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Our Midlands Finalists 2018/19

We are thrilled to announce our first finalists for 2018/19! Take a look below for the full Midlands Shortlist.

After the second round of judging, the category winners for the Midlands will be announced at the regional awards ceremony on Thursday 11th October 2018 at Eastwood Hall, Nottingham.

Best Rural Start Up

Landpod
Landpod

Staffordshire

Meg Hawkins Art
Meg Hawkins Art

Shropshire

Offa's Pitch Glamping
Offa's Pitch Glamping

Shropshire

The Dog House
The Dog House

Leicestershire

Witham Wines
Witham Wines

Lincolnshire

Outstanding Rural Diversification Project

Bawdon Lodge Farm
Bawdon Lodge Farm

Leicestershire

Leadenham Teahouse
Leadenham Teahouse

Nottinghamshire

March House Farm
March House Farm

Leicestershire

Stallion AI Services
Stallion AI Services

Shropshire

Waterloo Cottage Farm
Waterloo Cottage Farm

Leicestershire

Best Rural Retail Business

Farndon Fields Farm Shop
Farndon Fields Farm Shop

Leicestershire

Little Soap Company
Little Soap Company

Worcestershire

Lomas & Lomas LTD
Lomas & Lomas LTD

Derbyshire

The House of Paws Ltd
The House of Paws Ltd

Leicestershire

Wharf Distillery & Deli
Wharf Distillery & Deli

Northamptonshire

Best Rural Manufacturing Business

Colston Bassett Dairy
Colston Bassett Dairy

Nottinghamshire

Cotswold RAW
Cotswold RAW

Worcestershire

Longthorne Gunmakers
Longthorne Gunmakers

Northamptonshire

Landpod
Landpod

Staffordshire

Taylor Furniture Limited
Taylor Furniture Limited

Derbyshire

Best Rural Professional Services Business

C P W Daniell
C P W Daniell

Worcestershire

CXCS Ltd
CXCS Ltd

Herefordshire

Halls
Halls

Shropshire

McCartneys LLP
McCartneys LLP

Shropshire

Moorgate Agricultural Finance
Moorgate Agricultural Finance

Northamptonshire

Best Rural Creative or Media-based Business

Cureton Consulting
Cureton Consulting

Leicestershire

Dupree Creative
Dupree Creative

Lincolnshire

Pinstone
Pinstone

Herefordshire

The Equestrian Index
The Equestrian Index

Herefordshire

Voodoochilli Design
Voodoochilli Design

Herefordshire

Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year

Accessible Derbyshire
Accessible Derbyshire

Derbyshire

Beckside Care Farm
Beckside Care Farm

Derbyshire

Dodford Children's Holiday Farm
Dodford Children's Holiday Farm

Worcestershire

Lane End Farm Trust
Lane End Farm Trust

Derbyshire

The Ginger and Spice Festival
The Ginger and Spice Festival

Shropshire

Best Rural Tourism Business

Combermere Abbey
Combermere Abbey

Shropshire

Discover Parks
Discover Parks

Herefordshire

Hall Farm Park
Hall Farm Park

Lincolnshire

Rural Concierge
Rural Concierge

Herefordshire

White Mills Marina
White Mills Marina

Northamptonshire

Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business

Shropshire Falconry
Shropshire Falconry

Shropshire

The Adrenalin Jungle
The Adrenalin Jungle

North Nottingham

The Game Fair
The Game Fair

Hertfordshire

The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club
The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club

Nottinghamshire

Wootton Park
Wootton Park

Warwickshire

Best Rural Education or Training Business

Country Pursuits & Training Ltd.
Country Pursuits & Training Ltd.

Derbyshire

Derbyshire Landskills
Derbyshire Landskills

Derbyshire

Gloverspiece Minifarm
Gloverspiece Minifarm

Worcestershire

Infused Learning
Infused Learning

Nottinghamshire

Rooted Forest School
Rooted Forest School

Herefordshire

Best Rural Food Business

A Little Bit Food Co.
A Little Bit Food Co.

Worcestershire

Battlefield1403
Battlefield1403

Shropshire

Ludlow Food Centre
Ludlow Food Centre

Shropshire

Moss Valley Fine Meats
Moss Valley Fine Meats

Derbyshire

Redhill Farm Free Range Pork
Redhill Farm Free Range Pork

Lincolnshire

Best Rural Drink Business

Belvoir Fruit Farms
Belvoir Fruit Farms

Leicestershire

Cotswolds Distillery
Cotswolds Distillery

Warwickshire

Pips Cider
Pips Cider

Herefordshire

Wharf Distillery
Wharf Distillery

Northamptonshire

Wenlock Spring
Wenlock Spring

Shropshire

Rural Employee of the Year

Mat Bonner
Mat Bonner

DG Light Haulage Ltd

Samantha McLean
Samantha McLean

Infused Learning

Zoe Lymer
Zoe Lymer

Gloverspiece Minifarm

The Midlands

From the poetically rugged landscapes of the Peak District, to mysterious forests steeped in legend, the landscapes of the Midlands are some of the country’s most varied, and beautiful. Famous for Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Stilton Cheese, and Staffordshire Oatcakes, the region’s food businesses often encapsulate the very best of England’s culinary tradition. A region shaped by the titans of the industrial era, we hope that history will repeat itself in the success of our Midlands-based businesses.

The Midlands region covers rural businesses in Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Warwickshire.

 

Regional Sponsors

 

Key Dates for the Midlands:

31st May 2018 – Entries Close

w/c 11th June 2018 – Judges’ Shortlisting

w/c 18th June 2018 – Midlands Shortlist Announced

19th July 2018 – Final Judging Day

11th October 2018 – Midlands Region Awards Ceremony

Eastwood Hall, Nottingham

Late February 2019 – National Final Awards Ceremony

Brand Ambassadors for the Midlands

Our Regional Brand Ambassadors work with us to understand and communicate with the rural businesses operating within their region, helping us to achieve our vision of bringing together businesses in each region to celebrate success and build valuable relationships amongst rural business owners.

Megan Allen

Megan Allen

Rural Roots PR

Megan Allen runs Rural Roots PR & Journalism from home in Oakham, Rutland, where she also writes and edits The Rural Travel Guide. She’s a born and raised Raddle[wo]man and is very proud to come from England’s smallest mainland county.

Having said that, she spent most of her teens and early 20s plotting her escape, working her way up the journalism ladder at local newspapers and writing a regular farming column, Rural Rutland. 

 

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Little did she know, hot-footing it to London to complete her journalism training, failing miserably to get a job in the post-recession capital and landing a role as soon as she moved home proved to be the best “worst time” of her life. It wasn’t until she was away from the countryside that she realised she missed it; the friendly people, the fresh air and above all, better career prospects. On return from London she qualified as a senior journalist and moved into marketing and PR, with experience in travel, tourism, visitor experience, food and farming.

Rural Roots was founded in 2016 with a passion for and specialism in rural tourism and visitor experience and Megan has since worked across the sector – from castles to campsites and farm to fork. Her bespoke hands-on campaigns are centred around growing a business’s reputation as an expert in their field, to capture and entice their target audience across multiple platforms and ensure visitor experience is at the heart of everything they do. She wants visitors to the Great British countryside to be inspired and take great memories, stories and a slice (or bottle) home with them through engaging PR and creative journalism.

Megan is an ambassador for supporting small rural businesses and her aim is to provide SMEs with the skills they need to tell their stories, compete with changing trends and engage with tech-savvy audiences and can consult with you to steer you in the right direction when it comes to telling their story.

Volunteering is a big part of her life-from skill sharing with local charities to working on the information desk at Birdfair. She is also a WiRE network leader, ensuring rural businesswomen achieve great things and encourage each other and has recently launched a Rutland netwalking group.

Not surprisingly, she travels a lot in her spare time and is happiest when exploring Britain’s heritage and countryside by car or on foot over long weekends and holidays and collecting regional bottled beers, which is why I started The Rural Travel Guide – she wants to help rural tourism businesses from across the country to tell their story, from the roots up.

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 David & Felicity Brown

David & Felicity Brown

Hoe Grange Holidays

Hoe Grange Holidays was developed in 2006 as a diversification project to provide a much needed second income alongside our 250 acre upland farm, whilst enabling holiday guests to access and share the beautiful Peak District countryside.

We love the landscape in which we live, work and play and are delighted to welcome everyone to stay in our cosy log cabins and gorgeous glamping pods; families, groups of friends, less able guests, dogs and even horses.

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We believe small measures can make a big difference and have incorporated a wide range of renewable energy technology, minimising our impact on our environment. A warm welcome awaits including little extras; from delicious home baked bread, and our own free-range eggs, to gorgeous eco-friendly toiletries and home-grown flowers.

The success of the first accessible log cabin demonstrated the need for high quality accessible accommodation which was homely rather than clinical in design. Accessibility was initially a financial business decision, but inspired by meeting so many guests with disabilities and their amazing stories we have become accessible holiday specialists.

With access at heart, when we expanded with two further log cabins the level of accessibility was increased. As the business developed we added to the wide range of extra equipment available by listening to guests and what they need to fully enjoy a relaxing and stress-free holiday. Our passion for accessibility sets us apart from other rural tourism accommodation providers and ensures our occupancy levels remain well above average.

As part of our mission to remove barriers and promote inclusivity we are proud to be the first and only UK accommodation provider to offer our own Boma 7 off-road wheelchair for hire to guests and local people. This all-terrain buggy attracts guests with disabilities as it enables them to explore the countryside alongside family and friends – the smile on people’s faces says it all!

Horse riding is another passion of Felicity’s and our location right beside the National bridleway makes us very popular with guests bringing their own horses on holiday.

The business is continually evolving with emphasis on both accessibility and sustainability; making the most of our rural environment to create lasting memories for guests on holiday. After a long day in the countryside guests love kicking off their muddy boots and retreating to the comfort of their cosy log cabin or glamping pod.

In 2016 we added 2 glamping pods with ensuite facilities and eco infra-red heating; a unique tranquil space to unwind, connect with nature and watch the wildlife. With our dark skies Hoe Grange is a peaceful haven where guests can also unwind in the log-fired hot tub under the stars.

New for 2018 is a secure cycle shelter so guests can bring their own bicycles to explore the many off-road trails. There will also be a new small farmyard shop selling local produce and crafts to support our #LoveLocal economy.

Little did we realise when we set out on our journey as traditional farmers with no experience in tourism, that our holidays would become the main enterprise, and we would become a highly respected, award winning business within the self-catering sector!

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Claire Galer

Claire Galer

Derriere Equestrian

Claire Galer is the founder, Managing Director and designer of Derriere Equestrian®. The Equestrian Sports Underwear phenomena that has changed the equestrian apparel market globally for riders and sporting athletes. Her knowledge, coupled with her strong drive, led to the launch of this new, innovative and essential product range for riders. The company founded in 2013 opened its doors to International Trade in 2014 and has not looked back since.

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Derriere Equestrian trades with 35 countries internationally and this number just keeps growing. The products are getting the most outstanding feedback and the companies lead Ambassador is Olympic Gold Medal Winning International Dressage Rider Carl Hester MBE.

Derriere Equestrian launched with an entry to the equestrian marketplace and winning the silver innovation award at the international equestrian trade exhibition SPOGA Horse in Cologne Germany. Since then the company has acquired many accolades, building the reputation of a quality, stylish award winning brand.

Rural Business Awards Winner 2017

Best Clothing Business 2017

Business Excellence Awards Winner 2017

Fedex Small Business of the Year Winner 2016

SPOGA Horse Silver Innovation Award 2014

Claire has 20+ years of experience working with both horses and riders. She began her career as a nurse before then going on to study for a degree in equine science, majoring in equine physiology, sports science and nutrition graduating with Honours.

This led Claire into a career with Dodson & Horrell, specialising in equine nutrition, later working as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies and feed manufacturers.

In 2004 Claire studied for further diplomas in holistic massage, sports massage and undertook a diploma with Mary Bromiley in equine sports massage. Since qualification in both equine and human sports therapy, Claire has followed a fascinating career treating 25 to 35 horses a week, undertaking horse and rider assessments and advising many of our top athletes in all disciplines throughout the UK and Europe.

She has lectured for universities, Mary Bromiley course students, Para-Professionals CPD (Continued Professional Development) Events and veterinary surgeons all over the UK. Visit www.eqwisemassage.co.uk to find out more about Claire’s equine massage.

Claire lives with her husband Tim and their four children at their own equine veterinary and rehabilitation clinic in the Cotswolds, England. Formerly eventing and showjumping at affiliated level, Claire now spends her leisure time training and competing in affiliated dressage.

Her husband Tim runs his own first opinion equine practice. Visit www.peasebrookequineclinic.com and www.peasebrookequinerehab.co.uk to find out more.

Claire manages the Equine Rehabilitation Centre at Peasebrook Equine Clinic and is an active member of the governing bodies in the Equine Para-Professional world. She has been a member of the ESMA (Equine Sports Massage Association) Committee since 2007 and took on the role of Chairman of ESMA from September 2012 to May 2014. Claire is also joint Chairman of MAST (Massage & Soft Tissue Therapists) a sub group of the AHPC (Animal Healthcare Practitioners Council) formed to work with LANTRA & BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) on the review of the regulation and recognition of Equine Para-Professionals project.

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