The 2018 Rural Business Awards Regional ceremonies are officially over! Throughout October, we have travelled to each of our six regions and have met some incredible and inspiring rural businesses. Over the six events, around 1,000 people attended, and out of those all those attendees, 65 businesses discovered that they had won their categories.
The regional ceremonies were a wonderful chance to connect with other businesses, to raise a glass to all the successes of the past year, and, for all its occasional challenges, to celebrate being rural!
Keep reading this article to find out a little more about each of our ceremonies, see some of the pictures from the events, and most importantly, to find out exactly who was fortunate enough to win.
The ceremony for our North region took place on 9th October, at The Last Drop Village in Bolton. The first of our events, it kicked off our ceremonies in high style.
We are grateful to our sponsor for the North, openreach, as well as to our wonderful presenters, many of whom were drawn from our pool of judges. These included representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses, WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise), and Wold Top Brewery.
Fisher German both sponsored and presented the Outstanding Diversification Project award, while openreach did the same for both the Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Professional Services Business categories.
Or, take a look at some photos from the event below:
Our Midlands ceremony was held at Eastwood Hall, in Nottinghamshire, on 11th October. This event had a real celebratory atmosphere, with winners dancing away until the early hours.
Alongside Amazon, this region was sponsored by Avantigas, HSBC, Janine Edwards Weath Management and openreach. Other presenters were drawn from our supporters and judges. They heralded from Derriere Equestrian, the Federation of Small Businesses, the CLA, Rural Roots, Hoe Grange Holidays, and Ragley Hall.
Openreach both sponsored and presented the Best Rural Startup Award, Fisher German did the same for the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project category. HSBC sponsored and presented the Best Rural Education or Training Business Award, as did Avantigas for the Best Rural Food Business category.
Or, see our event photos below:
Wales and Northern Ireland
The ceremony for Wales and and Northern Ireland took place on Tuesday 16th October, at the Kinmel Hotel and Spa. The Kinmel was a beautiful venue, and the champagne reception felt extra special, as it was lit by a crackling open fire.
Our regional sponsor was, again, openreach, and our excellent presenters included representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses, and Harper Adams University.
Openreach sponsored and presented both the Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Professional Services Business awards, while Amazon did the same for the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project category.
Or, take a look at a few photographs from the event:
The South West
The South West ceremony was held at Bath Racecourse on 18th October. This was one of our most scenic venues, with beautiful views stretching across the racecourse, towards the city of Bath.
In addition to Amazon, the South West region was kindly sponsored by Gigaclear. Our presenters were drawn from businesses including Gigaclear, Yurts for Life, Business Barn, and Greenway Training.
Fisher German both sponsored and presented the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project award, and Smith & Williamson did the same for the Best Rural Food Business category.
Or, see some of the photographs from the event below:
The South East
The South East ceremony took place at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate on Tuesday 23rd October. This is the second year running that we have held a ceremony at Denbies, and when you look at the images its not hard to see why. The ceremony took place under a glass roof, strung with glowing fairy lights – a spectacular setting for our celebration.
Alongside Amazon, Gigaclear was the regional sponsor for the South East. Our wonderful presenters included representatives from NFU Mutual, the Federation of Small Businesses, Horse & Country TV, Landmark Systems Ltd, and openreach.
The CLA both sponsored and presented the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project award, Konzepts did the same for the Best Rural Retail Business category, as did Smith & Williamson for the Best Rural Drink Business Award. The Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business was sponsored by Idealogy, and the Best Rural Start Up category by Gigaclear.
Or, flick through a few photos from the event below:
The East ceremony took place at Trinity Park on Thursday 25th October. The East ceremony was the last of our six regional events, which definitely felt like a moment to celebrate!
We are grateful to our regional sponsors openreach and Avantigas, in addition to Amazon. Our excellent presenters heralded from businesses including the CLA and Premier Events.
Fisher German both sponsored and presented the Outstanding Rural Diversification Project award, openreach did the same for the Best Rural Start Up category, as did Avantigas for the Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year Award.
Or, take a look at a selection of photos from the event below:
As you can see, the regional ceremonies were an incredible success! But for the winners, the journey doesn’t end here. The next stage of the Rural Business Awards is the National Final on 28th February 2019! If you are interested in buying tickets to one of the biggest celebrations of rural business to date, or would just like to find out a bit more, click here.
If you have enjoyed reading this article, why not think about entering the 2019-20 Rural Business Awards? Entries open on 19th November 2018, and you can find out lots more information here. Who know, this time next year it could be you pictured with one of our trophies!