Energy firm up for rural business award
Winners announced at ceremony next month
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.
rural are the the they
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.