The Best Rural Education and Training Business Award is brand new for the 2018/19 awards season! Over the years, we’ve had quite a few education businesses enter into different categories, so we decided it was time to give them an award of their own!


The Key to Innovation:

Education and Training Businesses are a fundamental part of rural life. They help the rural sector to be the very best it can be. Training businesses help maintain high standards of animal welfare, and increase crop yields, making the British farming industry one of the best, and most innovative, in the world.

Charlotte Boole, Greenway Training: “The success of our business is a testament to the thriving rural economy around us and we’ve loved being involved in the Rural Business Awards which celebrate such a variety of rural businesses. There’s so much potential in the sector and our training courses help individuals, small businesses and organisations alike make the most of that potential.


Achieve Your Dreams:

From courses in Equine Massage, to Pest Control and Food Hygiene (hopefully not taken at the same time!), education enables people to work in all kinds of industries and to develop their skill set. These courses are essential for people to practice their professions to the best of their ability, benefiting the individual, and their clients.


Safety First:

A course on chainsaw safety at Greenway Training.

Through Health & Safety and First-Aid, they help to keep agricultural workers safe. With courses in how to use chainsaws and other machinery properly. Education can, and does, save lives. In the many rural locations that are difficult to reach for ambulances and medical help, First-Aid training is essential.


Pass on Traditions:

Education businesses are vital in preserving traditional rural skills, traditions, and crafts for a new generation. Whether it is through coppicing, dry-stone walling, or tree-surgery, without these specialised sets of knowledge our rural landscapes would look incredibly different. The techniques involved basket weaving, barrel making, or boat-building have been perfected over hundreds of years, and to lose them now would be a true tragedy. Thanks to education businesses, crafts like these will exist long into the future.


The Next Generation:

Fun in the fields with the Mini Explorers!

Through countryside-based pre-schools, farm visits, and outdoor education, rural education businesses are creating a generation of curious children with a strong connection to nature. They are teaching children exactly where their food comes from, and that they should treat their environment with the respect it deserves.

Stephanie Pybus, Mini Explorers Nursery: “Creating the UK’s first farm school nursery has been a huge team effort over the past few years; we have gone from a couple of derelict Victorian barns in a farmyard t a trail-blazing early years childcare facility which is now home to over 115 (slightly muddy and very happy!) children. To have got this far and to now find ourselves in the running for a national business award is a dream come true!”

Celebrate with us!

We want the Best Rural Education or Training Business Award to celebrate the incredible contributions that education providers make to the rural sector, and our society as a whole. Whatever your business teaches, we’d love to see you as a 2018/19 RBA finalist! Entries close on 31st May, so don’t miss out!


Click to enter the Rural Business Awards.

For more information about the entry process, follow this link.

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