So, you’re a finalist for the Rural Business Awards, and are busy enjoying the buzz that comes with that. But what next? In October, we will be holding six regional ceremonies, and we can’t wait! We are really looking forward to meeting you all at one of our events, and hopefully this article should help to answer any questions you might have about why you should attend.
What Happens at an Awards Ceremony?
First of all, when you are deciding whether you want to come to an RBA event (the answer is yes, you do!) you need to know what actually happens on the night.
The ceremonies take place at a beautiful venue in each region (you can find the details in the region sections of our website). Guests are welcomed by a champagne reception, followed by a three-course meal made from the finest local ingredients. This is followed by the awards ceremony itself, which passes by in a whirl of applause, with the awards being presented to the winners by a range of our judges and sponsors. After the ceremony, you can celebrate your success by dancing away to your heart’s content, as we will also be providing a DJ.
Hopefully by now you have realised that the RBAs are more than just a single evening, we work hard to promote our finalists by offering them a whole range of public-relations and media opportunities throughout the year. Your ticket doesn’t just represent your attendance to a one-off event, but your whole Rural Business Awards experience.
We price our tickets with the aim of covering our costs, and when you factor in all the opportunities and media-exposure you have access to by being involved in the awards, we really feel that they’re a bit of a bargain.
Why Should you Attend One of Our Events?
Now, to get to the heart of the matter, aside from the chance picking up an award, why should you come to one of our ceremonies?
Build your Network
We’ve all heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Attending the Rural Business Awards is a great chance to make new business connections, whether with our sponsors and associates, or our other finalists! If there’s another finalist you want to meet, we’re more than happy to seat you next to each other, as long as you can all fit on one table! Just call or email the office after you have booked your tickets.
You have the amazing opportunity to be in a room with some of the very best rural businesses across your region. This is a unique chance to hear first-hand some incredible stories. Whether it’s a new project, ethos, or vision, you’re sure to leave the ceremony feeling like you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
The Rural Business Awards exists to recognise that rural businesses face their own set of specific challenges, which can, at times, seem pretty insurmountable. It might be helpful to know, then, that you’re not the only one faced with these problems. Attending a ceremony enables finalists to share the challenges they face, to support each other, and compare their solutions. You might learn something that would make your life a lot easier.
Each year we hire professional photographers to take high-quality, formal and informal photos of our finalists throughout the night. These can become a useful marketing tool, both for press releases immediately following the event, and for wider use.
Most importantly, attending an awards ceremony is a chance to celebrate your success! Bring a few of your staff members or supporters with you and raise a glass (or two) to all the hard work you’ve put in together, and all the challenges you have overcome. Our events are fundamentally a celebration of rural business, and we really hope that our finalists have a great time, win or lose!
How Do You Book Your Tickets?
Booking your tickets is really simple, just click here! There’s a short form to fill in any dietary requirements you have, which we can definitely cater for, so just let us know. You can book up to ten tickets – a full table. We have reserved each finalist two tickets, but in order to secure them you need to book before 31st August. After then, tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis, and we would really recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, especially if you are bringing a large group.
Tickets cost £100 plus VAT each. If you are a charity or social enterprise, or simply struggling to find the funds to attend, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do to help.