Published: December 18th, 2019
Rural businesses across the Marches are being urged to shout about their success by entering a prestigious awards scheme.
Entries are now open for the Rural Business Awards, one of the biggest celebrations of rural business in the UK.
A spokesman said the awards were open to any business based in a rural location, serving a primarily rural client base, or embracing a rural theme.
"We define a rural location as anywhere with a population of less than 10,000 people and welcome entries from businesses of all shapes, sizes and ages. Our judging process works so that businesses are judged on their own merits, and a business of just one or two people is just as likely to win as one with lots of employees. It all comes down to what you include in your entry."
Categories up for grabs include best start-up business, best diversification project, best retail business, best tourism business, rural food business, rural drink business and rural innovation.
There are also special awards this year for Triumph Over Adversity and the Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award.
The spokesman added: "Entering the Rural Business Awards can have a real impact on your business. Most importantly, if you are so lucky as win an award, you will receive regional and national recognition, strengthening the reputation of your business.
"Being a part of the RBAs enables you to access media and press opportunities, which will lead to new customers and better brand awareness. As a direct result of entering the RBAs, past finalists have given radio and TV interviews, and been featured in regional and national papers.
"Additionally, the RBAs are an opportunity to network with other rural businesses and our sponsors, giving you the chance to share rural-specific challenges and best practices."
Entry is free and remains open until June 2020. To enter and for more information click here