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30 July, 2018 - 13:43 By Kate Sweeney

Five Cambs businesses make Amazon’s rural enterprise elite

Five Cambridgeshire companies have been shortlisted in an awards scheme showcasing the best in UK rural enterprise.

A marketing agency, a care farm and a web portal are just some of the local firms honoured in the regional heats of this year’s Rural Business Awards (RBAs).

Now in their fourth year, the RBAs are the only UK-wide business awards specifically for the rural sector. Sponsored by Amazon, the scheme has been a huge success since it started with the first award ceremony held in 2015.

The five shortlisted businesses will find out if they have won a top slot at a ceremony on October 25 at Trinity Park in Ipswich. Winners will progress to the national finals early in February 2019.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager for Amazon, said: “Congratulations to all the shortlisted companies in the East ahead of the regional finals of the 2018 Rural Business Awards.

“These local businesses have a real positive impact on the local and national economy, and are a true inspiration to others. We wish all the nominees the best of luck ahead of the regional finals on the 25th October.”

The shortlisted firms from Cambridgeshire are:-

• Best Rural Start Up: Yagro, Cambridge, http://yagro.com
•  Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business: Hornbeam, Croydon (Nr Royston), www.hornbeamcomms.co.uk and
• Outstanding Rural Diversification Project: Grange Farm Leisure, Wansford, www.grange-farm.co.uk
• Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year: Anglia Care Farm, Cambridge, www.angliacarefarm.co.uk and BigBarn CIC, Alconbury Weston, https://bigbarn.co.uk

RBAs were founded by Leicestershire businesswomen Jemma Clifford and Anna Price and now attract hundreds of entries from businesses based all over rural Britain.

The aim of the awards is to highlight the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in more than 750,000 businesses in England alone.

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