The Diverse Cumbria Awards 2016 hit the town on Thursday evening at the Crown and Mitre Hotel in Carlisle City Centre. Celebrating those making a push for equality and diversity across Cumbria. Helping Cumbria be the most welcoming place for people to live, work and travel. The Awards, created by Ben Vollans, they were the first of their kind in Cumbria and were set up to celebrate and award those going above and beyond in their work for Equality and Diversity. Representation from a huge number of local organisations attended the evening to celebrate the winners of the 5 categories, and where a special Lifetime Achievement Award was announced. 

Diverse Cumbria Awards 2016
Business Champion of the Year

 The awards, which were put together by Penrith Chamber of Trade are to recognise the diversity of businesses in Penrith and the local area and were sponsored by Armstrong Watson, David Allen, O’Reilly Wealth Management, Penrith BID, Penrith Building Society and Pride in Penrith Lottery. Voting for the 2016 awards were conducted online, they were made by the general public, which a meant for a wide variety of businesses to be nominated. So much so that an extra category was added. The winners of the sixth Stars of Business Awards, run by Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce and sponsored by Burnett's Solicitors where revealed in a starry ceremony. 

Penrith Stars of Business Awards
Unsung Heroes Award

 Sellafield Ltd was proud to support the Spirit of Cumbria Awards, celebrating the kindness, selflessness and bravery of the heroes of the 2015 floods. They were fortunate to be based in an incredibly close-knit, compassionate and caring community. When the disaster struck in December 2015, the Cumbrian community once again proved that in adversity, it pulls together and looks after each other. They were very proud of all nominees. They were the winner in their eyes. They are the true Spirit of Cumbria. 

#Spirit of Cumbria Awards 2016
Not for Profit & Community Engagement

 The Forward Ladies Regional Awards 2017, sponsored by HSBC, brings together a genuine mix of female business women and leaders, from all sectors of business and industry. The daytime event provides a fantastic opportunity to be inspired through engaging conversation and networking with a diverse and dynamic group of finalists; whilst celebrating the wider contribution and impact women make to communities and the UK economy. With influential speakers who are renowned for their calibre and contribution. 

Forward Ladies - North West, Ireland & Wales Regional Awards 2017
Not for Profit & Social Enterprise

 The UK’s top business women have been recognised at the prestigious grand final of the Forward Ladies National Awards 2017. The Forward Ladies National Awards, now in it’s 8th year, has become one of the highest profile and respected accolades for women, recognising their enormous contribution to the economy and acknowledges start-ups to multi-million-pound companies. 

Forward Ladies National Finals 2017
Non Profit & Social Enterprise

 The Mpower awards are prestigous national awards that recognise and celebrate mums across the UK in the early stages of business (startup through to first four years of trading). Although, with our "Established Star" and "International" category...we make sure nobody misses out on being part of this life-changing event. The Mpower National Business Awards celebrate the courage, passion and achievements that deserve to be recognised no matter how big or small. If you’re a Mum in business, these awards are for you. 

MPower Business Awards 2018
Social Impact Category

 The Enterprise Vision Awards recognise women in business from across the North West. If you have never entered awards before you may wonder why you should? Over the years our applicants have benefitted in many ways from the process. This is what they said; Opportunity to reflect on your achievements Focus on your future business development Practice at your presentation skills Grow your confidence Free publicity via our PR campaign Free advertising on the website Free weblink to send online users to your website. Increase social media awareness Marketing materials to promote finalists Winners are featured on our Winners page Winners certificates and a statue Future marketing opportunities New connections from networking Kudos of being award winning A night you will never forget…….especially if you are a winner. 

Enterprise Vision Awards
Inspirational Woman

 Founded in 2013, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom. It celebrates the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover. The 2019 programme sees the Awards held in eight regions – Midlands, Wales, the South West, the North East, the North West, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London & the South East. Central to the ethos of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards is being more than just ‘an awards ceremony’ – its sense of community, a thriving eco-system of support all year round, providing opportunities for winners and finalists to connect and showcase their business. 

Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2018
Entrepreneur for Good Award

 Founded in 2015 by multi-award winning entrepreneur Debbie Gilbert, the Best Business Women Awards are now considered to be one of the UK’s most prestigious awards for business women. The awards cover a wide variety of industries through their 21 categories and recognise and reward female business talent. Over 1200 people have attended our award events since the first event and the positive reputation for the awards has grown dramatically. Over 3000 people have entered the awards since they launched. We have a highly engaged social media presence with 5800 followers on Twitter and 1,650 likes on Facebook. Our reach in October 2018 was over 100K on Twitter alone! In addition, we have an email list of 4000 people who have either attended an event, opted in or applied, and these figures are growing daily. We reached 700 entries in 2018. Our awards for women in business are not area specific and cover the whole of the UK. Finalists have travelled from all over the UK including Manchester, York and Bristol, but applications were predominately from the South East and London areas. 

Best Business Woman Awards
Community Champion