Energy firm up for ru­ral busi­ness award

Win­ners an­nounced at cer­e­mony next month

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A COM­PANY from Iver is in the run­ning for an award at the inau­gu­ral Ru­ral Busi­ness Awards next month.

Big 60 Mil­lion is a re­new­able energy com­pany and so­lar farm spe­cial­ist and has been short­listed in the Best Re­new­able Energy Pro­ject cat­e­gory.

The awards are said to be the first ded­i­cated UKwide busi­ness awards for ru­ral or­gan­i­sa­tions and are sup­ported by the CLA and two Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters.

Awards joint founder Jemma Clifford said: “Big 60 Mil­lion is ex­actly the kind of ru­ral en­ter­prise we are look­ing to recog­nise at our awards.

“It is a com­pany look­ing to make a real dif­fer­ence to the en­vi­ron­ment through so­lar power and aims to ben­e­fit com­mu­nity.

“The com­pany also works hard to avoid dam­ag­ing the coun­try­side through its ac­tiv­i­ties and de­serves plau­dits for do­ing so.”

Big 60 Mil­lion, founded by Belec­tric UK – a lead­ing sup­plier of so­lar pan­els – aims to build enough so­lar farms to ben­e­fit ev­ery res­i­dent in the UK.

Its in­stal­la­tions de­signed to have min­i­mum ef­fect on coun­try­side where are lo­cated.

It cur­rently op­er­ates so­lar farms across the Mid­lands and south of Eng­land and pro­vides in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions look­ing to in­vest in green tech­nolo­gies.

The awards will be held on Oc­to­ber 1 at a gala cer­e­mony at Sta­ple­ford Park, Le­ices­ter­shire.

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There are nine cat­e­gories at the awards: Best Ru­ral Ap­parel Prod­uct or Brand; Best Ru­ral Con­struc­tion Pro­ject; Out­stand­ing Farm Diver­si­fi­ca­tion Pro­ject; Best Ru­ral Food & Drink Busi­ness; Best Ru­ral Field Sport, Equine or Ru­ral Recre­ation Busi­ness; Out­stand­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ing Busi­ness; Best Ru­ral Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Busi­ness; Best Re­new­able Energy Pro­ject and Best New Ru­ral Startup.

More than 40 com­pa­nies from the UK’s coun­try­side have been short­listed across the nine award cat­e­gories.

The aim is to show­case busi­nesses op­er­at­ing right across the ru­ral sec­tor, from en­gi­neer­ing through to food pro­duc­tion and pro­fes­sional ser­vices.

An in­de­pen­dent panel of judges will de­cide the win­ner and run­ner up in each cat­e­gory, as well as a ‘Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons’. The judg­ing panel in­cludes He­len Wool­ley, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Coun­try Land and Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, Dairy Crest chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Allen, Ed Bracher, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion, Pre­scient Power man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Carl Ben­field, Busi­ness Mat­ters Mag­a­zine online editor Re­becca Jones, Tran­si­tion Plus man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and IoD North West Steve Ben­nett and Dr Alis­tair Leake, di­rec­tor of pol­icy at the Game and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust.

Busi­nesses can find out more about the Ru­ral Busi­ness Awards by vis­it­ing www. r u r a l bu s i n e s s award s. co.uk, by Tweet­ing @ Ru­ralRBAs or con­nect­ing with them on Face­book at The Ru­ral Busi­ness Awards.

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