I am thrilled that Rural Business Network has been shortlisted as a finalist for the If We Can You Can ‘Ones to Watch’ Challenge taking place at Teesside University on Wednesday 6th November 2019.  The competition, now in its 11th year is for startup businesses (or those with a business idea) based in the North East. 

The final consists of two rounds. The first round is for every shortlisted startup in the room to move from table to table pitching our business idea, which is an exciting way to share our ambition to all the amazing people in the room! Round two will see three businesses pitch again to the entire room for the audience to cast their final votes and decide the winner. 

Rural Business Network will be competing with 9 other finalists: Virgo & Co., Vegan Chemist, Spareable,  Plastech Innovationmycloudcoach,  Elska Sorella, Earthwhile, Calorie Balance and Brand Or Die. And whilst there are some great prizes for the winner, having the opportunity to explain how we will support small businesses in rural areas, saving them time during the recruitment process, will be priceless. 

I am looking forward to the final and wish all the other finalists the very best of luck.