SOCIAL ENTERPRISE / COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

This award aims to celebrate an enterprise or project that is shaping a rural community or impacting the rural way of life in a positive way. We are looking for inspiring stories of triumph over adversity and coming together of people to demonstrate the strength and passion of our rural communities.

The winning business will be able to demonstrate the following:
• Absolute passion and commitment to the project and the rural way of life
• A vision for continued success, sustainability, growth and clear strategic direction
• Clear leadership and management of the organisation
• A high degree of customer satisfaction
• Clearly evidenced social, environmental and community impact
• Good awareness and communication outputs • Evidence of creativity and innovation

The entry criteria provided act as a guide only. If you are unsure what to include or how to present it, please contact the RBA office.

Presented by

 Defra-logo-green-EDIT

“I’m very pleased to be presenting one of the Rural Business Awards this year. The Awards highlight the huge commitment and enterprise shown by people and business working in rural areas. This of course includes social enterprises, which can impact the rural way of life in many positive ways – and help sustain communities and the thriving rural economy, both of which are so central to DEFRA’s priorities.”

Shirley Trundle
Director, Natural Environment
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Rhubarb Farm CIC

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR FINALIST 2017

Rhubarb Farm is a horticultural social enterprise on the North Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, growing people and vegetables and supporting those in rural communities with multiple and complex needs to gain confidence, take training, make friendships, learn about growing and wherever possible to move towards employment. 

Warden Abbey Vineyard

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR FINALIST 2017

Warden Abbey Vineyard is leased and run by Bedfordshire Communities Charity as a community project and social enterprise, to achieve social and educational benefits for Bedfordshire whilst providing an environmentally and financially sustainable future for this historic vineyard. The project works with other local charities and schools to provide a unique setting for learning and skills projects, including help for people into employment or voluntary work, social and therapeutic horticulture, wildlife and heritage projects.

Communigrow

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR FINALIST 2017

We are a community food growing charity. Our aim is to reconnect people with the food they eat. Educating how to grow vegetables and herbs in a way that sustains the local environment. We also organise sessions for schools and groups to participate in the full growing cycle. Connecting with the local community and supporting particularly those with additional educational needs.

Field Nurse

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR FINALIST 2017

Field Nurse is a pilot rural health drop in service providing qualified nurses in Gisburn and Clitheroe Auction Markets to tackle the physical and mental health risks associated with rural isolation. The service was started in July 2016 by a group of volunteers with a passion for serving the Ribble Valley having seen a similar project in Bakewell. 

Infused Learning

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR FINALIST 2017

As a not-for-profit social enterprise, our mission is to change lives and opportunities through innovative education and training. We offer further and higher education supported distance learning qualifications, many of which are not offered anywhere else in the UK. We launched our Infused Learning Scholarship Programme in June 2017 which aims to support 50 individuals in its first 12 months.

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HALL OF FAME

Bùth Bharraigh Ltd

Bùth Bharraigh Ltd

WINNER: SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2016

A community-owned local produce shop on the Isle of Barra selling artisan goods produced by more than 80 suppliers from Barra and Vatersay.

Locheilnet CIC

Locheilnet CIC

RUNNER UP: SOCIAL ENTERPRISE/COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2016

A community-owned broadband network which serves over 300 subscribers in the rural areas of Locheil, Loch Linnhe and Loch Lochy in Scotland.

 

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