Open for entries: the Rural Business Awards 2016 in partnership with the CLA


Entries are now open for the second national Rural Business Awards, this year boosted by a partnership with the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses.

The Awards aim to showcase and give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector.

Awards will be made across 13 categories including Best Rural Start-up, Outstanding Rural Diversification Project, Social enterprise/community project of the year, Best Rural Tourism Business, Rural Employer of the year and Rural Entrepreneur of the year.

The Awards ceremony will take place in October 2016 at the Belfry Hotel and resort, in the heart of the Midlands. Entries can be made up to 30 June 2016.

CLA Midlands regional director Caroline Bedell said: “It never ceases to amaze me how entrepreneurial our rural businesses can be, and it is high time this was acknowledged.

“They punch well above their weight despite having to overcome hurdles such a generally poor transport and communications infrastructure. Yet they remain in rural areas, perhaps due to family connections, because they are land based or their business is land related. Of course, some simply remain in the countryside because they believe it offers a better quality of life and work.

“Rural businesses are essential to our very survival. They provide food and water, energy and shelter, and contribute vastly to the economic and social wellbeing of the nation as a whole. I would encourage anyone who believes in their business to enter The Rural Business Awards. It’s time to stand up and be recognised, and to showcase everything that’s good about the rural economy.”

Rural Business Award co-founder Jemma Clifford said: “We are so proud to be running our Rural Business Awards for the second year running, as they were such a triumph last year. Anna and I set up the awards to celebrate the wonderful businesses which are based in the countryside. Our new partnership with the CLA will help us to take the awards from strength to strength.

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