‘Rural Oscars’ chance for businesses

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Rural businesses which go the extra mile are being invited to put themselves forward for the Countryside Alliance Awards.

Nominations are being taken for the awards – dubbed the “Rural Oscars”– which recognise the very best of rural businesses and their contribution to local communities

The award categories reflect the diversity of rural business, embracing everything from farm shops, butchers and Post Offices to breweries, B&Bs and farm parks.

The four categories are: local food and drink, village shop/Post Office, butchers and start-up business.

The awards start regionally and build towards a national championship which will be held at the Houses of Parliament in April 2016.

The awards are now in their 11th year and awards director Jill Grieve said: “These awards are a true celebration of rural life and business so I urge everyone to get behind their businesses and help us shine a spotlight on their efforts.”

Nominations can be made until Monday November 2nd by logging on to the alliance website at: www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/