The 2020 Helping It Happen Awards categories

The 2020 Helping It Happen Awards categories

The 2020 Helping It Happen Awards categories

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Following the success of the 2019 Helping It Happen awards, the 2020 awards will be taking place this autumn. In addition to our existing categories, this year we have decided to add two additional awards to our programme!

The first of these, the Rural Rising Star Award, will go to an individual who is fairly new to the sector. The requirements for this award are broad, and we look forward to seeing the breadth of submissions for this category. Everyone from recent graduates just starting out their careers, to people who have needed a change and entered the agricultural sector later in life have a place within this category. While you are welcome to nominate yourself, if you know of an individual who you believe should be celebrated, this would be a wonderful way to congratulate them for their hard work!

Our second new award is the Exceptional Woman in Agriculture Award, which has been established to highlight the work of woman in a variety of different areas of the agricultural sector. Whether you are the CEO of a business, an individual making her way up the ladder, or a mainstay in your local community, we want to hear from you. You need to demonstrate that have worked in agriculture for a minimum of five years to qualify, and we anticipate a diverse rage of entries to this category.

As always, we are grateful to our generous sponsors for their support of the awards. You can visit their websites by clicking on their logos, which will cause their pages to open in a new window.

 

 

The 2020 Helping It Happen Awards categories

                                                                                                                        

Innovation in Farming Award 

sponsored by: Douglas Home

 

The agricultural sector in Scotland is changing and innovation will be vital for businesses to succeed in the future. This award recognises those who are doing things differently, no matter what size or scale of farming is being carried out, whether that be in diversification or the introduction of new or exciting farming techniques.

Criteria:

• Maybe you are able to demonstrate how you have embraced new practices which are beneficial from a business or an environmental perspective.
• Maybe you take risks – perhaps your ideas are designed to solve real-world problems and to explore new potential opportunities.
• Perhaps your innovations could revolutionise the industry – do you think you are at the forefront of something big? 
• Maybe you've made a small change but are seeing big results.
• Maybe what may have seemed like a common-sense, easy change to you could be the spark that changes farming across Scotland.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Rural Business Award 

sponsored by: Turcan Connell

 

This award recognises the innovative, diverse and even quirky business opportunities being grasped by a range of estates and land-based businesses across rural Scotland. A diverse category, this award aims to ensure that any rural business which is making a contribution to the local or national rural economy has a chance to be recognised.

Criteria:

• Maybe you are part of a business that has stood the test of time.
• Maybe you are branching out into other areas of business – perhaps in addition to being a functioning farming property, you also have a café, sell produce direct, or other forms of attractions designed to encourage direct engagement.
• Maybe your business has established itself as a landmark in the local area.
• Maybe your business is just starting out, but has already created a significant name for itself.
• Maybe you can demonstrate a significant contribution to the local economy.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Tourism Award 

sponsored by: GLM

 

Tourism is the heartbeat behind many of Scotland’s farms, estates and rural businesses, providing jobs and bringing visitors to eat, shop, stay and marvel at what Scotland has to offer. This award recognises those rural businesses who are providing first class attractions and accommodation.

Criteria:

• This award is open to individuals, groups and businesses who have made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in their community or region.
• Maybe you can offer something unique that makes your service or attraction stand apart from others.
• Maybe you have a history of consistent growth and a track record of positive customer feedback.
• Maybe you are finding successes in a highly competitive field.
• Maybe you provide exemplary accommodation services, providing memorable experiences for guests and a friendly atmosphere for visitors.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Rural Housing Award 

sponsored by: velux

 

In some rural areas, private rented accommodation is often the main, or only, housing option for many. The aim of this award is to highlight those who are providing vital high-quality housing in rural Scotland.

Criteria:

• Maybe you are renovating older properties to make them fit for 21st century living.
• Maybe you are building new properties on your land to help your rural community grow.
• Maybe you are investing in local community projects involving housing.
• In communities where local, affordable housing is scarce, you could be providing the housing which keeps that community together.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Education Award 

sponsored by: Bell Ingram

The role of education in raising awareness of land management practices and all aspects of rural lie and rural living us of critical importance, and this award recognises those who are reaching out to future generations to pass on key rural skills and enhancing the opportunities for learning in Scotland’s rural communities.

Criteria:

• Maybe you are involved with schools/colleges/universities/youth outreach programmes.
• Maybe you are involved in mentoring programmes.
• Maybe you are reskilling unemployed individuals and offering them new opportunities.
• Maybe you are offering work experiences and the opportunity to learn on the job.
• Maybe you are offering activities, nature trails, etc. to get people interested and engaged in the countryside.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Working With Communities Award 

sponsored by: The MacRobert Trust

 

Every rural business plays a pivotal role in its local community, whether that be in terms of employment, sourcing, accommodation or driving footfall to the area. This award recognises the rural businesses, land managers and estates who are actively working alongside these local communities to deliver change that supports everyone both now and into the future. Given the current situation, we are eager to hear from businesses who have been working in their communities in dealing with Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Criteria:

• Maybe you offer local communities the chance to use your land for a variety of community enterprises, such as gardening, fishing or youth activities.
• Maybe you are partnering with local entrepreneurs to help set up new businesses in your local community.
• Perhaps you use profits from your business to give back to the local area.
• Maybe you are encouraging your local community to get out and explore the countryside

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Wildlife & Conservation Award 

sponsored by: Anderson Strathern

 

This award highlights best practice in conservation work across Scotland, where land managers and rural businesses are protecting some of Scotland’s most iconic species and habitats for future generations to enjoy.

Criteria:

• Maybe your organisation works towards the preservation of a specific part of Scottish Wildlife.
• You might manage parts of your estate to create a safe home to rare or unusual species of wildlife.
• Perhaps you have evidence of successfully improving the local environment for plants or animals.
• Perhaps you participate in raising awareness about the local wildlife and encouraging landscape-wide environmental protection.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Enhancing Our Environment Award 

sponsored by: SNH

 

Scotland’s world-beating rural landscapes and natural heritage have long been a major draw for its own people and visitors alike. Not only are they a draw for visitors, but they also play a vital role in our fight against climate change through activities such as tree planting and peatland restoration. This award recognises the fantastic projects, both large and small, being carried out across Scotland to support these goals.

Criteria:

• Maybe you are involved in river, peatland or other landscape restoration.
• Perhaps you are engaged in a tree re-planting project.
• You may manage land which is home to a rare or iconic species of plant.
• Perhaps you actively work to remove invasive/harmful species.
• Perhaps you have adapted processes in line with environmental considerations and are seeing net-benefits from this.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

Green Business Award 

sponsored by: TBC

 

The Green Business Award is for businesses which are finding success, either while or by implementing processes or measures which contribute towards efficient and sustainable goals.

Criteria:

• Maybe your business operates with a mindful approach towards the issue of climate change.
• Perhaps your business produces environmentally friendly produce.
• Maybe part of your profits go towards causes designed to implement green measures.
• Perhaps your business operates using easily recycled and renewable materials.
• Maybe your business is finding significant success and is known in your community because of the measures you implement.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

NEW - Rural Rising Star Award 

sponsored by: TBC

Our Rising Star Award will be presented to an individual working within the rural sector who has shown extraordinary potential and commitment to their field. This award is open to individuals who have been working within the rural sector for 5 years or fewer and have demonstrated drive, initiative and positive examples of growth.

Criteria:

• This award is for people who have have years r fewer worth of experience in the industry.
• No age restrictions – as long as nominee is new to the sector.
• This person has taken extra steps to strive for success – shown initiative, drive and commitment.
• You may be able to provide a demonstration of personal success – perhaps a qualification, etc.
• You may self-nominate or nominate an individual you think is especially deserving.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

NEW - Exceptional Woman in Agriculture Award 

sponsored by: TBC

Our Exceptional Woman in Agriculture award will go to a woman who has proven herself as a mainstay within the sector, in whatever capacity that may be. Celebrating the efforts of talented individuals who have made their mark in the agricultural sector and on the people they work with.

Criteria:

• This award is for women established in a Scottish agricultural career of 5 years or longer.
• No age restrictions – however, a visible, demonstrable will ideally have been made in the sector.
• Enthusiasm for the sector, giving back and inspiring others (team player)
• Visible career progress – commitment and ambition, impact on communities, etc.
• Examples of leadership and collaboration.

Enter the awards [LINK]

                                                                                                                        

If you are interested in entering the Helping It Happen Awards 2020, we would love to hear from you.

Entries for the 2020 Helping It Happen Awards will officially open in the Spring, but if you would like to register your interest prior to this, you can do so by emailing communications@scottishlandandestates.co.uk and we will alert you as soon as we are open to receiving your application.