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The awards are open to any individuals, businesses or other organisations either based in or operating within the Highlands and Islands.

For the purpose of these awards, the Highlands and Islands is defined by the area covered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which stretches from Argyll and the Islands in the south to Shetland in the north, and from the Outer Hebrides in the west to Moray in the east. http://www.hie.co.uk/assets/maps/loader.aspx?map=regional

It is possible for one project or business to be entered into more than one category (for example, an estate or farm which has developed a food and drink business could enter in both the Rural Taste and Rural Covid Resilience award categories.)

Even where the category name includes 'Business' in the title, we will accept entries which are not-for-profit enterprises, charitable or use other structures.

Entries should be no more than 750 words in total, excluding any appendices or additional evidence to support the nomination which are limited to a max of 2 x A4 word docs/PDF or PPP.

Entries close midnight Saturday 16th October 2021.


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Nomination Details


Rural Taste Award
Rural Community Award
Rural Blue Award
Rural Covid Resilience Award
Rural Entrepreneur Award
Rural Charity Award
Rural Natural Capital Award
Rural Creative Award
Rural Digitisation Award
(Please only upload Max 2 x A4 pages in Word(.doc/.docx), Acrobat/PDF(.pdf), Rich-Text format (.rtf), HTML or text files under 20MB.)

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Help or Questions

If you require any assistance with your entry, or have a particular question in relation to the awards, please contact Emma Glass on 01463 732223 or email emma.glass@hnmedia.co.uk


Entries close midnight Saturday 16th October 2021.


Timeline for entries and Awards tickets

  • The deadline for submitting a completed entry is midnight on Saturday 16th October 2021
  • Shortlist will be announced week commencing 1st November
  • Information about tickets to the awards can be viewed here

Not sure which categories to enter?

See Categories

Judging format

Our panel of judges are selected from businesses and organisations involved in the Highlands and Islands' rural economy and represent a cross-section of the community. The judges will consider every entry in every category, then meet in conference to discuss their relative merits and create the final shortlist. Where there is a tie in terms of the shortlist or winners, the decision of the head judge shall be final.

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