First dedicated business awards for rural community launches

09 February 2015

Supported by the CLA and sponsored by the Sturgess Motor Group, the Rural Business Awards will recognise rural business success across the UK and are now open for entries.  

The brainchild of rural marketing company Be Rural, the awards have ten categories spanning a selection of sectors and have been set up to recognise rural businesses and value the  economic contribution of the countryside. Ten categories from start-ups to renewable energy and farm diversification to agricultural innovation are celebrated in the awards.

The Rural Business Award’s ten categories consist of:

  1. Best New Rural Start-up
  2. People’s Choice Award
  3. Best Renewable Energy Project
  4. Outstanding Farm Diversification Project
  5. Best Rural Apparel Product or Brand
  6. Outstanding Agricultural Innovation
  7. Outstanding Manufacturing Business
  8. Best Rural Professional Services Business
  9. Best Rural Construction Project
  10. Best Rural Field Sport, Equestrian or Rural Recreational Business

Businesses can enter the Rural Business Awards from Monday, 9 February 2015. The closing date for entries is Friday, 24 April 2015.

CLA Director General Helen Woolley said: “We are delighted to support these awards. It is vitally important we recognise the innovation and excellence that I see present every day in businesses across the countryside. These awards will showcase some of the inspirational businesses that we can all learn from.”

Rural Business Awards joint founder Jemma Clifford said: “We finally have a dedicated set of awards just for our specialist rural sector. The Rural Business Awards will acknowledge the vital contribution rural companies make, encourage the countryside’s superb entrepreneurial spirit and recognise business excellence within the rural sector.

“The awards will be judged by an independent panel of judges, including the CLA’s Helen Woolley, and we are encouraging all businesses, whatever their size and UK location to get involved in the Rural Business Awards to receive the recognition they deserve.

“It is a chance for firms from every hamlet, village and rural location to showcase their excellence to the world! The impact that the rural economy has on our national economy is so often under-valued and I am looking forward to being able to share success story after success story as part of the Rural Business Awards.”

Please visit for more information about the judges, award criteria and the awards ceremony in June.

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