Amazon have announced their Rural Business Awards 2022 winners who have displayed resilience innovation and remained triumphant over adversity during what could be argued as some of the most testing times yet.
In a year which has seen the climate crisis on the agenda, many Rural Business Awards finalists demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability. Twelve category winners and five additional “Triumph Over Adversity” winners, which awards those who have overcome personal or professional challenges, were announced following a record number of entrants and a competitive shortlist process. The winners include:
- Otter Handmade: A husband and wife run business which creates handmade wooden furniture inspired by their daily walks in nature. The products celebrate the nature and revival of wood as an eco-friendly product with a lower carbon footprint.
- Coterie Leather: An artisanal small business founded by designer-maker Tracy, who makes intricate and distinctive leather bags, small leather goods and accessories using waste products, that would otherwise be disposed of. Passionate about sustainability and minimising waste, the materials are all ethically sourced or salvaged from the furniture and fashions industries.
- Calibrate Energy: A Northumberland-based business which supplies innovative commercial heating, chilling and energy-generating solutions to high energy-use businesses to help save costs and reduce carbon emissions. They have taken pioneering action in the UK, such as installing one of the largest ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and the UK’s first ever simultaneous heating and chilling system.
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.– Jemma Clifford, Director and Co-Founder, The Rural Business Awards