Time to recognise rural Scotland’s achievements

Press Release

People across rural Scotland who have helped their business and surrounding communities flourish, are being urged to enter the 2021 Helping It Happen Awards.

Organised by Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, the annual Helping it Happen Awards, which are free to enter, will showcase the work done in 2020/21 by businesses, farms and estates to help rural Scotland thrive during a difficult year.

The Helping it Happen Awards will once again be sponsored by GLM and this year there is a new ‘Business Resilience Award’ category which is open to those who have, despite the pandemic, seen their business flourish by adapting, being innovative and working hard.

Scottish Land & Estates Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Laing said:

“This year has been difficult for us all. Our world leading tourism and hospitality sector has lay dormant. Across the rural sector businesses, land managers and community groups have done everything in their power to keep their staff in jobs and their work going in trying times.

“That is why this year we think it is more important than ever to celebrate the talent, innovation, and passion of rural Scotland. To recognise the efforts made in the most difficult of circumstances by our members and others to protect communities, jobs and nature in rural Scotland, through the Helping it Happen awards.

“There is no shortage of achievements to celebrate from Scotland’s rural businesses. We urge people from Shetland to the Borders to submit their entries for this year’s awards. You can nominate yourself or others.

“The quality of entries we receive to the Helping it Happen Awards is always exceptional, and we are excited to see this year’s crop of nominations.”

The 2021 Helping it Happen Awards categories are:

The awards close to entries on 4 August and winners will be announced at a live virtual ceremony on 27 October 2021.

To view last years’ winning entries or make a nomination please visit www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk/helping-it-happen.