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Cumbria's Tourism Businesses Celebrate Excellence

The winners of the 11th Cumbria Tourism Awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony held at Rheged, near Penrith.

See full list of winners and sponsors here


Conversations for Life Products Launched

Cinnamon has had the honour of working with newly launched social enterprise, Stories to Change CIC, to project manage the preparation and launch of their new range of products.

The Conversations for Life programme encourages each of us to talk about wishes for our future care now. Based on the stories of real people, their trademarked materials, products and workshops offer a starting place for individuals, families and professionals to learn to break the taboo of talking about death and dying and partner in creating the care we want for the future.

The newly constructed website is due to be launched next month. Full details will be revealed shortly!


Developers Receive Cumbrian Welcome at Whitehaven International Festival

Cinnamon worked with Britain's Energy Coast to create a top-class evening of entertainment and hospitality to greet national Developers to Cumbria's West Coast for the Whitehaven International Festival.

The Whitehaven Festival was a great opportunity to showcase Whitehaven and surrounding areas to Developers from across the UK. The developers were welcomed aboard the 'Kathleen and May', a salubrious tall ship that was docked in the harbour for the festival.

After a champagne reception guests were invited to learn about the exciting opportunities presented by the Britian's Energy Coast initiative. Katie Read, Tourism Director for West Coast Tourism delivered a passionate presentation on the wealth of the area. Celia Mackenzie then spoke about the history of Whitehaven harbour and it development over time. The presentations were then rounded off by Stuart Cowperthwaite, Programme Director for the West Coast Delivery Team for Britain's Energy Coast. Stuart outlined the plans to establish West Cumbria as Britain's Energy Coast and highlighted some of the opportunities that will arise from it.

The evening continued with a Cumbria themed buffet incorporating fresh local produce before guests were invited to take their seats in the outdoor auditorium to watch Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra. The whole harbour was alive with the buzz of tourists and local alike enjoying the music and electric atmosphere. Even the weather played its part as the evening finished with a stunning sunset followed by a dramatic firework display over the harbour.

The developers left with Cumbria gift bags donated by local businesses including Cumberland Pencil Company, The Rum Story, Grasmere Gingerbread, Jennings Brewery, Wild and Fruitful Preserves and Cumbria Life Magazines.

"It was an amazing event to be involved with. Gerard Richardson and his team at the Whitehaven Festival delivered another top-notch event. The whole town was buzzing with life - what better way to promote the area to national Developers than to let them see the place and all its opportunities for themselves."

Stacy Hurley, Cinnamon Director


Tourism winners revealed at prestigious Cumbrian award ceremony

The winners of the coveted 2010 Cumbria Tourism Awards were revealed at a glitzy ceremony at The Rheged Centre, Penrith on Tuesday 11th May 2010.

Hundreds of tourism professionals and businesses from around the county gathered at Rheged where the evening began with a drinks reception followed by a celebratory dinner. Host for the evening was Stuart Maconie, TV and radio presenter, who announced the winners and entertained the audience with a series of Cumbria related anecdotes.

Fifteen awards were presented on the night, recognising excellence in business, customer service and training and development.

Each category winner received a certificate and specially designed award, individually handcrafted by Jo Vincent of Jo Vincent Glass Designers.  You can view the individual award winners below.

260 guests attended the glamorous awards finale to hear the winners of our 15 award categories announced. Each of our category sponsors presented the winners with their beautiful glass award on the evening, hand crafted by Jo Vincent Glass Designers.

The winners are:

Taste of Cumbria Award - The Cottage in the Wood

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - The Lake District Coast Aquarium

'Highly commended' was awarded to Trotters world of Animals

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - The World of Beatrix Potter

Business Tourism Award - North Lakes Hotel

Sustainable Award - Elder Grove

Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Customer Service - The Beacon

Small Hotel of the Year - Overwater Hall

Large Hotel of the Year - Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel & Spa

The Lady Inglewood Award - Roundthorn Country House

Self Catering Holiday of the Year - Tottergill Farm Cottages

Tourism Experience of the Year - Cumbrian Heavy Horses

Access for All Tourism Award - The Beacon

Holiday Park of the Year - Skelwith Fold Caravan Park and Woodclose Park

Tourism Event of the Year - British Gas Great North Swim

Guest Accommodation of the Year - Number 43

A one hour special feature on the awards will be screen on Sky channel 203 on the 20th of May 2010 at 7.30pm. Repeats will be shown daily for the following week and the footage can be viewed afterwards on Lakes TV website


Finalists announced for this years prestigious Cumbria Tourism Award

Finalists for the 2010 Cumbria Tourism Awards have now been announced and this year's competition is set to be one of the toughest yet. Over 40 businesses will go through to the finals taking place at Rheged in May.

The annual competition is open to hotels, holiday parks, visitor attractions and the businesses which make up the county's tourism industry.

This year sees shortlisted businesses from Ambleside, Dalton-in-Furness, Carlisle, Penrith, Whitehaven, Keswick, Millom, Ulverston, Maryport, Windermere, Kirkby Lonsdale, Brampton and Kirkby Stephen, among others.

For the full list of finalists can be found on the Cumbria Tourism Website:

The awards are run by Cumbria Tourism every year and Cinnamon Creative Events is thrilled to be involved once again. Businesses will find out if they have won a prize at a special awards ceremony hosted by broadcaster, Stuart Maconie, which takes place at the Rheged Centre, Penrith, on May 11th.

For the first time, this year's awards will be filmed by Lakes TV and broadcast through their website, as well as featuring on their SKY, Freeview, and Virgin Media channels.

Ian Stephens, Chief Executive at Cumbria Tourism, said: "Once again, Cumbria's tourism industry has excelled itself with the volume of high quality entries ensuring that the short listing panel had their work cut out for them this year.

"These businesses work hard all year round to make sure that our 15 million annual visitors have the best possible time when they come here and this is our chance to show our appreciation for their continuous efforts."

The competition can prove a stepping stone to other awards competitions as businesses that win at the "Cumbria's" can then go onto represent the county in the Northwest Tourism Awards run by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) every autumn.

Success there can be a ticket to the all England finals where a Cumbrian business stands a chance of being named as one of the best in the country.

Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at the NWDA, said: "The Cumbria Tourism Awards consistently produce some excellent winners, many of which have gone on to great success in the Northwest and national awards. I'm sure this year will be no exception; the standards are high and I hope that we will once again be setting the benchmark for the rest of England to follow. These awards are a great way to highlight the fantastic visitor experiences that can be found across the Northwest."

Sponsors of the Cumbria Tourism Awards include Natwest Commercial Banking, Colliers Robert Barry, Colliers CRE, Lake District National Park Authority, Cumberland Business, Carlisle Tourism Partnership, Business Link, Lamont Pridmore, Virgin Trains, Carrier Direct Marketing, Tesco, Armstrong Watson and Artavia Advertising.

The Lakes TV preview of the Cumbria Tourism Awards can be watched at


'Your Marketing Show' inspires SMEs in the North East to make the most of their Marketing

The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s ‘Your Marketing Show: Make the Most of it’ brings together some of the biggest experts and entrepreneurs in the industry

The show marks the beginning of 80th birthday celebrations for The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s North East branch.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing kicked off their ‘80 Days around Marketing’, a series of events to celebrate the 80th birthday of the North East branch, with ‘Your Marketing Show: Make the Most of it’ at The Radisson SAS in Durham last week. The show also paid tribute to the late Ken Atkins, former Chair of the Durham Tees Valley branch of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and dedicated marketing advocate. 

Balancing inspirational speeches with practical tips from speakers who have made their mark in the industry, the event was a great opportunity for SMEs in the North East to improve their business. For speaker Helen Urwin, this was a particularly special event.  Helen, an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience working with big multinationals and mentoring consultants around the globe, has spent years speaking in many countries but this was her first talk in her home region.

Paul Smith, a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and a creator of the SOSTAC Planning System, opened the show with a theory-based lecture in tribute to Ken Atkins. Brand developer Declan Metcalfe turned Smith’s theory into practice, offering his expertise on the world of social media. The animated Geoff Ramm entertained and wowed audiences with unique techniques to help businesses stand out from the crowd. Helen Urwin flew in from Chicago to deliver her first speech on home turf, presenting her specialised insight into brand personalities. She also launched an exclusive competition; one lucky business will win a personal discovery session with the entrepreneurial branding expert, where they can learn from her know-how and explore their brand archetypes.

The event was a chance for SMEs to network with other local entrepreneurs and experts throughout the day. The audience was actively encouraged to make it their marketing show, by asking questions and making comments; many of which were submitted via a live twitter feed. The show was rounded up with a lively Q&A session, which put the speakers in the spotlight and made for a compelling finale.

Commenting on the event, speaker Paul Smith said “I was absolutely buzzing at the end of the show. It was fantastic to be part of such a passionate and relevant event. The audience of SMEs responded with bags of enthusiasm; even the photographer put down his camera to take notes at one point!”  Delegate, Janet Wallbank added: “Thank you for an excellent event. I travelled just over 200 miles to attend and it was worth it.”

The second event in the 80th Birthday series is ‘Shape the Agenda’, a relevant and engaging event on the future of digital. It is on Thursday 25 March. For more details, go to


Cumbria Tourism Awards 2010 are launched

A new year and new venue! This year's prestigious awards will be held at Rheged Discovery Centre in Penrith.

The 2010 event will be black tie "Oscars" style ceremony in the grand auditorium followed by a glittering evening of great hospitality and entertainment. Cinnamon is delighted that this year's awards will be hosted by BBC Radio 2 DJ, Television Presenter, Writer, Journalist and Critic, Stuart Maconie.

Visit the Cumbria Tourism Website to see how you can enter


The North East's first ever CIM Marketing Show is here!

Designed with SMEs in mind and with a combination of both inspirational and practical speakers, this event will provide delegates with worthwhile tips and suggestions on improving their own marketing. It will also mark the start to the "80 Days around Marketing" programme to celebrate the 80th birthday of the North East branch of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Over 200 delegates are expected to attend the full day conference and speakers include marketing expert Geoff Ramm, Social Networking guru, Declan Metcalfe of The Better Brands Agency and International Business Improvement Consultant Paul R Smith, to name a few!

The day will offer small business owners/managers the opportunity to learn from the series of presentations, gain extra information from the stands at the exhibition and network with other like-minded business people.

Cinnamon is delighted to be coordinating such an action-packed schedule and as a small business owner herself, director Stacy Hurley, knows how important it is keeping up to date on the latest marketing ideas.

Stacy comments, "This event is a great opportunity for small businesses to gain a better understanding of up-to-the-minute marketing approaches, learn how marketing can help them in their own business and be inspired to get out there and market themselves bigger and better than ever before!"

Check out the website for more information

Check out the event podcast too!


Cinnamon Honour Local Heros

Cinnamon coordinated this year’s West Cumbria Respect in the Community Awards, honouring those who have gone the extra mile to help their community or stood up to the criminals in our society.

Nearly 200 people packed into Sellafield Visitors Centre on Friday the 16th of October to see West Cumbrians honoured in this annual glitzy, Oscars style Award ceremony. The scheme is run by the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and thanks to the team from Cinnamon Creative Events, this year, the third since it started, was the best yet.

Chief Superintendent Kevin McGilloway, West Cumbria Police Commander and member of West CDRP, said: “These awards recognise the hard work and dedication it takes to make a difference. The finalists have each made a difference to the communities they serve and are part of – they really are the Pride of West Cumbria.”

The awards were presented by TV and radio presenter Eric Robson. Dick Raaz of sponsors LLW Repository told the audience: "Shortly after arriving from America I realised that West Cumbria was the most beautiful part of the county, which was the most beautiful county of England, which is the most beautiful country on the planet! What was not immediately obvious was the quality of the people and organisations which make this not just a beautiful place but a wonderful place in which to live." The other sponsor was Sellafield Ltd.

Norman Williams, Chair of West Cumbria Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, said: “Consulting with the community is very important to make sure that the partnership's perception of crime and disorder matches that of local people. These awards offer us the chance to engage with individuals and local organisations, whilst celebrating the positive activities and progress taking place our communities.”

Stacy Hurley of Cinnamon Events spoke about their involvement in the awards: “It was a great honour for us to be awarded the contract to deliver such a worthwhile event. We love the work we do in the County and these awards allowed us to celebrate the best of what Cumbria has to offer. The Crime and Disorder awards have always been a successful event and we enjoyed taking it to the next level. We’ve been inundated with emails from attendees telling us how much they enjoyed the evening – that, to us, is the icing on the cake!”

Winners and Finalists:-
Taking a Stand Award:- Winner: Brian and Pat Mitchinson. Finalists: Residents of Fairfield View; PC Philip Carter
Effective Partnership:- Winner: POWW Committee. Finalists: West Cumbria Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership; North Copeland Youth Partnership
Problem Solving Award:- Winner: Young Persons Guide to Health. Finalists: Workington Neighbourhood Police Team, Allerdale Borough Council, CCTV Operators & Town & Country Security; West Community Volunteers - Cumbria Fire & Rescue
Young Volunteer:- Winner: Adrianne Bell. Finalists: Yula McCourt; Simon Lilly
Volunteer of the Year:- Winner: Andy Ainsworth; Finalists: Ajas Hussain; Liz Hughes
Education Award:- Winner: Ewanrigg
Junoir School and Peter Crome of Maryport NPT Community Team. Finalists: Southfield Technology College; Beckstone Primary School.
Equality & Diversity Award:- Winner:- West House. Finalists: Whitehaven School & Copeland Homes; West Community Volunteers - Cumbria Fire & Rescue
Allerdale Pride Award:- Winner: Kay Dawson, Ewanrigg
Junior School. Finalist: The Rising Sun Trust


August 2009

Cinnamon brings Retail’s ‘Mr Motivator’ to Barrow

Cinnamon is working in partnership with Furness Enterprise to host an event that will help high street retailers beat the current economic downturn.

BBC Two’s presenter of ‘All Over the Shop’ and professional business author, Geoff Burch, will share the secrets to success and offer Barrow’s retailers the chance to discuss what issues are affecting their business.

It’s an ideal event for owners or managers of retail chains and small independent shops, students or graduates and policy makers keen to support the development of Barrow’s high street.

Geoff specialises in helping turn around retail businesses and with the use of stories, examples and a touch of humour, he will share with the audience some great tips on how they can achieve success….even in the toughest times!

The event is taking place at Forum 28 on the 29th of September 2009 and in additional to taking advantage of Geoff’s extensive knowledge, it will offer local retail businesses the chance to network and share tips and advice.

Shopping For Success Flyer

July 2009

Cinnamon joined in to celebrate Lakeland’s book of the Year in style

The Cumbria Tourism run 'Lakeland Book of the Year Awards' celebrated its 25th anniversary in style at a sparkling champagne luncheon a the Old England Hotel, Bowness on Windermere.  

The event was held on the 7th of July 2009 and marked 25 years of recognising special authors that have written about our amazing County. From guide books and historic tales, to children’s stories and poetry, this event has celebrated all things Cumbrian for the last quarter of a Century.  

Cinnamon Creative Events was delighted to be asked to create a celebration that was fitting of this occasion. A champagne reception kick started the prestigious event, with a 3 course luncheon allowing guests the chance to relax and enjoy. Then followed the ceremony itself, which this year saw authors and editors fight for the winning spot in 5 different categories.  

The winner of the overall event, who took away the honorary Hunter Davies prize, was Keith Richardson with Ivver Senn - a book which explores the life and times of the men and women who worked the land. This incredible book, with pastel pictures by Keith Bowen, was a worthy winner and author and founder of the awards, Hunter Davies was delighted to present the prize on this special celebratory year.

June 2009

Cinnamon launches Respect in the Community

Cumbria based event company, Cinnamon Creative Events, has recently won the contract to coordinate the 2009 Respect in the Community Awards. The West Cumbria event has been run now for 3 years by the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) and this year is set to be the best yet.

 ‘Respect in the Community Awards’ is all about celebrating the best of Allerdale and Copeland communities and their people. They honour the dedication, enthusiasm and passion that individuals and organisations put in to creating a better standard of living for them and those around them.  

They also recognise the hard work and courage it takes to make a difference and are an opportunity for individuals and organisations to show thanks or reward someone that they feel has done something special.  

Stacy Hurley, Director of Cinnamon comments: ‘These awards offer the chance to celebrate the positive activities and progress taking place our communities and recognise the achievements of individuals and give them the ‘pat on the back’ they rightly deserve. Cinnamon Creative Events is delighted to be involved in such a worthy project, although we coordinate events all over the North of England, those that we do in our home county are some of the most rewarding. We love having the opportunity to work with other local businesses and suppliers to produce great events.” 

With sponsorship gained from Sellafield Ltd and LLW Repository Ltd, the CDRP has recruited the full service event company to coordinate the 2009 awards. Building on the success of previous years, Cinnamon is looking to add a professional edge to the competition, create a band that the community can relate to and deliver a truly glittering  ‘Oscars’ style award ceremony that celebrates the best of the area. 

To enter someone you know for an award or find out more about the event, log onto and chose from one of the categories below. You can enter as many people and categories as you wish. The entry forms are quick and easy to complete. 

Taking a Stand Award

Effective PartnershipWorking Award

Problem Solving Award

Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Volunteer of the Year Award

Education Award

Equality & Diversity Award

Copeland & Allerdale Pride Award

Crime & Disorder Reduction Town/Village of the Year Award

Three finalists from each category, and their guest, will celebrate their achievements at a glittering awards evening held at Sellafield Centre on Friday 16th October 2009. The event will start with a sparkling drinks reception and buffet, and then attendees will get the chance to sit back and relax as Eric Robson reveals this year’s winners.

May 2009

Cumbria Tourism Awards 2009 were the best yet

The winners of the 2009 Cumbria Tourism Awards were revealed at a special ceremony in Kendal on Wednesday 6th May.

Hundreds of tourism professionals and businesses from around the county gathered at the Castle Green Hotel where the evening began with a drinks reception sponsored by Jennings Cumberland Traditional Ale. Host for the evening was comedian, actor and broadcaster Ted Robbins who announced the winners and kept everyone thoroughly entertained with a constant stream of jokes and anecdotes.

Nineteen prizes were awarded on the night, which recognised excellence both in business and in people including the final award for the Large Hotel of the Year being presented to the host venue, the Castle Green Hotel.

Each category winner received a certificate and specially designed award, individually handcrafted by Jonathan Stamper at High Head Sculpture Valley. Seven of the awards were dedicated to employees working within the tourism industry and these successful individuals each received a cheque for £200 in addition to the engraved award.

The Cinnamon team love the chance to get involved in such a prestigous event, coordinating the entire evening on Cumbria Tourism's behalf. Director Stacy Hurley, comments: "It's really inspiring to see what is happening within Cumbria and to find out about some of the amazing visitor experiences that are on offer. It makes me really proud to call this County home."

February 2009

‘The Pitch’ hits Cheshire!

A team of talented marketers from Macclesfield College is celebrating winning the prestigious Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)’s ‘Pitch’ competition, which was hosted by the largest integrated agency outside of London, McCann Erickson Communications House (MECH).

‘The Pitch 2009’ saw 15 teams of under- and post-graduate marketing students from across the North of England sign up for the challenge and put theory in to practice, as they developed a brand extension strategy for Durex brand.

The panel of judges scrutinised the teams’ campaign concepts and pitch techniques. Whittling the competition down to three finalist teams who presented for a second time in front of an audience of industry professionals, CIM members and competitors.

Regional Director for the CIM North, Diane Earles comments: “This competition is now in its 22nd year and this has been our most popular one so far, with a record number of entries flooding in from teams wanting to take part. The event was a huge success and showcased the excellent marketing talent we have here in the North.”

Cinnamon Creative Events is delighted to have been involved in such a worthy event. Stacy Hurley, Director comments: “From coordinating the students and staff, to turning the McCann Erickson bistro into a glittering awards venue, we really had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in. The students were fabulous sports and got into the spirit of the event from the very start. We look forward to getting started on the 2010 competition!”

View the 2009 video


October 2008

Cinnamon get involved in one of the most important conversations of our life

As a society we don’t talk openly about some of the things that are most important. Conversations for Life and The Monastery Manchester hosted a      one-day event on the 10th of October to help us ask the questions that mean so much to each of us but that we put aside – How do we want to live the last days of our lives? What’s important to us between now and then? How can we partner with family, healthcare and community to get the care we want?

50% of us are caring for an aging family member right now. 50% of us have had a loved one die this year alone. The majority of us would prefer to die at home, yet only a minority of us do. Complaints about end of life care are some of the largest in healthcare.

With 17 years experience as an international healthcare educator and community facilitator, Mary Matthiesen, Director of Conversations for Life, facilitated a truly engaging event to discuss why and how we can do this differently. Mary was joined by Magi Ashton, Director of Public Health for Lancashire and delegates were a varied mix of general public, health care professionals, community volunteers and carers.

Stacy Hurley says, “It was an amazing event for Cinnamon to be involved in. The tone of the day had to be just right and with such a sensitive topic, we had to ensure each delegate was cared for in exactly the right way. It really was an honour to be a part of such an inspiring and worthwhile event”

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August 2008

Cinnamon Stretch out in New Office Premises

We’ve officially unpacked our last box and are enjoying the extra space of our new offices in the Mill Yard, Staveley.

We’re excited to be based in such a buzzing business community and with a great bakery, a fabulous café, a brewery and a wine shop on our doorstep we’re in no rush to leave. 

The Mill Yard is the perfect place for our business to be based - we’re surrounded by a great mix of energetic, creative organisations that share our passion for working in this great part of the country. 

We’re even more inspired to work then ever before and look forward to welcoming many a client through our door for a coffee and a chat.  

June 2008

Chartered Institute of Marketing sign up Cinnamon for a second year!

A successful event held here in Cumbria in June completed a 12 month calendar of events for the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s North West region. After organising 10 evening seminars, a glitzy celebration and awards evening, a full day student competition and a half day conference on the Isle of Man, Cinnamon are delighted with the news that they will be working with the CIM team for another year. 

Diane Earles, CIM Regional Director comments of their relationship:

 “Cinnamon is a reliable, efficient and valued part of the North West team. They always go the extra mile and makes sure the delegates are put first. It is a real asset to have an event’s agency that constantly looks to make improvements and offers creative ideas for the better of each event. Their professional manner and customer relationship skills are exemplary. I’m always confident that my events are in safe hands!”

May 2008

Cumbria Tourism Awards 2008

May saw the return of the Cumbria Tourism Awards, a glitzy, talent packed awards evening that celebrated the best of Cumbria’s tourism businesses and the talented Individuals behind them. 

Cinnamon Creative Events was thrilled to coordinate such a high profile, ‘Oscars’ style glittering celebration evening - a project that we had been working on since being awarded the contract back in September 07.  

The celebration evening, that took place on the 13th of May at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal, saw over 270 guests from businesses around the county gather in anticipation to hear the winners.

Radio Cumbria broadcaster Martin Plenderleith, revealed what everyone had gathered to hear as he took them through the 19 award categories and invited the winners up on stage to accept their awards.  

After taking a quick breath to enjoy the success of the evening, Cinnamon are now excitedly preparing for the 2009 event which promises to be even better still!

Contact Stacy on 07795682774 or email