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Enterprise Answers sponsor People’s Choice Lancashire Family Business Award

Enterprise Answers have supported the Family Business Awards since they were founded back in 2017 and their expansion across the North West in 2020 is providing them with an opportunity to sponsor a new People’s Choice award for Lancashire.

Enterprise Answers – Grahame Latus

Grahame Latus, Chief Executive of Enterprise Answers, explained: “We are proud to be part of the North West Family Business Awards, as we are passionate about and believe in family businesses.


“The expansion of the Awards from Cumbria to across the North West allows us the opportunity to support businesses in Lancashire, where I was born and bred.


“I don’t think I will know any of the businesses who are entering, which makes this an exciting and interesting category for us to be involved in, as we can provide support to businesses in this area.


“I believe the public vote for this award is a lovely idea. It gives the public the opportunity to appreciate what I appreciate about family businesses — handing the power to the public and those who use their services.


“For me, this is more than just a business award. It is a celebration of family businesses. The Family Business Network is like a big family, and the awards night is our family reunion. It’s not about winning and beating the competition – it is about supporting and celebrating each other’s successes. It is like no other corporate business award. Everyone is a winner – and there are no losers in these awards.”


“It was through the Cumbria Family Business Awards I realised how many enterprises are family firms, and the different approach they have to a business that makes them so successful. Though Enterprise Answers is not a family business, these values have influenced how I work with my team and with our clients.


“Family Businesses play a significant part in the economy across the North West and the whole of the UK. Their ethos is different, and in turn, they treat their staff and customers differently. As a member of their team, you are part of that family, and in my experience, the employees are loyal to that family business.


“When the next generation come through, I have seen how important it is to let them go away to study and work with others. They return with not only knowledge and experience, but also a better appreciation of the business and the quality of life working in the family firm can give them.


Enterprise Answers is the only rural Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) in the north of England. They are a sustainable, independent organisation providing financial services across the region, aiming to create social improvement and business development returns.


Created in 2004, they bridge the funding gap for businesses and entrepreneurs who are unable to draw on the main sources of finance for one reason or another. They also provide business guidance to their clients, and have successfully supported many small businesses to grow and develop into award-winning, established firms in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, tourism, hospitality, food and drink production.


Enterprise Answers works closely with numerous organisation throughout the region to ensure that businesses have easy access to a full range of support services wherever they are based.


Grahame added: “If no one is prepared to take a risk with those businesses who present a marginal proposition to banks or who may lack the security required, then we lose the potential and diversity that creative and talented individuals and businesses bring to the region.


“Many of our clients are family businesses who have gone on to be successful, award-winning businesses.”


Founder and co-director of the North West Family Business Awards, Sue Howorth said: “The People’s Choice Lancashire award is open to family businesses of all sizes. The judges’ scores, together with the public vote, will determine the winner of the People’s Choice Lancashire Award 2020.


“You can vote for your favourite firm from 17 February up until the day before the awards ceremony in Manchester on 6 March 2020 by visiting The North West Family Business Awards website.”


Co-director of The North West Family Business Awards, Dave Clarkson said: “We would like to thank Enterprise Answers and all our sponsors of this year’s inaugural North West Family Business Awards. These include, alongside Enterprise Answers; Cartmell Shepherd, NXT Recruitment, Gorvins Solicitors, Lancaster University, Enterprise Answers, Be the Business, Hawkshead Relish, FW Capital, Chesworth Communications, Front Row Graphics, Miles Moore Ceramics, Lamont Pridmore, net*, Western Pensions, Cumbriashare, Lancashare and Mancheshare.


“We are looking forward to welcoming our sponsors and family businesses at the awards ceremony. This is a great opportunity for family businesses to come together to recognised their successes and achievements.


“With our host for the evening, food writer and presenter Nigel Barden, we will celebrate in first-class style at the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Centre, under the wings of Concorde. It is an evening not to be missed.”


Tickets for The North West Family Business Awards celebration are available via this link: 



You can follow the awards on social media with the hashtags #NWFBA202 and #WeAreNorthWest.


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