Cumbria has a brilliant business community full of inspiring businesspeople achieving amazing results across a whole range of sectors.

Whether it is in advanced manufacturing or energy, hospitality and tourism or professional services and agriculture, right across the board in a broad range of industries, including new and emerging technologies, we have businesses who are always looking to innovate.

From young entrepreneurs to established business leaders, there is also a real willingness to learn and share and to help each other across the business community in Cumbria.

We have seen this innovation and collaboration even more so in the last five months when businesses across the county have adapted to deliver for their clients and customers.

SMEs, of which we have so many to be proud of across all sectors in Cumbria, are often the driving force behind this ambition to progress, not just their own businesses, but to also benefit the wider Cumbria economy.

If SMEs are successful in Cumbria, then Cumbria is successful. And if Cumbria is successful then every single one of us benefits.

Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors therefore is delighted to be sponsoring the Best SME Business Award in this year’s in-Cumbria Business Awards.

The only legal firm in Cumbria to be a member of the innovative UK200Group, Cartmell Shepherd has a 100-strong team across six offices in Carlisle (city centre and Rosehill), Penrith, Brampton, Dovenby, and into Northumberland in Haltwhistle, being ideally placed to support businesses of all shapes and sizes across all sectors.

News and Star: Cartmell Shepherd Managing Director, Peter StaffordCartmell Shepherd Managing Director, Peter Stafford

Cartmell Shepherd Managing Director Peter Stafford said: “We are delighted to be supporting the in-Cumbria Business Awards which do such an excellent job of showcasing the amazing businesses we have across all sectors in Cumbria.

“We are well known at Cartmell Shepherd for the expertise of our business team. As supporters of the Family Business Network and the This Is Cumbria food and drink network, we are also supporting more businesses across more sectors than ever before.

“At Cartmell Shepherd we believe it’s vital for businesses to take time out of their busy schedules to reflect on their achievements and celebrate their successes.

“We believe that is even more important than ever in 2020, given the challenges so many of our businesses and our businesspeople have faced.

“So, we are absolutely delighted that like so many businesses this year - the in-Cumbria team have adapted and found a way to make sure this year’s awards go ahead, and we congratulate them for that can-do approach.

“We would encourage any business to enter these prestigious awards and wish all entrants the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing you all on what promises to be a truly special in-Cumbria Business Awards night in November”.

This year’s in-Cumbria Business Awards take place on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. Entries close on September 7. Full details can be found here: