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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Social enterprise and PR company win Business Boost contest

A social enterprise and a public relations company are the winners of our Business Boost competition.

Fair Food Carlisle and Really Clever PR will each get £10,000 worth of free advertising in CN Group newspapers and websites, with the option to receive mentoring as well.

CN Group, the Carlisle-based company that publishes The Cumberland News, ran the competition in conjunction with sponsors Cartmell Shepherd, the University of Cumbria and Carlisle City Council.

The aim is to boost fledgling businesses, between one and five years old, that have potential to grow.

The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of nine who were invited to deliver a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to our judges before Fair Food Carlisle and Really Clever PR were chosen.

Cumberland News business editor Julian Whittle, who was one of the judges, said: “We were impressed by the quantity and quality of entries.

“Picking two from such a strong field was an almost impossible task and I feel sorry for some of the very strong contenders who just missed out.

“In Fair Food Carlisle and Really Clever PR we have two worthy winners.

“The first is a social enterprise with a real entrepreneurial edge. The second is a creative businesses that understands its clients and provides genuine added value.

“We felt that both had growth potential and stood to benefit enormously from the £10,000 advertising campaign that Business Boost provides.”

The other judges were Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, enterprise and business relations manager at the University of Cumbria; Nick Hodgson, associate company and commercial director at Cartmell Shepherd; and Colin Glover, leader of Carlisle City Council.

CN Group has run separate Business Boost contests in west and south Cumbria, and the Hexham area of Northumberland, so eight businesses in total will win £10,000 worth of advertising.

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