Nominations for prestigious awards to open

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Nominations for the Scottish Rural Awards 2020, organised by Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, are to open on Monday July 15.

Small- and medium-sized Scottish businesses are being asked to enter themselves or nominate a friend for a Scottish Rural Award 2020. The deadline to enter will be Monday 4th November 2019.

Organisers from Scottish Field Magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance are pleased to announce the new award titles for the 2020 Scottish Rural Awards, which are:

Best Scottish Artisan Food Award

Best Scottish Artisan Drink Award

Rural Business Diversification Award

Best Rural Business Start-Up Award

Best Farming Business Award

Best Rural Employer Award

Rural Hospitality Award

Best Rural Innovation Award

Best Rural Skills Educator Award

Most Sustainable Rural Business Award

Best Rural Tourism Initiative Award

Rural Hero Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW FOR 2020: Best Countryside Digital Innovator Award

There is also an extra category for the 2020 awards: Best Countryside Digital Innovator. The winner will be crowned for successfully championing digital projects and products across the agricultural, rural and tourism sectors in Scotland.

The awards mark the culmination of five extremely successful years of rewarding local heroes, innovative businesses and enterprising community projects which make the Scottish Rural Awards the most sought-after rural awards in Scotland.

Finalists will be invited to attend a black-tie, three-course dinner held in spring 2020.

Last year’s awards were presented by Dougie Vipond and were held at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Among the winners were Donna Ker-Ramsay (Rural Hero), Island Bakery Organics Ltd (Artisan Food) and Fishing for Litter – Kimo UK (Conservation and the Environment).

It couldn’t be easier to enter the awards.

Businesses and individuals can nominate themselves or a friend on a website. It only takes five minutes to fill in our online form to register your nomination. Enter at www.scottishruralawards.org

Businesses have until Monday November 4 to put forward their nominations. Businesses can either self-nominate or be nominated by a friend, family member, customer or member of the public.

The full criteria for each award, along with nomination forms, are available on the Scottish Rural Awards website, www.scottishruralwards.org. It is free to enter a nomination.

As an added bonus, every nominee will receive a free copy of Scottish Field magazine.