New Digital Award announced for Rural Scotland - Digital Scotland

New Digital Award announced for Rural Scotland

The Scottish Rural Awards are pleased to announce a new digital award for rural Scotland, the Best Countryside Digital Innovator Award.

Nominations are now open for the Scottish Rural Awards 2020, organised by Scottish Field Magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance.

The winner will be crowned for successfully championing digital projects and products across the agricultural, rural and tourism sectors in Scotland.

Small and medium-sized Scottish businesses are being asked to enter themselves or nominate a friend for a Scottish Rural Award 2020. The deadline to enter will be Monday, 4 November 2019.

Organisers from Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance are pleased to announce the new award titles for the 2020 Scottish Rural Awards, which are:

  • Best Scottish Artisan Food Award
  • Best Scottish Artisan Drink Award
  • Rural Business Diversification Award
  • Best Rural Business Start-Up Award
  • Best Farming Business Award
  • Best Rural Employer Award
  • Rural Hospitality Award
  • Best Rural Innovation Award
  • Best Rural Skills Educator Award
  • Most Sustainable Rural Business Award
  • Best Rural Tourism Initiative Award
  • Rural Hero Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • NEW FOR 2020: Best Countryside Digital Innovator Award

The awards mark the culmination of five extremely successful years of rewarding local heroes, innovative businesses and enterprising community projects which make the Scottish Rural Awards the most sought-after rural awards in Scotland.

Finalists will be invited to attend a black-tie three-course dinner held in spring 2020.

Last year’s awards were presented by Dougie Vipond and were held at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Among the winners were Donna Ker-Ramsay (Rural Hero), Island Bakery Organics Ltd (Artisan Food) and Fishing for Litter – Kimo UK (Conservation and the Environment).

It couldn’t be easier to enter the awards. Businesses and individuals can nominate themselves or a friend on the website. It only takes five minutes to fill in our online form to register your nomination.

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Businesses have until Monday 4 November to put forward their nomination. Businesses can either self-nominate or be nominated by a friend, family member, customer or member of the public.

The full criteria for each award, along with nomination forms, are available on the Scottish Rural Awards website, It is free to enter a nomination.

As an added bonus, every nominee will receive a free copy of Scottish Field magazine.

The ultimate benchmark of success in Scotland’s countryside, the Scottish Rural Awards are now in their sixth year and are partnered by Scottish Field Magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance.

Richard Bath, editor of Scottish Field, said: ‘The Scottish Rural Awards go to the heart of Scottish Field’s commitment to showcase the best that Scotland’s countryside has to offer. That is why it has been an enormous pleasure to be a part of an awards that has grown in stature with every passing year.’

‘Our involvement with the SRA has also been an educational process: judging the awards each year has revealed the extraordinary levels of innovation and energy of the people who live in rural Scotland. In turn, the awards have given those dynamic custodians of Scotland’s rural economy the public recognition which they so richly deserve.’

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