Newlands Adventure Centre Make It Two In A Row

Rural businesses from across Britain are celebrating following the Rural Business Awards 2020/21 National Final, held online for the first time due to lockdown. Jules Hudson, the BBC Escape to the Country presenter, delighted the finalists as host for the ceremony on Thursday 25th February.

Newlands Adventure Centre and Keswick Climbing Wall took top honours Winning the Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business in this prestigious national award. The Newlands team were taken for surprise as after winning the accolade last year, they were not expecting to do so again.

Debbie Beament from Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall, said: “A huge thank you goes to Amazon and the Rural Business Awards for recognising Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall as Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business again. We are passionate about the British countryside and are so thankful to be able to share the beautiful natural resource that our business is built on with others. This award is a team award and without our fantastic staff who always go that extra mile, we would not be so successful.”

Debbie continues, “After the difficult year we have all had this award is a great way to remember exactly why we are here and of the value of what we do. We will hit the ground running when we reopen on the 29th March and can’t wait to get adventuring again.”

The Judges were very impressed with the centre and commented that ” Newlands Adventure Centre and Keswick Climbing Wall is an outstanding long- lasting business which has shown adaptability and the ability to diversify to stay alive through this most testing of times. Impeccable green credentials ensures that the business is a good friend to the rural landscape and economy.“

The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the successes of businesses operating in the UK’s rural economy; a sector which in England alone contributes £261bn to the nation’s GVA (Gross Value Added) – nearly a fifth of the country’s total economic activity[1].

“It’s an honour to support the Rural Business Awards’ efforts to showcase the incredible talent of British rural business,” said John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “On behalf of Amazon, I would like to congratulate Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall on this achievement, and I wish them further success in the future.”

Founded by rural-based business-women, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, the Rural Business Awards are backed by Amazon and judged by an independent panel, drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

Jemma Clifford, Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, said: “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.”

To find out more about Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall go to www.activity-centre.com or to learn about the Rural Business Awards visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk

Keswick Climbing Team receiving their previous Rural Business Award
Keswick Climbing Team receiving their previous Rural Business Award