Here at Infused Learning, we are very proud to announce that we have another award for our already rather full trophy cabinet – this one is from the Rural Business Awards!
We were very honoured to come away with a runner-up spot for Best Rural Education or Training Business at the 2018 Rural Business Awards, which were held at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham on October 11.
The Rural Business Awards are backed by Amazon and are now in their fourth year. Set up by two Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, the aim of the scheme is to showcase businesses which are operating in rural areas or serving rural communities. When they started the scheme, Jemma and Anna felt that rural enterprise was routinely overlooked by large urban-based businesses in other awards schemes and so resolved to try and do something about it.
There is a wide range of categories from Best Rural Start-Up to Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business, and we were absolutely delighted to have beaten off stiff competition to be named runners-up in the education category, in recognition of our work to combat rural deprivation through educational opportunities.
Because despite our base in the heart of Nottingham, Infused Learning does do a lot of work in the rural sector, where many are really struggling to access tertiary education through financial and other barriers. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, our mission is to change lives and opportunities through innovative education and training: we believe in every individual’s potential and are passionate about providing opportunities for them to succeed. Our online further and higher education packages are perfect for people living in rural communities – in fact, nearly 70 per cent of our students are based in rural areas because they are easy to access.
While the common vision of rural communities may be tinged with idealistic images of ploughed fields and sunshine, the reality is that life is tough for many living in the countryside, with poor transport, broadband and access to amenities meaning that some communities break apart because the younger generation cannot afford to live there any more, while others have few job prospects and opportunities to upskill. This is what we are trying to combat at Infused Learning and we are delighted to have received this award in recognition of our hard work.
Here’s to the 2019 Rural Business Awards! (www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk)