The second Highland and Scottish Islands Rural Economy (SHIREs) awards drew a larger and more diverse response than the inaugural event of 2019.
This might have made the shortlist selection process even more difficult for the jury led by Chris Kerr, who heads the Highlands, Islands and Moray team at Harper Macleod law firm, but it was a challenge that ‘he was happy to accept.
“Collectively, we think we achieved the right result in each category and produced a great shortlist,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean anything to say that in some categories we found it almost impossible and needed long discussions to reach consensus, but for me and my fellow panelists it was just testament to the fantastic stories each portrayed. and each candidate.
“The SHIREs Awards and the conference that precedes them, which I will virtually co-host with Nicky Marr, are almost here, and I can’t wait to see the winners, and everyone on the shortlists, celebrated on what I have. I am sure it will be a fantastic night.
The second SHIREs Awards, hosted by Harper Macleod in association with Highland News and Media, will be held virtually from 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.
The awards ceremony will be preceded by the second SHIREs conference, which will also be held online, with guest speakers from the private and public sectors, including the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs, Mairi Gougeon.
To attend the awards ceremony, visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/the-shires-conference-awards for more details.
Details on the conference agenda and speakers and how to attend can be found at https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk
The list of finalists for the 2022 SHIRE Awards:
Rural digitization award, sponsored by Openreach: AquaScot; Cherry yellow; SkillSeeder; Fiber 1.
Rural natural capital, sponsored by SSE Renewables: Peter Graham and Associates; McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd; Cairngorms National Park Authority; Caledonian climate.
Rural blue, sponsored by Port of Cromarty Firth: Ocean Kinetics; Scottish marine farms; Affric Ltd; European Center for Marine Energy (EMEC).
Rural creative, sponsored by ScotRail: The Old Mill Inn, Brodie; Flying Scotsman UAS; Findhorn Bay Arts Ltd; Skyeskyns; Mind trick copy writing.
Rural resilience to Covid, sponsored by HIE: AquaScot; M&H carriers; Salar Smokehouse Ltd; Murray Trip; Fèis Rois SA; Boulangerie Annie Ltée; Cairngorm learning and childcare.
Rural entrepreneur, sponsored by Business Gateway DigitalBoost: John O’Groats Brewery Ltd; Murray Trip; Salar Smokehouse Ltd; Mind trick copy writing.
Rural charity, sponsored by Tulloch Homes: TeamHamish; Mikeysline; Highland Hospice; Fèis Rois SA; Moray School Bank; The Elsie Normington Foundation.
Rural community, sponsored by Cairngorms National Park: Loch Ness Hub; R-evolution for the good.
Rural taste, sponsored by Executive Magazine: The Old Mill Inn, Brodie; Brasserie John O’Groats Ltée; Redshank Ltd catering company; Salar Smokehouse Ltd; Isle of Skye stills; the North Point Distillery; Boulangerie Annie Ltée