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Prestigious Rural Awards Name County Business a Finilist

Tue 5 September 2017

McCartneys LLP has beaten off stiff competition to be named a finalist in the prestigious Rural Business Awards (RBAs), due to be held on 5th October.

This is the second award the company have been shortlisted for in just a few weeks, having also been named a finalist in the Powys Business Awards.

A record number of nominations were received for the Rural Business Awards from hundreds of innovative and diverse businesses spanning 52 counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, breaking the previous record and doubling year on year.

Jenny Layton Mills, a Partner with the firm said: “Many of the team are from farming backgrounds and care passionately about the countryside.  Running a rural business or farm has its own set of challenges and opportunities and we go out of our way on a daily basis to help businesses reach their potential.”

The awards are organised by rural businesses for rural businesses, with winners in the 14 categories – ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Rural Innovation of the Year; through to Rural Entrepreneur of The Year and Champions of Champions – decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies and rural charitable organisations.

Helen Woolley, Director General, CLA said: “Each of these outstanding rural businesses deserve a place in the final. They have shown great expertise in their field and have a real understanding of how their business fits into the rural economy. I wish each and every one good luck at the awards ceremony in October.”

Created by an entrepreneurial duo of countryside-based business women, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, and backed by the CLA and Amazon, the Rural Business Awards are the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses – a segment which employs more than 3.4 million people in over half a million businesses.

Jemma Clifford, Joint-Founder of the RBAs, added: “Business success is often associated with the bright lights of our big cities, but the truth is that rural Britain is a flourishing hotpot of business zeal, imagination and buoyant bottom lines. The Rural Business Awards, now in its third year, gives rural enterprises of all sizes the opportunity to showcase their success and the contribution they are making to our thriving rural economy – just the firms that have entered in 2017 have combined turnovers well in excess of £70m. Hundreds of companies enter the RBAs each year – the only UK-wide awards for rural businesses – and the finals illustrate the best businesses the countryside has to offer in each of the categories.”

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