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Here at The Rural Business Awards we try our very best to make our awards programme improve year on year. We always listen to feedback and where possible aim to make changes to bring our programme in line with what our entrants need and want from us.

The awards exist to celebrate YOUR business, so we want to ensure you gain as much as possible from your experience.

To that end, for 2019/20 we have made some radical changes to the format of the regional awards ceremonies.

The awards presentations will still take place in their respective regions, you will still receive a certificate and physical award, and be able to take advantage of all the same photography and PR opportunities as last year – even the goody bags will remain.

However, rather than taking place on midweek evenings, all the regional presentations will occur on consecutive Friday afternoons in order to make it easier for you to attend the awards.

The events will begin at 2pm and end at 4:30 pm. This also means that you have plenty of time to travel to and from the venue in a single day – reducing the need for childcare and other additional costs like hotels or other overnight accommodation.

There will no longer be a three course meal, but the ceremony will be followed by celebratory champagne and cake, and during this time there will be a greater focus on networking, as we know this is something that is important to many of our entrants.

This has obviously also had a significant impact on the price of tickets. Tickets to the regional presentations will now cost only £30 plus VAT each! We hope this makes participating in the RBAs much more accessible to ALL RURAL BUSINESSES, including the many start-ups and sole-traders who enter the awards each year.

Our National Final will remain unchanged. So, with more of a separation between the regional and national events, there will be a sense of even greater anticipation and achievement surrounding the national awards.

“We are delighted to be able to announce these changes to our regional awards events. We considered all of last year’s feedback at great length and feel that our new format really delivers, creating a celebration tailor-made to the needs of rural businesses.” Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, founders of The Rural Business Awards.

Overall, we hope these changes will make taking part in the awards a lot easier, minimizing the cost, both in terms of time and money, while maintaining or increasing the benefits you, our entrants, receive in return.

We think that these new and exciting changes to the regional format give you more of a reason than ever to enter the RBAs. If you agree with us, you can sign up to create an entry, or log in to complete one, at www.ruralbusiness.awardsplatform.com

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