A Skye-based business has been named among the best rural businesses in the country after winning a regional Amazon Rural Business Award.
Skyeskyns won the Best Rural Manufacturing Business at the North regional finals of the Amazon Rural Business Awards. The business will now go on to represent Scotland at the national final in February 2019.
Now in its fourth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses. It is run in partnership with Amazon.
Speaking after picking up the top award, Skyeskyns' General Manager, Dave Till, commented: "Receiving the award for Best Rural Manufacturing Business is such an honour. We are the sole remaining commercial sheep tannery in Scotland, preserving a heritage skill for the modern era by turning our traditional manufacturing business into an immensely popular tourist attraction. Rural businesses play a vital role in supporting remote communities like the Isle of Skye, and we can't wait to share news of this award with our hard-working team at home."
"Rural communities are home to some of the country's most inventive and innovative entrepreneurs and we want to celebrate their achievements and contribution through the Rural Business Awards," said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. "I'd like to congratulate all the nominees and runners-up at this year's regional awards and wish the winners the best of luck ahead of the national final of the Rural Business Awards in February."
The Amazon 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 – a sector of the economy they felt was all-too-often overlooked in favour of large, city-based firms.