This award celebrates businesses that have emerged from traditional country businesses and are generally land based. We aim to recognise those that demonstrate a compelling justification for diversification and who have established a strong position in their marketplace. The project may be a commercial operation or not-for-profit. The winning business will have created the foundations for continued operation and will address our overarching ethos by demonstrating a business or a people focus, growth and commitment to the rural sector through:
• A well articulated strategy.
• Job creation.
• Contribution to the rural and wider business economy.
• Service and Infrastructure development.
• The impact on communities or people and the environment.
• How your product, service, project or offering makes life easier or better for people living or working in rural locations.
Fisher German LLP was established in September 2000 after the merger of Fisher Hoggarth and Fisher German with a history going back to 1830. Since then we have grown at an impressive rate; now 26 offices with around 660 employees and partners.
Fisher German provide specialist asset and property management consultancy throughout the UK across all property market sectors: rural, commercial, development, residential, utilities & infrastructure and sustainable energy.
We understand property and make it our priority to understand our clients and their needs. We help our clients to prosper by building long-term relationships, listening and delivering exceptional service. Many of our solutions are digitally led as we recognise the importance of on-demand services to our clients as their businesses grow.
“Being involved with the RBAs from the start has been really positive for Fisher German. Numerous clients and contacts acknowledge its growing status as the industry’s premier awards event and we have gained from this valuable association.”
Best Rural Diversification Project Winners
Moody Cow Welsh Kitchen and Farm Shop
As an integral part of Bargoed Farm Campsite, Moody Cow Welsh Kitchen and Farm Shop offers guests the opportunity to dine in the Moody Cow Bistro and try the homemade Welsh dishes, buy fresh meat from the on-site butchery in the farm shop, or have food delivered straight to their pitch. This family farm which boasts 50 fully serviced hardstanding pitches, including 20 private hot tubs and 2 gypsy style caravans overlooking the lake, offers a complete holiday experience without needing to leave the site. Guests are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience of the Welsh countryside during their stay.
Ingram Valley Farm
Situated amid Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills and run by the Wilson family, Ingram Valley Farm has a history dating back millions of years. Today, the farm is host to a wide range of diversification projects including the reintroduction of red deer to the valley, renewable E-commerce and the development of sustainable agricultural and tourism practises. Ingram Valley Farm work with many partners to deliver their values of improving farming in remote-rural communities, continuing to protect the landscape and operating a sustainable farming-system that can thrive in the many years ahead to create jobs, help the rural economy and meet consumer demand.
Best Rural Diversification Project Finalists
Northumbrian Flowers is contemporary artisan flower farm based in the heart of wild Northumberland. Run by Kate Norris and her husband Pete, they grow seasonal, sustainable and scented flowers as well as running gardening and growing workshops. Local florists and their community make up their client base. Located on the banks of the River North Tyne, a rural and beautiful location, they work in harmony with their stunning environment. Everything the business grows is carried out using sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. They have spent nearly a decade working their plot to create a unique rural customer centric flower farm.
Owd Barn at Bispham
Set in a 16th century barn, Owd Barn is home to a farm shop, gift shop, tea room and the Spud Shed retail barn. The Spud Shed is a mixture of high-spec retail units, bringing together a range of local businesses: including yoga, spa, physiotherapy, hairdressers, ladies and children’s clothing boutiques, a florist and web designer. The Owd Barn is a truly family affair with Brenda still looking after the farm shop and tea room she set up many years ago; Eric and his sons running the 200 acre farm; with their daughter, sister-in-law, nephew and nieces all also involved.
Westend Office Suites
Westend Office Suites is a successful farm diversification ‘growing’ businesses in the countryside. They provide high quality semi-serviced offices to micro-businesses. Typically, customers are start-ups or growing new businesses taking on their first premises and employee(s). The office suites have been created from the refurbishment of existing farm buildings and the site has been designed to integrate micro-businesses into the countryside in a ‘farm’ setting. The Westend Office Suites site has enabled businesses to successfully start up and grow, has created local jobs and provides services to the local community.
Wharfe Valley Farms
Wharfe Valley Farms is owned by the Kilby family who are third generation farmers. They have been producing award winning, extra virgin, cold pressed rapeseed oil, grown, pressed and bottled on the farm near Wetherby since 2006; Yorkshire’s first rapeseed oil producer and third nationally. With over 30 products in the range they offer original and infused oils, salad dressings, fruit vinegar, sugar free mayonnaise and truffle oil. The Wharfe Valley rapeseed range has been endorsed by celebrity chefs, foodies and nutritionists who value its heart healthy, delicious taste and cooking performance, at the highest temperature.
Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project
The Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award