Supporting rural success …

Do you know of great work being done in the countryside near you? A local business making a real difference in the community? An education or conservation project that’s improving the area? How about a great business that’s launched in the last 12 months – or someone having a positive impact on local tourism? These are just some of the categories in an awards’ programme that has launched to celebrate rural success across Scotland. 

The #HelpingItHappen2018 Awards have been launched at the site of one of last year’s winners – Luss Estates at Loch Lomond. Luss Estates’ Simon Miller (pictured below – left) says: “Our main task is to preserve and enhance the area for future generations. Crucial steps in order to achieve this are to provide economic and employment opportunities and create new family housing. This is at the forefront of what we do, by investing in and developing our own enterprises, and encouraging others to invest in the local area and live here.

Luss Estates are a great example of a business that deliver a great deal in a rural area. Their work supports the local economy and community through a diverse range of business interests that cover hospitality, events and retail – from the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel and Inverbeg Holiday Park to the Luss General Store and Filling Station. But as with many rural enterprises, their support goes far beyond ‘just running businesses’. Each one is committed to using local suppliers, employing local professionals and sourcing local produce wherever possible. This is very much the spirit of the #HelpingItHappen2018 Awards.

David Johnstone, Chair of Scottish Land & Estates (right) with Simon Miller of Luss Estates. Picture by Colin Garvie (Lennox Herald contracted freelance, 20/02/18)

The awards – run by Scottish Land & Estates and sponsored by The MacRobert Trust – is open for anyone to nominate potential winners across a range of categories. The awards will highlight outstanding work that is being delivered in Rural Housing, Education, Community Engagement, Wildlife & Conservation, Business Opportunities, Environmental & Renewable Energy, Diversification, Tourism, Employment, Innovation in Farming and Enhancing Our Environment.

And if you know of any potential nominee who is aged 8-26, even better! The Awards fall within Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 – an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our young people. #YoYP2018 gives 8-26 year olds across Scotland a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, helps to showcase their ideas and talents and aims to create a more positive perception. So when nominating, think if you can include any youngsters.

David Johnstone, Chair of the organisers, adds: “We were incredibly pleased with the success of the inaugural awards and are building on this in 2018. We want to highlight and celebrate the significant, positive contribution that land-based businesses make in rural Scotland – the ways in which they add value to the local economy.

Need more?

You can read more on the awards and this year’s judges here – and make your nominations via this link.

Entries close on July 13th 2018 and the awards will be presented at a cewremony at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh in October.

We’ll be keeping tabs on the awards and sharing stories from time to time that feature some of those nominated.

Thanks for reading!