Farm Stay UK Awards

Farm Stay UK has won four prestigious since 2000.

Most recently, Farm Stay UK has been honoured in the VisitEngland Excellence Awards 2015 in the Best Tourism Experience Category. This is the first time Farm Stay UK has entered the awards and walked away with third prize.
Farm Stay UK won the prestigious People 1st, Women in Business Award in the small business category, for helping women to develop their personal skills for the benefit of operating their accommodation businesses.

The Tourism Society Award is given on the authority of the Council of the Society to organisations or individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the development of tourism in the United Kingdom.

Operating as a farmers marketing consortium since 1983 and the award acknowledged that Farm Stay UK has:

"Succeeded in forging a self-help co-operative of small businesses in the rural economy which have integrated tourism and farming interests at the local level. Throughout this period it has provided a high quality and friendly personal service and promoted the use of local produce and suppliers. Visitors travelling for business and social reasons as well as those on holiday have appreciated these features and they have contributed to one of the most sustainable forms of tourism."

Farm Stay's Chief Executive at the time, Nigel Embry said "Bearing in mind the extremely difficult circumstances faced by the industry over the past nine months (N.B. the Foot and Mouth Outbreak in 2000/01), to receive this award was particularly satisfying and will do a great deal to boost the morale of the many farmers who rely so heavily on tourism income to support their livelihoods. There could be no better way to approach a new year than in the knowledge that one’s peers and colleagues have expressed their support in such a positive way".

The Tourism Catey honours one person or a team of people who have made an outstanding contribution to the standards of tourism in the UK.

"In 2002 the winner was Farm Stay UK, a marketing consortium of farm accommodation providers. At the end of a dreadful year for rural businesses, this was a special award for resilience. The organisation had had the foresight to constantly upgrade its marketing strategies long before the foot-and-mouth epidemic struck and threatened its survival."