The 2020 Helping It Happen Awards categories

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If you have gone the extra mile to help your community during lockdown or if you diversified your business in 2019 in a quirky way, are doing fantastic innovative work on your farm, or perhaps you are doing some really important work in conservation, the environment or educating kids about rural Scotland, you should enter our free national Helping it Happen Awards – or nominate someone else! A family member, employee, colleague or neighbour could all be worthy of an accolade!

The Awards showcase the work done in 2019/20 by local estates, farms and land-based businesses to help rural Scotland thrive. With everything that has happened over the past few months, we think it is important to continue shouting about and celebrating the fantastic work going on in rural Scotland.

In fact, we have heard of so much wonderful work going on in local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, that we are encouraging entries to our revamped  ‘Community Champion of the Year’ category from individuals, groups or businesses who have gone above and beyond during lockdown. To ensure people the length and breadth of Scotland are recognised, there will be a ‘Community Champion of the Year’ award for each of the five SLE regions: North East, Highland, Central, South West and South East. GLM is delighted to sponsor this category.  

 

The 2020 Helping It Happen Awards categories

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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.

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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.

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Iver Salvesen Green Business Award 

 

The Iver Salvesen 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.

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Rural Business Award 

 

Sponsored by: velux

 

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.
• You  may be 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 of the local area.
• Maybe your business is just starting out, but has already created a significant name for itself.
• You can demonstrate a significant contribution to the local economy.

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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.
• 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? 
• You may have only made a small change but are seeing huge results.
• What might seem like a common-sense, easy change to you could be the spark that changes farming across Scotland.

 

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Education Award 

sponsored by: Bell Ingram

The role of education in raising awareness of land management practices and all aspects of rural life is of critical importance. 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.
• You might be involved in mentoring programmes.
• You may be reskilling unemployed individuals and offering them new opportunities.
• Maybe you are offering work experiences and the opportunity to learn on the job.
• Perhaps you are offering activities, nature trails, etc. to get people interested and engaged in the countryside.

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Community Champion of the Year (Central, Highland, North East, South East, and South West)

sponsored by: GLM

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. During the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals, groups and businesses across rural Scotland have gone above and beyond the usual role they play. This award recognises the rural businesses, land managers and estates who are actively working alongside local communities to deliver change that supports everyone, whether that’s during lockdown or in previous work in 2019/20. There are five regional awards available in this category.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to one of more of the criteria below, you should enter this category.

Criteria:

• You went above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic to help individuals or groups in your local community
• You changed your business model during lockdown to ensure continuous employment of staff and to offer a much-needed service to locals
You offer local communities the chance to use your land (gardening, fishing, etc)
• You use profits from your business to give back to the local area
• You work in partnership with local businesses
• You are pushing for forward thinking measures that cater towards environmentalism to make sure your community can continue to enjoy rural Scotland
• You are encouraging your local community to get out and explore the countryside on their doorstep

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