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Isle of Wight Rural Awards 2018

Logo of the CLAThe Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society and the CLA are launching a set of prestigious new awards to celebrate rural life on the Isle of Wight. The five awards will reflect the work and focus of the RIWAS and the CLA, including trophies for rural businesses, young people and schools, and food businesses. The categories in the Isle of Wight Rural Awards are:
• Rural Business of the Year
• Rural Young Person of the Year
• Isle of Wight Primary School of the Year
• Wight Marque Food Business of the Year
• Sustainable Business Champion
• Isle of Wight Farm Worker of the Year

These awards will recognise those individuals and businesses who represent the very best of rural achievement on the Isle of Wight. To enter, businesses, individuals and organisations can nominate themselves, or be nominated by others. Nominations will be accepted until 20th May 2018; winners will be announced and trophies presented at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show on Sunday 8 July 2018.

Graham Biss, Vice Chairman of RIWAS says “Part of RIWAS’ charitable role is to raise awareness of rural issues on the Isle of Wight, and we also want to celebrate our successes. These new awards will showcase the success of rural industries on the island, and our awards for schools and young people will demonstrate the very positive future of rural life here.”
Robin Edwards, CLA Director – South East says “The rural economy on the Isle of Wight is fundamental to life on the island as it not only underpins many agricultural businesses but it is also the bed rock of the tourism sector. So the CLA are delighted to be able to work with RIWAS and launch these awards which will highlight the many innovative, successful diversified rural enterprises we have on the island.”

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