Rural Entrepreneurs get Chance to Win £10,000 Prize

Entrepreneurs whose businesses benefit the countryside are being offered the chance to win £10,000, in a nationwide competition.

The Young Rural Entrepreneur of the Year award, run by The Field magazine and financial services firm Lycetts, is open to entrants under the age of 35 who run a successful business that benefits the countryside.

Businesses do not have to be located in rural areas to apply for the awards. For example, applicants might have set up a farm shop in a city centre bringing in local produce from the surrounding countryside.

The winner of last year’s award was brother and sister team Ben and Charlotte Hollins, founders of Fordhall Community Land Initiative and Family Farm, who impressed the judges with their conversion of a farm tenancy into a community-owned business venture.

“The cash boost helped with the refurbishment of the farm, but the award helped in so many other ways,” said Charlotte. “Winning the prize also created a huge amount of PR for us in the local media, the national trade press and various magazines.

“As a result, we have been able to attract more supporters for the events we organise on the farm, more potential shareholders and greater involvement with local schools,” she added.

The deadline for entries is 4 August. The winner will be announced at a reception in London on 16 October.

To download an application form or to enter the competition online, visit The Field website

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