Last chance for Cambridge businesses to enter 2018 Rural Business Awards


Rural businesses in Cambridge are being encouraged to showcase their work, products and services to the nation at the 2018 Rural Business Awards, which closes for entries on 31st May. At last year’s event, Zettlex, from Newton, won the Best Rural Innovation of the Year.

The Rural Business Awards 2018, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ fourth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in over 750,000 businesses in England alon

“Our aim is to celebrate the incredible and important work being done by rural businesses in Cambridge and across the UK and I’d encourage all the local businesses that have been thinking about entering the awards to put themselves forward before May 31 st. The 2018 Rural Business Awards will be our biggest and best yet, with 13 different awards up for grabs for rural products, people and services,” said Anna Price, Co-Founder, Rural Business Awards.

The awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Outstanding Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Education or Training Business - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

“At Amazon, we want to help shine a spotlight on the best of rural businesses – small and large alike – and I’d strongly encourage all of Cambridge’s rural businesses to enter this year’s awards,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “Rural businesses are crucial to the UK economy and we want to ensure they are recognised for their success.”

For the first time since launching in 2014, the Rural Business Awards will host a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2018, ahead of the Grand Final next February, where winners from each category in every region will be announced.

The East Regional Rural Business Award Final takes place on 25th October at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

The Rural Business Awards Grand Final will take place on 28th February 2019. Rural businesses can submit their award entries until 31st May 2018, for any of the 13 categories via: