OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT

 

 

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

The entry criteria provided act as a guide only. If you are unsure what to include or how to present it, please contact the RBA office.

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“The CLA partners with the Rural Business Awards because we believe that rural businesses are the beating heart of our countryside and make a vital contribution to the overall economy. The Awards are an important showcase for our most innovative and creative rural enterprises, boosting their profile and recognising their success and hard work” Helen Woolley, Director General, CLA

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Finalists 2017

Flowers from the Farm Ltd

OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT FINALIST 2017

We’re the national network of cut flower growers. Begun in 2011, we now have 480 members from the Scillies to Inverness each growing flowers for market.

Iscoyd Park LLP

OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT FINALIST 2017

Iscoyd Park is a wedding and private events venue on the border of Shropshire and North Wales.

Knitsley Farm Shop

OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT FINALIST 2017

Knitsley Farm Shop was created as a farm diversification business to help ensure the survival of a small family farm, of which Edward Jewson is the 6th Generation of his family to farm at East Grange Farm. Set up to sell the farm’s own produce/locally sourced products, the business has grown to include a full on site scratch bakery, a full butchery and pie production unit.

Mini Explorers Nursery

OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT FINALIST 2017

Set on a 260 acre family-run farm near Bedale, on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Mini Explorers Nursery is (as far as we are aware) the UK’s first and only Farm School Nursery. We offer Early Years Childcare (0-5yrs) at the heart of our own fully-working arable farm, and our children are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the farming landscape and its inhabitants every day.

T.Mellor and Son (Wold Top Brewery)

OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT FINALIST 2017

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.

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HALL OF FAME

The Pink Pig Farm

The Pink Pig Farm

WINNER: OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT 2016

This Scunthorpe based farm has more than 120,000 annual visitors coming to see its farm park, play barn, butchery, deli and farm shop.

 

Hexgreave Estate

Hexgreave Estate

WINNER: MOST OUTSTANDING RURAL DIVERSIFICATION PROJECT 2015

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