CN Group Business Awards shortlist announced
Published at 08:30, Friday, 06 September 2013
Accountant Graham Lamont will receive a “lifetime contribution to Cumbria” award at the CN Group Business Awards.
The awards, which celebrate the achievements and enterprise of Cumbrian businesses, will be presented at a gala dinner at Rheged, near Penrith, on October 17.
This year saw a 40 per cent increase in entries.
Judging took place on Tuesday. The shortlisted entries in each of the 15 categories are listed below.
Marie Whitehead, director of CN Events who chaired the judging panel, said: “The number and calibre of entries across all categories this year showcase the fantastic business offer we have in this fabulous county.
“We were spoilt for choice and are delighted with our winners. We are looking forward to celebrating with all our winners and finalists in October.”
The judges were Mike Armstead, of Wax Lyrical at Lindal near Barrow, Victoria Farley, of Lanercost tea room and farm shop, John Ainsworth, director of corporate banking for Barclays in Cumbria, Rob Johnston, of Cumbria Business Growth Hub, and Julian Whittle, business editor of The Cumberland News.
Barclays and Cumbria Business Growth Hub are sponsors of the awards.
The winners will be revealed on the awards night with Kevin Roberts, the New York-based chief executive of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, as keynote speaker.
But the judges have also announced that they will make a lifetime contribution award to Mr Lamont in recognition of his work at chartered accountancy firm Lamont Pridmore and in the wider community over 33 years.
Mr Lamont, who lives at Lorton near Cockermouth, is chief executive of Lamont Pridmore, which has offices in Carlisle, Workington, Keswick, Penrith, Whitehaven, Kendal and Barrow. He was instrumental in establishing Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake and served as Cumbria’s High Sheriff in 2008-9.
He has been involved in business organisations such as Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Business Link, the Foot and Mouth Task Force, Cumbria Strategic Partnership and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
He has also served on West Cumbria Healthcare Trust, Cumbria Learning and Skills Council, Cumbria Education and Skills Board, and as a school governor and a governor of two further education colleges. Professionally, he has played a leading role within the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales where he was a member of a national taskforce on modernisation.
Training and Development: Askins & Little, Carlisle; Two Castles Housing Association, Carlisle; Safety Critical, Cleator Moor.
Exporter of the Year: Hawkshead Relish; Totalpost Services, Alston; Triveritas, How Mill, Brampton.
Community Involvement: GlaxoSmithKline, Ulverston; Out of Eden, Kirkby Stephen; Susan Aglionby, The Croft, Houghton, Carlisle.
Innovation: Envirohomes, Aspatria; Oxley Developments, Ulverston; West Port Timber Windows, Maryport.
Environmental and Energy Awareness: Appleby Manor Hotel, Appleby; GlaxoSmithKline, Ulverston; Story Homes, Carlisle.
Retailer of the Year: Cranstons Quality Butchers, Penrith; Dickinsons Furnishers, Carlisle; The Cockermouth Sweet Shop.
Tourism and Hospitality: Clip ’n’ Climb, Maryport; Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway; Sally’s Cottages, Keswick; The Cranleigh, Bowness-on-Windermere.
New Business of the Year: Carvetii Coffee, Embleton, Cockermouth; Chimney Sheep, Maryport; Elite Fitness, Penrith.
Service Business of the Year: Lakes Speciality Foods Ltd, Staveley, Kendal; Lamont Pridmore, Workington; Penrillian, Penrith.
Manufacturing Business of the Year: Oxley Developments, Ulverston; TIS Cumbria, Workington; Totalpost Services, Alston.
Best Use of Digital and/or Social Media: Country Puddings, Dacre, Penrith; Story Homes, Carlisle; Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
Customer Service Excellence: Ghyllmount Dental, Penrith; Story Homes, Carlisle; Totalpost Services, Alston.
Rising Star: Tracy Irwin, TI Payroll and Accounting, Barrow; Samantha Birkett-Leigh, Bliss Nail Studio and Academy, Workington; Nicky Routledge, Story Contracting, Carlisle.
Businessperson of the Year: Susan Eccles, The Trout Hotel, Cockermouth; David Hymers, Totalpost Services, Alston; Steve Mason, Bender UK, Ulverston.
Social Enterprise of the Year: Carlisle & District Credit Union; Cumbria Housing Partners, Carlisle; West House, Workington.
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