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Entry to the Rural Business Awards 2023 is now open. Head over to the Enter page to find out more and start your entry.

Winners announced

Our 2022 national winners have been announced. Head over to our Winners page to see who's won.

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The future looks bright for The Rural Business Awards

The Rural Business Awards are back and better than ever. The pandemic has taught us a huge amount about what YOU all value so we have a very important announcement.

What you told us:

  • That the Rural Business Awards remains as the award to win. The largest independent awards program with honesty and transparency at its heart.
  • That whilst our traditional awards ceremonies were amazing they could be expensive and over in too much of a flash. While the online-only content lived on person-to-person contact was missed.
  • The networking at ceremonies, post awards PR and opportunities were the most important and valuable things.

What that means:

The Rural Business Awards will now take centre stage at The Rural Business Show in each year starting this year. The awards will continue to incorporate the video and filming elements that has become so valuable.

We will not fail to deliver a showstopper but we will also feature:

  • A conference
  • An exhibition
  • A chatter stage

Delivering on our promise to give you the awards but all the value you asked us for too.

What does this mean moving forward?

We will be delivering an annual ceremony at The Rural Business Show, this year’s will take place on 15th September 2022.

The 2022 ceremony it will be a celebration of The Rural Business Awards since we began back in 2014 – it will be called: The Rural Business Awards: Hall of Fame. We’ll announce more information and the categories in April 2022 – these categories these are likely to differ from our normal category list.

Regional Stars

We were keen to continue the progress we have made within our regions. We will announce a REGIONAL STAR for each region at the Rural Business Awards: Hall of Fame at The Show on 15th September 2022 and this will look back across the regions since we began.

2023 Rural Business Awards

The 2023 Awards are now open for entries, head over to our entry page to get started. The 2023 Awards retun to our standard format 13 categories to choose from. Entries will be judged by a team of indepenent judges and announced in September 2023.

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

Our Sponsors

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.

“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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