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What a night of celebration this years Cumbria Family Business Awards turned out to be. For those who thought the inaugural event last year was magical, this year it was spectacular. Held at the Garden at Eden, Carlisle, the event lent itself admirably to the occasion as 35 family businesses eagerly awaited the announcement of the category winners after being served a hearty Sunday roast – well it was a family event!

Penrith based Enterprise Answers has been asked to act as part of the national support package for companies affected by the collapse of construction giant Carillion.

Secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Greg Clark MP has confirmed that the government is making £100m available to help ease the situation and has appointed the British Business Bank to work alongside Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) providers to support supply chain companies who may be struggling to pay bills and keep staff.

As an EFG accredited lender, Enterprise Answers will help those businesses affected to unlock cash from the £100m fund as a temporary measure.

Grahame Latus, Chief Executive of Enterprise Answers said: “Working closely with the British Business Bank, we aim to help many of those companies facing an uncertain future following the collapse of Carillion.

“We are already prepared to assist with flexible financing options and welcome this endorsement by the government of our capability to assist in the fallout from the liquidation of Carillion. It’s encouraging to know that Enterprise Answers is seen as a local solution to the potential financial issues which may arise for some of the supply chain businesses affected.”

We are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the ‘Best New Business’ category at the 2017 In-Cumbria Business Awards. The awards themselves are a reflection of the amazing diversity of entrepreneurial skills, experience and knowledge which can be found amongst many businesses and individuals across the county.

The Three Hares, Sedbergh

The Three Hares symbol represents their style of cooking, influenced by James’ upbringing in the local area involved with Wild Foods and Game, and heavily influenced by Nina’s background of growing up in Germany with Japanese parents. When James & Nina met, they originally set up their business as The Moocher, selling their own style of street food in the bustling city of Manchester before deciding they wanted somewhere a little more static. Opting to take on a dated café in Sedbergh with finance from Enterprise Answers, presented the couple with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents further, enabling James to return to his family roots and unleashing Nina’s culinary expertise on what was otherwise a quiet market town.

Within months, The Three Hares had established an unbelievable reputation for the quality of its foods, but more notably for the menu which uses ‘real’ local produce sourcing wild hare, rabbit, game, deer and plants, creating interesting dishes which have surely tickled the taste buds like they have never been tickled before. Now having won acclaim with a listing in the Waitrose 2017 Good Food Guide, The Three Hares is sure to experience an even greater volume of custom. Sedbergh was a quiet market town!