Tuesday, 10 July 2007 01:01

£10,000 for top rural entrepreneur

Written by  Ruralcity Media

ImageA £10,000 prize is up for grabs following the launch of a competition to find Britain’s top young rural entrepreneur.

The Young Rural Entrepreneur of 2007 award is open to anyone under the age of 35 who is helping to boost the rural economy.

It seeks to recognise rural individuals who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a clear commitment to sustaining business in the countryside.

The competition is being run by The Field magazine in association with rural insurance broker Lycetts.

Angus Keate, the company’s chief executive, said the outlook for rural business was brighter, with a resurgence in demand for locally produced food and drink.

The use of modern technology to work remotely was also helping to create sustainable rural employment, attracting professionals to the countryside.

Mr Keate said the winning entrepreneur could be running any type of business from soup making to computer software design.

The award would also reflect how the winning business interacted with the rural economy and communities in the countryside.

“This year’s award is much more commercially focused to reflect just how much the countryside has changed.”

Nominations can be submitted by or on behalf of an individual who meets the awards criteria. Closing date for entries is 12 August.

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