The ‘Rural Oscars’ Are Back for 2017!

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are returning for their 13th year and supporters of rural businesses are encouraged to nominate now. Thousands of nominations will be submitted honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities. New to 2017 is a pub category, enabling you to celebrate your favourite rural local.

From thousands of nominations seven regional champions from five categories will be invited to Parliament for the British finals, and in the presence of MPs and Ministers just five will be crowned British Champions.

Nominations have now closed.

Regional champions will be announced in March 2018, with Welsh businesses attending a special reception at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. The regional champions then advance to the British final, which will be held in April 2018 at the House of Lords.

There are several steps you can take to help promote and boost your nomination:

1. Download our Countryside Alliance Awards poster here
2. Promote your nomination on social media by using the hashtag #RuralOscars and including our awards GIF which you can download here.
3. Send a press release to your local newspapers. Please email us if you wish to use our template.
4. Download our petition paper here
5. Word of mouth – make sure you spread the word about your business as much as possible to help drum up extra support.

If you know a retailer who defies the “doom and gloom” tales of rural decline and brightens up your community then nominate them below for a COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARD!

 

 Meet last years winners:

 

The 5 categories are:

(click the category below to reveal the judging criteria)

Local Food / Drink

Have they put the community on the map via the quality and diversity of local produce being sold?

  • Is this retailer championing ‘local food’ and supporting other local producers?
  • Has the community been put on the map by the quality and diversity of local produce being sold, and breathed life into the community/ local economy?
  • Is there a passionate commitment from the retailer?
  • Has this retailer saved or promoted a traditional local food that may otherwise have been lost?
  • Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life?

Village Shop / Post Office

Are they the cornerstone of the village and breathed life into the community and local economy?

  • Are the owners of this shop the hub of the community, playing the key role of the rural local shopkeeper?
  • Do the owners of this shop go above and beyond the call of duty?
  • Are the owners of this shop ambassadors for local produce, helping their community to make informed choices about where their food comes from and
    giving them the chance to support their local producers?
  • Is the guiding motivation a sense of community?
  • Do these retailers deserve this national recognition and can they be an inspiration for all village shop owners at a time when so many are failing?
  • Will this business continue to fly the flag for the local area for some time to come?

Butcher

Is traditional butchery at the heart of the enterprise or have they brought a modern twist to this ancient skill?

  • Is this retailer a qualified and experienced butcher?
  • Is there a high regard for animal welfare?
  • Is this butcher championing ‘local food’ and supporting other local producers?
  • Has this retailer put the community on the map via the quality and diversity of local produce being sold, and have they breathed life into the community/ local economy?
  • Is traditional butchery at the heart of the enterprise or have they brought a modern twist to this ancient skill?
  • Has this retailer saved or promoted a traditional local food that may otherwise have been lost?
  • Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life and the farming industry?
  • Does the retailer make an effort to meet their farmers?
  • Is educating the next generation a priority?

Rural Enterprise

Is this business a growing asset to its community and making a real contribution?

  • Is this a diverse and energetic business?
  • Is more going on at this business than the core activities?
  • Is this business a growing asset to its community and making a real contribution?
  • Does this business enhance the local area?
  • Would winning this award be a well-deserved boost and help the business to develop further for the good of the community and the local economy?
  • Is there a commitment to the future of the countryside, to jobs and to the local community?

Pub

Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life while championing local food and drink?

  • Is this pub the heart of the community?
  • Is this pub putting its local area and produce on the map, reflecting its specific county/ region in the food and drink it serves?
  • Is this pub enhancing the local economy and community, as well as welcoming tourists to this corner of Britain?
  • Would the area suffer if this pub were not there?
  • Is this pub remaining relevant and dynamic in a challenging business environment, and exhibiting a flair for hospitality?
  • Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life while championing local food and drink?

New for 2017 is our ‘Pub’ category to recognise those businesses which are the heart of a rural community; which provide a spot for everyone to come together and enjoy rural life. Pubs promote rural heritage and we’re looking for those which go above and beyond.

Nominations have now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated.

We will now begin judging to select our regional champions.

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