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2015 Stars of Business Awards Winners Announced!  

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The winners of the fourth Stars of Business Awards, run by Penrith Chamber of Trade and sponsored by Dodd & Co have been revealed in a glitzy ceremony on Friday 12th June.

The awards, which were part of the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, took place at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith with the theme ‘Celebrate Cumbria’.  Over 120 business people from the area came together to celebrate the wonderful business landscape Penrith has to offer.

Guest speaker of the evening was David Beeby, former CEO of Innovia Group, who gave an insightful speech about the future of the polymer banknote produced by Innovia Films and its introduction by the Bank of England – from right here in Cumbria!  Other special guests included local artists Tim Gustard, who was invited to be MC for the evening and also fresh from his appointment as Councillor for the Economy Portfolio Holder David Haymers MBE.

The awards, which were put together by Penrith Chamber of Trade and managed by Lisa Jackson of Acorn Marketing (Cumbria) Ltd, were to recognise the multitude of thriving businesses in Penrith and the local area and the difference they make to the local economy in our region.  Voting for this year’s awards was once again conducted online and over 1,000 nominations were made by the general public for a wide variety of businesses.

Winning businesses in the 2014 Stars of Business awards were:

Winner of the Independent Retailer of the Year award (sponsored by Penrith Building Society)

MC Ferguson.  The judges commented that MC Ferguson plays a hugely valuable role in offering something different in Penrith and in a very high street driven and competitive market.  The judges liked how they work closely with other local businesses, suppliers and artists to provide customers with a real ‘local’ shopping experience.  They were particularly impressed with this businesses’ application form and the wonderful testimonials from their customers – from right across the country and said “who would have thought a bathroom shop would bring people to Penrith”

Winner of the Independent Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Armstrong Watson)

One Call Services. The judges were very impressed with this business…and that it was a business in a niche market truly dedicated to its customers.  One Call Services not only meets the day to day demands of running a successful business, but also the needs of the local community and providing a lifeline and essential service to its customers.

Winner of the award for Outstanding Contribution to Business (Sponsored by Burnett’s Solicitors)

Alan Reading from J&J Graham. This category was extremely close, but the judges felt that Alan was not only passionate about his business, but about the town and is such a great ambassador for Penrith.  He is  enthusiastic, dedicated, a leader and a vital part of the community.

Winner of the award for Unsung Hero (Sponsored by Scott Duff & Co)

Pat Ivinson from First Class kids Nursery.  This is a really special award as it recognises the work of people that ensure the smooth running of a business, but behind the scenes.  It is often the unseen staff that makes a business successful and this award is a celebration of the wonderful achievements of some of these people and the contribution they make to the businesses they work in.  There were some fantastic nominations in this category and the comments received were heart warming.  Judges felt Pat was a genuine ‘Unsung Hero’ – she does numerous voluntary roles, continually helping others and helping to drive First Class Kids nursery forward.  One judge commented “every village needs a Pat”

Winner of Star of the Community award (sponsored by the Pride in Penrith Lottery)

Langwathby May Day. Applications for this category were selected from all the groups who had received a grant from the Pride in Penrith Lottery in 2014.  The public could vote for their favourite community group or event in this category.  The judges struggled choosing a winner in this category as all the projects were so different.  Whilst all the projects were worthy winners and the people who run them should all deserve an award; the judges chose a project which they felt made a significant impact to their local community and was run entirely by volunteers.  The team behind Langwathby May Day has ensured that a 100 year long event continues to flourish and they do it with dedication, passion and keep local traditions alive; many of which are lost in today’s modern society.

Finalists and winners of the Stars of Business Awards were all nominated for their contribution to business in the local area and were judged by an independent panel of business experts from out of the Penrith area.  Businesses were judged independently from the Chamber Committee and therefore decisions were made on an impartial basis and only on the nominations received online and supporting documentation submitted by each business.

Holidays are coming, Holidays are coming…

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

From 29th November to 24th December Penrith will be hosting the third Winter Festival, sponsored by Cumbrian Homes and Discover Penrith.  This year sees even more activities and events taking place in the town centre, as well as the famous Coca Cola Truck, which will make its only stop in Cumbria in the town on the 3rd December as part of the celebrations.

The iconic Truck sets off on its UK tour on the 28th November, visiting Penrith on the 3rd December from 12pm to 8pm in Devonshire Street.  Stopping at 45 locations up and down the country, the Coca-Cola truck will give fans the opportunity to take part in a unique experience by getting up close and personal to the famous vehicle. On each stop, people have the chance to take pictures with the truck as it lights up (just like the advert), whilst enjoying a winter wonderland setting and a refreshing Coca-Cola or Diet Coke as a choir sings Christmas hits.

The aim of the Penrith Winter Festival is to showcase the town and promote all the fantastic businesses and independent shops there are in the town;

Richard Utting, President of the Chamber of Trade comments,

‘’We would like to think that people would do most of their Christmas shopping in the town but appreciate that the draw of the larger towns and cities and the internet is undeniable. However would like to encourage people to spend some of their hard earned money in the town, supporting, in particular, are small independent businesses and in turn helping our town to thrive.’’

What’s on offer?

There is activity planned for each weekend of the Festival.

  • Saturday 29th November – Elfin’ about in Penrith

The first weekend of the Penrith Winter Festival will be truly festive as the town comes alive with a plethora of Santa’s Helpers taking to the streets.  There will be programmed activity throughout the day including Razzamatazz Theatre School Penrith, Beaconside Primary School, Lloyd Mini Carlisle, Mary the Faerie, Lake District Paddle Boarding, Bread and Butter Theatre, the Creation Station and the town’s lights switched on.

Santa’s Post Box will also be open in Penrith Train Station courtesy of Virgin.  Santa himself will be collecting his letters on Saturday 20th December and catching the 13.03 train back to the North Pole.

  • Saturday 6th December – Totally Locally Fiver Fest & Small Business Saturday

Lots of independent shops and your favourite ‘hidden gems’ are coming together to celebrate Christmas with a unique Fiver Fest, which will run from 15th November and end on Small Business Saturday 6th December.  People are encouraged to support as many small businesses as they can on Small Business Saturday whilst visiting the town for lots of special offers in the run up to Christmas, with the town band playing festive tunes throughout the day.

  • Saturday 13th December – Gifted: Arts, Crafts and Gifts Market

Penrith’s festive craft market, GIFTED, makes a welcome return to the town for a second year.  An undercover market, full of artisan arts and crafts created by ‘gifted’ people.  A great opportunity to find unique Christmas treats and precious presents.

  • Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December – Brunswick Yard Christmas Fayre

The very popular Brunswick Yard Christmas Market promises the last minute Christmas shopper a unique opportunity to purchase locally handcrafted and sourced products, vintage goods & antiques all within a fusion of festive food and entertainment.

  • Saturday 20th December – Churches Together Christmas Nativity trail

Working with Churches Together the final weekend of the Winter Festival will be a fantastic opportunity to really celebrate the meaning of Christmas.  Join the nativity trail around the town and seek out the different characters from the famous story of Christmas.  Penrith will be filled with festive tunes played by the town band and of course the final weekend for Christmas shopping and grabbing a last minute gift in some of the town’s independent shops.

There will also be FREE Parking from 11am on each Saturday of the Festival i.e. 29th November, 6th, 13th and 20th December in all of the Council’s town centre car parks.

The town’s shop windows will be decorated again in the popular window dressing competition, as well as many of the shops opening on Sunday 14th and 21st December for those last minute shoppers.   People are encouraged to follow the Winter Festival online to spot Santa’s little helpers each day of the festival for even more special offers and promotions.  Check out the listings in the Winter Festival programme online or around town for events and activities in many of the town’s shops and businesses throughout the festival.

www.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk

Plans afoot for the Penrith Winter Festival

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Santa’s Elves have been working hard over the past few months on plans for the 2014 Penrith Winter Festival, sponsored by Cumbrian Homes Ltd & Discover Penrith, ensuring the town will be full of festive sparkle and Christmas cheer from the 29th November to 24th December – including new and improved Christmas lights, back by popular demand!

Once again each weekend of the Winter Festival will have a theme and an event, which is hoped to draw more people to the town.  Organisers are encouraging community groups, schools, musicians, businesses and individuals to get in touch with their own ideas, events and activities which can be part of the festival and make it even bigger and better in 2014.

The main weekend events scheduled so far include:

  • Saturday 29th November – Elfin’ about with Razzamatazz

The first weekend of the Penrith Winter Festival will be truly festive as the town comes alive with a plethora of Santa’s Helpers taking to the streets.  There will be programmed activity throughout the day as Razzamatazz theatre school Penrith entertain with song and dance, to get everyone in the Christmas spirit whilst doing their Christmas shopping.

Also, in 2014 there has been significant investment from the Penrith Business Improvement District into some stunning new Christmas Lights for the town, which will be switched on at 4pm on the 29th November.

  • Saturday 6th December – Totally Locally Fiver Fest & Small Business Saturday

Penrith is well known for its cobbled streets and hidden gems and the Totally Locally scheme celebrates all local businesses, from Penrith’s florists to accountants, from clothes shop to gift shops.  These small businesses support many other local businesses, which keep the local economy alive. It’s what the whole fabric of a town like Penrith is built on.   Lots of independent shops and your favourite ‘hidden gems’ are coming together to celebrate Christmas with a unique Fiver Fest, which will run from 15th November and end on Super Saturday – visit the town for lots of special offers in the run up to Christmas.

  • Saturday 13th December – Gifted, Arts, Crafts and Gifts Market (11am to 4pm)

Penrith’s festive craft market, GIFTED returns to the town for a second year.  An undercover market, full of artisan arts and crafts created by ‘gifted’ people.  A great opportunity to find unique Christmas treats and precious presents…helped along by a glass of mulled wine to really get us in the festive mood.

  • Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December – Brunswick Yard Christmas Fayre

The very popular Brunswick Yard Christmas Market makes a welcome return to Penrith this year and promises the last minute Christmas shopper a unique chance to purchase locally handcrafted and sourced products, vintage goods & antiques all within a fusion of festive food and entertainment.

  • Saturday 20th December – Festive Family Fun, with Churches Together and community groups.

Working with Churches Together and other community groups the final weekend of the Winter Festival will be a fantastic opportunity to really celebrate the meaning of Christmas.  Town will be filled with festive tunes played by the town band and of course the final weekend for Christmas shopping and grabbing a last minute gift in some of the town’s independent shops.

The Winter Droving will be taking place earlier this year on the 15th November – so even more reasons to visit Penrith this festive season.

For local businesses there is the opportunity to enter the Window Dressing competition, Sunday opening, free listings in the events programme and website, join in an ‘elfin’ about’ social media campaign or to run your own event or activity in the run up to Christmas.  Event organisers want as many people to join in as possible – all ideas are welcome.

The Penrith Winter Festival is possible thanks to funding, sponsorship and support from Penrith Business Improvement District, Pride in Penrith Lottery, Cumbrian Homes, Discover Penrith, Elite Fitness and Penrith Building Society.

Further announcements are due to be made about the Festival in the coming months.  Visitwww.penrithwinterfestival.co.uk to see a full schedule of events or find out how to get involved.

Stars of Business Awards Winners announced

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

A glitzy ceremony took place at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith on 20th June to announce the winners of Penrith Chamber of Trade’s third Stars of Business Awards, sponsored by Dodd & Co Accountants.

The awards, which were part of the Chamber’s annual dinner, had an ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ theme and saw 140 business people from the area come together to celebrate the wonderful business landscape Penrith has to offer.

Guest speaker of the evening was Sam Rayner, Managing Director of Lakeland Limited who gave an insightful speech about doing business in Cumbria over the years.

The awards, which were put together by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Lisa Coates of Acorn Marketing (Cumbria) Ltd, were to recognise the multitude of thriving businesses in Penrith and the local area and the difference they make to the local economy in our region.  Voting for this year’s awards was online and over 220 nominations were made by the general public for a wide variety of businesses.

Winning businesses in the 2014 Stars of Business awards were:

Winner of the Independent Retailer of the Year award (sponsored by Armstrong Watson)

Hedgehog Bookshop.  The judges commented that hedgehog Bookshop was extremely focused, had high energy and passion for what they do.  They go the extra mile for customers and have received some excellent testimonials that anyone would be envious of.  They showed evidence of getting involved with the community and local economy and have shown growth and recently expanded, whilst only trading for 18 months.  Hedgehog Bookshop stood out to all the judges and ticked every box as an independent retailer.

Winner of the Independent Business of the Year Award (sponsored by Enterprise Answers)

Salon Rouge. The judges were particularly impressed with the passion Salon Rouge showed and the pride they have in what they do.  Not only do they have high standards, but have shown evidence of growth and development, as well as staff training and outstanding comments from customers – some of which brought a tear to the eyes of the judges.  The team really gets involved with community events and goes above and beyond for their customers.  The judges felt Salon Rouge was progressive, customer focused and commercially minded.

Winner of the award for Outstanding Contribution to Business (Sponsored byCartmell Shepherd)

Tanya Tinkler from Salon Rouge. This category was extremely close with shining examples of some of the successful, determined and passionate business people we have in Penrith.  The judges could really feel the passion in Tanya’s application, with the energy and dedication she has to her business shining though.  Tanya clearly stands out as a great business driver, commercially strong leader and customer focused and the judges all agreed if interviewing her she would definitely get the job.  In all areas Tanya shined and the judges couldn’t have asked for more from a worthy winner.

Winner of the award for Unsung Hero (Sponsored by Penrith Building Society)

Angela Gilmore from Penrith Cinema.  This is a really special award as it recognises the work of people that ensure the smooth running of a business, but behind the scenes.  It is often the unseen staff that makes a business successful and this award is a celebration of the wonderful achievements of some of these people and the contribution they make to the businesses they work in.  There were some fantastic nominations in this category and the comments received were heart warming and praise should be given to each person shortlisted in this category.  The judges felt Angela was a genuine ‘Unsung Hero’ – she goes the extra mile, is enthusiastic about her role and is “The heart of Penrith.”

Winner of Star of the Community award (sponsored by the Pride in Penrith Lottery)

The Winter Droving. Applications for this category were selected from all the groups who had received a grant from the Pride in Penrith Lottery in 2103.  The public could vote for their favourite community group or event in this category and for the second year in a row was awarded to The Winter Droving.  This event is unique not only for Penrith, but for Cumbria and continues to grow and engage with a wide range of people from community groups, schools, young people and businesses.

Finalists and winners of the Stars of Business Awards were all nominated for their contribution to business in the local area and were judged by an independent panel of business experts from out of the Penrith area.  Businesses were judged independently from the Chamber Committee and therefore decisions were made on an impartial basis and only on the nominations received online and supporting documentation submitted by each business.

Shortlist Revealed For Penrith Star Of Business Awards

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The shortlist for this year’s Penrith Stars of Business Awards, sponsored by Dodd & Co Accountants has been announced.

The awards, organised by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Acorn Marketing is back for the third year; celebrating the wide variety of businesses in Penrith and the impact they have on the local economy.  This year nominations were made online by the public for the very first time and the response was phenomenal, with an increase of over 500% in the amount of nominations received compared to 2013.  Votes were cast for a wide variety of businesses and business people from the local area.

The finalists were chosen by the amount of votes received and the comments submitted by the public.

Votes have now been counted and verified and the finalists are:

  • Independent Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Armstrong Watson)

J&J Graham

Hedgehog Bookshop

Twinkletoes

Country Basket

 

  • Independent Business of the Year (Sponsored by Enterprise Answers)

Moo Bar

Salon Rouge

Touch of Class Disco

 

  • Outstanding Contribution to Business (Sponsored by Cartmell Shepherd)

Nigel Tam (Moo Bar)

Tanya Tinkler (Salon Rouge)

Katherine Wade (Heart & Soul)

 

  • ‘Unsung Hero’ (Sponsored by Penrith Building Society)

Angela Gilmore (Penrith Cinema)

Eleanor Missen (University of Cumbria)

Tracy Errington (Market Sense)

 

  • Star of the Community (sponsored by the Pride in Penrith Lottery)

The Winter Droving (Eden Arts)

Penrith Winter Festival

Beekeepers Association

 

Finalists have now been invited to submit additional information to support their nomination which will be judged by an independent panel on Tuesday 3rd June.  The judges include Lisa Broome, General Manager Center Parcs, Sarah White Head of Business Development, CN Group and Mark Connor, Managing Director of Six Degrees Recruitment.

Winners will be announced the Penrith Chamber of Trade annual dinner on Friday 20th June.

Penrith’s shining business stars – back for a third year!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Penrith’s Stars of Business awards, organised by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Acorn Marketing is back for the third year; celebrating the wide variety of businesses in Penrith and the impact they have on the local economy.

The awards, sponsored by Dodd & Co Accountants, will be slightly different this year as the voting will take place online and will be open for the general public as well as business owners to vote for their favourite candidates in each category.  Voting is now open and the deadline for entries is Friday 23rd May.

The categories for the Stars of Business Awards have also changed this year to appeal to a wider range of businesses. There will be five categories in this year’s awards:

Independent Retailer of the Year (Sponsored by Armstrong Watson)
This category is specifically for independently run shops.  This can include food, gift, card, furniture, clothes shops for example.

Independent Business of the Year (Sponsored by Enterprise Answers)
This category is for everyone else – tradesmen, beauty salons, creative’s, sole traders, accommodations providers, food establishments.

Outstanding Contribution to Business
This category is for individuals who have made a significant difference to their business, or a business they work in.

‘Unsung Hero’ (Sponsored by Penrith Building Society)
Aimed at people that work behind the scenes, this category is for those who ensure the smooth running of a business.  This could be a chef, administrator, work experience, pot wash, gardener, chamber maid or waitress for example.

Star of the Community (sponsored by the Pride in Penrith Lottery)
This category is for community projects who were awarded a grant by the Pride in Penrith Lottery in 2013.   More details of projects included can be found on the online voting form.

The Chamber of Trade & Commerce encourages businesses around the town to get involved, encourage customers, colleagues and suppliers to vote for you.  Richard Utting, president of the Chamber of Trade & Commerce comments,

The Stars of Business awards are really important for the town to recognise the hard work everyone does, the impact this has on the local economy and to celebrate what a great town we live and work in.  Be sure to vote for your favourite shop, tradesman or consultant.  If you know of someone who works tirelessly behind the scenes in a local business as an ‘Unsung Hero’ be sure to vote for them to ensure the recognition they deserve.”

Voting is now open via the Chamber of Trade website.  Deadline for entries is 23rd May.  People can also download the voting forms online and post direct to the Chamber of Trade.  Once voting is closed, votes will be counted and the top three businesses in each category will be shortlisted as finalists.  Each of the shortlisted businesses will be notified and invited to send additional documentation and information to support their entry.  This will then be judged by an independent panel of judges, who will select a winner in each category.

The Stars of Business Awards winners will be announced at the Chamber of Trade and Commerce Annual Dinner to be held at the North Lakes Hotel on Friday 20th June 2014.  Tickets sold out last year and are already selling fast so be sure to reserve your place at this exciting event by contacting Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce.  More details can be found at www.penrithchamberoftrade.co.uk

Penrith Chamber Stars of Business Awards

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Well, if you know me well you will know I have been working hard over the past few months getting ready for the Penrith Chamber of Trade Stars of Business Awards and annual dinner.

The Chamber has suffered over the past few years with a stuffy image and I was determined to shake off this image and show people what the Chamber can be all about.  This was my third Chamber annual dinner and my second Stars of Business Awards and I can honestly say I think I’ve managed to break the spell and make the event and joining the Chamber more appealing.

Our first year we had Hollywood themed with casino tables, last year we had an Olympic themed ‘do’ and this year we celebrated the “Best of British” and I was really proud to say that with a bit of hard work, some extra PR and Marketing we had double the amount of applications for the awards this year and tickets sold out in April!

The event itself went well, the food was delicious; with each course supplied by local food producers (I am proud to say pudding was supplied by my client Country Puddings and was delicious…what do you expect!)

Informative speeches by President Richard Utting and stalwart of Cumbria Business, John Dunning, founder of Westmorland Ltd.  I was touched that he mentioned me in his speech – my Grandad was the first Manager at Westmorland Services for 40 years.  He spoke about local people and the great connections we have in our county and that Penrith is the place to do business, at the heart of Cumbria!  I hope everyone took something from the speeches.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards with winners including Woggle Goggle, Karen James of Kiddlywinks, Cranstons and The Winter Droving (which I am proud to also be involved in as well!)

Finally we rounded off the evening with a ‘Best of British Village fete’ – Active8 events team helped me pull it together and helped entertain the guests with traditional fairground games such as Hoop la, Beer pong etc.  There were even fish (well carrots in bags) to be won.

We had some excellent feedback, though I am still shattered.  I thrive on events like this and am already thinking what we can do next year!

Reflecting Health event for Penrith Chamber of Trade

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I run the Penrith Chamber of Trade events and every other month we have a B2B event, where members can show us round their business, give a presentation or tell us about what they do and industry developments. On Tuesday 7th May Jane Lumley of Reflecting Health gave a talk on keeping fit for business.

I have to say I was fascinated. Jane is engaging, informative and knowledgeable. It really made me think about alternative ways of staying healthy. She talked about all the various ways to keep healthy, but how after years of studies a lot of ailments can be down to the lack of water. I don’t drink tea or coffee and only drink water (apart from the odd glass of two of wine) so hopefully I keep myself hydrated and put this down to my good skin and healthy nails and hair.

However, Jane then went on to talk about muscle testing and this is where it got really interesting. I’d never heard of this before and it was fascinating to watch…you could see her adding up in her head and diagnosing people – whether they were dehydrated, lacking in vitamins etc. So, when she asked if anyone wanted muscle testing my hand shot up.

She asked if there were any areas I would be interested in. At the moment I am unable to exercise and waiting for an operation, so I wanted to know if there were any other ways I could compensate this. She told me that for me it was one simple word ‘movement’. She told me to sit on one of those exercise balls while I work or watch TV. You constantly move while sitting on them, but only a fraction, which can help posture. She also told me to put things up high in the kitchen, so I have to stretch to reach things.

Jane also said to everyone she would recommend we all take fish oil and vitamin D…so armed with all this new knowledge I am going to test Jane’s theories for 2 weeks and see if I feel any different. A exercise ball has been purchased, vitamins are on the list and everything in my kitchen has been moved up (my boyfriend thinks I’m nuts) Watch this space and I will report back…