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Enter the Rural Business Awards 2017!

Rural firms from across Britain are being invited to get their entries in for an awards scheme designed specifically for the countryside sector.

Now in their third year, the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) are the only UK-wide business awards for rural enterprises.

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd and Principal Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management and operating in partnership with the CLA, the RBAs are split into 13 categories including Best Rural Diversification Project.

Awards co-founder Anna Price said: “We are so proud to be holding our Rural Business Awards for the third year running. Over the past two years, our judges have read about an extraordinarily diverse range of rural businesses and we have been truly humbled by the amazing work that is being done all over the Great British countryside.

“As for this year’s awards, we urge as many rural businesses to get their entries to us as soon as possible. Entry is so quick and simple that all businesses need to do is tell us what they do best, and we’ll do the rest!”

The overall Champion of Champions at the 2016 awards was Landmark Computer Systems, which offers computerised solutions that help its agricultural customers manage their businesses effectively.

Nigel Parsons from Landmark Computer Systems said: “The RBAs are a tremendous way of engaging the whole company in a common goal. The amount of work involved to apply is well worth the experience of being able to benchmark your product or service, acknowledge and reward your staff and to involve your customers with the application process.

“The judging system is well thought through and transparent. Size of business is irrelevant and the diversity of entrants is staggering. We at Landmark wish all entrants the best of luck for the 2017 awards and if there is a tip for making a successful bid I would say, start early, read the guidelines carefully and definitely have a go!”

This year’s awards ceremony will be held at Denbies Wine Estates in Surrey on 5 October. The application window is now open and entries can be made up to 30 June.

To enter visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk where you will find details about each category. If you need help with entering or advice on which category to choose, call 07908 722 497 or email office@ruralbusinessawards.co.uk.

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