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Cumbria Rural Champion Calls on Local Businesses to Enter National Rural Business Awards

Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business. Winners, Newlands Adventure Centre. L-R: (back) Debbie Beament, Gayle Brooks, Rik Beament (PR) Rob Hindle), Andy Fearnley, Kelly Beament, Iain Brooks, Lauren Brooks, (front) Sam Arthur, Jack Ramsden and Angus Miller.

Local business owner and Rural Business Award winner, Debbie Beament from Keswick is encouraging fellow rural entrepreneurs to showcase their work, products and services to the nation at the 2020/2021 Rural Business Awards. Entries for this year’s competition close on Friday 16th October.

The Rural Business Awards 2020/21, supported by Amazon, marks the sixth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy.

The awards are organised by rural businesses for rural businesses, to celebrate the achievements of rural companies and develop a strong network for rural business owners. At last year’s event, Newlands Adventure Centre from Keswick won the Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business Award. Newlands Adventure Centre, based in the Newlands Valley was initially set up to provide fresh air holidays for the workers of the industrial north and now offers outdoor activity adventures and experiences for school trips, groups, families and individuals.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the regional finals will not take place this year and instead, businesses in Cumbria will be judged alongside companies from across the UK for the chance to compete for a national award. Entries will close on Friday 16th October and the shortlist will be announced on Monday 16th November. The winners will then be announced at the National Final Awards Ceremony on Thursday 25th February 2021.

There are 13 categories businesses can 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.

Debbie Beament from Newlands Adventure Centre said: “I want to encourage all rural businesses in Cumbria to sign up to this year’s awards before the deadline passes on Friday 16th October. Cumbria has a bustling rural economy and it was a privilege to represent local rural industries at the 2019/20 Awards.”

“This year has been challenging for many rural businesses and it’s more important than ever to show our support for them,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “The Rural Business Awards are a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding contribution of rural businesses and I would like to wish all businesses the best of luck for this year’s competition.”

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, added: “We stand with all rural businesses who have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of the rural business sector and we are excited to shine a light once again on the best rural businesses in the U.K. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter, sign up before Friday 16th October to be in with a chance of winning.”

The National Final Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 25th February 2021. Rural businesses can submit their award entries until Friday 16th October, for any of the 13 categories via: https://www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-2020/

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