The North West Family Business Awards will honour the region's best family firms

Entertainment at last year's North West Family Business Awards

Entertainment at last year's North West Family Business Awards - Credit: North West Family Business Awards

Family businesses make a huge contribution to the economy and employ thousands across the region – and yet they are all too often taken for granted. 

That’s something the North West Family Business Awards aim to address, by celebrating all that’s great about the sector. 

The event will be held on May 13 in the Rum Warehouse at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel and will recognise businesses in 14 categories. 

The events initially honoured businesses across Cumbria and expanded to cover the whole North West for the first time in 2020, with a ceremony held just days before the first lockdown. 

Rachel Lord, the marketing manager for the awards, said: ‘The event has grown, we have more categories now and we are seeing increased interest from businesses across the region. The awards are about raising the profile of the family business sector and celebrating the diversity. 

‘A lot of people don’t realise how many family businesses there are and what a huge contribution they make to the economy in the North West, and nationally. 

‘They are the backbone of the economy. The latest figures are from 2019 and they show that there are more than 5.2m family businesses in the UK, employing 14.2m people and generating about a third of the UK’s GDP.’ 

Last year's event was held in the Concorde Hall at Manchester Airport

Last year's event was held in the Concorde Hall at Manchester Airport - Credit: North West Family Business Awards

Rachel has worked with the awards for four years but her own family business dates back to 1901- her two brothers are now the sixth generation to be involved with the Bury-based industrial flooring and architectural steelwork firm. 

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She added: ‘There is a massive heritage of entrepreneurship and innovation in the North West and that is reflected in the list of finalists for this year’s awards. Some of the businesses who are finalists this year are long-established firms with a proud history over five or six generations, but others are young businesses run by husband and wife teams who are just at the start of their journeys. 

‘There is a recognition throughout the sector that family businesses all face similar challenges and these awards are not like any other business awards – the ceremony is fun, friendly and mutually supportive, there’s a real feeling of community and togetherness in the room. 

‘The pandemic has had a huge impact on all kinds of businesses but it’s often the case that businesses of the kind we are celebrating are better able to evolve and adapt to situations.’ 

Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

l, Liverpool's Titanic Hotel will host this year's ceremony - Credit: Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Trusted judges 

For 75 years Lancashire Life has celebrated the region’s best food and drink producers and the finest places around the county to eat and drink. 

And we’re delighted to be part of the judging process for the Food and Drink Establishments category at this year’s North West Family Business Awards. 

Three venues have been shortlisted for the award: The Crafty Baa at Windermere, The Yan at Broadrayne and The Dalesman Country Inn at Sedbergh. 

North West Family Business Awards

North West Family Business Awards - Credit: North West Family Business Awards

The finalists 

Agribusiness 

Smithills Open Farm 
Enviro systems UK Ltd 
Piper Hole Goat Farm 

Best Social Impact – ESG & Grass Roots 

ESG
Herdy 
Story Decorating Group Ltd 
Mission CX 

Grassroots
The Dalesman Country Inn 
Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates Ltd 
Elektec 

Business Services 

Employment Law Solutions 
The Plastic Bottles Company 
Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates Ltd 
St Bees Little Learners Ltd 
Hackney & Leigh 

Construction & Engineering 

Clark Door Limited 
Story Decorating Group Limited 
JJ Smith & Co 
Elektec 
Harry Barker Properties Ltd 

Emerging Family Business 

Dotty and V 
Cheshire Botanicals 

Food & Drink Establishments 

The Crafty Baa 
The Yan at Broadrayne 
The Dalesman Country Inn 

Food and Drink Producers 

Shed 1 Distillery Ltd 
Spice Kitchen 
Pennington’s Tea and Coffee Ltd 

Haulage and Logistics 

Farrall’s Group 
Fagan & Whalley Ltd 
G&J Shuttleworth Ltd 

Leisure and Tourism 

Lakesman Events Limited 
The Yan at Broadrayne 
Partington’s Holiday Parks 
Lake District Hotels Ltd 

Manufacturing 

Qualkem Limited 
Clark Door Limited 
Algeos 

Retailers 

Great Drams Ventures Ltd 
Laurens Cows 
Herdy 

Wholesalers 

Dunsters Farm Ltd 
Abbey England Ltd 
K&S McKenzie 
Algeos 

Employee of the Year 

Border Steelwork Structures 
Stables Pies Ltd 
EWGA Wines 
G&J Shuttleworth Ltd 
Partington’s Holiday Parks 
Aladdin’s Cave Entertainments 
Algeos 
Mantle Packaging Ltd 
Cheshire Air Conditioning Services 

People’s Choice – Cumbria 

Pennington’s Tea & Coffee Ltd 
The Crafty Baa 
Cable & Blake Ltd 
F Scott Homes 
Lady of the Swans & Stars 
Lakeland Artisan 
Lakeland Fleet Management 
Stiles Coffee Bar 
Super Lawns Ltd 
Ullswater Steamers 
Shed 1 Distillery 
The New Westport Corporation Ltd 
Absoluxe Suites 

People’s Choice – Lancashire 

EWGA Wines 
Mantle Packaging Ltd 
Stables Pies Ltd 
Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates Ltd 
New Brooms 
Radford’s Pie Company 
The Coggin Group 
Pendle Doors 

People’s Choice – Greater Manchester 

The Two Tubs 
Smithills Open Farm 
Jardin Living Ltd 
RVA Surveyors 
Dunsters farm 
Signature Flooring 

People’s Choice – Cheshire 

Cheshire Air Conditioning 
Blue Whale Media 
Compassionate Care Group 
Embrace Performing Arts Ltd 
Employment Law Solutions 
Qualkem Limited 
Great Drams Ventures Ltd 
Cheshire Botanicals 
Kids Planet 

People’s Choice – Merseyside 

JJ Smith & Co 
Spice Kitchen 
Aladdin’s Cave Entertainments 
Algeos 

* The North West Family Business Awards ceremony will be held on May 13 in the Rum Warehouse at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel.