Young entrepreneur secures win at prestigious Eva Awards

THE talents of a successful Cumbrian businesswoman have been recognised with a coveted

win at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Entrepreneur Kirsty MacKenzie, managing director of Ulverston-headquartered Lakeland

Inns, was among a strong contingent of Cumbrian businesswomen at the 2019 Enterprise

Vision Awards on Friday.

She went on to secure victory in the hospitality category at the glittering event held at The

Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Kirsty, 29, said: “I was overwhelmed to win the award because I know it was such a tough

category. The other finalists are incredibly inspirational and operate fantastic businesses.

“I still don’t know who nominated me for an Eva award in the first place. This whole

experience has been amazing.

“I couldn’t do what I do without the help of the team at Lakeland Inns so any award I receive

is shared with them. It’s their victory too.”

Mum of twins Kirsty took over the lease of The Sun Inn, in Ulverston, with husband Scott in

2015, before overseeing a complete overhaul of the popular pub.

She went on to take on the lease of The Commodore in Grange in 2017 as well as The

Black Cock at Broughton later that year.

Then in September 2018 Lakeland Inns purchased Stringers Brewery which provides a

range of artisan ales and gluten-free beers.

The Eva Awards recognise the talents and achievements of female entrepreneurs across the

North West.

Kirsty was named as a finalist in May with an interview before a panel of judges taking place

this summer.

She said she was motivated every day to set a shining example for her daughters as well as

to ensure job security for her 70-strong south Cumbrian team.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to have won such a prestigious award, particularly as the Evas

celebrate women in business.

“I’m very proud of both the award and of everything we’ve achieved here so far.

“Running a business is a big responsibility. That’s why we’ve always reinvested into

Lakeland Inns so it continues to grow successfully into the future.”

Kirsty added: “It’s not a solo effort though. We all work incredibly hard to make sure our

customers have a good experience and want to return to us time and time again.”