This year’s Rural Business Awards National Final was different to say the least, with everything happening online back in February, but that hasn’t meant that our National Winners missed out on their moment in the limelight.
In fact, we think we’ve spotted even more media coverage than ever before!
In this blog post, we’ve done a mini round up of just a few of the places that we’ve noticed our amazing RBA national winners feature over the past couple of months.
One of our favourite interviews was mainly down to two small people who took the starring roles when Wild Fox Distillery, RBA Best Rural Drink Business winners, were featured on ITV News. Lizzie and Rob’s daughters absolutely stole the show and if you didn’t catch them on the programme, we highly recommend giving it watch here!
Our Welsh winning businesses enjoyed a real flurry of articles too; Best Rural Start Up Business winners, Accessible Holiday Escapes, appeared on In Your Area, Key Women in Business Magazine, and we even spotted a fantastic picture of the family in The Leader alongside a lovely printed piece! Ceredigion based Moody Cow Welsh Kitchen and Farm Shop (Best Rural Diversification Project winners) had pieces in the Cambrian News and on Wales247 to name just a few, while PM Training and Assessing Ltd featured in the Powys County Times for their Best Rural Innovation win. And, Joanne Perrott, founder of The Ladies Working Dog Group, was interviewed in a fascinating radio piece for BBC Radio Wales’ Country Focus.
We spotted Best Rural Retail Business winners, Musgrove Willows, and their whole team in both the print and online version of the Bridgwater Mercury – flying the flag high for the willow industry and for successful family run rural businesses! Another winner who had photos of their team in plenty of different press was our double winners – Abberton Rural Training. Jacqui and her joyous team found themselves in print in the Colchester Gazette, and online in plenty of other places including Essex Magazine.
With what has to be one of the best photos out there of their chief executive surrounded by hens, St Ewe Free Range Eggs (Best Rural Food Business winners) had lots of regional coverage including a brilliant printed article in the Western Morning News and a piece on the Falmouth Packet’s website about their expansion plans. Also featuring online were Best Rural Creative or Artisan Business winners, Romney Marsh Wools, and The Oak Barn, Frame Farm who were awarded The Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award. Both of these fantastic businesses featured in an article on Kent Online. Our Best Rural Tourism Business winners, The Wensleydale Experience, made a splash across the Yorkshire region with our favourite article being this one in the Richmondshire Today. Another Northern business who made the news were Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall; a stand out piece for them was in the News & Star.
Our Triumph Over Adversity winners were definitely not left out either, they featured in places such as the Falmouth Packet (Tiny Box Company), Harborough Mail (Brook Meadow), In Your Area (Natural Design Studio) and Hambleton Today (World of James Herriot).
So, even in a year when our whole awards programme had to take place online, our winners have proven that entering the Rural Business Awards really does give you lots of opportunities to be featured in both regional and national press! We really can’t wait to see where the next crop of RBA finalists will be showcased…
The 2021/22 RBAs are now open for entries – this is your chance to get your business involved in the fantastic media opportunities that come along with being a Rural Business Awards finalist or even a winner!
The entry deadline is Friday 21st May 2021.