Two local companies are in the running to be named the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted in the 2020/21 final of the Amazon-backed Rural Business Awards.
Jane Craigie Marketing and Rural Youth Project from Turiff have been shortlisted in the Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project in the 2020/21 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon.
The Rural Business Awards 2020/21 will mark the Awards’ sixth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The final takes place in February 2021. The awards are organised by rural businesses for rural businesses to celebrate their achievements and develop a strong network for rural business owners.
Jane Craigie Marketing is home to a team of award-winning creative marketing and communications strategists. The company specialises in digital marketing, PR and media for brands in agriculture, food and the rural environment. The business has been shortlisted for Best Rural Professional Services Business.
The Rural Youth Project, shortlisted for Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project, is an international grassroots movement for positive change hoping to empower young people aged 18 to 28 to develop their leadership, enterprise and activism skills. The business encourages these young people to play an integral part in making rural places attractive and viable for other young people to build their lives and their futures.
Speaking after being shortlisted for an award, Rebecca Dawes, Co-Founder and Director of the Rural Youth Project
We’re over the moon to receive this acknowledgement from Amazon and the Rural Business Awards. This year hasn’t been easy, but we’ve been proud of how we’ve adapted, and this achievement is a testament to our hard work and determination.
The Rural Business Awards are a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding contribution of rural businesses to the UK’s economy. I would like to congratulate Jane Craigie Marketing, Rural Youth Project and all the nominees on being shortlisted and wish them luck ahead of the national final. Thousands of small businesses from rural areas selling on Amazon now export to customers around the world, and to date small businesses on Amazon have created over 85,000 jobs.
The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.
Anna Price said
We’re proud of the rural sector and all that it’s achieved during this tumultuous year and we’re grateful to be able to highlight its amazing talent. We’d like to commend Jane Craigie Marketing and Rural Youth Project for this great achievement, and we wish them and the rest of the shortlisted businesses all the best for the final.
This year, businesses had 13 categories they could enter, ranging from Best Rural Start-Up Business and Best Rural Diversification Project, through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and The Triumph Over Adversity Award.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year the awards will be entirely judged and run online. The finalists will skip the regional finals and compete against fellow rural businesses and entrepreneurs from across the UK at the National Final Awards Ceremony on Thursday 25th February 2021.
Winners will be decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies and rural charitable organisations and announced at the National Final Awards Ceremony on Thursday 25th February 2021.
To find out more, visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk