Businesses have until the end of tomorrow to get their entries in for the in-Cumbria Business Awards 2020.

The awards will take place on November 12 at 7pm.

This year, due to the coronavirus crisis, the awards will be live streamed online.

The host for the event will be Vassos Alexander, who is best known for co-hosting the Chris Evans breakfast show and has appeared on a number of BBC radio and TV shows.

One of the most prestigious awards will be that for Lifetime Contribution to Cumbria, which last year went to John Grainger, executive director of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster.

While nominations for this award – which is sponsored by associate sponsor NRL – are welcome, the winner will be decided by the in-Cumbria team and there will be no published shortlist.

This year will also feature the Best Community Involvement award – sponsored by the Cumberland Building Society – but with a specific focus on how businesses have helped their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

Entries are also open for; Businessperson of the Year, sponsored by TSP Engineering; Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, sponsored by the University of Cumbria; New Business of the Year, sponsored by Furness College; SME of the Year, sponsored by Cartmell Shepherd; Large Business of the Year; Family Business of the Year, sponsored by Lamont Pridmore; Professional Services Business of the Year; and Green/Ethical Business of the Year.

To enter the awards, visit