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Helping It Happen 2018 National Awards

Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Scottish Land & Estates has declared the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 open for business. The national Awards, which aim to recognise the role of estates, farms and rural businesses in enabling and supporting success in rural areas, will once again be sponsored by The MacRobert Trust, with entries being considered in the following nine categories:

Tourism Award
Tourism is the heartbeat behind many of Scotlandís farms, estates and rural businesses, providing jobs and bringing visitors to eat, shop, stay and marvel at what Scotland has to offer. This award recognises those rural businesses who are providing first class attractions and accommodation.

Rural Business Award sponsored by Turcan Connell
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 based business which is making a contribution to the local or national rural economy has a chance to be recognised.

Rural Housing Award sponsored by Clarendon Planning & Development
In some rural areas, private rented accommodation is often the main, or only, housing option for many. The aim of this award is to highlight those who are providing vital high-quality housing in rural Scotland.

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 Scotlandís most iconic species and habitats for future generations to enjoy.

Education Award sponsored by Lycetts
The role of education in raising awareness of land management practises and all aspects of rural life and rural living is of critical importance, and this award recognises those who are reaching out to future generations to pass on key rural skills and who are enhancing the opportunities for learning in Scotlandís rural communities.

Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
Our Green Business Award for those who are committed to enhancing their environmental and social credentials and working to lower their businesses environmental footprint.

This award is dedicated to Iver Salvesen, a big-hearted, warm, larger-than-life character and a long-term SLE member, who died suddenly at the age of 47 whilst volunteering in Tanzania. Iver was passionate about renewable energy, and his primary focus in his final years was to design and build environmentally-friendly homes.

The MacRobert Trust Award for Working With Communities
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. This award recognises the rural businesses, land managers and estates who are actively working alongside these local communities to deliver change that supports everyone both now and into the future.

Innovation in Farming Award sponsored by Douglas Home & Co
The agricultural sector in Scotland is changing, and innovation will be key 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.

Enhancing our Environment Award sponsored by Bell Ingram
Scotlandís 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.

Our independent judging panel will assess all nominations in August, before the winners are announced at the Helping It Happen Awards Dinner at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on Wednesday 3rd October.

Awards Ė select a category below to see the nominations so far

Rural Business
Sponsored by Turcan Connell
Sponsored by Gift Of Grouse
Rural Housing
Sponsored by Clarendon
Sponsored by Lycetts
Working With Communities
Sponsored by The MacRobert Trust
Sponsored by Anderson Strathern
Green Business
Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
Innovation in Farming
Sponsored by Douglas Home and Co
Enhancing our Environment
Sponsored by Bell Ingram

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