Design agency virtualdesigncloud, based in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, has been shortlisted in the East Best Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business category at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon. The local company will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final.

virtualdesigncloud.com is an online design agency, providing creative design services to U.K. companies; using a unique web-based portal, virtualdesigncloud provides streamlined performance with much lower costs to businesses seeking the best creative work, from company brochures & advertising, to point of sale, product packaging, and much more.

The Rural Business Awards 2019/20, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ fifth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in over 750,000 businesses in England alone. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.

Speaking after being shortlisted for an award, Adrian Fry from virtualdesigncloud said:
“Our shortlisting in the Rural Business Award is a real vote of confidence in virtualdesigncloud” said CEO & Founder of virtualdesigncloud.com, Adrian Fry. A design industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience in the creative industries, virtualdesigncloud launched in 2017. “I identified the need to bring the creative services industries into the 21st Century” he said. Aiming to cut businesses’ design costs for items such as websites, e-marketing, SEO, brochures, adverts, point-of-sale and product packaging, Fry pointed out that “using traditional design agencies, businesses are faced with massive creative costs, in large part paying for agencies offices and infrastructure – with virtualdesigncloud, their design costs for marketing are halved”.

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said: “The 2019/20 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. 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 virtualdesigncloud, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”