When is the 2018 entry deadline?
Due to the huge amount of entries we’ve had started in the last few days, and because we know that some of our entrants have found their time being taken up by the recent good weather and school holidays, we have taken the decision to extend our entry deadlines as much as we can to help you out!
These are by region – have a look below for your region’s new deadline date.
Please note that these new deadlines take us right up to our shortlisting judging for each region. We have given you the maximum amount of time we possibly can for your region, so make sure you complete your entry in plenty of time.
Midlands – Friday 8th June – midnight
Wales & Northern Ireland – Friday 15th June – midnight
South West – Friday 22nd June – midnight
South East – Friday 29th June – midnight
East – Friday 6th July – midnight
North – Entries are now CLOSED.
How much does it cost to enter The Rural Business Awards?
The entry fee for the 2018 Rural Business Awards is £50+VAT per category entered.
Can I enter more than one category?
Yes! You can enter as many categories as you think are relevant to your business, you just need to pay the entry fee per category entered e.g. if you enter two categories you pay two entry fees.
There is even a handy ‘Copy’ button on our awards platform which you can use to copy the first entry – meaning that you don’t have to fill in all the essential business information again. However, we would always recommend tailoring the answers in your entry so that they demonstrate the criteria for that specific category.
Can I enter more than one region?
We know that some businesses operate across wide geographical areas, and that this may mean that they cross over two or more of our RBA regions. In these circumstances, as long as the business already has a presence (e.g. office, customers, sites) in all the regions that they wish to enter, then a business can enter more than one region in The Rural Business Awards.
Our handy ‘Copy’ button also reduces the need to enter all the information about a business again. Simply select ‘Copy’, change the region to the correct one and check that all the answers are still relevant to the new region.
How long does it take to complete an entry?
It varies! But we mostly find that it takes entrants around 10 minutes to start their Rural Business Awards entry and fill out the initial contact information. The more detailed answers about your business (and the part that gets judged), can take between 20 minutes and an hour – depending on how well organised you are!
And you don’t have to sit and complete your entry all in one go. Our awards platform allows an entry to be saved and then returned to as many times as needed. Just remember to make sure that the entry is finished before Thursday 31st May 2018.
Do I have to complete my entry all in one go?
Certainly not! Using our online entry platform, you can save your entry and return to it at any point before the deadline of 31st May 2018. You can do this as many times as you need to – plenty of our past entrants have taken 10/15 minutes over a couple of weeks to finish their entry.
Can I add extra/supporting information to my Rural Business Awards entry?
Yes! At the end of your entry, there is a tab to upload any additional supporting information. These may be:
- Customer testimonials
- Financial overview (it doesn’t need to be detailed)
- YouTube links
While this stage of the entry is optional, we do strongly recommend that supporting information is included. Our most successful entrants last year were the businesses who included additional information! This helped the judges get a deeper insight into their business and allowed them to score more highly.
I'm a charity, social enterprise or community project - can I enter The Rural Business Awards?
Yes! We have a category in each region just for you – our Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year category. We want to hear and share the amazing stories of charities, social enterprises and projects that are impacting on, or working with rural communities to make a difference.
We also recognise that paying for an awards entry might not be a top priority for charities, social enterprises or community projects looking at this category. Please get in touch with the RBA office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can see how we can help.