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Archive for May, 2014

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


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.

Cumbrian Homes join forces with PFK

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The teams at Cumbrian Homes and PFK are looking to the future with optimism in their endeavour to drive the Cumbrian property market forward.  The collaboration aims to help guide home buyers in finding and buying their new home; taking the stress out of the process and helping people find a home which ticks all the boxes.

The housing sector has been particularly affected by the UK recession over the past six years.  However, Cumbrian Homes are one of only a handful of small independent builders to ride the storm; seeing significant growth in enquiries and sales in the last six months.  Their ‘order book’ has increased substantially with completions for the next few months exceeding targets and at levels they were achieving pre-recession.

Established since 1876 PFK, one of Cumbria’s leading estate agents has also seen an upturn in the property market.  The increase in enquiries, sales and serious visitor traffic suggest the market is picking up in the area and are confident the trend will continue through the year.

With the market beginning to show signs of recovery, generating new opportunities and enquiries the two firms, who both have excellent reputations in the area of selling and building high quality homes have identified a new opportunity to work together to ensure future sustainability.  Cumbrian Homes have sold 22 properties in the last 12 months through their own sales team, but now with an expanding portfolio and developments planned for other sought after areas, they are delighted they can work with PFK to support their sales and grow significantly in the future.

Nigel Pallister, Managing Director of Cumbrian Homes comments

“We really have seen a shift in the housing market recently with increasing enquiries and completions, which gives us a promising outlook for the future.  By working with another local established company, we can only strengthen our marketing, tap into new customers and expand our outreach to the public through the portal of PFK; who we are sure will be fantastic partners in this new project”

PFK has vast experience of the new homes market, with 6 offices throughout Cumbria and a team of over 30 trained staff.  They can help Cumbrian Homes market their properties through a variety of new channels, including advertising on various national web portals and through local and national press advertisements.

“We are keen to support Cumbrian Homes with the sales and marketing of their beautiful homes.  We are able to offer them new opportunities and are sure that the partnership will be a fruitful one.” – David Britton, Head of Estate Agency

Through this new venture PFK are confident they can help Cumbrian Homes do what they do best…build and sell desirable and bespoke new homes.

To view the full portfolio of Cumbrian Homes properties visit or

Silent motorbike launched for Noise Awareness Day

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

To celebrate International Noise Awareness Day on the 30th April, MHB Motorcycles officially launched their exclusive new range of ‘quiet’ electric motorbikes.  The SEV e-Tricks range of electric bikes is currently only available in the UK from MHB Motorcycles in Brough, Cumbria.

Noise Awareness Day, was originally launched by the The Center for Hearing and Communication in the USA to promote awareness of the dangers of long-term exposure to noise.  This could be through listening to music too loud, noisy neighbours, or the impact of exposure to transport noise.  Some may love the purr of their car, but there is substantial evidence in the UK that the noise of roaring vehicle engines, including motorbikes can have a considerable long term effect on our health and hearing.

MHB Motorbikes, which was opened two years ago by former British Antarctic Survey engineer Martin Bell, has recently taken delivery of their newest electric vehicles, the E-tricks range by French manufacturer SEV.  MHB are the sole supplier of the range in the UK.

Martin is Cumbrian, born and bred; he has enjoyed 19 years working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) both in Cambridge and in Antarctica and has clocked up over 10 years on the ice. A farmer’s son, Martin trained as an agricultural engineer in Cumbria, before finding his vocation working on the ice twenty years ago.
“I have a passion for all things mechanical, so it was a natural progression for me to open MHB Motorcycles after I left Antartica.  Of course I love the roar of an engine, but the new range of electric  SEV bikes are fantastic. They can deliver the same amount of power of a small motorbike, but with less emissions and noise pollution.  I am delighted that we are the only stockist in the UK and hope we can see more people using these environmentally bikes in the future.”  

The e-Tricks bikes are extremely versatile and can be used for commuting, leisure and sport effective for mobility, mountain biking and motorcycling; appealing to all bike users.  What makes the e-Tricks bikes special and different is that SEV has designed the range with the environment at their forefront of design using environment propulsion, quiet and non-polluting features and are made using 90% recyclable materials.  The bikes can be easily charged, easily transportable and not only reduces emissions, but also noise pollution.

The range includes:
•    The eTRICKS off road bike which is designed for sports enthusiasts and is a great alternative to traditional mountain bikes.
•    The eTRICKS Evolution o 01, which is a fantastic bike for those who make a daily commute to work, enabling the user to ride between 2 and 10 Km, in comfort, silence and with very low operating costs
•    eTRICKS Evolution S01 bike which is a quiet alternative to the scooter, giving more power and speed on the road.

The range is available to buy online from or from the store in Brough.

The Furniture Warehouse secures sponsorship

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Right2Work; an award winning social enterprise based in Kendal has secured exclusive sponsorship from Stagecoach for the second year.

Right2Work is run by the Oaklea Trust and provides employment and training opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people in South Lakeland via their collection and recycling business; giving them valuable work experience and life skills.  The Furniture Warehouse, Right2Work’s retail outlet, is open to the public and offers a range of donated and refurbished items for sale.

The team at Right2Work is delighted to have received the sponsorship for the second year, which helps ensure their collection vehicles keep running. Sue Green a Director of the Oaklea trust comments,
“The funding we receive from Stagecoach is vital for Right2Work.  Not only to keep our collection vehicle on the road, but to ensure that we can continue to help a wide range of people gain valuable skills and experience helping them get into the world of work.  We are grateful once again to Stagecoach for helping us achieve our business objectives and keep the service moving forward”

Stagecoach in Cumbria operates local bus services in Kendal and The Lakes and throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire, offering greener, smarter travel every day for thousands of customers.
Nigel Winter Managing Director for Stagecoach in Cumbria said “We are delighted to be helping support Right2Work for the second year.  It is an excellent facility to have in the area and we feel proud to support such an organisation that takes time to help others who are less fortune lead a fulfilling life.  We look forward to offering ongoing support to the team.

Right2Work is a subsidiary of the Oaklea Trust, which helps disabled and disadvantaged people discover their potential and lead a fulfilling, independent life.  Right2Work started as a partnership with South Lakeland District Council to collect unwanted bulky household items, such as furniture and appliances. The project isn’t just about collections; it’s also about recycling and reusing donated items. A number of disabled people also attend the project to help develop vocational and social skills.

‘Look out for Furniture Warehouse Man out and about on the Right2Work van.  We are soon to be hosting a competition featuring Furniture Warehouse Man and your donated furniture items.’

The Furniture Warehouse is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm at the Dockray Industrial Estate in Kendal, enquiries about collections can be made by calling 01539 758008


Cumbrian pasty shortlisted in national pie awards

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

A pasty created by Cumbrian food producer Burbush’s has come second in the British Pie Awards on the 1st May 2014.


The pie is one of the icons of British cuisine. Savoury or sweet, the British eat millions of them every year.  The British Pie awards are a national celebration of British Pies in all their varieties and have been running since 2009.  19 classes of pies are entered ranging from the Pork Pie, to Cornish Pasties, fruit pies and in 2014 a special category for a ‘pie fit for a hero’ to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One was added.

Martyn Reynolds of Burbush’s, based in Penrith sent several pies down to award headquarters, where they were tasted by around 100 judges on 30th April.  The awards ceremony was held the following day in Melton Mowbray and hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.  The producers of the top three pies in each class were invited to attend where the winners were announced in front of fellow pie makers, sponsors and the media.

Martyn Comments,

“We sent a variety of pies down to the awards and waited on tenterhooks on Wednesday as the pies were judged.  We then got a call on Wednesday evening to say we had been shortlisted in the Pasty category.  We then had to get down to Melton Mowbray on Thursday to find out if we had won, so it was all a bit of a blur and happened really quickly.  We were delighted to come second in this category as we really didn’t expect to even get shortlisted!”

The aims of the British Pie Awards is to celebrate the heritage of the British pie, to protect and promote regional specialities, to recognise the craft of bakers, butchers and other producers and to support British produce.

Burbush’s of Penrith Ltd is a family run business with over 25 years experience. All their pies, pasties, pates and fruit pies are made by hand, using locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality.  The current owners Martyn and Melanie Reynolds bought the company in 2005 and supply their handmade, award winning pies throughout the UK.

Possibilities in Paper – new exhibition at Dorothy Wightman Interiors

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Dorothy Wightman Interiors, based in Lupton near Kirkby Lonsdale is set to host another exhibition from some of the UK’s most renowned artists. ‘Possibilities in Paper’ will run from May 10th to June 20th.

Paper is a very everyday material which has been transformed by the artists in this exhibition into beautiful works and desirable objects.

Kate Downie RSA is an artist with an international reputation.  Born in USA of Scottish parentage her first major solo show was in Aberdeen.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the world including exhibitions in China, Norway, Denmark, Holland, France and the USA.  A member of the Royal Scottish Academy, Kate has established her reputation as a significant artist through her fine drawing skills, which are evident in the works in this exhibition.

Anne Finlay and Ana Hagopian create contemporary jewellery using paper. Anne is an Edinburgh graduate and her pieces are in bold, modern colours with strong structural forms. Ana is Spanish and in her work the colours used reflect sunnier climes and a whimsical nature. The use of paper as the main material makes the work of these two jewellers very affordable and wearable as we move into sunnier weather as summer approaches.

A special addition to the ‘Possibilities in Paper’ exhibition is a few larger pieces of work by Julie Arkell.  Julie is one of the UK’s most recognised contemporary folk artists working in papier-mâché and mixed media.  Her work has attracted many fans to the gallery and Dorothy has arranged to have a few exclusive pieces for this exhibition.

The exhibition will run at the Dorothy Wightman Interiors Gallery until 20th June 2014.  To find out more please visit