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The CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society (RIWAS) have relaunched their annual awards celebrating rural life on the Island.

The awards, which are accepting nominations for a strictly limited period, are normally presented at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show each summer. But with the 2020 show called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have now been relaunched and will be presented later this year.

Each year, the awards honour those who demonstrate success and achievement from all parts of the rural economy with winners receiving an Island-shaped wooden trophy, rosette and certificate.

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To enter, businesses, individuals and organisations can nominate themselves, or be nominated by others.

The categories in the Isle of Wight Rural Awards 2020 are:

  • Wight Marque Food Business of the Year
  • Rural Tourism Business of the Year
  • Small Countryside Business of the Year (up to 5 employees)
  • Countryside Business of the Year (6 or more employees)
  • An overall winner from the above 4 categories, receiving the Isle of Wight Rural Business of the Year award
  • Lifetime Achievement (to be chosen by the judges)
  • Rural Young Person of the Year (aged 26 and under).

The panel of judges is made up of CLA Isle of Wight Senior Adviser Cindy Betley, RIWAS’ Danny Horne and independent Chairman Robert Lovegrove.

Cindy Betley said:

“We are delighted to relaunch these awards as they celebrate the Island’s vibrant rural economy. But please hurry – the nominations windows is only open for a short period.”

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David Groves, Chairman of RIWAS, said:

“Building on last year’s competition we are delighted it will be possible to hold this year’s awards and we would encourage all rural businesses to enter.

“They are a great way to celebrate the qualities of the Island’s rural economy.”

To nominate, download by form by clicking here before 16th October or call the CLA on 01264 313 434.

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