POSTED ON October 3rd, 2018

The saying “it’s the taking part not the winning that’s the important factor” was so true for us Cumbrian ladies that night. We all shouted our support for one another as the finalists in each category were read out by the Master of Ceremony, Rebecca Jane who founded the Lady Detective Agency and shot to fame after being a contestant in Big Brother along with appearances on Loose Women, This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show to name but a few.

Out of the 19 categories of which we represented 15 as finalists we brought home an outstanding four winners.

A huge congratulations goes to: –

Alison Magee-Barker from AJ Lakes Consulting who won the Professional Service Category. With 30 years experience in the hospitality industry Alison this year set up her own consultancy company to share her wealth of knowledge and help tourism businesses. Her passion for the industry was commended by the judges.

Jules Natlacen from The Church Mouse at Barbon won the Hospitality Category. Jules and her husband John set up the village store, café and delicatessen all rolled into one in Barbon near Kirby Lonsdale thus ensuring the village has a heart and providing a beautiful place for tourists, cyclists and walkers to take a break.

Samantha Garrett from Elton Finance (GB) ltd won the Financial Services Category. Samantha is a part of the family owned Cumbrian brokerage business providing a source of finance for individuals and businesses in the Cumbria and as far as Northumbria and South West Scotland.

Amy Onyango and Claire Mansfield from Felltarn Friends in Kendal won the Small Business Category. They produce family guidebooks, toys and crafts mainly for children.

I’m not sure if our winning ladies realised they were being escorted to the stage by Patrick McBride perhaps more famously known as “The Milk Tray Man” as in true Cumbrian spirit they were overwhelmed at being crowned as a winner and more intent in celebrating with the rest of the Cumbrian finalists on their way to the stage. One winner said during her speech “remember to send the elevator back down” to me this really summed up what we Cumbrian ladies are trying to do to raise awareness and impart our experiences and knowledge to those following in our foot steps.

All the finalists from Cumbria including myself were delighted to have been part of the EVA’s and to have raised the profile of this stunning county. On a personal note I would like to thank then all for supporting my desire to join and raise the profile of our beloved county. It’s been an amazing journey, an honour to get to know you all to witness the support that has flown between each other, the unselfish stance that you have all taken.
This is not just about an individual but about our County. It has been a remarkable path to the award finale and one that I am immensely proud to have been part of. I am positive the strong bonds we have created with remain and we will continue to support each other and our County.

So well done to all the finalists that represented Cumbria as well

Susan Robinson from Nanny Brow
Gina Pennington from Pennington’s Tea and Coffee Kendal
Amanda Ryan Social Elf Carlisle
Nici Hewitson One Little Bird Cockermouth
Angela Black AB Accountancy Solutions Cumbria
Faye Ramsay Porto Restaurant Bowness
Yvonne Gainford Culinary Occasions Workington
Michelle Partington Shelley’s Drinks South Cumbria
Tracey Johnson & Lisa Jackson the Sugar Shed Holme
Alison Tordoff Fidget Design
Rebecca Watson Rebecca Watson Design & Marketing

It was an honour to meet such an inspirational group of ladies from such a diverse businesses. We have formed lasting friendships and business contacts and are all tremendously proud to have represent this beautiful county.

Here’s to the next awards, ladies of Cumbria.

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