Dance tutor wins national business award

Rural Young Person of the Year winner Charlotte Porter. Photographer Neil O'Connor (UNP).

A dance tutor has been crowned Young Person of the Year as last night’s prestigious Rural Business Awards.

Charlotte Porter, who runs the Charlotte Jacqueline School of Dance, based at The Station in Richmond, was announced as the winner at a prestigious ceremony in Manchester attended by Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business.

The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the successes of businesses operating in the UK’s rural economy.

Speaking after the ceremony, Charlotte, who is originally from Reeth, said she was honoured to have won the award.

She added: “My love of dance led me to a professional career and took me around the world.

“Having moved back to the countryside I grew up in, I am passionate about giving children the same chance I had to experience dance and the arts.

“This recognition from the Rural Business Awards and Amazon is such an encouragement, never has it been so important to promote young people in rural business, and I am excited to see what the future holds for me and my business.”

Founded by rural-based businesswomen, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, the Rural Business Awards are backed by Amazon and judged by an independent panel, drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

Addressing the businesses, Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business, commented: “Rural businesses make a vital contribution not only to their local communities, but to the UK economy as a whole, and it is fantastic to recognise that with these awards.

“This government is backing businesses across every part of the country to drive innovation and sustainable growth.”