Last night saw Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing wall scoop the top prize at the national finals of the Amazon Rural Business Awards at a glittering ceremony at the Monastery Manchester, hosted by Jules Hudson from Countryfile.
Speaking after winning the award, Debbie Beament, Director of Newlands Adventure Centre said: “We are honoured that Newlands Adventure Centre has received the National Rural Business Award for the Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business. To be judged to be the best centre in the UK is quite an achievement and one we are rightly very proud of. It is recognition of our team’s hard work, of our constant high standards of operation, of having a steadily growing solid business, and of our continuing investment in our fantastic staff. We are so proud of the work we do, and are incredibly pleased that the Rural Business Awards and Amazon have recognised its importance.”
Having opened as a walking centre in 1905, Newlands has been providing outdoor activities ever since. It now offers a wide range of outdoor activities for all ages as well as indoor climbing and archery: Newlands Adventure Centre and Keswick Climbing Wall can keep everyone adventuring. As well as traditional outdoor activities such as kayaking and rock climbing, you can try field archery, zip-lining, abseiling and there is even a children’s play area for younger adventurers – Rookery Woods.
Debbie Beament continues: “It is this continual development and drive to do our best that has kept us at the top of our game. In business, if you are not moving forward you will find yourself heading backwards.”
These Rural Business Awards celebrate the very best of rural enterprise, which is worth around £250 billion annually and is a very much an unrecognised sector in the UK economy. It is almost all made up from SME businesses and employs some 3.6 million people. To celebrate this and be recognised and supported by companies such as Amazon and Open Reach, The Rural Business Awards not only manage the award process, but campaign on rural issues at a ministerial level, and work hard to raise awareness of the issues affecting rural enterprises.
Entries for the 2020 / 2021 Rural Business Awards is already open and details can be found here www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk