Rural Awards Return

Rural Awards Return

Rural business owners are being reminded to get their entry in for this year’s Rural Business Awards.

The awards, sponsored in the Midlands by AvantiGas, were created and run by Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who themselves run rural businesses and felt with a passion that there was a pressing need to give more recognition to and more of a platform for rural businesses that contribute 19% of Gross Added Value in the economy in England.

The 13 categories for the 2018 awards cover every aspect of rural business activity and include Best Rural Start-up, Outstanding Rural Diversification Project, and awards for best rural businesses in retail, manufacturing, tourism, food and drink, social enterprise and the creative/media sector, as well as Best Rural Education or Training Business and Rural Employee of the Year.

“It’s a really exciting time with lots and lots going on,” said Anna. “We’ve listened to what our entrants need, and a lot of the time they’re saying to us that the national Press and the national coverage that they get is lovely, but it doesn’t necessarily drive customers to their door in the way local coverage could. So we decided to go regional and to really push things locally within markets that our entrants and winners and sponsors want to do business.”

To enter the Rural Business Awards visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk