife’s business for the award. He said: “I think Maria is very brave, at her time of life, to take on such a work load as it is a demanding business but she does it so well and there is still room for the business to expand.”

There is still time to enter the CN Group Cumbria Business Awards, sponsored by Barclays.The deadline for entries is July 29.

Businesses can put their name forward in any number of the 15 categories.

Previous entrants and winners are welcome.

All short-listed entries receive coverage in CN Group newspapers, such as the News & Star, and they get two complimentary tickets for the gala awards dinner at Rheged, Penrith, on October 17.

There are categories for the best manufacturing and service business, and exporter. There are also specialist environmental, tourism and innovation awards and, for the first time, retailer of the year.

Enter online at – alternatively, email or call Alison Sisson on 01228 612617 to ask for an application form.



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