Businesses in Powys are being encouraged to enter the prestigious Amazon-backed Rural Business Awards before Friday 21st May 2021

The Rural Business Awards, backed by Amazon, is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses

PM Training and Assessing triumphed at the 2020/21 Awards in the Best Rural Innovation Category


Local business owners and Rural Business Award winners, Paul and Pam Martin from Brecon, are encouraging fellow rural entrepreneurs to showcase their work, products and services to the nation at the 2021/22 Rural Business Awards. Entries for this year’s competition close on 21st May 2021.

The Rural Business Awards 2021/22, backed by Amazon, marks the seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy.

The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, to celebrate the achievements of rural companies and develop a strong network for rural business owners. At last year’s event, PM Training and Assessing from Brecon won Best Rural Innovation Award.

Husband-and-wife team Paul and Pam Martin set up PM Training and Assessing in 2005 to provide assessor training to those in railway signalling. The company has now expanded to provide Trainer, Assessor and IQA (TAQA) qualifications, as well as Professional Development Courses. In 2009, PM Training and Assessing established an IRSE Assessing Agency and in continuing to expand into Signalling Training and Apprenticeships.

Paul and Pam from PM Training and Assessing said: “We were proud to win the Best Rural Innovation Award at the national final of the Rural Business Awards. We are committed to creating a safe railway by giving the people who work on it the skills, abilities and attitudes to maintain high standards in whatever role they have. Receiving the recognition was just what we needed to push us onto even greater things.”

Shortlisted businesses will compete first in the regional finals, which will take place virtually in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West and Wales and Northern Ireland throughout October and November 2021. The grand final will take place early next year, where winners from the regional heats will compete for the coveted national titles.

There are 13 categories businesses can enter, ranging from Best Rural Start-Up Business and Best Rural Diversification Project: through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and The Triumph Over Adversity Award. 

“Since 2015, the Rural Business Awards has presented more than 400 awards and crowned 84 national winners and we’re looking forward to celebrating more regional business heroes this year,” said John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “Rural communities are home to some of the UK’s most creative and innovative businesses and it’s important to shine a light on not only their performance, but the contribution of these rural enterprises to the local and national economy.”

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, added: “We are optimistic about the future of the rural business sector after such a challenging time, and we are excited to celebrate the best rural businesses the UK has to offer. We encourage all rural businesses to sign up before 21st May to be in with a chance of winning an award.”

The National Final Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 24th February 2022. Rural businesses can submit their award entries until Friday 21st May, for any of the 13 categories via: https://www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-2021/