Monday, 2 November 2015
Heather Routes - Scottish Rural Awards"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at" Stephen Hawking
The Scottish Rural Awards - 2016
Nominations Close 20th November 2015
Highlighting the true industry, innovation, dedication and aspiration of those who live and work in rural areas
In Discussion With Charlie Shentall, The Project Manager of The Scottish Rural AwardsHow does the 2016 Season shape up compared to last year?
2015 was the first year in partnership with the Scottish Field and the first time we took the awards through to a major event which took place in March at Our Dynamic Earth, it was such a huge success we have had to ask the venue to increase its seating plan to the maximum (400), even before this years nominations had started!
What has been the response in terms of nominations so far?
The nominations opened on 21st September, and there was the usual rush, things tend to settle down in October to a steady flow and then there is always a huge influx in the last couple of weeks till the nominations close on 20th November. We have made the nomination process electronic this year which means we can cope much better with the huge volume of forms.
With all the amazing stories of 'triumph over adversity' I would guess there has been a positive response from politicians and business leaders in support of their local rural enterprises?
There has been a massive response from business in general, both from a nomination and a support element with a 300% increase in sponsorship this year, these include the Bank of Scotland, Chiene + Tait, Strathallan School, hwenergy, Highland Game, Clarendon Planning and Development, the SRUC. However, surprisingly only few Scottish politicians (David Mundell especially - see article here: Peeblesshire News) have understood the hugely positive impact of the Awards amongst rural constituencies and the powerful success stories that people love to hear about.
I understand there have been a few changes in the Categories for 2016?
That's correct, There are still 12 Categories with Rural Hero and Lifetime Achievement are open to Public nominations, a new category Rural Enterprise has been added with the Butcher category merged into it, Rural Tourism and Hospitality are now merged, Agriculture and Aquaculture have been split into separate awards, the remainder are Education, Conservation and The Environment, Business Start Up, Business Diversification, Artisan Food and finally Artisan DrinkSo how does the nomination process work?The intention is for people to identify a business, organisation or person they feel have excelled or succeeded or overcome in a way that needs to be recognised, they then fill out the nomination form (Click Here) If they wish to self nominate they can (but not in the Rural Hero or Lifetime Achievement Category) and people can view the Categories, Criteria and 2015 Winners stories if they go to www.scottishruralawards.org
What can people do to help the Awards?Put simply nominate, tweet, blog, share, these are Scotland's only independent Rural Awards that celebrate the very best of rural Scotland - enterprise, initiative, perseverance, skill, focus, determination and success in all its forms, my hope is people will take a moment to boost their positivity by helping celebrate the vibrancy and industry of Scotland's rural life
"To list their achievements is a list too long, to detail their achievements is to understate their positive impact on the island of Mull and its Community."
Brian & Duncan Swinbanks - 2015 Rural Heroes
2016? YOU DECIDE...
SRA Dinner and Ceremony 31st March 2016
Join 400+ people at a stunning evening celebrating the very best in rural success and innovation, tickets will be on sale soon - 18 tables already taken from those who attended last year.
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