Powys businesses are celebrating after getting to the Welsh final of the “rural Oscars”.

Five Montgomeryshire businesses have reached the finals of the 2024 Countryside Alliance Awards which is commonly known as the ‘Rural Oscars’.

The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of British food and farming, enterprise and heritage through small hard-working businesses. Now in their seventeenth year, the Awards have become “the definitive rural business award to win”.

This year Izzy’s Butcher’s in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant reached the final in the butchers category, the second consecutive year that they have been named finalists.

Llanymynech Village Shop and R H Bunner and Son Ltd (Montgomery), both reached the final in the Village Shop or Post Office category.


Dolau Inn (Mochdre),reached the final in the Pub category this year while Hel's Kitchen/Cwm Fedw Country Sports (Hirnant) reached the final in the Rural Enterprise category.

Craig Williams, Welsh Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire said he was “delighted that five Montgomeryshire businesses have reached the Welsh finals”.

“The Countryside Alliance Awards celebrate those businesses that go the extra mile and are the cornerstone of our rural communities,” said Mr Williams.

“It is fantastic therefore to have these five amazing Montgomeryshire businesses named as Welsh regional finalists for this year’s Awards.

 “It would be brilliant to bring a Rural Oscar back to Montgomeryshire, so let’s all get voting and champion their success.”

The winners for the Wales regional awards will be announced at the Senedd on 27th February, where they will then go forward to compete against winners from across the UK in the grand final.