Friday July 5 2019

Durham businesses shortlisted for top Amazon rural award

Two Durham companies are in the running to be named the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a regional Rural Business Award.

Durham businesses shortlisted for top Amazon rural award

Ritchie Coatsworth Photography from Crook and Durham’s LionMouth Rural Centre have been shortlisted at the 2019/2020 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon.

The local companies will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final. The regional final will be held at Newcastle University on 11th October, with the National Final taking place early next year.

Shortlisted in the Best Rural Creative, Artisan or Crafts Business category, Ritchie Coatsworth is a wedding and portrait photographer who works from his studio in Hope Street, Crook. The studio is used for studio photography as well as a base for his business. Ritchie also offer business and commercial photography, covering imagery for brands and coverage of events.

Shortlisted in the Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project category, the Lionmouth Rural Centre is set in seven acres of rural countryside on the fringe of Durham City, surrounded by ex-mining villages. It is a mix of woodlands, meadows, ponds, demonstration gardens and vegetable terraces. The Community Interest Company offers a safe place where people with mental health, social and learning disabilities are encouraged to take part in practical and meaningful activities in art, horticulture, woodwork, pottery, cookery and conservation.

The Rural Business Awards 2019/2020, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ fifth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in over 750,000 businesses in England alone. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.

Speaking after being shortlisted for an award, Ritchie Coatsworth from Ritchie Coatsworth Photography said:

“I'm absolutely ecstatic with the news that we’ve been shortlisted for a Rural Business Award. Receiving this recognition from the Rural Business Awards and Amazon is the icing on the cake of what’s been a great journey for my business and we can’t wait to attend the Regional Final later this year.” 

“Amazon has proudly supported the Rural Business Awards since 2016 and each year, the quality of the entries gets better and better,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “I’d like to congratulate Ritchie Coatsworth Photography and the LionMouth Rural Centre and wish them and their regional peers the best of luck on the Awards night.”

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, added: “The 2019/2020 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to all the shortlisted businesses and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”

The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.

The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 12 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October and November 2019, ahead of the National Final next February.

To find out more, visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk

"I'm absolutely ecstatic with the news that weve been shortlisted for a Rural Business Award."
Ritchie Coatsworth

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