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Equestrian and rural small business mentor wins Enterprise Nation’s 2020 Top 10 Advisers Award

PR expert Rhea Freeman, founder of eponymous business Rhea Freeman PR based in Worcestershire, has been crowned one of the UK’s Top 10 advisers for the support she provides to small businesses and entrepreneurs, predominantly in the equestrian and rural sector, as well as coaching and mentoring more generally.

The virtual awards ceremony, which announced the winners of the Enterprise Nation Top 50 Advisers competition, across a range of professional disciplines, such as legal, finance and funding, technology, HR, PR and marketing – and a special ‘Above and Beyond’ category – took place on the evening of November 25.

Rhea was picked from hundreds of advisers from up and down the UK, nominated for the behind-the-scenes guidance they have given to local entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them navigate the challenges and opportunities they have faced during 2020 – not least Covid; for many, this professional advice has made the difference between their business surviving or thriving.

She founded her PR business Rhea Freeman PR over 10 years ago, with the aim of helping SMEs ‘of all shapes and sizes’ – particularly in equine and rural sector – understand and learn how to promote themselves more effectively through PR and social media, and how it can help them achieve their businesses objectives.

“Primarily, I help small businesses in the equestrian and country space tell the world about what they do using social media. Over the last five years, I have moved into a coaching and mentoring role, helping small businesses with pretty much anything to do with promoting themselves better on a budget.

“That might include an established brand looking to make what they have work harder, or a business that would benefit from some guidance and a fresh injection of ideas or are looking to expand their reach or diversify their offering.

“I also produce a weekly podcast aimed at small businesses called the Small and Supercharged Podcast, and a have free Facebook group with over 2.5k members, called Small and Supercharged, designed to support small businesses and influencers in my niche,” Rhea said.

She added: “I’ve worked with a real raft of businesses now, and I love the variety. People in my various membership groups and people I’ve worked one to one with have had sell out launches, secured amazing opportunities like podcasts and interviews, pivoted in their businesses to make them work better in the current situation or with a growing family.

“I love the process of helping people work through creative and cost effective ideas, supporting them with executing on the plan as needed… and then seeing their responses when their small businesses start to flourish and fly. There’s nothing like it!”

Rhea says: “If my expertise and advice can help give small businesses a better chance of survival and contribute to the wider economic recovery – especially during these particularly challenging times – then it’s time well-spent, not to mention professionally rewarding.”

The Top 50 Adviser Awards are run by the UK’s leading small businesses network Enterprise Nation – in association with Xero, Dell Technologies and Neat – and set out to highlight the work done behind the scenes by experts across nine professional disciplines, in helping Britain’s army of entrepreneurs to build and grow a sustainable business.

This year also saw an additional special category: the ‘Above and Beyond’ award, which paid special tribute to those professionals – across all sectors – who provided free, one-to-one expert advice to SMEs to help them address the myriad of challenges facing them as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, and in particular those who have given up their time for free as part of the Government-backed Recovery Advice for Business initiative.

The list of winners in the nine professional categories was compiled following a public vote on the shortlisted Top 50 SME-nominated advisers, with almost 4,000 votes cast over a two-week period.

The winner of the Above and Beyond award was selected by the panel of five judges, drawn from To Market, BEIS, CMI and the Advertising Association, alongside Emma Jones.

Collecting the (PR) award, Rhea said: “It’s such a huge honour to win this, it really is. This year has been so challenging for so many small businesses – they’ve had all manner of things thrown at them and, in order to survive, let alone thrive, they’ve had to pivot and evolve at a staggering pace.

“To be able to help businesses in this way has been incredibly rewarding, but not without its challenges. I was delighted to make it into the Top 50, let alone any further, and I really do need to thank my amazing clients, fans and followers for their votes and support.”

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation said: “Business advisers are the unsung heroes behind Britain’s booming small business culture and their insight and experience are needed now more than ever.

“The awards were designed to show how important their work is in action and the entries have uncovered incredible advice efforts that have helped firms pivot to keep trading.

“2020 has also seen a record increase in the number of start-ups. These fledgling businesses can greatly benefit from the expertise and support of a professional adviser, in particular during their crucial ‘make-or-break’ first year.”

Bree Rutledgehttp://www.farmweek.com

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