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Hawkshead Relish WINS Small Family Business Of The Year Award!

Hawkshead Relish WINS Small Family Business Of The Year Award!

Hawkshead Relish, renowned speciality Cumbrian food producers, are relishing their national triumph as Small Business Champions at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2017

As finalists in the categories ‘Food & Drink’ and ‘North of England’ they are over the moon to scoop ‘Small Family Business of the Year’ in these prestigious National Wards.

Maria Whitehead (Director & co-owner) was accompanied by her 2 daughters Abbie & Izzy to the respected event held at The May Fair Hotel in London, which gathered together businesses across all sectors representing the whole of the United Kingdom.

Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United (‘FBU’) Paul Andrews exclaimed, "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2017 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.  Due to the calibre of small business finalists the judges decided that an award should be created for them and Hawkshead Relish are our inaugural Small Family Business of the Year Winners.”

“Hawkshead are a fantastic family firm dating back to 1999 that have been on a real journey to get to where they are today and it has certainly not been plain sailing.   Their core values permeate the entire operation and they have continually invested in all aspects of the business to create the family firm that it is today , a market leader in their field, respectful of their heritage and building solid foundations for the future.  They now make more than 150 different relish recipes, continue to add new products to their range, and export to over 35 countries too.”

“They represent a truly great British family firm and truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award brings and are one to watch as far as we are concerned."

Maria Whitehead MBE, added “I am delighted to win, but its Relish not me that has won.  We are a family team, a team and its combined resources that each and every member brings to the party that makes the sum of the whole.  We are delighted to win the inaugural award for a small family firm and truly proud to do it for Cumbria.”

The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by FBU, the award-winning magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector.  Now in their fourth year, these awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy. 

Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards really do recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map. Judged by a panel of experts from the world of family business advising together with a group of family business representatives, the awards are well respected and sought-after accolades.