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North Region Awards Ceremony – Tuesday 9th October 2018

Join us at The Last Drop Village, Bolton for a celebration of all that is great about rural business in the North.

Starting with a champagne reception, guests will then enjoy a fantastic three course meal accompanied by wine, finished by tea and coffee. Afterwards, the winners of the 2018 Rural Business Awards North will be revealed for the very first time! The celebrations will continue into the small hours with music and dancing, making this a night not to be missed.

Regional Sponsors

Flowers supplied by:

Ceremony Details:

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa

Bromley Cross Road, Bromley, Bolton, BL7 9PZ

6pm start, carriages at 1am.

Dress code: Black Tie/Evening Wear

Accommodation is available at the venue and can be booked directly with The Last Drop Village.

Quote ‘The Rural Business Awards’ when getting in touch with the venue for an exclusive room rate.

Local Taxi Company: Metro/Cobra – 01204 520000

Rural Business Awards North Finalists 2018/19

Best Rural Start Up

Field & Forage
Field & Forage

East Yorkshire

Cumbria

Lakes and Lambs

Little Beau Sheep
Little Beau Sheep

West Yorkshire

Spirit of Yorkshire Ltd
Spirit of Yorkshire Ltd

North Yorkshire

Westmorland Homecare
Westmorland Homecare

Cumbria

Outstanding Rural Diversification Project

Beadlam Grange Farmshop
Beadlam Grange Farmshop

North Yorkshire

Cannon Hall Farm
Cannon Hall Farm

South Yorkshire

Heaton House Events Ltd
Heaton House Events Ltd

Cheshire

Wensleydale Experience
Wensleydale Experience

North Yorkshire

William's Den
William's Den

East Yorkshire

Best Rural Retail Business

Durham Hens Ltd
Durham Hens Ltd

County Durham

Farmer Copleys Ltd
Farmer Copleys Ltd

West Yorkshire

Park Lodge Shooting School
Park Lodge Shooting School

East Yorkshire

Podgy Paws Pet Shop
Podgy Paws Pet Shop

Cumbria

The Shop at Glasson Dock
The Shop at Glasson Dock

Lancashire

Best Rural Manufacturing Business

Breckenholme
Breckenholme

North Yorkshire

FinHunterUK
FinHunterUK

Roxburghshire

Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd
Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd

West Yorkshire

Hawkshead Relish Company
Hawkshead Relish Company

Cumbria

Skyeskyns
Skyeskyns

Isle of Skye

Best Rural Professional Services Business

Blue Ninja Business Support
Blue Ninja Business Support

Fife

Hillsgreen Marketing Consultants
Hillsgreen Marketing Consultants

Cheshire

Rural Insurance
Rural Insurance

North Yorkshire

Sassy Property Styling
Sassy Property Styling

Cumbria

Vicky Anderson Ltd
Vicky Anderson Ltd

North Yorkshire

Best Rural Creative or Media-based Business

Clare Brownlow Pheasant Feather Art
Clare Brownlow Pheasant Feather Art

Hawick

Farm Creative
Farm Creative

Lancashire

Kate Simpson Fine Art
Kate Simpson Fine Art

Northumberland

Resipole Studios and Fine Art Gallery
Resipole Studios and Fine Art Gallery

Argyll

Tall Tales Mysteries
Tall Tales Mysteries

County Durham

Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year

Field Nurse
Field Nurse

Lancashire

Living Potential Care Farming CIC
Living Potential Care Farming CIC

North Yorkshire

Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service

County Durham

Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership
Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership

Cumbria

The Highlanders' Museum
The Highlanders' Museum

Highlands and Islands

Best Rural Tourism Business

A Corner of Eden
A Corner of Eden

Cumbria

Airhouses
Airhouses

Scottish Borders

Beech Farm
Beech Farm

Yorkshire

Camp Katur
Camp Katur

North Yorkshire

Cedar Retreats
Cedar Retreats

North Yorkshire

Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business

Newlands Adventure Centre
Newlands Adventure Centre

Cumbria

North East Falconry
North East Falconry

Tyne and Wear

Silverband Falconry
Silverband Falconry

Cumbria

Speyside Falconry
Speyside Falconry

Moray

Yorkshire Trike Tours
Yorkshire Trike Tours

North Yorkshire

Best Rural Education or Training Business

Embryonics Ltd
Embryonics Ltd

Cheshire

Lowe Maintenance
Lowe Maintenance

North Yorkshire

Mini Explorers Nursery
Mini Explorers Nursery

North Yorkshire

Stockley Farm Park
Stockley Farm Park

Cheshire

Vicky Anderson Ltd
Vicky Anderson Ltd

North Yorkshire

Best Rural Food Business

Country Puddings Ltd
Country Puddings Ltd

Cumbria

Cranstons Quality Butchers
Cranstons Quality Butchers

Cumbria

Farmison & Co
Farmison & Co

North Yorkshire

Loch Duart
Loch Duart

Sutherland

Side Oven Ltd
Side Oven Ltd

East Yorkshire

Best Rural Drink Business

Ampleforth Abbey Drinks
Ampleforth Abbey Drinks

Yorkshire

Farm Yard Ales
Farm Yard Ales

Lancashire

The Lindores Distilling Co Ltd
The Lindores Distilling Co Ltd

Fife

Trolle Trading Limited
Trolle Trading Limited

Cumbria

Waulkmill Cider
Waulkmill Cider

Dumfries & Galloway

Rural Employee of the Year

Charlotte De Ville
Charlotte De Ville

Bert's Barrow

John Horsfield
John Horsfield

Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd

Team Williams
Team Williams

William's Den

The North

Our largest region, the North encompasses the wild majesty of the Scottish Highlands and the picturesque rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, dramatic windswept coastlines of Northumberland and the glittering tranquillity of the Lakes. Our northern businesses often embody the same intrepid spirit and down-to-earth friendliness that characterises their region.

The North covers rural businesses in Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Isle of Man and Cheshire.

Brand Ambassadors for the North

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.

Kate Balchin

Kate Balchin

T.Mellor and Son

T.Mellor and Son is based on our fourth generation family farm and comprises the following businesses – Wold Top Brewery – brews award winning ales using home grown wheat and water from the farm’s borehole; Agricola Bottling – a specialist beer and spirits bottling business and Muddy Souls Events – a weddings, events and party venue.

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Hunmanby Grange, home to T Mellor and Son is a farm high on the Yorkshire Wolds where the hills roll down to the North Sea.

Our family has farmed 600 acres high on the Yorkshire Wolds for generations. With revenue from traditional income streams falling in the early 2000s, we concluded that diversification was a necessity.

Our first diversification was a brewery where we profited from the fact that our area boasts some of the best land for growing barley in Europe. Next came a specialist bottling business to service the brewery and the final diversification business is a wedding and events venue that takes advantage of our stunning rural location, National Garden Scheme garden and our beer to create a very unique experience.

We are proud to brew our award-winning beer using 98% British ingredients and that 95% of the barley comes from our own farm.

The brewery is housed in a sympathetically converted barn.  We can guarantee that we only get our own barley back because we negotiated a deal with Flamborough maltsters, Muntons (almost within sight of the farm and brewery) whereby they malt our barley by the lorry load. For us it hugely reduces transport and associated costs and for them it means that they can look after the smallest customer on their doorstep, thus creating a true rural partnership between large and small businesses.

We nurture the environment that rewards us with both quality ingredients and a beautiful home.  The farm is part of Stewardship schemes with Natural England and our 35 acres of species rich chalk grassland that is home to varied flora and fauna is of paramount ecological importance. We are also proud to be working with the RSPB to promote the varied birdlife on the farm.

We lead by example and the green ethos is firmly embedded in our business and embraced by staff as a matter of course.  They appreciate that they are blessed to work in such a beautiful environment and that we’re all responsible for maintaining and sustaining it. Some of our staff bike to work regularly and two even run to the office!

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Darren Marcangelo

Darren Marcangelo

herdysleep

Launched in February 2017, herdysleep is the first mattress of its kind to combine the luxury of craftsmanship with the compact convenience of a bed-in-a-box. Traditionally tufted and finished by hand, each mattress contains up to an industry leading 6,000 pocket springs, topped with a cloud-like blend of cotton, cashmere and wool from local Herdwick sheep.

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Founded by Lake District brand Herdy in collaboration with luxury British mattress makers, Harrison Spinks, the Cumbrian herdysleep brand champions both luxurious comfort and social responsibility. Committed to keeping a rural heritage trade alive, herdysleep pledged to pay the local Lake District farmers twice the market rate for each kilo of Herdwick wool it buys. It takes a year to farm a Herdwick fleece and there’s at least one that goes into each herdysleep mattress.

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