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Britain’s best rural creative firms honoured in prestigious national awards

Friday 6th October, 2017

Britain’s best rural creative firms honoured in prestigious national awards

A marketing and design agency helping countryside businesses succeed has been named Britain’s Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business, a category sponsored by Openreach, at the Rural Business Awards 2017. Rural Creative, based on a working farm in Lancashire, was handed the accolade at a glittering ceremony on October 5 compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame. The only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses, the awards are now in their third year and are run in partnership with the CLA and Amazon. The creative category of the awards shines a spotlight on an extremely diverse selection of businesses who are all working to keep the Great British countryside alive. This year’s awards saw a map maker, two PR agencies and an innovative food marketing company honoured alongside Farm Creative.

Best Creative and Media-based Business Award category sponsor, Openreach’s Director of Fibre Broadband Clients, Steve Edwards said: “I’m absolutely delighted to present this award to Farm Creative. The calibre of entries for the Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business was high but they shone through. I wish them continued growth so they can enjoy a continued contribution to the rural and wider business economy.”

Farm Creative is a marketing, design and digital agency which specialises in working with other rural businesses, whether they're already established or just starting up. From developing a new brand to refreshing outdated websites and creating trade brochures, Farm Creative has experts in each marketing field. Judges praised Farm Creative as a good business offering a solid proposition.

Helen Stuart from Farm Creative said, “There’s a fantastic network of rural businesses right across the UK and for our small team to be recognised among the best is a wonderful achievement for us. We came so close as runners up last year; bringing the top prize is a fantastic feeling. The Rural Business Awards is a well-known and professional programme for celebrating rural business success and we would recommend all rural businesses giving the Awards a go, because you never know, you might win!”

Runner-up for best creative business was Rural Maps, based in a working farm yard in the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. Producing fine and functional bespoke maps for landowners around the world, from British farms to US ranches, the company is as rural as it gets with director Anthony Pelly also managing a mixed 1,300 acre farm from the same office – a dual role which brings with it invaluable understanding of rural industry and farming.  Judges absolutely loved Rural Maps, calling it a “unique, quality product” and a “fantastic idea”.

Anthony Pelly from Rural Maps said, “I’m thrilled we have been named runner-up in the Openreach-sponsored Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business category in this year’s Rural Business Awards. At Rural Maps our international clientele will always desire the highest standards, and we always exceed their expectations. Achieving this latest accolade is an endorsement of our team’s talent, dedication and exceptional standards and it illustrates that not just a good business, but an exceptional one.”

Awards co-founder Jemma Clifford said: “Media businesses are often associated with the bright lights of the city but with this category of our awards we wanted to showcase the creative talents that shine a much-needed light on the British countryside. Cutting edge media savvy doesn’t have to wear an urban suit and carry a briefcase to work – beautiful rural Britain also boasts a wealth of these fabulous design and marketing agencies who make such a difference. This category has unearthed some brilliantly diverse finalists, but Farm Creative – who have been recognised in our awards before – were a very worthy winner.

“The Rural Business Awards give rural enterprises of all sizes the opportunity to showcase their success and the contribution they are making to our thriving rural economy – just the firms that have entered in 2017 have combined turnovers well in excess of £70m. Hundreds of companies enter the RBAs each year and the finals illustrate the best businesses the countryside has to offer in each of the 13 categories.”

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