This year saw a huge shift in the way we run the Awards, the first year we held Regional Finals. Each finalist at the National Awards had already triumphed in their local region. We held the 6 regional ceremonies over three weeks in October 2018 – travelling in excess of 1200 miles and meeting over 700 rural businesses!
The regional awards were only possible with the support of our regional sponsors and the overwhelming number of entries from businesses across the country. We confirmed our feeling that rural businesses have a strong regional sense of identity, and shared pride in their local area.
Jules Husdon returned to compere the evening and we were pleased to welcome our headline sponsor Amazon UK to open the awards.
After the ceremony, the Funtime Frankies took to the stage and kept us all dancing well into the night!