Cumbria’s green and pleasant land doesn’t perhaps highlight the hard working industries behind the scenes enough. Creating and making products Cumbria can be proud of, meet the finalists of the Manufacturing category of Cumbria Family Business Awards…
Lakeland Fells Furniture Ltd was established in 2004 to provide an organisational base from which the creative furniture design and manufacturing skill of Andrew Smith, then just 21, could be developed.
Established by Andrew and his parents, Bill & Lin, the company has developed its reputation and now services an ever increasing client base, from homeowners to commercial operators. A dedicated team in the workshop helps ensure that productivity is maintained and delivering the quality expected by our clients.
Andrews skills have been recognised by the hospitality sector operators where his creative designs, and use of traditional and more contemporary cabinet making skills (and materials) has helped them achieve hard earned tourism presentation awards. The company is committed to helping provide local employment to those seeking to develop cabinet making skills, for many years providing opportunities for apprentices. Andrew’s wife, Donna, manages the Special Spaces Showroom where examples of the creative diversity of the company can be viewed.
Lauren’s Cows is a mother, daughter partnership, based in the tiny village of Crackenthorpe in Cumbria, specialising in vibrant artwork and luxury items for the home all featuring wonderfully characterful Cows. Lauren is the daughter and artist, and mum, Jude, provides the brains of the outfit! The family business launched quite unexpectedly in October 2012, all beginning with a single painting of a cow. One cow led to another, and another and Lauren’s Cows was born!
Since then we have put lived and breathed the business, honing our skills, collaborating with charities, travelling the country, facing the elements and all the while strengthening our brand and our relationship. Yes, we had to rope in brothers, fathers and husbands to create the thriving business that Lauren’s Cows is today, but what are families for?! Everyone says that our Cows makes you smile, we know they make us smile every day!
MMA Ltd, trading as Twoey, an award winning manufacturer of Educational Resources, is a family business started in 1996 by a grandfather making things for his grandchildren and today employs some 30 people with three generations of the family involved. Twoey operates from a purpose built manufacturing site in Wigton from where it supplies its customers across the whole of the UK and an increasing number of countries around the world. It has three distinctive ranges: Twoey Inside, a range of Early Years role play products and furniture. Twoey Outside, an exciting range of furniture and role play products suitable to be left outdoors. Twoey Learning which has a very tactile range of curriculum based resources, which are now being developed in different languages. The Twoey team take great pride in supplying our customers with the highest level of product quality and service.
Good luck to all you wonderful businesses in the Manufacturing finals which have been sponsored by our main awards sponsor Lamont Pridmore. See you on the 10th March at Cumbria Family Business Awards Ceremony! #CFBA2017 #WeAreCumbria