Accessible Holiday Escapes shortlisted for top rural award thanks to accessible website

A family-owned company from North Wales is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a Rural Business Award

Accessible Holiday Escapes has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Start-Up Business category of the 2020/21 awards, which are held in partnership with Amazon, due to its website. The company is up against other rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises across the country for the chance to be named a national winner. 

Director and co-founder of the Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, says: “Here at the Rural Business Awards we remain committed to our vision of showcasing the fantastic work of rural businesses and believe that it has never been more important than now.

“On behalf of the RBA team, we want to say well done to Accessible Holiday Escapes, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the national final”.

Based in Flintshire, Accessible Holiday Escapes was launched in June 2019 by Becky and Phil Hamilton. The award-winning website was inspired by their own experiences of searching for family holidays and considering the accessibility needs of their eight-year-old daughter who has a rare genetic condition, and their needs as a whole family. 

The unique website offers travellers with disabilities the opportunity to search easily for quality accessible accommodation with more than 50 accessibility search filters. Despite the significant impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry, the website continues to go from strength to strength, winning a Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award and featuring on ITV Wales News. 

“This year has been an unprecedented challenge for businesses across the country but we have still had a fantastic amount of entries from rural businesses, showing the true determination of people working in the rural economy,” stresses Jemma. 

The Rural Business Awards will host an online national final on Thursday 25 February 2021. 

To see the Accessible Holiday Escapes website for yourself, click here

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