RBA 2018 Winners – North
North Winners & Finalists 2018/19
Congratulations to all our winners, runners up and finalists! Following a wonderful night at the Last Drop Hotel in Bolton, we are now able to reveal exactly who our judges thought were the best and brightest rural businesses in our North region.
We hope that all of our finalists enjoyed themselves at our celebration of everything that makes rural Britain unique. Whether they won or not, they should be incredibly proud of themselves and all they have achieved.
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Best Rural Start Up
Spirit of Yorkshire Ltd
Field & Forage
Lakes and Lambs
Little Beau Sheep
Outstanding Rural Diversification Project
Cannon Hall Farm
Beadlam Grange Farmshop
Heaton House Events Ltd
Best Rural Retail Business
Durham Hens Ltd
Farmer Copleys Ltd
Park Lodge Shooting School
Podgy Paws Pet Shop
The Shop at Glasson Dock
Best Rural Manufacturing Business
Isle of Skye
Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd
Hawkshead Relish Company
Best Rural Professional Services Business
Sassy Property Styling
Hillsgreen Marketing Consultants
Blue Ninja Business Support
Vicky Anderson Ltd
Best Rural Creative or Media-based Business
Resipole Studios and Fine Art Gallery
Clare Brownlow Pheasant Feather Art
Kate Simpson Fine Art
Tall Tales Mysteries
Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership
Living Potential Care Farming CIC
Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The Highlanders' Museum
Highlands and Islands
Best Rural Tourism Business
A Corner of Eden
Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business
Newlands Adventure Centre
Yorkshire Trike Tours
North East Falconry
Tyne and Wear
Best Rural Education or Training Business
Mini Explorers Nursery
Stockley Farm Park
Vicky Anderson Ltd
Best Rural Food Business
Country Puddings Ltd
Cranstons Quality Butchers
Farmison & Co
Side Oven Ltd
Best Rural Drink Business
Trolle Trading Limited
Farm Yard Ales
Ampleforth Abbey Drinks
The Lindores Distilling Co Ltd
Dumfries & Galloway
Rural Employee of the Year
Charlotte De Ville
Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd
Our largest region, the North encompasses the wild majesty of the Scottish Highlands and the picturesque rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, dramatic windswept coastlines of Northumberland and the glittering tranquillity of the Lakes. Our northern businesses often embody the same intrepid spirit and down-to-earth friendliness that characterises their region.
The North covers rural businesses in Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Isle of Man and Cheshire.
Brand Ambassadors for the North
Our Regional Brand Ambassadors work with us to understand and communicate with the rural businesses operating within their region, helping us to achieve our vision of bringing together businesses in each region to celebrate success and build valuable relationships amongst rural business owners.
T.Mellor and Son
T.Mellor and Son is based on our fourth generation family farm and comprises the following businesses – Wold Top Brewery – brews award winning ales using home grown wheat and water from the farm’s borehole; Agricola Bottling – a specialist beer and spirits bottling business and Muddy Souls Events – a weddings, events and party venue.
Hunmanby Grange, home to T Mellor and Son is a farm high on the Yorkshire Wolds where the hills roll down to the North Sea.
Our family has farmed 600 acres high on the Yorkshire Wolds for generations. With revenue from traditional income streams falling in the early 2000s, we concluded that diversification was a necessity.
Our first diversification was a brewery where we profited from the fact that our area boasts some of the best land for growing barley in Europe. Next came a specialist bottling business to service the brewery and the final diversification business is a wedding and events venue that takes advantage of our stunning rural location, National Garden Scheme garden and our beer to create a very unique experience.
We are proud to brew our award-winning beer using 98% British ingredients and that 95% of the barley comes from our own farm.
The brewery is housed in a sympathetically converted barn. We can guarantee that we only get our own barley back because we negotiated a deal with Flamborough maltsters, Muntons (almost within sight of the farm and brewery) whereby they malt our barley by the lorry load. For us it hugely reduces transport and associated costs and for them it means that they can look after the smallest customer on their doorstep, thus creating a true rural partnership between large and small businesses.
We nurture the environment that rewards us with both quality ingredients and a beautiful home. The farm is part of Stewardship schemes with Natural England and our 35 acres of species rich chalk grassland that is home to varied flora and fauna is of paramount ecological importance. We are also proud to be working with the RSPB to promote the varied birdlife on the farm.
We lead by example and the green ethos is firmly embedded in our business and embraced by staff as a matter of course. They appreciate that they are blessed to work in such a beautiful environment and that we’re all responsible for maintaining and sustaining it. Some of our staff bike to work regularly and two even run to the office!
Launched in February 2017, herdysleep is the first mattress of its kind to combine the luxury of craftsmanship with the compact convenience of a bed-in-a-box. Traditionally tufted and finished by hand, each mattress contains up to an industry leading 6,000 pocket springs, topped with a cloud-like blend of cotton, cashmere and wool from local Herdwick sheep.
Founded by Lake District brand Herdy in collaboration with luxury British mattress makers, Harrison Spinks, the Cumbrian herdysleep brand champions both luxurious comfort and social responsibility. Committed to keeping a rural heritage trade alive, herdysleep pledged to pay the local Lake District farmers twice the market rate for each kilo of Herdwick wool it buys. It takes a year to farm a Herdwick fleece and there’s at least one that goes into each herdysleep mattress.