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 will culminate in a black tie awards ceremony and gala dinner, which will take place at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
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 in its fourth year, with a set of 13 categories championing the rural businesses and unsung community heroes of Scotland.
Our sponsors’ delight at being able to commit to the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards shows just how important and valuable it is to tell the world about Scotland’s real industry – the Scottish countryside:
‘HWEnergy 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 teams and service engineers work nationwide, we remain proud of our rural roots. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Scottish Field to sponsor this very special category.’
‘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 2018 Scottish Rural Awards and are pleased to sponsor the Conservation and the Environment award. This award recognises the fantastic efforts of those who take the responsibility to create and enhance the environment through means of sustainable development.’
‘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. ‘
‘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.’