RBA Best Rural Start Up


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This award aims to celebrate an enterprise, charity or project that is shaping a rural community or impacting the rural way of life in a positive way. We are looking for inspiring stories of triumph over adversity and coming together of people to demonstrate the strength and passion of our rural communities. The winning business will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Absolute passion and commitment to the project and the rural way of life.
  • A vision for continued success, sustainability, growth and clear strategic direction.
  • Clear leadership and management of the organisation.
  • A high degree of customer satisfaction.
  • Clearly evidenced social, environmental and community impact.
  • Good awareness and communication outputs.
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation.

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Hunters has provided successive generations of clients with specialist legal advice and assistance for over 300 years, and has extensive experience of working with landed estates and rural businesses.

Our team regularly advise on business structures and joint ventures; family business succession planning; estate, trust and tax planning; property and agricultural law; development and planning; employment law; art and heritage property law; pre and post nuptial agreements; and, when things go wrong, dispute resolution.

Our clients look to us with confidence to help resolve the variety of problems that arise throughout their lives.

“Hunters is dedicated to supporting the rural economy and those who work in it and is delighted to sponsor The Rural Business Awards.”

Hunters Law

Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project Winners

Abberton Rural Training
Abberton Rural Training


ART provides accessible courses in rural skills including horticulture, woodlands/land management, countryside and environment and construction to vulnerable adults and isolated people and families across Rural Essex. Many have additional issues, over 80% have disabilities, including Veterans/Wounded and Injured Service Personnel being medically discharged from service. They also provide a holistic support service including mental health counselling and support with trained BACP mental health practitioners on site and additional mental health support volunteers, plus employability skills, CV writing, benefits advice, housing advice and advocacy and help with anything that their clients may experience as a barrier.

Watch Jemma catch up with Abberton Rural Training Project – double winners at our 2020/21 National Final!

This amazing charity won Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project sponsored by Hunters Law AND were named one of our Triumph Over Adversity award winners sponsored by Amazon.co.uk

Rural Youth Project
Rural Youth Project


Established in early 2018 by communications and marketing professionals Jane Craigie and Rebecca Dawes, this research-based project aims to develop feasible strategies to facilitate the involvement of young people in agricultural and rural activity by better understanding their current situation, aspirations, opportunities and challenges. The Rural Youth Project is an international grassroots movement for positive change to empower young people (18 to 28 years of age) to develop their leadership, enterprise & activism skills, to play an integral part in making rural places attractive and viable for young people to build their lives and their futures there.

Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project Finalists



Centre-Space was set up in a long empty town building and offers the first co-working space in the rural market town of Tiverton, Mid Devon. The centre is a multi-purpose community and business space and is home to the studio of Tiverton Community Radio and a food surplus community kitchen. Centre-Space is a low carbon footprint and zero waste premises using recycled and upcycled items, supporting local craftspeople and encouraging volunteer engagement. The centre is a new start up during the COVID pandemic and they aim to reduce social isolation in a COVID safe way.

Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport Ltd
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport Ltd


Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport is more than just a transport provider; they have diversified and now offer recycling and waste services, a community centre and so much more. They are constantly adapting to the changing needs of the clients in their catchment area and beyond. Offering services like coffee mornings and a credit union on top of the transport has helped the local town, villages and surrounding communities remain independent, active and sustainable. As a user-led service, the clients play a major part in the organisation and help shape the future of the organisation and services they offer.

Lodsworth Larder
Lodsworth Larder

West Sussex

Lodsworth Larder, a rural community village shop and registered Community Benefits Society, was built and opened in 2009. It is a successful and vital asset to the community and supports many local businesses by selling their produce. The eco-friendly shop building was constructed by local, renowned woodsman, Ben Law, and is at the heart of the village. It has been a lifeline for many during the coronavirus crisis, being open 7 days a week, selling local produce, groceries, essentials, newspapers, hot drinks, and providing postal services and a home delivery service. It is also a popular stop-off point for walkers and cyclists.

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