A GIN producer which also serves as an award-winning visitor attraction has won another award at the North West Family Business Awards ceremony.

Shed One, which produces premium, London Dry gins, gin liqueurs, and gin jelly marmalade from a former old calf shed in Ulverston, has won a top accolade at this year’s North West Family Business Awards 2023.

Organised by The Family Business Community, the ceremony saw its biggest ever audience at the Concorde Conference Centre at Manchester Airport.

Shed One was named as a finalist earlier this year and was crowned the winner of the ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion’ category on the night.

Co-owner and founder Andy Arnold-Bennett received the award from renowned food and drink writer and presenter Nigel Barden.

He said: "As a small business, we’ve always been very people and planet aware and take great care and pride in treating every guest who comes into The Shed with the same respect and openness. We always value feedback and have made changes to The Shed to make sure our guests, regardless of their ability, are fully able to enjoy our range of experiences including our ‘make your own gin experiences.’

"Our most recent initiative is our updated tasting and information notes and through Vision Support, Barrow and the RNIB we now provide Braille sheets.

"We’re really pleased to pick up this award as it’s always a privilege to have our efforts recognised by our peers."

Judges were looking for family businesses to create conditions where diversity is valued and equality promoted, reinforcing an inclusive culture in the workplace.

Judges said: "This winning family business understands their audience, they are looking to develop and diversify whilst staying true to their values. They are the true alchemists of their industry ensuring that everything they do, every interview they give, and every customer they meet, results in a truly memorable, personalised experience.”

The awards are known for some of the most distinguished names within the North West family business world coming together to recognise the achievements of the region’s most innovative and successful family businesses.