A KENDAL-BASED cake company is gunning for victory after it made the shortlist for the Rural Business Awards.

Ginger Bakers will battle businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises across the country as it looks to be crowned best rural food business at the online final next year.

Lisa Smith, founder of Ginger Bakers, said: “We have been shortlisted alongside some excellent companies, including Lunde Farm Foods in Leicestershire, Mash Direct in County Down, St Ewe Free Range Eggs in Cornwall, Swshi in Ceredigion and The Blaenafon Cheddar Company in Torfaen.

"Being shortlisted in the national finals is great news, especially as we are really proud to represent the Lake District, Cumbria.

"Now all we have to do is wait to find out the judges’ decision in February 2021 - so wish us luck and nearer the time let’s get everything crossed to see if we can win more plaudits for Cumbria.’’

Jemma Clifford, director and co-founder of the Rural Business Awards, said: “This year has been an unprecedented challenge for businesses across the country, but we have still had a fantastic amount of entries from rural businesses, showing the true determination of people working in the rural economy.

"Here at the Rural Business Awards we remain committed to our vision of showcasing the fantastic work of rural businesses and believe that it has never been more important than now.

"On behalf of the Rural Business Awards team, we want to say well done to Ginger Bakers and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the national final.”