There’s less than three weeks left to enter the Rural Business Awards! Winning an RBA can be a great way to help grow your business, so here’s why you should enter before 31st May.
What are the Rural Business Awards?
Government figures show that the rural sector employs more than 3.4 million people in more than 600,000 businesses across the UK. Without rural businesses, we wouldn’t have the products on our shelves or the food on our tables. We wouldn’t be able to travel to so many beautiful parts of this country, or experience the extraordinary mix of cultures and traditions that make this island so very special. Even the landscape itself would look vastly different. Rural businesses are hugely important, but often don’t receive the media coverage they deserve and face some pretty unique challenges. The Rural Business Awards exist to tackle these issues.
The RBAs are the only independent national business awards scheme focussed on Rural businesses. They were set up by two rural businesswomen back in 2015. Jemma Clifford and Anna Price wanted to celebrate what a unique place the rural sector was and bring small rural businesses to a national audience. The RBAs have gone from strength to strength ever since.
This year, one ceremony just isn’t enough: the RBAs are going regional. With six regional awards ceremonies in October followed by a National Grand Final in February 2019, there’s going to be even more anticipation than last year!
There are 13 categories, encompassing everything from Outstanding Rural Diversification Project to Best Rural Creative or Media-based Business. The RBAs know that a really important part of the rural sector are those organisations who work towards making their community a better place. This is why there is a category especially for social enterprises, charities, and community projects.
For a Business Award to mean anything, it has to be judged by people who know what they’re talking about. The RBAs have a huge range of entrants, from artists to butchers, shop-keepers to dairy farmers. Therefore we choose judges who’s experience and expertise reflect that.
Why should you enter?
From the recognition, the PR, and the media exposure, to the networking opportunities, to using the entry process as a strategic tool to evaluate your business, there are so many reasons to enter! A Business Award can be a great way to reach new customers, to motivate your employees and attract new recruits, to strengthen your brand identity and stand out from your competitors.
Don’t just take it from us! Gill Hodgson, who entered the 2017 awards with Flowers From the Farm said, “To be recognised for our work by organisations like the CLA and Amazon is a huge inspiration for us and I hope the award will encourage more people to get involved in the RBAs next year. The Rural Business Awards show enterprises all over the country that their hard work is not going unnoticed and the scheme’s work is an important way of highlighting the rural economy.”
How do you enter?
To enter, all you have to do is decide on your category and region, then head over to the RBA awards platform. There’s just an online form to fill out to tell the judges all about your business. Then you have the option to upload any images, videos, or presentations that you think make your business stand out! It costs £50 (plus VAT) and the finalists will be announced throughout June and July, so good luck!
The RBAs are passionate about enabling the success of rural businesses right across the UK. They believe that every business has the potential to win an award; all you need to do is tell them why. Entries close on 31st May, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity, start your entry now.
For more information about the Rural Business Awards, take a look at their website: https://www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/
To enter, click here.