The winners of the 2021 Rural Business Awards sponsored by Amazon have been announced. The awards ceremony which celebrates the successes of businesses operating in the UK’s rural economy have winners across 12 categories following a record number of entrants and a competitive shortlist process.
“The last year has been tough for all rural businesses, but we remain amazed at the high calibre of entries to the RBAs and this has certainly continued in the 2020/21 year. The judges had a real challenge on their hands when picking the winners and every business shortlisted should be very proud of their achievement of reaching the National Final. Our winners have all shown great determination and have bright futures ahead – on behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards we congratulate them all.”
– Jemma Clifford, Director and Co-Founder, The Rural Business Awards
Tiny Box Company, a business created after founder Rachel Watkyn identified a gap in the market for environmentally-friendly packaging managed to bag the “Triumph over Adversity” award. Her business plan secured backing via the BBC programme, Dragon’s Den, but she has battled through monumental business and personal challenges, including a warehouse fire, a flood and hacker activity – and of course also the Coronavirus pandemic – as well as battling challenges with her own health and that of her father, whilst growing the business.
“The past year has been especially difficult for businesses, so to receive this award means the absolute world to our Tiny Team. I want the success of Tiny Box Company to be a glimmer of hope for anyone who is currently struggling or has struggled in the past – better days are on the horizon. Thank you, Rural Business Awards and Amazon.”
– Rachel Watkyn, Founder and Managing Director, Tiny Box Company
You can watch the ceremony below to learn more about the categories and winners.