Nom­i­na­tions open for Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards

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Nom­i­na­tions for the 2018 Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards are now open, with busi­nesses across Scot­land’s coun­try­side en­cour­aged to get in­volved.

The ul­ti­mate bench­mark of suc­cess in Scot­land’s coun­try­side, the Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards are now in their fourth year and are part­nered by Scot­tish Field and the Scot­tish Coun­try­side Al­liance, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Royal High­land and Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Scot­land (RHASS).

A set of 13 cat­e­gories are open for nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing the cov­eted Ru­ral Hero award, which recog­nises those whose con­tri­bu­tions to their ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties have gone above and be­yond the call of duty.

Last year’s awards drew more than 200 nom­i­nees from across the coun­try, with pre­vi­ous award­win­ners in­clud­ing Walk­ers Short­bread, North High­land Col­lege and Ogilvy Spir­its.

Busi­nesses have un­til Fri­day Oc­to­ber 20 to put their nom­i­na­tions for­ward.

Busi­nesses can ei­ther self-nom­i­nate or be nom­i­nated by a friend, fam­ily mem­ber, cus­tomer or mem­ber of the pub­lic.

The full list of awards cat­e­gories and cri­te­ria, along with nom­i­na­tion forms, are avail­able from the Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards web­site – www.scot­tishru­ral­wards. org. There is no cost to make a nom­i­na­tion.

Richard Bath, ed­i­tor of Scot­tish Field, said: ‘Show­ing our read­ers the joys of the Scot­tish coun­try­side is one of the main aims of Scot­tish Field, so our part­ner­ship with the awards is a per­fect fit.

‘More than ever be­fore, Scot­land’s ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties are dis­play­ing a re­mark­able amount of en­ergy, in­no­va­tion and imag­i­na­tion as they di­ver­sify ex­ist­ing busi­nesses and cre­ate new and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from scratch.

‘As a mag­a­zine, Scot­tish Field is con­stantly writ­ing about the ru­ral en­trepreneurs who are bring­ing wealth and jobs to the coun­try­side, so it’s ex­cit­ing for us to be able to hon­our the men and women who are do­ing so much to make the econ­omy of ru­ral Scot­land a true suc­cess story.’

Jamie Stew­art of the Scot­tish Coun­try­side Al­liance said: ‘Land-based busi­nesses con­trib­ute over £2 bil­lion to the Scot­tish econ­omy. De­spite the mul­ti­ple chal­lenges they face, they are hugely valu­able brand am­bas­sadors for Scot­land, and many pro­vide vi­tal sup­port to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

‘These awards give Scot­land a chance to recog­nise the re­silience, in­no­va­tion and con­tri­bu­tion that ru­rally-based peo­ple and busi­nesses make to its suc­cess.’

Fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber 2017, with win­ners re­vealed at the Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards cer­e­mony and gala din­ner, which will take place at Dy­namic Earth in Ed­in­burgh on Thurs­day March 22, 2018.

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