Best Exporter in the North West…
Hawkshead Relish in Cumbria has been named as a North West winner of the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. The Business is GREAT Britain campaign launched the competition in 2014, in association with BT Business, to find the most innovative and exciting UK businesses.
Named Best Exporter in North West, Hawkshead Relish is the only speciality food producer through to the national final with the top prize of £30,000 worth of government support. The winners will be decided by a combination of judging and public vote. You can vote for your GREAT business at www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition.
The Hawkshead Relish Company is a family run business and producer of speciality handmade preserves. Mark and Maria Whitehead began the business in Hawkshead in 1999 making a range of six chutneys which enhanced the menu of the then cafe.
All are made by hand using quality ingredients sourced through local suppliers the products are perfectly natural without any colouring flavouring or artificial preservatives and cooked in traditional open pans. Production is now at Estwaite Barn the cafe now a destination shop to a range now exceeding 130 condiments. Hawkshead Relish has seen growth continually with overseas sales now the fastest growing market as we are now exporting to 35 countries over five continents.
Maria Whitehead, co-owner & director of the Hawkshead Relish Company said:
“We’re thrilled to have been selected as a regional winner in the GREAT Faces of British Business competition. This is fantastic for the speciality food industry as well as for Cumbria. We would love to win the national award and invite support by voting for us on www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition.”
To find out more about the regional winners in the running for the national prize, visit www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition. With public voting making up 50 per cent of the final decision, your vote really does count. Voting will close on 23 February and the winner will be announced on 3 March.
The national competition consists of the regional winners from the three categories: best exporter, most innovative business, and best growth story. The grand prix winner, selected by a national judging panel, will also be announced in March. The prize includes a bespoke creative advertising campaign worth £30,000, along with an iPad Air and unlimited BT Wi-Fi for 12 months, courtesy of BT Business.
In addition, the winner will also receive a package of export support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), which works with UK businesses to help them succeed in international markets and supports the Business is GREAT Britain campaign, with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).
Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:
“I’m delighted to see the GREAT Faces of British Business competition celebrating the small businesses up and down the country that form the bedrock of economic growth.
“Hawkshead Relish is a brilliant example of a successful small firm run by enterprising and hardworking people. We are backing them all the way and, with the advice and support on offer, there has never been a better time to start and grow a business in the UK.”
Steve Rathborne, Director of Sales, BT Business said:
“As an organisation, BT Business wants to help and support small businesses to succeed. Great Britain has a pedigree of producing innovative and successful businesses and leaders, and the regional winners that have been selected are proof that Great Britain is still producing these businesses. That’s why we’re supporting the Business is GREAT Britain campaign in order to discover and champion the entrepreneurial talent that’s out there and to give businesses an opportunity to boost their fortunes even further through a marketing package and business support from BT Business and UKTI.”
The Business is GREAT Britain campaign aims to celebrate and inspire small businesses and is run by BIS and UKTI. It provides relevant advice and information for small and medium sized enterprises looking to grow, hire, export, lead and access finance. There is a single place for all businesses to go for help: www.greatbusiness.gov.uk.
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About the Business is GREAT campaign:
The ‘Business is GREAT Britain’ campaign aims to build confidence amongst small businesses by showcasing inspirational examples of similar sized businesses. It encourages businesses to plan, hire and export as drivers to future business success.
The ‘Business is GREAT Britain’ campaign has three key strands:
INSPIRE – encouraging small businesses to take a step back from the day-to-day and consider the full potential of their businesses, and plan for long term growth
HIRE – encouraging businesses to take on new talent and fresh ideas to drive business growth
EXPORT – encouraging businesses to consider new, foreign markets for their goods and services
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS is a ministerial department, supported by 49 agencies and public bodies.
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