Countryside Alliance Awards

 

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE

[email protected]

Click for more >

Categories and criteria

It will probably help both retailers and customers alike to know exactly what we are looking for in this competition and what we really need to know about each retailer in order to judge them fairly. Below are the guidelines that the national judging panel works to - sparking passionate debate along the way!

These are merely guidelines, not an exhaustive list, and please remember that the two "tests" of this Awards scheme are "community values" (which in some categories include a strand of educating and supporting the next generation) and "commitment to produce or skill". Also remember that it is the quality of the nomination that will initially catch our eyes, so "I nominate Bob because his sausages are the best" won't really cut it - tell us why Bob's sausages are the best - is it because they are made from locally reared, locally slaughtered pigs, or is it because Bob tries different recipes and takes sausage-making to a whole new level? We want to know about our nominees and what they do - we want to hear about them as three dimensional characters who are contributing to rural life.

 

The categories are:

  • Local Food Award
  • Village Shop/ Post Office Award
  • Butcher Award
  • Enterprise Award
  • Pub Award

 

The criteria we are looking for in each category are as follows:

 

Local Food and Drink

  • Is this retailer championing ‘local food’ and supporting other local producers?
  • Has the community been put on the map by the quality and diversity of local produce being sold, and breathed life into the community/ local economy?
  • Is there a passionate commitment from the retailer?
  • Has this retailer saved or promoted a traditional local food that may otherwise have been lost?
  • Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life?

 

Village Shop/ Post Office

  • Are the owners of this shop the hub of the community, playing the key role of the rural local shopkeeper?
  • Do the owners of this shop go above and beyond the call of duty?
  • Are the owners of this shop ambassadors for local produce, helping their community to make informed choices about where their food comes from and giving them the chance to support their local producers?
  • Is the guiding motivation a sense of community?
  • Do these retailers deserve this national recognition and can they be an inspiration for all village shop owners at a time when so many are failing?
  • Will this business continue to fly the flag for the local area for some time to come?

 

Butcher

  • Is this retailer a qualified and experienced butcher?
  • Is there a high regard for animal welfare?
  • Is this butcher championing ‘local food’ and supporting other local producers?
  • Has this retailer put the community on the map via the quality and diversity of local produce being sold, and have they breathed life into the community/ local economy?
  • Is traditional butchery at the heart of the enterprise or have they brought a modern twist to this ancient skill??
  • Has this retailer saved or promoted a traditional local food that may otherwise have been lost?
  • Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life and the farming industry?
  • Does the retailer make an effort to meet their farmers?
  • Is educating the next generation a priority?

 

Rural Enterprise

  • Is this a diverse and energetic business?
  • Is more going on at this business than the core activities?
  • Is this business a growing asset to its community and making a real contribution?
  • Does this business enhance the local area?
  • Would winning this award be a well-deserved boost and help the business to develop further for the good of the community and the local economy?
  • Is there a commitment to the future of the countryside, to jobs and to the local community?

Pub

  • Is this pub the heart of the community?
  • Is this pub putting its local area and produce on the map, reflecting its specific county/ region in the food and drink it serves?
  • Is this pub enhancing the local economy and community, as well as welcoming tourists to this corner of Britain?
  • Would the area suffer if this pub were not there?
  • Is this pub remaining relevant and dynamic in a challenging business environment, and exhibiting a flair for hospitality?
  • Would winning this competition reward a really special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life while championing local food and drink?