Posted: Tue 9th Mar 2021

Flintshire-based company named ‘Best Rural Start Up Business’ after Amazon-backed Rural Business Award win

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 9th, 2021

A Flintshire-based company has been named ‘Best Rural Start Up Business’ after winning an Amazon-backed Rural Business Award last month.

Accessible Holiday Escapes, a Mold-based company, received the moniker at the first ever virtual national final of the Rural Business Awards, in association with Amazon.

The company is a multi-award-winning website with over 50 accessibility filters to choose from which help guests with disabilities find quality accommodation to suit their specific needs.

Started by husband and wife Phil and Becky Hamilton, the idea for the company came when they could not find accommodation that suited the needs of their eight-year-old daughter, who has a rare metabolic disorder called CDG Type 2, and their 13-year-old son.

They discovered how often access information is missing from websites, so decided to set up Accessible Holiday Escapes to help other families facing the same problem.

The Rural Business Awards 2020/21 marks its sixth year of celebrating businesses across the UK’s rural sector, which contributes £299bn in Gross Value Added to the overall UK economy.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s competition was run entirely online with the finalists attending the first ever virtual final ceremony held on 25 February 2021.

The winners were decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies and rural charitable organisations.

Speaking after winning ‘Best Rural Start Up Business’, Becky said: “We are so excited to win the National Rural Business Award for Best Rural Start Up Business. The past year has been the most challenging yet for small businesses, so to be recognised in this way gives us a huge boost of encouragement as we seek to grow and expand. Thank you, Rural Business Awards and Amazon!”

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

Co-founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said: “On behalf of the Rural Business Awards, I would like to congratulate Accessible Holiday Escapes on this well-deserved win. I would also like to extend my congratulations to all the businesses who made it to the final and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

John Boumphrey, Amazon’s UK Country Manager, added: “It’s an honour to support the Rural Business Awards’ efforts to showcase the incredible talent of British rural business. On behalf of Amazon, I would like to congratulate Accessible Holiday Escapes on this achievement, and I wish them further success in the future.”

The 2021/22 Rural Business Awards, to be run in partnership with Amazon, is now open for entries and to enter or find out more about the Awards, visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk.

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