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PPM Win In-Cumbria Business Award for Best Community Involvement

PPM are over the moon to have won the prestigious award for Best Community Involvement at the annual In-Cumbria Business Awards held at the Halston Aparthotel, Carlisle, on the 9th November.

240 business leaders gathered at the glittering awards, organised by CN Media Group, to celebrate the achievements of Cumbrian businesses and business people, recognising and rewarding the great work across the spectrum of commerce and industry in Cumbria. The award categories ranged from Community Involvement to Best Customer Service and Best Exporter.

The 15 expert judges had to pick 45 finalists from over 200 entries and had an extremely difficult decision to make deciding on the 15 winners following the judging process which took place in September. The evening was hosted and winners announced by Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor and former Editor of The Independent.

The judges for the Best Community Involvement category were the very successful local businesswoman, Sarah Dunning from Westmorland Limited and CN representative, Bill Johnston.  Both Sarah and Bill were looking for a business which showed its proactive commitment to putting something back into the local community.  This could be providing financial support to community projects.  Giving practical assistance in terms of time or expertise.  Allowing charities, schools or community organisations to benefit from the resources of the business.  Particular emphasis was placed on the proportionate investment by the business in terms of time and effort as opposed to pure cash contributions. 

PPM pride ourselves on all of these factors and have many different projects which illustrate our commitment to giving back to the communities.  Both judges were impressed by the passion and enthusiasm that we have for all of our projects, especially our PPM staff volunteering scheme.  Each member of staff is given a day's paid leave to volunteer for a charity event or community project in the local communities that we work in.  

Managing Director Gordon McGregor said: “We are absolutely delighted and incredibly proud to be named winners of the Best Community Involvement award. We take great pride and satisfaction in giving back to the communities that we work in and it is something we do because we genuinely want to, not because we feel obliged. We have an incredible resource of knowledge, skills and experience in our staff that we utilise to help with various community projects and local initiatives, it’s not just about giving money”

"This is the first time we have ever gone for an award and it is absolutely fantastic to receive the recognition for what we are doing in the communities in Cumbria and the amazing achievements of our hard working and dedicated team"

We were up against two brilliant finalists for the award, More Handles and Cartmell Shepherd.  Community involvement is at the heart of all three of our Cumbrian businesses.

To find out more about some of PPM's recent community projects please click here.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists at last night's awards ceremony.

For more information on the awards evening please click here.

WINNERS & FINALISTS
Best Exporter – Trade Copiers (Finalists: Primasonics, Zuza Trading)
Best Marketing – Cumberland Building Society (Finalists: The Lanes, The Lake District China Forum)
Best Manufacturing – TSP Engineering Ltd (Finalists: Oxley Group, Cumbrian Stone)
Best Innovation – Forth (Finalists: Bender UK, Simply Good Food/Peter Sidwell)
Best Community InvolvementPPM Limited (Finalists: More Handles, Cartmell Shepherd)
Best New Business – Taylor Made Pet Care (Finalists: Adamedia, Lakeland Mues)
Best Apprentice/Trainee – Danyelle Haines – GSK (Finalists: Dylan Atkinson – Capita, Jade Haughan – H & H Group)
Best Tourism and Hospitality – Appleby Manor Hotel and Garden Spa (Finalists: Cedar Manor, Zeffirellis Ltd)
Best Customer Service Excellence – Caterite Food and Wine Service Ltd (Finalists: H & H Insurance Brokers, The Plastics Bottle Company)
Best Family Business – Roland Hill Limited (Finalists: Out of Eden, Stalkers Transport Services)
Best Business Person – Richard Fletcher – Caterite Food and Wine Service (Finalists: Amyn Fazal – Penrith Building Society, John Coughlan – TSP Engineering)
Best Professional Services Company – Armstrong Watson (Finalists: Burnetts, Primo Uno)
Best Social Enterprise – Inspira (Finalists: Brampton and Beyond Community Trust, Cumbria Health On Call Limited)
Best SME – Traybakes Ltd (Finalists: Solway Communications, More Handles Limited)
Best Large Business – Impact (Finalists: Cumberland Building Society, Morgan Sindall)
Lifetime Contribution to Cumbria – Ian Stephens (Retired Chief Executive of the county's official tourism organisation, Cumbria Tourism) 

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Picture: (Left to Right) Representative from Wood, sponsor of award; Gordon McGregor, Managing Director of PPM Ltd; Beth Nicholls, Communications & Development Officer of PPM Ltd; Amol Rajan, Host, BBC Media Editor and Former Editor of The Independent.

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