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Show Co-ordinator Nick Hood and Show Sponsor Mark Carr from Vaadhoo met with Cumbria TV as the final preparations for the show are completed.

J F Hornby Corporate Solutions Limited is a Sister Company to the award-winning Accountancy firm  J F Hornby & Co*

We have long been recognised as ‘More than just Accountants’ and the launch of HCS allows us to deliver an ever-wider range of services to the Business Community.
We are here to provide your business with a single point of contact from which you can access a unique range of services previously unseen in Cumbria.
We can help you raise Commercial Finance from a wide variety of funders, provide sound advice when your business needs it, and help you access a range of solutions that will help you improve your business profits.

Phone: 01229 588077

QCR Recycling Equipment is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of recycling and waste reducing equipment. QCR has supplied hundreds of businesses in hospitality with: cardboard balers, glass crushers, general waste compactors and more. QCR offer free site surveys and free equipment trials. Come and see them on stand 27.

Phone: 01242 620903

Stand 61 has been reserved by a company who are just setting up their new business. Unfortunately they are unable to attend the show but the directors of the company would like you to visit their stand and place your business cards in their tray. A prize draw will be made once the business is up and running.

Intrigued??? Then swing by and drop your card in!!!


Berrison design and deliver training, engagement and change programmes for leaders and business teams. Training that supports change, growth, innovation and efficiency.In short: training that adds immediate value. We also offer international accredited profiling tools to help recruit and retain staff to help you prepare for Brexit!

Phone: 01539 725760

The show will be hosting Taste Cumbria's first event of the calendar year and the following businesses will be attending and selling their products on the day. For further details visit 



Adoro Caffe

Bedrock Gin

Bessy Beck Trout

Cantina de Palma

Choc Amor

Elephant & Camel Cafe

Friendly Food & Drink Company

Ginger Bakers

Haverrigg Prison Smokery

Jessica Bakes Well

Kick Ass Cheese

Magnificent Marshmallow Company

Montgomery's Dinner Delivery Service

Shirley's Homemade Pies

The Pie Mill

Wavy Grain Wood

Wiga Wagga Chillis

Yardies Jamaican Street Food

We work with restaurants and venues across the UK, as an extension of their own internal team, designing, managing and delivering their marketing activity across data, direct, digital and social channels. As we only work with restaurants and venues, our team have a unique insight and understanding of this ever changing industry. Our typical client has also been working with us for over 3 years, which is the best testimonial of the work we do for them.

Phone: 01772 978 101

Due to staff commitments, Centaur will only be exhibiting on Day 1 of the show!!

Training Provider. We deliver all our courses to an extremely high standard and at competitive rates. All Centaur trainers are specialist in their own fields, the majority of them being emergency service or healthcare professionals. Their up to date, everyday life experience and underpinning core knowledge means they are able to relate to real scenarios, bringing realism into the classroom. Training is delivered in an enjoyable and professional manner, making learning fun, easily understood, and show how skills learnt can be applied in the real world, giving confidence in dealing with any situation. We are the nominated supplier of Paediatric First Aid for Lancashire County Council and deliver regular training to several multi-national companies. 

Phone: 01772 433080

We have now opened up our video collection for everyone to see on Vimeo and Youtube. Please click here for the Vimeo channel or click here for the YouTube channel where you will be able to view, and if you join our group, will have the ability to add promotional videos of your own business too. This selection will be added to over the coming weeks and our coverage of the show will also be available to view here. 

Initial videos include the promotional work that has been done by Paul Johnson from Explainer HQ ( who are supporting the show and will also be exhibiting.

Video promotion is becoming more popular by the day and is an excellent way of covering your business.

Making online booking user friendly and affordable, freetobook is a channel manager for independent accommodation providers, adding online booking capability to their websites in minutes. A family company, freetobook offers simple, elegant technology that doesn’t cost the earth.

Phone: 0141 270 2173

Max Recycle offer excellent value, complete waste management solutions, with ambitions towards recycling and landfill minimisation. The core competencies at which they excel are Reliability and compliance - their customers can rely upon them to deliver agreed services and be assured of their continuing compliance. Just give them a call. 

Phone: 0191 385 1300

Specialist in Hospitality & Tourism, helping businesses grow. Do you need help with any of the following? Building a successful culture and vision within your business. Increase occupancy. Increase revenue. Increase direct bookings and engaging with your guests. Recruiting and retaining your team. Budgeting & Forecasting. Mystery Guest Visit. Guestline Best Practice. If the answer is yes to any of the above or you have any other areas you need help with, please call Alison now for a no obligation conversation. 

Phone: 07947 741528

As the Lake District’s Self-Catering Specialists, Lakelovers, established in 1977, are proud to provide the ultimate service for holiday letting and management in our area. If you already own a holiday home, or are considering purchasing an investment property, they would be pleased to offer their professional experience and advice.

Phone: 07717 333037

SYPO are a team of web and technical specialists who can help you design, create, manage and promote your online business. Their technical expertise goes beyond websites too. They also develop and integrate software and systems to help their clients improve their processes and operations. They work with all types of clients; from start-ups to established businesses with turnovers in excess of one million pounds. So how can they help you Sell Your Products Online? They’ll listen to your ideas and requirements and provide you with advice, based on their years of experience in developing and delivering successful websites and systems.

Phone: 01539741461 

We are delighted to announce that Taste Cumbria will be hosting their first event of the year at the show. The Taste Cumbria Market Street will be for small independent food & drink businesses to promote their products to the trade. Stands are for independent food & drink businesses only and can only be booked through Taste Cumbria (contact details or booking form) we are certain that it will be a huge success and a great way for businesses to get 2018 off to a flying start. Stand holders in the Market Street will be looking to build relationships with other trade businesses but will also be selling their products at the event.


Kin Toffee + Vodka is created in the heart of the Lakes is a sublime blend of vodka, vanilla and toffee flavours giving deliciously rich warming drink. Presented in range of bottles and gift packs, it’s a premium drink, enjoyed straight, in cocktails and many puddings. It’s toffeelicious loveliness! 

Phone: 07900 942284

Lancaster & Morecambe College serves north Lancashire and south Cumbria specialising in vocational courses, apprenticeships, higher education and training for businesses. They’re not just about Hospitality & Catering; they work with businesses across the region to address all their training and development needs. 

Phone: 01524 521380

iDC Mobile provide business grade mobile network services, equipment and support to business customers in the north of England. Supporting SMEs, education and government departments who require national and international voice and data services. They pride ourselves with the service and support we provide, offering a closer working relationship than larger companies who just see their customers as a telephone number.

Phone: 01524 805550

A totally unique and visually stunning mobile bar service, perfect for adding the real wow factor to any event. Helen & Nicola offer a choice of Italian 3 wheeled vans and a Parisian tipsy tricycle to serve fizz/beer on tap and cocktails. There is the option to add a fabulous gin station easel to complete the ultimate drinks package. 

Phone: 07968773681

Peter Armer, Partner at Show Sponsor RfM Accountants

“Two major strands of RFM’s strategy are, (1) become a key provider of accounting, taxation and business advice services in North Lancashire and Cumbria, and (2) build on our substantial presence in the leisure and hospitality sector by bringing our capabilities, skills, and knowledge to the attention of business owners from that sector.  When I was approached by Nick Hood to ask if I was interested in taking part in the show, I did not hesitate as the audience is almost exactly made up of the people we are trying to reach with our message.  Nick is very experienced in organising this type of event, and his involvement gave me the confidence to place part of our valuable marketing budget in his hands.”

Phone: Windermere 015394 45412 or Morecambe 01524 566190

Paul Saxby, Marketing Director at eviivo

‘eviivo are delighted to be sponsors of the inaugural North West Hospitality Show, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet with hosts and hoteliers from across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. We can see that eviivo customers in the region have had a good year, with online bookings up more than 10% year-on-year. We expect the North West Hospitality Show will be a must visit for independent accommodation businesses, and we are excited to share our best practice advice in our workshop at 12noon on both days of the show. eviivo help anyone with rooms to sell and a story to tell to market themselves online, making taking bookings and the management of them hassle free, in one simple click.’ 

Phone: 0800 422 0088

Net* are a passionate team who love nothing more than to create amazing work for their clients. They pour all of their knowledge and experience into their work and treat your projects as if they were their own. They then deliver it with care, and follow your progress to help you get the best results.

They take pride in developing relationships with their clients, and helping them to develop their business through creative designs, clever development and strategic marketing.

Phone: 01539 732040


Fat Media are a leading digital agency based in Lancaster. They support their hospitality clients with user-friendly website design, online booking systems, clever digital marketing campaigns and beautiful graphic design. Current clients include The Daffodil Hotel & Spa, Hipping Hall and Hallmark Hotels to name a few!

In December 2017 Nurture Lakeland will become The Lake District Foundation. 

This is an exciting time in the history of the charity. Following World Heritage Inscription and the increase in visitors to the Lake District, their trustees felt this was the time to raise their ambitions and increase their impact.

They will broaden their reach to include fundraising and grant making in 3 key areas  - Landscape, Wildlife and Cultural Heritage. This meets the key aims of the Lake District National Park Partnership of which they are a proud member.

Director Sarah Swindley joined Nurture Lakeland from her previous role as CEO of Lancashire Women’s Centres where since 2011 she has successfully developed the size, turnover and impact of the charity. She is excited to be taking on this new role at such an important time in the history of the Lake District.

Phone: 01539 822622

RfM Accountants

The team at RfM across the Lancashire and Cumbria area have many years of experience working with clients in the tourism and hospitality sectors, in particular restaurants, pubs and B&B’s, of which there are many in this bustling tourist area.

The staff and partners take pride in their local knowledge and are passionate about supporting businesses in the area to strengthen and grow the local economy.


Phone: Windermere 015394 45412 or Morecambe 01524 566190

Brand Chap

We work across all sectors and size of companies, from forward thinking start-ups to developed and aggressive mature businesses looking to create a point of difference and competitive edge over their competitors. Working closely with you (no matter the size of project) we'll specify goals, put in place the brand and marketing resources to achieve them and most importantly always have a 'Return on Investment' figure to aim for.

It's not about how much a project costs, but the results it brings that matters to me and should equally matter to you.

Phone: 0333 567 1167


For anyone with rooms to sell and a story to tell, eviivo deliver the original booking suite for independent accommodation, making taking bookings hassle free. Manage bookings from your website and all the leading travel sites in one simple click. Confirm bookings and take payment anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Phone: 0800 422 0088

Vaadhoo 2018 Show Sponsor

Vaadhoo deliver improved operational process performance and positive customer experience for business customers through the application of screen and related digital technology to solve problems in their business.

Screen technology can be used to increase sales, improve communication with customers and staff, increase customer engagement, reduce costs and increase efficiency for facility management. By blending hardware, software, content and business culture they achieve efficient delivery.

Phone: 0161 641 7117

Inglewood Hospitality Associates provide a full range of support to B&Bs, hotels, self-catering providers, restaurants, cafes and pubs to help them increase sales, profit and customer loyalty. Inglewood Hospitality Associates have specialist hospitality experience ranging from revenue management through, HR, PR, website marketing, film and photography.

Phone: 07902 695600

Lakeland Radio

We are delighted to announce that Lakeland Radio and their sister station The Bay will be supporting the 2018 Show. They will be running adverts and news items on air leading up to the event, and both stations will be relaying live links from the show itself. Watch this space for further information.

The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award winning preserves based in the historic village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. The range of over 120 relishes, pickles and preserves are handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sources ingredients. Supplying the food service industry throughout the UK our products bring local provenance and quality to your dining tables.

Phone: 015394 36614

Supply luxury contract beds to the hospitality industry. The collection of quality pocket sprung beds use the finest quality natural fillings and award-winning spring technology to create a sleeping experience for guests which is second to none. From large hotels to quirky boutique guest houses, each bed and mattress is lovingly hand-crafted to the customer’s exact requirements.s.

Phone: 0113 205 5258 

With over 30 years experience in the Cash Register/EPOS industry, LCR Systems lead the way throughout Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the North of England in its supply, support and technical expertise of all makes of Cash Registers and EPOS equipment.

With their dedicated team of engineers, sales staff, support desk technicians and administration, they provide the support from the most basic Cash Register to a Multi-Site, Multi-Lane touch screen install.

Phone: 07977 002164


Carlisle Ambassadors

Carlisle Ambassadors are people who have connections with Carlisle, an interest in the city and who support this Cumbrian centre of business, tourism and culture. It is for individuals, businesses and organisations who want to make it an even better place to live, work, invest and visit. It is for those who want to benefit from a strong and influential network, and who may be interested in collaborating on projects to make a difference.

Michelle Masters: 07810 224734
Kate Wilson: 07970 898180

The Family Business Network

We are delighted to have the team from The Family Business Network on board as our Commercial Partner. Their role is to promote the show for exhibitors and visitors and we certainly are looking forward to working with them.

Running a family business can be all consuming and The Family Business Network Ltd was created to help. We are the pivot point for family businesses looking for a safe environment to learn from each other, find relevant news, events and access innovative additional support when needed. Founded by Sue Coulson in 2014 when it originally started as a funded network via support from the Cumbria Growth Hub, the network has since developed and as of September 2016 the network became its own company, so Sue can continue her role as Family Business Ambassador and be the voice for family businesses across the region. Through Sue’s award winning work in Cumbria. The Family Business Network has now evolved to include Lancashire, Yorkshire and surrounding areas. We love signposting family businesses to relevant assistance, advice, or investment channels but equally thrive on our family business orientated events. Our Insight days, workshops and flagship Family Business Conference and the Cumbria Family Business Awards are all designed with family businesses’ needs at their heart. We also work in collaborative partnerships with the regional growth hubs, family business specialists and other national family business associations and networks.

Phone: 07866 536050

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce CEO Vicky Lofthouse is delighted (as are we) to be supporting next year's show. The Chamber are a not for profit organisation owned by and directed by more than 400 business members. They have a proactive Board of Non-Executive Directors who represent different sectors of business from across North Lancashire.

Their aim is to support you and the growth of your business. As a member you can benefit from a wide range of networking opportunities, commercial services and business support to help your business grow and prosper. Their vision is to be a strong, confident voice to connect and grow a successful business community in North Lancashire. They're here for you, for business every step of the way.

Vicky and her team are also running the North Lancs Expo on the 24th & 25th September, visit here for details 

Phone: 01524 381331

Out of Eden are a hospitality supplier with 24 years' experience in providing quality products to accommodation sectors across the UK. They pride themrselves on quality & 1st class customer service, whilst offering competitive prices and fast delivery from stock at their Cumbrian based company. 

Phone: 01768 372939

Family Business United

Since being founded in 2011 FBU have grown into an award-winning magazine, resource centre and events organisation championing the contribution that family businesses make to the global economy.  FBU is an innovative community with family businesses at the heart of all that they do - irrespective of their size, age or sector. FBU was formed out of the passion of their founder, Paul Andrews, for the sector together with over 20 years experience of working with and in various family firms and advisory organisations with family business clients.

Unlike other organisations, FBU is a resource for all, family businesses of all sizes and sectors, and their advisers, helping to raise the profile of the contribution that family businesses make, to dispel the myths surrounding the sector, and sharing insights, research and tools to help family firms deal with the unique issues they face too.  FBU is a non-advisory organisation and as such works with professional advisory organisations and academic institutions around the world to source content and share events to enhance the knowledge available to family businesses and their advisers.  As a collaborative multi-media outlet they work to share materials that matter, that can  make a difference, and help family business owners realise that they are not alone, and that they can learn from the experiences of others.

The team behind FBU have developed a great network around the world and have been involved with some of the leading family business organisations on the global platform and our network continues to grow and open up more opportunities to fly the flag for the family business sector.   

Phone: 07718 001179

BFI are your Local Web Design & Development Agency with over 20 years’ experience of providing functional, attractive & bespoke web sites to over 850 clients. Their friendly, talented team all have one thing in common – they love what they do for a job. As happy can-do experts, they listen, engage and deliver. Try working with them… might like it!

Phone: 015395 64580

They are passionate about Indian food and culture and are self confessed chilli addicts. They wanted to produce a product that was natural, hand crafted and most importantly fabulous tasting. Everything they tried just didn’t hit the spot, especially fiery chilli products, which lacked in flavour or just were not hot enough. Adam started all the recipes from scratch believing they would be unique and hard to copy. He constantly experiments with different ingredients, ideas and types of chillis and Mr Vikkis now has over thirty different products in the range which have won over eighty awards since we started (see their awards page for more information). 

Phone: 01697 475 438 

Are a long established company from Cumbria that manufacture high quality contract beds. They have range of products that are suitable for B&B's through to 5* hotel chains. Hotel trade customers can purchase directly from the manufacturer. No minimum order and free delivery.

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