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We're now open for entries for our 2021/22 awards year.
Submit your rural business for a chance to win an RBA!

We've announced our amazing 2020/21 RBA national winners.
See which rural businesses have been named the best in the UK.

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Why Should You Enter The Rural Business Awards?

There are so many reasons to enter the Rural Business Awards, one of the biggest celebrations of rural business in the UK!

Taking part in the Rural Business Awards is a chance to celebrate everything you have achieved so far, and to build the tools for even greater success! It can have a real impact on your business.

If you lucky enough to win an award, you will receive regional and national recognition, strengthening the reputation of your business. Just being part of the RBAs enables you to access media and press opportunities, which will lead to new customers and better brand awareness. As a direct result of entering the RBAs, past finalists have given radio and TV interviews, and been featured in regional and national papers.

Additionally, the RBAs are an opportunity to network with other rural businesses and our sponsors, giving you the chance to share rural-specific challenges and best practices.

  • =Be part of the UK's biggest and most respected celebration of rural businesses
  • =Receive regional and/or national recognition
  • =Boost the reputation of your business
  • =Opportunities for social media content
  • =Celebrate your business' successes
  • =Recognise the hard work of your team or colleagues
  • =Reach new customers
  • =Access media & press opportunities
  • =Celebrate everything you have achieved so far
  • =Fantastic marketing tool
  • =A great chance to reflect and evaluate your business
  • =Networking opportunities - a chance to meet new contacts

Still wondering why you should enter the RBAs? Our co-founder, Jemma Clifford, highlights just a few brilliant reasons in this video!

Entries close on Friday 21st May 2021 – so don’t hang about, get that entry started today!

Jules Hudson

Compere of the RBA National Final

Jules Hudson is the compere of the RBA National Final

The success of the Rural Business Awards is a fantastic affirmation of what most of us who live and work in the Countryside have long known. Rural Business is the beating heart of Britain’s Landscape, from Agricultural Multi-nationals, family farms and small holders to table top initiatives that have gone on to become household names. 

Creativity, community and a united ambition to make the countryside work in providing viable jobs and security is what these awards are all about.

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Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project

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Best Rural Food Business

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Best Rural Innovation

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The Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

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“The Rural Business Awards have been fantastic for our company. Not only were we lucky enough to win an award, the event itself was amazing. I attend lots of networking events, but nothing compared to the evening at this awards ceremony which was great fun and a celebration of rural businesses. We met some fantastic people and as it happened scheduled two separate meetings with people on our table a few weeks after the ceremony, both now potential clients for our company.
 
I commend all those at The Rural Business Awards for their efforts in supporting rural based businesses like ours.”
Harry O'Connor, Director of Voodoochilli Design

2018/19's Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business in the Midlands

“Part of the application process was to write a business plan. I didn’t win my category but I did end up with a useful set of achievable goals to grow my illustration business.”
Rachel Hudson, Rachel Hudson Illustration

Finalist in the 2018/19 South East Rural Business Awards, Best Rural Creative or Media Business

“It’s been such a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the awards and I have learnt a lot and really enjoyed the entire experience. It’s been a really valuable validation of our efforts as a business. Winning the award made the team feel just that little bit special interestingly in a way that me standing in front of them saying your amazing and fantastic never could!
 
The support I have experienced as a person who was very inexperienced with talking to the press and media has been invaluable and thank you once again Claire for saving that first ever interview and pointing out in a very kind way how to get my words out and deliver a coherent message.
 
I’m excited for the next step for my business and I have a sneaky suspicion I might need to pick the phone up to the RBA team again for a bit of support and it’s just lovely knowing that they will be there to give it.
 
Huge thank you to the RBA team.”
Stephanie Pybus, Director of Mini Explorers Nursery

2018/19's National Best Rural Education or Training Business

As seen on…

At the RBAs we work hard to get our entrants, finalists and winners the recognition they deserve in the media and on television. We’re always proud when we see a company featured, here are a few.

Wild Fox Distillery is the brain child of Lancashire 4th generation dairy farmers, Rob & Lizzie Billington. They have so far crafted 5 premium Gins on their farm; each a celebration of the countryside, each unique, each filled with their own farm grown botanicals. Winning the Best Rural Drink Business in 2020/21 awards year lead to this interview on ITV News.

The Rural Business Group worked at the Castle Howard Countryfile Live as part of the O2 Rural Business Theatre. This was a wonderful platform to share the inspirational stories of rural business owners, to offer practical business advice, and to address important issues, from risk management to rural strategy.

Co-founder of the RBAs, Anna Price, featured with the team at Rural Maps on Countryfile.

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Adding Additional Information

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