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RBA 2018 Winners – South East

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South East Winners & Finalists 2018/19

Congratulations to all our winners, runners up and finalists! Following a wonderful night at the Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey, we are now able to reveal exactly who our judges thought were the best and brightest rural businesses in our South East 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.

Scroll down to view our winners or click on the link to jump to a category.

Best Rural Start Up

Made for Drink
Made for Drink

Berkshire

The Courtyard at Wainhill
The Courtyard at Wainhill

Oxfordshire

Countrybike Ltd
Countrybike Ltd

Kent

Home Move Consultants
Home Move Consultants

Oxfordshire

Konzepts Ltd.
Konzepts Ltd.

East Sussex

Outstanding Rural Diversification Project

The Little Grey Sheep
The Little Grey Sheep

Hampshire

Peterley Manor Farm
Peterley Manor Farm

Buckinghamshire

Bluebell Walk Partnership
Bluebell Walk Partnership

East Sussex

Boycott Farm
Boycott Farm

Buckinghamshire

Romney Marsh Wools
Romney Marsh Wools

Kent

Best Rural Retail Business

Clipstone Dairy
Clipstone Dairy

Buckinghamshire

Hambledon Village Shop
Hambledon Village Shop

Surrey

Charlie's Farm Shop
Charlie's Farm Shop

West Sussex

Middle Barton Stores
Middle Barton Stores

Oxfordshire

The Leveret
The Leveret

Buckinghamshire

Best Rural Manufacturing Business

English Heritage Buildings LLP
English Heritage Buildings LLP

East Sussex

Benchmark Furniture
Benchmark Furniture

Berkshire

Dudda's Tun Cider
Dudda's Tun Cider

Kent

Equetech
Equetech

Buckinghamshire

Kent Crisps
Kent Crisps

Kent

The Great British Porridge Co.
The Great British Porridge Co.

West Sussex

Best Rural Professional Services Business

Moorhouse Communications
Moorhouse Communications

Surrey

Bloomfields
Bloomfields

Kent

Batcheller Monkhouse
Batcheller Monkhouse

East Sussex

Kelly Chandler Wedding Consulting
Kelly Chandler Wedding Consulting

Surrey

Kent Design Studio Ltd
Kent Design Studio Ltd

Kent

Best Rural Creative or Media-based Business

House of Grayling
House of Grayling

Oxfordshire

The Toad Hall Company
The Toad Hall Company

Kent

Illustrations & Prints
Illustrations & Prints

Surrey

Konzepts Ltd.
Konzepts Ltd.

East Sussex

Rachel Hudson Illustration
Rachel Hudson Illustration

Hampshire

Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year

Barham Village Store
Barham Village Store

Kent

Plunkett Foundation
Plunkett Foundation

Oxfordshire

Hugs4Lungs
Hugs4Lungs

Kent

Our Kitchen
Our Kitchen

Kent

St Giles Trust
St Giles Trust

London

Best Rural Tourism Business

Wallops Wood Cottages
Wallops Wood Cottages

Hampshire

Odds Farm Park
Odds Farm Park

Buckinghamshire

Hill Farm and Orchard
Hill Farm and Orchard

Buckinghamshire

Independent Cottages
Independent Cottages

Kent

The Hub
The Hub

East Sussex

Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business

E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground
E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground

Buckinghamshire

Burley Villa School of Riding
Burley Villa School of Riding

Hampshire

Oxford Farm Fit
Oxford Farm Fit

Oxfordshire

Unique Outdoors
Unique Outdoors

Berkshire

Best Rural Education or Training Business

Manor House Forest School
Manor House Forest School

Kent

Sheep Proof Your Dog t/a T D L Bird
Sheep Proof Your Dog t/a T D L Bird

Kent

Royal Forestry Society
Royal Forestry Society

Oxfordshire

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Weald & Downland Living Museum

West Sussex

Best Rural Food Business

Holwood Farm
Holwood Farm

Kent

Trenchmore Farm
Trenchmore Farm

West Sussex

Bit Spicy
Bit Spicy

Kent

Bradmoor Farm Shop & Cafe
Bradmoor Farm Shop & Cafe

Buckinghamshire

Best Rural Drink Business

Greensand Ridge Distillery
Greensand Ridge Distillery

Kent

Bluebell Vineyard
Bluebell Vineyard

East Sussex

CHAFOR Wine Estate
CHAFOR Wine Estate

Buckinghamshire

Dancing Cows Distillery and Brewhouse
Dancing Cows Distillery and Brewhouse

Hampshire

Hattingley Valley
Hattingley Valley

Hampshire

Rural Employee of the Year

Kathy Budgen
Kathy Budgen

Rural Kent

Sally Powell
Sally Powell

St Giles Trust

The South East

‘The Garden of England’ lives up to its name with lush rolling farmland and fruit-laded orchards. Encompassing the iconic sights of the White Cliffs of Dover, the ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford and not one but two National Parks, the South East is the UK’s sunniest region. Fast becoming the country’s premier wine region, the South East is also leading the way with an abundance of rural businesses.

The South East covers rural businesses in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey & West Sussex.

Brand Ambassadors for the South East

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.

Amanda Parsons

Amanda Parsons

Landmark Systems

Landmark Systems Limited develops, supplies and supports rural business software.  It was started in 1987 and one of its founders, Nigel Parsons, is Managing Director today.  Nigel has a career background in sales and marketing but his life has always been intertwined with farming businesses and he met his wife, Sussex RBA Ambassador Amanda Parsons, when they were both studying Agricultural Marketing and Business Administration at Harper Adams.

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They are the third generation to live in the farmhouse originally bought by Amanda’s family in 1921 to take advantage of the Wealden Clay soil, so suited to grass fed dairy cows, and the expanding market for milk provided by the “milk trains” from Sussex to London.

Amanda started her career in London as the NFU Information Division’s Assistant Press Officer in the early eighties when stubble burning, increasing Commodity Mountains and escalation of UK CAP contributions were big issues for farming leaders of the day. She has also worked in the fresh produce sector for a Sussex subsidiary of Hazlewood Foods and has been involved in marketing projects in Landmark throughout its thirty years of trading.  

She works part-time but closely with the Landmark Managers who are individually responsible for Development, Sales, Training, Support and Administration.  They aim to inform, innovate for and maintain the comprehensive professional service provided to the myriad of UK farm, estate and property offices who rely on KEYPrime software for accurate, secure and live information records on which to base their business decisions.  

SOME FACTS ABOUT LANDMARK:

  • Software installed in over 2,500 land and property related sites in England, Wales and Scotland
  • UK Head Office Pulborough, West Sussex
  • 45 Full Time or Part-Time Employees
  • Regional Field Sales and Training team  – on-site customer care
  • Fully supported own brand KEYPrime Accounting and Budgeting Software
  • Fully supported own brand KEYPrime Property Management Software
  • Hardware advice, supply and technical support
  • Hosted Cloud Platform
  • Fully Automated software updates and data back-ups
  • Suppliers of Payroll and Geofolia Crop Management software
  • Since 2015 part of the ISAGRI Farm Management Software Group    

PRODUCT RANGE

Landmark has a product range which goes from entry level accounting software product KEYPrime Intro for the smaller and more traditional farm businesses through to the sophisticated KEYPrime Advanced and Client Accounting products for the more diversified farm, rural or estate business.  Additionally the range of property software, introduced in 2000, contributed significantly to the growth of Landmark as it addressed the trend in the rural sector of diversifying into property management with a unique link between rural accounting and property management software. KEYPrime Property software is used both by individual clients and professionals on behalf of their clients and can be bought incrementally according to the business size.     

Building long-term relationships is the cornerstone of the Landmark service offering, as the next generation succeed and expect ‘Smart’ integrated technology solutions in every aspect of their business.  The introduction of a hosted software solution called NEWAge Prime has enabled more simultaneous remote working as suits the scattered nature of the rural marketplace, a new link is on offer between KEYPrime and Geofolia and the development team are working hard on Making Tax Digital (MTD) features ahead of the digital uploading of VAT and Income Tax.

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