Oxton and Kelso businesses in running for national awards

One of the lodges on offer at Airhouses.
One of the lodges on offer at Airhouses.

Two Borders businesses are among 11 Scottish contenders vying for UK-wide awards.

Now in their fourth year, the Amazon-sponsored Rural Business Awards are the only national accolades specifically for companies based in the countryside.

The two Borders businesses shortlisted – Kelso fishing accessory maker FinHunter UK and Oxton’s Airhouses self-catering lodges – will now go through to a regional final in October, then, potentially, a national final in February 2019.

FinHunter UK, shortlisted for the title of best rural manufacturing business, makes fishing accessories – including wallets, key-rings, reel cases and bags – out of old waders that would otherwise be sent to landfill sites.

Airhouses, vying to be named best rural tourism business, is a complex made up of four five-star self-catering lodges, plus a holiday home able to sleep 10, on a 633-acre organic beef farm.

The awards were founded by Leicestershire businesswomen Jemma Clifford and Anna Price in 2015 and now attract hundreds of entries annually.