Rural Business Awards Winners!

We are delighted to have been named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after winning a regional Rural Business Award.

Thomson Hayton Winkley and The Rural Law Practice were named best Rural Professional Services Business at the North regional finals of the Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon, which took place virtually this year.

Following the impressive achievement at the regional final, we will now go on to represent the North at the national final of the Rural Business Awards in February 2022.

Thomson Hayton Winkley has a trusted local reputation having supported rural businesses and their families for over 160 years. The Rural Law Practice is the dedicated branch office of THW based at the thriving Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre at the heart of the rural community. It is staffed by a specialist team of lawyers with hands on experience serving a diverse range of rural businesses and clients. The RLP team is approachable, accessible and understands their clients as people and businesses, who also benefit from wider legal expertise within the THW family.

The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. 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 picking up the prestigious award, John Cooke a Director of Thomson Hayton Winkley said:

“We were surprised and delighted to hear that we had won, particularly given the North category covers such a large area including Scotland, and so are proud to be flying the flag for Cumbria. The award recognises the hard work that the rural team have put in to make the Rural Law Practice branch a success, blending the professional with the approachable and building on the long heritage that Thomson Hayton Winkley has helping farming and rural businesses and their families.”

Other Cumbrian winners included The Quiet Site (Rural Tourism), Newlands Adventure Centre (Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits) and Dalefoot Composts (Sustainability and Environmental Impact).

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, added: “We are very proud to be hosting the seventh annual Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon, especially after the past 18 months. On behalf of the Rural Business Awards team, I would like to say congratulations to Thomson Hayton Winkley and The Rural Law Practice for this very well-deserved win and wish them all the best ahead of the national final.”

The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories – ranging from Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Innovation – 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 West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2021, ahead of the National Final next February.

UPDATE – 24 February 2022 – We were excited and honoured to find out that we had won the National award.  A full update will appear soon.