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  • Writer's pictureChloë H Ward


Image credit Stephen Garnett Photography

Comms Kick is celebrating after being shortlisted for Best Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon.

I founded Comms Kick in February 2018. It has supported a range of businesses from nurseries and joiners to theatre companies, music festivals and wedding venues.

As well as running PR campaigns it also manages social media platforms for a variety of organisations and launched #digiwellnesswednesday earlier this year; a scheme which aims to give tips on how to make social media work for individuals and their children in short, accessible posts online each week.

The Rural Business Awards2019/20, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ fifth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in over 750,000 businesses in England alone. 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.

When I launched Comms Kick just 15 months ago I had a seven-month old son at home so the pressure was on to make it a success. Comms Kick now boasts a portfolio of nine clients and has worked with some incredible businesses. To be recognised by the Rural Business Awards feels really special.

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said:“The 2019/20 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. 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 Comms Kick, and all the shortlisted businesses,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 12categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and BestRural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business - 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 East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October and November 2019, ahead of the National Final next February.

A huge thank you to The Rural Business Awards and Amazon for shortlisting Comms Kick and, of course, to all my wonderful clients who have trusted me with their communications over the last 15 months. Also a big shout out to Stephen Garnett who listened to my mad idea for an image to go with this story and brought it to life. Now time to go frock shopping for the awards event in October!



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