Left to right (Verity Gawthorp, Kath Milburn, Heather Bland)
We are still very much celebrating our recent success at the National Finals of The Rural Business Awards, where we won Best Rural Professional Services Business.
The competition this year was exceptional, and we are so pleased we have won a National Rural Business Award. We really are part of the fabric of our local rural community and put a lot of effort into client satisfaction and community engagement. We are thrilled that this has been recognised with such a prestigious award.
Although the focus of our submission was on our Rural Law Practice branch office at J36 Rural Auction Centre, we are sure what helped us win was the bigger “THW family”. All our other offices (Kendal, Windermere, Kirkby Lonsdale, and Grange over Sands) have strong local roots and members of staff with farming connections. Many of our commercial clients are rural businesses themselves and we specialise in helping these businesses – be they farms, diversifications, hospitality, leisure, or retail – as they are such an integral part of the local economy.
The awards recognise and celebrate the successes and vital contributions of businesses to the UK’s rural economy, a sector which in England alone contributes £261bn to the nation’s GVA (Gross Value Added) – nearly a fifth of the country’s total economic activity. Founded by rural-based businesswomen, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, the Rural Business Awards are backed by Amazon and judged by an independent panel of judges, drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.
Jemma Clifford, Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, I would like to congratulate those rural businesses who have worked tirelessly throughout another challenging year. Every year, I continue to be proud and remain in awe at the high calibre of entries to the Awards and each business who was shortlisted should be very proud of reaching the National Final.”
Having announced our award, Jemma quoted the Judges saying “It’s rare to see such a strong rural focus in a law firm and it’s this which makes the entry stand out above the others. They seem to be deeply rooted in the rural community. Were they to win, the pride would be shared widely amongst the people that they serve.”
We do indeed hope that our clients and professional contacts will be as proud and excited as we are to win this award and we are keen to share the news as widely as possible.
To find out more about the Rural Business Group and the first Rural Business Show visit www.ruralbusinessgroup.co.uk