It’s time for celebration here at Infused Learning with the news that for the second year in a row, we have been shortlisted in the finals of a prestigious awards scheme.
Yes, we have been told that once again we are in the finals of the Rural Business Awards, this time in the Best Rural Education or Training Business category.
That follows on from our success at the Rural Business Awards last year when we were delighted to receive a Highly Commended prize in the Social Enterprise/Community Project category for our work [link to last year’s blog?].
The Rural Business Awards is an awards scheme set up by Leicestershire businesswomen Jemma Clifford and Anna Price who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent operating either in the Great British countryside, or serving rural communities – feeling that these businesses were often overshadowed by large city-based firms in similar awards schemes.
Categories cover everything from start-ups to food and drink businesses, from tourism to recreational and manufacturing, and hundreds of rurally based or serving firms from all over the UK enter to be in with the chance of coming away with a prize – which means recognition of all their hard work.
The awards have been such a success since starting up in 2015 that this year they were rolled out regionally for the first time, and we were very pleased to re-enter, this time in the education category.
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Midlands regional heats of the awards, and we will find out whether we have won at a glittering ceremony to be held at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham on October 11.
The Rural Business Awards are particularly special to us because despite our city offices, a large part of our work, and our clientele, are from rural communities. Our online-based further and online higher education supported by Skype is perfectly tailored to people living in rural areas and more than two-thirds of our customers live in the countryside – as they face many barriers to tertiary learning that others do not, for example, poor transport, amenities and communications systems.
We know we are up against some stiff competition in the education category, so while we have our fingers crossed for victory we are honoured just to have got this far! (www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk)