New Chamber member shortlisted for top rural award

September 03, 2019 - 9:45am

New Chamber member shortlisted for top rural award

A new Lancaster & District Chamber member 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.

Shed 1 Distillery from Ulverston has been shortlisted in the North Best Rural Creative, Artisan or Crafts Business at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon. The local company will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final.

Based in a garden shed on the outskirts of the Lake District, Shed 1 Distillery is an award-winning craft gin distillery producing classically-distilled, contemporary-style gin, gin liqueurs and gin marmalade. Since launching in 2016, Andy and Zoe Arnold-Bennett have achieved 7 Great Taste Awards and won Cumbria Family Business “Going Places” Award. As well as being a Rural Business finalist, Zoe is also an Enterprise Vision Award (EVA) finalist.
In time for their third birthday in October, they’ll be moving to a bigger shed where visitors will be able to see the gin-making process, enjoy  Gin Tastings and Make Your Own Gin Experiences, a first for Cumbria.

The Rural Business Awards 2019/20, 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.

Speaking after being shortlisted for an award, Andy from Shed 1 Distillery said:

It’s amazing to find ourselves as finalists for this prestigious award. Being recognised makes all the hard work worthwhile and drives us to continue making quality products and pushing ourselves to be the best we can.

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 Shed 1 Distillery, 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 12 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural 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.

To find out more about Shed 1 Distillery, go to or to learn about the Rural Business Awards visit