Two female business owners from Kendal won national awards at a show in Blackpool.

Gina Pennington, of Pennington's Tea and Coffee, and Joan Lind, working at, were given special honours.

Mrs Pennington won the Hospitality Industry Award while Mrs Lind was given the Highly Commended Award.

The Westmorland Gazette: The winners of the 19 awards come togetherThe winners of the 19 awards come together

Now in its twelfth year, the Enterprise Vision Awards are a beacon for women who are driving change to showcase their successes and achievements.

The awards highlighted the work of 117 women and a diverse range of businesses, with two of these coming from South Cumbria.

Speaking about Mrs Pennington's triumph, the judges claimed that she would 'ooze coffee' if she were cut in half.

They added: "Penningtons combines the heart of a local family business with the ambition of a national liquid gold success story.

"In the midst of soaring overheads, she has pivoted the business, scaled up and strategized to ensure future sustainability and growth."

The Westmorland Gazette: Joan Lind (centre) shows off her new award with Lisa Byrne and Jeff McNamaraJoan Lind (centre) shows off her new award with Lisa Byrne and Jeff McNamara (Image: Lizzie Beckford)

Meanwhile, Mrs Lind was presented with her award for being ahead of the curve in her innovative approach to authentic care for the customers’ needs and client management.

"Joan is a heart centred entrepreneur who has fostered a culture of care into everything the organisation does," the judges explained.

Coral Horn, founder of the EVAs, was looking towards the future and how current success can fuel further championing of women in industry.

She said: "We’re here to champion women in business, from startups to global brands, charities to industrial giants.

"All generations came together to show their appreciation and there were children present who were inspired by their amazing mothers – maybe we’ll see some of them on the EVAs stage in the future!"

Lizzie Beckford, of Pink Link Ladies, a networking company assisting women in business, said: "Female powerhouses, trailblazers and innovators showcased outstanding female entrepreneurship from all four corners of Great Britain.

"The atmosphere was electric and the feel good factor was off the scale with the camaraderie and support shown for all the finalists."