Wessex Internet shortlisted for rural award

by Christine O’Grady

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Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon recognise local innovation

A Dorset company 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. Wessex Internet will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs, and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final. The regional final will be held virtually in October 2021, with the National Final taking place in early 2022.

The specialist rural internet provider has been shortlisted for the Best Rural Innovation award. Based in Blandford it employs over 100 people and connects full fibre broadband to thousands of people in hard to reach areas across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Hector Gibson Fleming, Wessex Internet Managing Director said:

“We’re honoured to be recognised in this category; it really makes all the hard work that the team has undertaken worth it. The challenges we face when connecting rural areas mean that we are constantly innovating to bring full fibre to people who have been overlooked. It’s great to share the platform with so many fantastic rural businesses, too.”

The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards aim to celebrate the achievements of rural businesses and develop a strong network for business owners.

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, added:

“We are excited to celebrate the 2021/2022 awards after such a challenging year for businesses. 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 Wessex Internet and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”

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