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28th August 2018

Kent Producers are Rural Business Award Finalists

Produced in Kent members dominate the Rural Business Award Finals

We’re delighted that many of our members businesses have been announced as finalists in the Rural Business Awards 2018. The Rural Business Awards were established in late 2014 by Jemma Clifford and Anna Price – two business owners who work in rural Leicestershire. The first Awards were presented in October 2015 and the RBAs are now entering their 4th year. The Rural Business Awards (RBAs) works with partner organisations large and small, the CLA have been involved since year one and this support was bolstered by Amazon in 2017. Amazon are our headline partners for 2018. Amongst other organisations to lend their support to the RBAs are BT Openreach, Prysm Group via Farm Business Innovation, HSBC, DEFRA as well as many niche rural organisations and charities. The aim of the awards has not changed over the years and we aim to give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector, to acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as to celebrate the achievements of our rural businesses, from engineering through to artisan food producers and professional services organisations. The thirteen award categories are decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, official agencies and rural charitable organisations. The aim is to grow The Rural Business Awards to become the UK’s most prestigious and respected awards for rural businesses and to develop a strong network and community of rural business owners. Romney Marsh Wools were shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Rural Diversification Project’ category Duddas Tun Cider are finalists for the ‘Best Rural Manufacturing Business’ Kent Crisps are also finalists for the ‘Best Rural Manufacturing Business’ Barham Village Store are in the ‘Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year’ category final Sheep Proof Your Dog has reached the final for ‘Best Rural or Training Business’ Bitspicy and Holwood Farmshop have both been shortlisted for ‘Best Rural Food Business’ Finally Greensand Ridge Distillery are finalists in the ‘Best Rural Drink Business’ category. The 2018/19 National Final will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at the beautiful Chateau Impney, in Worcestershire. The Chateau’s blend of iconic French architecture and stunning English parkland will be a spectacular backdrop for one of the biggest celebrations of British rural businesses to date! The winner from each of the categories, in every region will be put forward to the National Final, where they will crown the national champions for 2018/19. You can find out more here