British Isles Glamping


Crown and Canopy, a business The Lost Executive have had the pleasure of working with many times, 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.

Crown and Canopy 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 in October 2021, with the National Final taking place early next year.


Crown and Canopy are leading UK glamping industry specialists, providing a comprehensive range of glamping consultancy, design and build services. Established over 10 years ago, the business has flourished alongside the glamping industry, supporting landowners, farmers, and estate owners in rural areas across the UK to diversify and establish sustainable outdoor tourist accommodation. The small, dedicated team are involved in every aspect of glamping, offering a full suite of consultancy services from site appraisal through to full planning and grant applications, designing and building retreats, and researching and publishing industry wide annual data on market trends, nightly rates, and industry growth.

The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. 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.

“We’re really excited to have been shortlisted for the Best Rural Professional Services Business Category in the South West, as well as being finalists for The Sustainability and Environmental Impact Award,” says Edward Busby of Crown and Canopy, “We are passionate about the work we do supporting the development of sustainable tourism in rural areas. We love working closely with people, and on projects of all size and shape, to develop financially viable glamping ventures that also benefit the environment. We’re a small team and are all really proud to have been recognised for the work we do.”

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, adds, “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 Crown and Canopy and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”


The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.

The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories – ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Innovation – decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2021, ahead of the National Final next February.

To find out more about Crown and Canopy, go to or to learn about the Rural Business Awards visit