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Hawkshead Relish Runner up at Prestigious NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Hawkshead Relish Runner up at Prestigious NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Mark & Maria Whitehead MBE from the Hawkshead Relish Company were delighted to receive the runners-up award at the prestigious Nat West Great British Entrepreneur Awards at a glittering event held at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester on Tuesday Night (14th November)

The awards now in their fifth year celebrated businesses across the North of England, with Hawkshead Relish being finalists in the Family Business category. Judges included Go-Compare founder Hayley Parsons OBE and ex-dragon James Caan CBE.

The award's founder Francesca James said The judges this year have had an incredibly hard job narrowing down winners from such an impressive shortlist. Each and every one of the winning entries has made a huge impact on entrepreneurship in their region and the wider UK economy”

Mark Whitehead MBE said “We are delighted to be runners-up in this hotly contested category, for such a small business from the heart of the Lake District to receive this recognition out of the many shortlisted family businesses is a huge achievement and a credit to all our staff and family without whom none of this would be possible”

Maria Whitehead MBE went on to say “We have had a fabulous year of recognition for the company and the team that we work with, winning the Family Business of the Year in London in May and now this really proves that small family businesses are a force for good in Cumbria and we are so proud of all our team here at Hawkshead Relish.

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History and ethos of the business.


The Hawkshead Relish Company is a family run business and a renowned artisan producer of award-winning preserves ranging from jam to chutney, mustard to mayonnaise, sauces to savoury jellies.

Based in the heart of the English Lake District; the distinctive range boasts the finest locally sourced ingredients, handmade without any artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. All are free from Gluten and Nuts as well as suitable for vegetarians.

Small considered batches are cooked up in open pans by a dedicated and passionate team whose pursuit of excellence is the testimony to these unique speciality preserves. 

Hawkshead Relish has become synonymous with the art of culinary excellence supplying retail, gift and food service. Holding over 50 ‘Great Taste’ Awards and ‘Speciality Producer’ from the Guild of Fine Food, the distinctive range has a discerning following from celebrity chefs to Royalty.

With over 100 innovative products the range promises to inspire culinary creativity and add regional originality to all global cuisine.