Rural Business Awards Open For Entries


The aim of the Rural Business Awards is to give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector. The CLA define rural businesses as fitting into three broad categories – Land Based businesses, Land Related Businesses and Other Businesses located in rural areas.

Our category selection this year aims to draw together businesses from across these three broad areas 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.

Importantly the awards are organised by rural business for rural business and judged by people who understand the rural sector. Businesses operating in the Rural sector employ in excess of 3.4million people within over 600,000 businesses, and the sector is growing rapidly.

The thirteen award categories will be decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, official agencies and rural charitable organisations.

RBA Objectives

The objectives of the Awards are:

To acknowledge and celebrate the vital contributions made by companies to the development and success of the Rural sector and rural way of life;

To encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the Rural sector, and to give recognition to excellence in business set-up, operation and management

The 2017 Rural Business Awards open for entries on 1st March 2017, with the ceremony to be held on October 5th 2017 at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey. Denbies provides a wonderful backdrop for our award ceremony where we will recognise and celebrate all of the entrants and sponsors and announce our 2017 winners.

We want you to tell us why you’re the best and why you, your business, project, product or service deserves to be recognised nationally as the best in its class. Try to demonstrate your uniqueness, your successes and your vision. We want to understand your values and how they are entrenched in the rural sector. How you plan, how you hope to grow and how you impact the rural economy and way of life.

This ethos runs through all of the categories for which we are selecting winners. The judging panel will refer to these points to ensure that entries are relevant and demonstrate commitment to the rural business sector.


Our Award Categories are:

  1. Best Rural Start-up (to be judged regionally)
  2. Outstanding Rural Diversification Project
  3. Best Rural Clothing or Accessories Business
  4. Rural Innovation of the year
  5. Best Rural Manufacturing Business
  6. Best Rural Professional Services Business
  7. Best Rural Creative or Media based Business
  8. Social enterprise / community project of the year
  9. Best Rural Tourism Business
  10. Best Rural Sporting Business
  11. Rural Employer of the year
  12. Rural Entrepreneur of the year
  13. Best Food & Drink Business


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