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The 168-year-old fourth generation family business won the ‘Best SME of the Year’ and ‘Flying the Flag for Cumbria’ Awards.

Andrew Hunter, co-director of Grasmere Gingerbread®, said the evening was a deserved celebration of all businesses across the county. “Naturally, we were thrilled to pick up two awards as the judging process was vigorous,” he said. “We always love receiving positive feedback from customers but when you run your own business it can be a lonely place at times. “We are always asking ourselves ‘Have we done enough in this particularly area? Did we get that campaign right? Have we prepared for all eventualities?’ “So to be recognised by business peers is very gratifying.”

Lee Taylor-Craddock, Commercial Director of in-Cumbria said the evening celebrated the “best of business” in Cumbria.

“If you run a business these days you need to have an appetite for hard work, adaptability, smart footwork and quick thinking,” he added.

Cally Beaton, celebrity presenter of the evening pictured with Yasmine Hunter. 

Gill Haigh (MD) & Jim Walker (President) of Cumbria Tourism, Joanne Hunter, Yasmine Hunter and Andrew Hunter pictured on the evening. 

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, praised Grasmere Gingerbread® for “tirelessly supporting the county” and ‘”flying the flag for Cumbria in the UK and around the world.”

Joanne Hunter, co-director of Grasmere Gingerbread®, took the impressive slate awards made by Coniston Stonecraft into the office.

“Everyone who works for us contributed to these awards and I want them to bask in the shared success,” she said.

“At the end of the day it is all about good team work.”

SME of the Year 2022 Award, made in Cumbria by Coniston Stonecraft.