Aske digital agency shortlisted for Rural Business Award

Phil Upton and Allan Guy.

Digital agency Purple Creative Studio 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.

Purple Creative Studio is one of 36 businesses shortlisted for an award in the north region, and will be competing against two other businesses for the title of Best Rural Creative or Artisan Business in the North.

Purple Creative Studio, which is based at Aske, near Richmond, was launched by two friends, Phil Upton and Allan Guy.

They now have a team of nine specialising in marketing, design, IT and consulting.

Technical director Allan Guy said: “Here at Purple Creative, we take a lot of pride in doing the best possible work for our clients, and being recognised by the Rural Business Awards is fantastic.”

Purple Creative Studio 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 on Friday, October 1, with the national final taking place early next year.

Allan added: “The last 18 months have been a testing time for businesses of all sectors, we are lucky that we can help clients all over the country and being based in a rural location doesn’t change this.”

Director and co-founder of the Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, said: “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 all the shortlisted businesses and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”