Archive for October, 2017

Rural Business Awards 2017.

09 Oct

At the Rural Business Awards this year, two Welsh Country advertisers, Crwst and the Ceridwen Centre, along with ET Landnet were award winners were the three Welsh businesses named among Britain’s best rural firms in prestigious national awards. A quirky wedding venue, a micro bakery and a rights of way consultancy from Wales have all been judged among Britain’s best countryside-based firms at the Rural Business Awards 2017.

The Ceridwen Centre Ltd in the Teifi Valley, ET Landnet of Llanelli and Crwst of Pembrokeshire were handed their accolades at a glittering ceremony on October 5th compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame.

Ceridwen was highly commended for Best Rural Tourism Business; Crwst was also highly commended for Rural Entrepreneur of the Year and ET Landnet was highly commended for Amazon Business sponsored Best Rural Professional Services Business.

This is 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.

Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner said: “Farm shops, food producers and rural start-ups are a vital part of the UK’s economy, generating over £230 billion every year. It is fantastic to see the breadth of talent on display across our rural communities and I am delighted so many hardworking businesses have been honoured.”

“The stories of these successful rural businesses are incredibly inspiring and just go to show the immense talent that exists at the heart of our rural communities in the UK,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “I would like to extend a hearty congratulations to those who were successful in the awards, and to thank all those who entered and shared their successes, and wish them the very best for the future.”

Ceridwen Centre Ltd is an eco-minded holiday, course, retreat, event and wedding venue on a 40-acre organic farm. Glamping accommodation includes yurts, a Romany caravan, a double decker bus, eco pod, upcycled static caravans as well as converted traditional stone buildings, and Ceridwen is licensed for wedding ceremonies in The Old Dairy and Green Oak Pagoda. Receptions are held in a giant tipi, and the business attracts more than 2000 people a year to Wales. The farm has 12 acres of oats, wildflower hay meadows and a market garden growing veg for the centre’s users. The Centre are holders of the Gold Award for Best Sustainable Tourism Business in the Carmarthenshire Tourism awards for the last four years, Ceridwen’s owners greatly about the rural environment with energy demands served by biomass, solar thermal and solar PV. Employing up to 20 local staff, judges thought Ceridwen was an interesting, unique idea with “brilliant green credentials”. Ceridwen’s achievement in being awarded highly commended was particularly impressive, as this category of the awards attracted more entries than any other this year.

Simone Broome from Ceridwen Centre Ltd said, “Our guests love our rural location, unique surroundings and locally sourced food, and we’re delighted that the Rural Business Awards has recognised us in the Best Rural Tourism Business category. Being included in this year’s programme has been a wonderful experience. 2017 has been a great year for everyone at Ceridwen Centre and we can’t wait for more successes in 2018.”

Crwst is a micro-bakery based in a home kitchen in Pembrokeshire. Co-owners Catrin and Osian Jones produce handmade real bread and seasonal bakes all from home, with the aim of bringing London’s modern and trendy baking to rural West Wales. Crwst supplies up to 10 local businesses in the area and uses local produce, for example, Pembrokeshire Sea Salt. The couple grow vegetables for their baking and promote the business online using social media. The whole concept of Crwst impressed judges, who felt the couple showed vision and ambition for their relatively young business.

ET Landnet Ltd is a leading consultancy specialising in Rights of Way, advising and representing landowners throughout England and Wales offering legal and technical expertise, dealing with everything from footpath and bridleway diversions to modification orders and challenging path claims as well as public inquiries, representation cases and advice on gates, stiles, surfaces and structures.

The RBAs are the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain – a sector of the economy they felt was all-too-often overlooked in favour of large city-based firms.

The awards are organised by rural businesses for rural businesses and judged by people who understand the rural sector, which is growing rapidly and employs in excess of 3.4 million people in more than 600,000 businesses across the UK.

I am so pleased that Crwst and the Ceridwen Centre have been Highly Recommended amongst such strong competition. It is companies like these two that really highlight the diversity and quality of businesses to be found in Wales.