Last Chance to Enter the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards!
28th May 2019
For the second year running, the Rural Business Awards are proud to have the Institute for Family Business as associate partners. Rural Businesses are often family-run, and through this partnership both organisations hope to work together to celebrate and champion rural family businesses.
Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, founders of the Rural Business Awards commented, “We are delighted to be working with the Institute for Family Business yet again. We know that family is at the heart of many rural businesses, and believe wholeheartedly in the IFB’s mission to advance the success of family-run businesses.”
The Rural Business Awards are an independent awards programme with a particular focus: the rural sector. They cover six regions, the North, the Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland, the South West, the South East, and the East.
Rural Britain is a very special place to live and work, though its businesses are for the most part, similar to their urban counterparts. The differences lie in the fact that rural businesses face their own set of challenges but, despite this, they often have extraordinary ties to their landscape and their community. The Rural Business Awards exist to shine a light on the incredible work of rural businesses across the UK.
Excitingly, for 2019/20, entry will be completely free!
The Rural Business Awards are open to any business which operates from a rural base (defined as a settlement of less than 10,000 people), embraces a rural theme, or serves a mainly rural clientele.
With 11 categories, there’s one to fit every kind of business… From brewers to butchers, agricomms to accountants, and farm shops to falconers, each year the RBAs receive an incredibly diverse range of entries, all bound together by their love for rural Britain.
There are a whole host of benefits to being part of the awards, from regional and national recognition, media exposure and pr opportunities, to networking and sharing both your challenges and your successes.
Sue Harbottle-Sear, founder of Konzepts, a finalist in the South East’s Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Creative or Media-Based Business categories, commented ‘Since announcing we were finalists for the 2018 awards, we have secured a range of new business and a lot of media coverage. Entering the awards has raised our profile and with it our bank balance too. I would encourage any other rural business to get involved in the Rural Business Awards, because you just never know what might happen!’
To enter, all you need to do is sign up to their awards platform and fill in the online form which asks all about your business. You can easily save it and come back later, which makes the whole process stress free.
It can be hard to summarise your business in words, so there’s the option to upload all kinds of supporting documents - photos, videos, presentations, news articles and much more.
Entries close on Friday 7th June, 2019. Their panel of judges, experts from across the rural sector and the business world, will score each business, using their detailed judging process, then the shortlist will be announced at the start of July.
The six regional finals will take place throughout October and November 2019, with the national final to follow in February 2020.
There’s just a few weeks left to enter, so don’t delay - entering the Rural Business Award is a wonderful way to grow your business, reflect on your achievements, and celebrate rural Britain - submit your entry today.
For more information, go to www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk