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Farm Stay has been shortlisted for an exciting award!

We are delighted to share the news that Farm Stay is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a regional Rural Business Award.

Farm Stay has been successful in the Best Rural Tourism Business category in the Midlands Region (our headquarters are at the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire).

The regional judging takes place on Friday July 16 when Farm Stay will be battling it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final. The regional final will be held virtually in October 2021, with the National Final taking place early next year.

Farm Stay was the UK’s first not-for-profit farmer owned consortium aimed at promoting the country’s agri-tourism industry. Since it was launched 38 years ago, the organisation has grown to offer over 420 farm stays and rural boltholes, from working farm holidays to self-catering, B&Bs to glamping across England, Northern Island, Scotland and Wales. 

Earlier this year we relaunched our website,, to help make it even easier for holidaymakers to plan their perfect rural break while allowing our members make the most of what is likely to be the busiest ever year for holidays in the UK.

As well as a go-to information site for top quality rural properties and destinations, Farm Stay provides a wealth of information about each county and the new website has suggested places to stay for visitor attractions, national parks and places of special interest.

About the rural business awards

The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, marks the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, told us: “We are excited to celebrate the 2021/2022 awards after such a challenging year for businesses. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to Farm Stay and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”

The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.

The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories — ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Innovation — decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2021, ahead of the National Final next February. To find out more about the Rural Business Awards, visit