A CUMBRIAN distillery has won a new regional award.

The Lakes Distillery, based near Bassenthwaite, has won the inaugural APC Growth Award for the North region, as well as coming runner-up in the national competition.

The spirits supplier was selected by a panel of judges to have demonstrated the most growth, community engagement and innovation across APC’s delivery network of small business customers in the north of England.

The company was established in 2014 and is serviced by Hart Distribution Ltd to distribute its vodka, gin and whisky.

The distillery was nominated by Hart Distribution, which is based in Penrith, and was praised for its use of tours to promote its products.

The Lakes Distillery’s environmental innovation was also applauded by the judges, as it gives the by-products from the distillation process to local farmers for use in animal feed and soil improvement.

Alex Hart, director of Hart Distribution, said: “We have had the privilege of working with them for the last three years and have seen them move from strength to strength.

"They have truly world-class products that are a delight to deliver around the UK – we are committed to continuing to provide them with an extremely high standard of service so that they can maintain their impressive growth.”

Karen Ripley digital and e-commerce manager at Lakes Distillery said: “We are thrilled to receive this award – we believe that it is fitting recognition for the hard work that the team puts in.”