Last Chance: Registration opens for rural Halifax

Calling all Yorkshire rural businesses – your chance to shine at the YP Rural Awards

Rural life is the beating heart of Yorkshire, with generations of families and emerging talents all helping to make this region a great place to live and work. We want to hear from the people whose talent, expertise, innovation and community spirit play such an important role in making God’s country what it is.

Now is the time to make sure your business or brand gets the recognition it deserves among its peers at the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards.

Sponsored by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CPRE (The Countryside Charity), Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Ryedale Auctioneers, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, NFU, Cranswick, and promoted by the Yorkshire Post, this in-person event is held in the pavilions of ‘Harrogate on October 8th is a much anticipated evening for all.

After one of the most difficult years for all walks of life, the rural community wants to celebrate their success and their heroes – and you only have until midnight Monday August 30 to participate.

This year’s categories include:

Sustainability / environment award

The environment is high on the agenda, and this category is designed to reward those who make a difference, whether that is by creating new forests and hedges, cultivating with nature, protecting wildlife or offering better access for recreation for walkers, cyclists or horse riders. We are looking for someone who has shown vision and drive and has improved the environment for those around them and future generations, creating safe havens for wildlife, better access for more people to enjoy. campaign and contributing to the sustainability of the planet.

Many rural businesses have upped their game when it comes to diversity, from those that generate their own energy to run their operations, to those that use their land in different ways, such as secure fenced areas for dog exercise or agritourism. This prize rewards those who have innovated and created a new source of income or self-sufficiency for their business, while maintaining their core business. We will research the whole story of how the idea was conceived and then implemented, as well as future plans and how it will strengthen the business in the long run.

Rural innovation of the year

This award recognizes rural innovators who have met the challenges of 2020 and 2021 thanks to the pandemic. We’re looking for anyone who has come up with a breakthrough innovation to tackle the problems we all shared. You could be a pub that cooked meals for frontline workers or started deliveries for vulnerable people, a farm shop that went above and beyond to make sure there was food on the shelves for them. buyers, or a distillery that has turned into a hand sanitizer; we are looking for is a newbie who has adapted to help others with the challenges we have all faced.

The winner of this award will be anyone under the age of 35 who has demonstrated a real talent for agriculture, whether it is running their own farm as an owner or tenant, taking over a family farm. or demonstrate exceptional dedication as an agricultural apprentice. Applications should show how applicants worked towards their chosen career path and describe their plans for building a resilient and sustainable business in the changing environment of agriculture.

This award is open to farms of all sectors, including arable, mixed, livestock and horticultural crops, and of any size. We seek applications who describe what sets your farm apart from others, whether through management techniques, diversification or sustainable working practices. Applications should show how you are producing a robust and resilient business for the future.

The campaign relies on an army of volunteers who deliver a wide range of benefits with their work. Initiatives can range from the role of show steward to garbage collection, or from wildlife monitors to the aid army who have helped rural populations protect themselves from the pandemic. This award recognizes the selfless work done by these people, and the judges will look for someone who has a genuine passion for their cause and a love for the work they do. Participants should explain why they feel volunteering is important and what benefits their work brings to the charity or event of their choice.

Rural businesses and professional services

The rural economy is supported by a wide range of businesses, from suppliers of animal feed to suppliers of fuel, machinery to fertilizer. Veterinarians, contractors, accountants, rural surveyors and land agents and agricultural secretaries all have important roles, and we want to find the professionals who go the extra mile for clients. Participants will be expected to demonstrate the role they play in the rural community and how their support can help clients achieve their business goal.

Equine company of the year

Yorkshire has a large and thriving horse industry, despite many of its key events having been canceled due to the pandemic. Hundreds of businesses and individuals are involved in horse-related activities, and we want to hear from them, be it equestrian centers, horse parks, events, instructors, farriers , equine veterinarians and physiotherapists, equine dentists, suppliers or retailers. Horses played an important role in people’s lives during difficult times, and we want to hear from the people who made this possible. This includes the horse parks that allowed people to continue spending time with their horses, the riding schools and RDA groups that made it through the closure or the welfare professionals who worked to keep our horses. fit and healthy horses.

Food and Beverage Producer of the Year

Yorkshire has a long and proud history as a food producer, and we want to hear from all who carry on that heritage. Whether they produce bread, vegetables, cheese, meat, ice cream, drinks or anything else, the demand for artisanal products has never been higher. With the food coming from and the focus on the UK’s high standards during the Agriculture Bill debate putting consumer awareness of food safety at an all-time high, this award is on the lookout for a food and beverage innovator with a passion for their product and the importance of local foods.

Rural tourist attraction and hospitality

This category is open to any rural attraction, from gardens to open farms, from visitor centers to activity centers and the rural hospitality sector that works so closely with country visitors and local residents. Whether it is a hotel, a glamping site, a pub or a tea room, participants will have to demonstrate the vision, creative flair and ambition that sets them apart. others. Everyone in the tourism and hospitality industries has had a difficult year with many places unable to open. Now that visitors are starting to return, the judges will look for the attraction or venue that will go the extra mile.

We know that many on-farm stores used their expertise to survive and thrive during the various lockdowns, and some may have only opened for the first time when the pandemic hit, while more established locations have found new ways to serve the community. Entrants may have innovated and adapted during the pandemic, ensuring that local producers have outlets and consumers can get the food they need, or they may have established their own on-farm store to reach a new market for their products. This award aims to recognize innovation, whether it is an established or new business.

Lifetime Achievement Award

A person, chosen by us, who has dedicated decades of service to agriculture in Yorkshire and deserves special recognition for their outstanding achievements. We are not calling for nominations for this category.

The registration deadline is August 30, 2021 at midnight.

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