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Support our champions of rural entrepreneurship – only three weeks left to nominate for Helping It Happen Awards 2019

By 18th June 2019 No Comments

The Helping It Happen Awards have become a leading champion of Scotland’s rural economy and thriving culture of entrepreneurship and organisers, Scottish Land & Estates, are now urging nominees to come forward before nominations close on Monday 8 July 2019.

Helping it HappenThe Awards were set up to recognise the economic, social and environmental contribution of rural businesses throughout Scotland, and their expansion and widespread support is testimony to the range of enterprises, large and small, that are working to improve quality of life, social environment and economic health in rural Scotland.

Open to any Scottish rural enterprise, the nine award categories demonstrate the role of rural businesses in shaping local communities, educating younger generations, and maintaining a healthy environment and ecology.

Sponsorship has been provided by a wide range of organisations, all of which are demonstrating their strong support for rural business, with overall sponsorship being given by the MacRobert Trust, which champions youth development in agriculture and horticulture, as well as local area and community.

Simon Power, Estate Manager for the MacRobert Trust and a member of the Helping It Happen Awards judging panel commented:

“I support the awards because I believe it is time that rural businesses receive the recognition that they deserve for the significant contribution they make working with their local communities in a wide range of activities; this also applies to the work that many rural businesses undertake to protect and enhance the biodiversity and landscape under their management and the welcome they provide to visitors to their areas. I am delighted to be able to take part in judging; I am sure that it will be challenging to narrow it down to just one winner in each category.

The independent panel of judges of the 2019 Helping It Happen Awards volunteer their expertise in support of Scottish rural entrepreneurship. Judge Alan Laidlaw, Chief Executive of RHASS commented:

“There are so many great initiatives going on in rural Scotland that often go unseen. The Helping It Happen awards are a great opportunity to celebrate landowners, farmers and businesses working together to make our rural economy thrive. I am delighted to be involved in recognising those who work hard to get new ideas off the ground.”


  • The Helping It Happen Awards are open for online entries until Monday 8th July 2019. Entry is free and involves a simple online form. Find out more and enter at
  • Businesses are able to nominate themselves and third-party nomination is very much encouraged.
  • Previous winners include: Orkney Ice Cream, Dunvegan Castle, Mossgiel Family Farm and the Game for Giving Initiative. A full list of 2018 winners can be viewed here:
  • Scottish Land & Estates founded the Awards in 2017.
  • On the judging panel are: Nina Clancy, Chief Executive, RSABI; Alan Laidlaw, Chief Executive, RHASS; David Whiteford, Chair, North Highland Initiative; Julia Latto, Project Manager, Scottish Enterprise; Lucy Beattie, Owner, Leckmelm Estate; Simon Power, Estate Manager, MacRobert Trust.
  • Categories open for online entry are:
    • Education – sponsored by Lycetts
    • Tourism – sponsored by GLM
    • Innovation in Farming – sponsored by Douglas Home & Co
    • Conservation – sponsored by Anderson Strathern
    • Rural Housing
    • Rural Business – sponsored by Turcan Connell
    • Enhancing our Environment
    • The Iver Salvesen Award for Green Business
    • The MacRobert Trust Award for Working with Communities
  • Media contact: Anna Davies

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