The Scottish Rural Awards, partnered by Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in rural Scotland. Celebrating the true industry, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live and work in our wonderful countryside, the Scottish Rural Awards culminated in a black tie awards ceremony and gala dinner, which took place at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Thursday 16th March 2017.
The Scottish Rural Awards celebrates the triumphs of businesses, organisations and individuals living and working in the Scottish countryside, as well as highlighting the difficulties which are often faced in order to thrive. Ultimately, the Scottish Rural Awards honours those whose work helps to create the beautiful fabric that is Scotland’s countryside.
Judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the Scottish Rural Awards is a rigorous multi-stage process, including pre-scoring by the awards team, where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide a shortlist of finalists in each category. Judges may then visit finalists before further reviewing and evaluating to decide the winning entries.
The partnership between Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance which brings the Scottish Rural Awards to the national stage is now entering its fourth year, with a set of 12 categories championing the rural businesses and unsung community heroes of Scotland.
Richard Bath, editor of Scottish Field, says: ‘Showing our readers the joys of the Scottish countryside is one of the main aims of Scottish Field, so our partnership in the Scottish Rural Awards is a perfect fit. Everyone at Scottish Field was amazed at the quality and attention to detail showed by the nominees across all of last year’s categories.’
And Jamie Stewart, Director at the Scottish Countryside Alliance, added: ‘The Scottish Countryside Alliance was thrilled to be part of the judging team in the only awards to truly recognise the innovation and dedication of those who live and work in rural Scotland. The process was both informative and rewarding and the level of commitment from many of the nominees filled us with great pride and admiration.’
Our sponsors’ delight at being able to commit to the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards shows just how important and valuable it is to tell the world about Scotland’s real industry – the Scottish countryside:
‘HW Energy has been installing and servicing biomass boilers for the Scottish hotel and hospitality industry since 2003 and are proud to work with so many leading businesses in the sector. Although our installation team and service engineers work nationwide, we remain proud of our rural roots. That’s why we are delighted to be working with the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Scottish Field to sponsor this very special category.’
‘At Bank of Scotland we view business success as a journey. We want to provide combined support that adds real value, and secures long-term growth. Scotland is home to a vibrant business landscape, where agriculture meets the entrepreneurial spirit providing the finest food and drink to both domestic and international markets.’
‘Clarendon is delighted to be part of the Scottish Rural Awards. We take pride in sponsoring the Business Diversification category and in having the opportunity to support rural businesses to invest in their future.’
‘Scotland’s Rural College is delighted to sponsor the Lifetime Achievement Award as it celebrates an individual who has had a long-term impact on the rural sector. That is very much something we endeavour to do, supporting the land-based industries right through from training young people to advising farmers to carrying out cutting-edge applied research.’
‘Gillespie Macandrew are proud to be part of the Scottish Rural Awards 2017 and are pleased to sponsor the Business Start Up Award. This Award recognises the fantastic efforts of recently established businesses in Scotland focusing on their innovation, application and inspirational products and services.’
‘The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland is delighted to support initiatives that encourage and celebrate the successes of individuals, businesses and organisations working in the Scottish countryside. The Society proudly sponsors the Education category, which was previously awarded to the Royal Highland Education Trust. ‘
‘We are delighted to be sponsoring the Artisan Food category at this year’s Scottish Rural Awards. Scotland continues to produce a plethora of high quality innovative products within the drinks industry and the list of entries for this year’s award epitomises this. At Aldi we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with a large number of Scottish food and drink suppliers and have invested heavily in Scottish sourced produce over the years. We wish all the entrants for 2017’s awards every success and look forward to continuing our investment in Scottish food industry in the future.’
‘The University of Stirling Management School is proud to sponsor the category of Rural Employer. At the heart of everything we do is a focus on sustainability – in other words, people, plant and profit. A company that has a longer-term vision, cares about its employees, and the community in which it operates, is a company that has carefully integrated strategic priorities that should be recognised and celebrated.’
‘Subaru are delighted to sponsor the Rural Enterprise category at the Scottish Rural Awards. This category reflects Subaru’s value to drive to lead where others follow and recognises businesses that adapt, change and develop by using unique methods.’