The CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have announced the return of their prestigious awards celebrating rural work and life on the Island.
The awards were first launched in 2018 and honour those who go the extra mile to support the rural economy, from food and drink producers to tourism businesses.
These awards recognise those individuals and businesses who represent the very best of rural achievement on the Isle of Wight.
Applications for 2022 are now open with the following catagories:
- Rural Business of the Year – awarded to the rural business, from any sector or size, who exemplifies the Island’s rural sector and has made a significant contribution to the Isle of Wight. Selected from the winners in each of the four business categories:
- Wight Marque Food Business – awarded to the Wight Marque business which has contributed the most to profile and promote the Isle of Wight as a quality food destination
- Rural Tourism Business – awarded to the tourism business which has contributed the most to the Island’s rural tourism sector
- Countryside Small Business – awarded to any type of business employing 5 or fewer people.
- Countryside Business - awarded to any type of business employing 6 or more people.
- Rural Young Person of the Year – awarded to the young person aged 26 or under who lives, works or has a connection to the Isle of Wight countryside and has made a valued contribution to the rural sector.
- Lifetime Achievement Award – awarded to the person who it is considered has contributed greatly to the rural sector over a sustained period of time. This category is not open to nominations, with the nominees and winner chosen by the judging panel. This may not be awarded each year.
Cindy Betley, CLA Isle of Wight adviser, said: “We are delighted that these awards are returning once again as they celebrate the Island's vibrant rural economy, which the CLA is proud to support.
“The nominations windows is only open for a short period so please get your applications in today.
“It’s been a busy and sometimes challenging year, and we look forward to recognising the innovative, dynamic people and businesses on the Isle of Wight.”
An application form can be downloaded below.
Please complete the application form and give as much detail as possible about why you think the person or business you have nominated should receive the award. You can nominate yourself, or others, and do so in more than one category if you wish.
Nominations close on 25 May, 2022.
How to enter
Download the entry form here.