Steve Howard to sponsor Cumbria Family Business Awards!
by laura

Lakes and Dales Business Doctor Steve Howard is proud to announce his sponsorship of the Cumbria Family Business Awards.

The annual event which shines a light on the best family businesses in the region, takes place in Carlisle on the 9th March in what promises to be a glittering evening of awards and support for the local business community.

Over 85% of Cumbrian businesses are currently being family run and until last year, there was nothing to recognise that the Cumbrian economy is in the hands of people who deeply care about their business and the wider community. This led to The Cumbria Family Business Awards being born.

On the sponsorship of the awards, Steve says:

“I am delighted and proud to be able to sponsor an award that recognises outstanding companies that support family businesses; helping them grow, improve their products or services, and add innovation and impetus to this vibrant business sector.”

Steve has a personal tie to family led businesses. Having grown up with grandparents who were small shopkeepers, he recognises the importance they play both socially in the community as well as being a local employer. Steve also highlights some of the difficulties small businesses face when it comes to managing time:

“They don’t always have spare time to spend developing either their business or the people in the team. The majority of these issues can be easily remedied, freeing up the owner’s time, organising the staff effectively and growing the business.”

Steve’s offering as a business doctor is to help those who feel like they spend so much time running the day to day operations of their company and help them discover ways that they can develop the business further.

He understands the complex and dynamic nature of running a family business and that there is not really a ‘one size fits all’ plan to resolve common issues:

“That is why I like to get completely involved with all aspects of the business, and the people, to work with them to create plans and actions that works for the Business, whilst retaining their aims and values that every family business possesses.”

If you’re interested in learning more about what Steve can do for you, take a look at his upcoming events. 

Steve offers a free 60 minute business health check for businesses interested in achieving their next level of growth. He can be contacted on 07774287640 or at

You can also keep up to date with Steve through his Facebook and LinkedIn channels. 

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