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Helping It Happen Awards 2018

People across Scotland are being urged to highlight the work done by local estates and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 get underway.

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:

  • Rural Business Award
  • Tourism Award
  • Rural Housing Award
  • Education Award
  • MacRobert Trust Award for Working with Communities
  • Conservation Award
  • The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
  • Innovation in Farming Award
  • Enhancing Our Environment Award

To nominate, people are being asked to share how their local estate, farm or rural business has made a positive contribution to their area. Entries can be submitted here before the closing date of 13 July 2018.

Entries for the Helping it Happen Awards 2018 will be reviewed by an independent judging panel with three finalists selected in each category. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony which will take place at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on 3 October 2018.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 ‘HELPING IT HAPPEN’ RURAL AWARDS

People across East Lothian are being urged to highlight the work done by local estates and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 get underway.

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:

  • Rural Business Award
  • Tourism Award
  • Rural Housing Award
  • Education Award
  • MacRobert Trust Award for Working with Communities
  • Conservation Award
  • The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
  • Innovation in Farming Award
  • Enhancing Our Environment Award

    To nominate, people are being asked to share how their local estate, farm or rural business has made a positive contribution to their area.  Entries can be submitted via the Helping It Happen website – www.helpingithappen.co.uk – before the closing date of 13 July 2018.

    To celebrate the launch of the 2018 awards, David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, visited Luss Estates at Loch Lomond.  Together with Drimnin Estate, Luss Estates were joint-winners of the Rural Business category at the 2017 Helping It Happen Awards.

    David Johnstone said:

    “We want to highlight and celebrate the significant positive contribution land-based businesses make in rural areas throughout Scotland – in particular, the ways in which they add value to the local economy and the environment for the wider benefit of the community.  We were incredibly pleased with the success of the augural awards in 2017 and are building on this in 2018 through the creation of additional categories to celebrate innovation in farming and environmental enhancement.

    “We urge people up and down the country to submit their entries for this year’s awards – the quality of entries last year was exceptional, and we are looking forward to receiving this year’s crop of stories. I am sure the judges will have a tough task in narrowing down the shortlist once entries close in July this year.”

    Simon Miller, Luss Estates Chief Executive Officer said:

    “Our main task is to preserve and enhance the area for future generations. Crucial steps in order to achieve this are to provide economic and employment opportunities and create new family housing. This is at the forefront of what we do, by investing in and developing our own enterprises, and encouraging others to invest in the local area and live here.”

    Entries for the Helping it Happen Awards 2018 will be reviewed by an independent judging panel with three finalists selected in each category.  The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony which will take place at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on 3 October 2018.

Insurer issues rural road warning as temperatures drop

  • More people killed on Scottish rural roads than urban roads
  • Drivers urged to adapt driving for countryside conditions
  • Insurer issues rural driving tips

Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is warning people to take care on rural roads as it is revealed that there was a 23% rise in deaths on Scottish rural roads last year*.

As colder conditions and dark nights take hold, motorists are being urged to adapt their driving accordingly and to be aware of slow-moving farm vehicles and vulnerable road users such as horse riders, walkers and cyclists.

Although the number of people killed on Scottish urban roads decreased by 11% in 2016, fatalities on rural roads increased by 23% with more than three times as many people killed on rural roads than urban ones last year.

Martin Malone, Manager for NFU Mutual in Scotland said: “While the decrease in road fatalities in urban areas is welcome news, we are deeply concerned by the rise in deaths on our Scottish rural roads.”

Drivers sometimes fail to appreciate the hazards of rural roads, Martin warns: “Modern vehicles tend to insulate drivers from harsh conditions outside – but sophisticated braking systems won’t prevent a skid on an untreated road after a frost. Many rural roads aren’t gritted after a frost or snowfall so it’s vital to stay alert and adjust speed according to weather conditions.

“In the countryside, you never know if there will be a tractor, horses, or a walker round the next corner and every year NFU Mutual deals with claims resulting from  serious accidents involving farm vehicles being hit by fast-moving cars, lorries and motorcycles.”

NFU Mutual Rural Driving Tips:

Whether you’re a native of the countryside or an infrequent visitor, these tips for rural driving should help you stay safe and avoid the hazards.

  1. Plan your journey before you set off and give thought to locations that might be badly affected, such as flood prone areas, and monitor local weather forecasts.
  2. Stick to speed limits – rural roads require different driving skills – sharp bends, unexpected hazards and changing conditions can all catch out the unwary. Also, slow down on winding roads as many accidents occur from drivers taking sharp bends too quickly.
  3. Keep your windscreen, windows and mirrors clean and free of ice and ensure you have a supply of winter-ready screenwash.
  4. Avoid driving through flood water – driving through flood water is particularly risky as it is difficult to know how deep it is and what is hiding under the water’s surface.
  5. Be aware of mud and leaves on the road – both can be incredibly slippery in wet conditions and can cause vehicles to lose traction and skid.
  6. Make way for horses – anyone driving on a rural road should expect to often share it with horses and their riders, so drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary. If you do need to pass a horse then stay at least a car’s width away from them, pass slowly and don’t make any sudden noises or movements which might spook them.
  7. Watch out for wildlife – it is quite common for wild animals to appear on country roads and a natural instinct might be to swerve to avoid them, but this is dangerous. A broken fog light or dented bumper is better than a serious accident due to losing control of your vehicle. Larger animals, such as deer, present a bigger problem so braking to reduce the severity of the impact is advisable.
  8. Be prepared for livestock delays – farmers often need to use the roads to move livestock to and from their fields. If the road is blocked by livestock then the best thing to do is stop the car, turn off your engine and wait patiently.
  9. Be patient with farm vehicles –be patient behind tractors; they rarely travel long distances, but be prepared for them to turn into fields and farmyards and other less obvious turnings of which you may not be aware.
  10. Read between the white lines – paint and markings are added to the road where there is a history of collisions and fatalities. The more paint there is on the road, the more potential danger there is. Be aware and take extra care.
  11. For more tips on rural driving and to find out more about NFU Mutual’s breakdown cover, visit www.nfumutual.com

*Data taken from Scottish Government National Indicator: Deaths on Scotland’s Roads http://www.gov.scot/About/Performance/scotPerforms/indicator/roaddeaths

East Lothian PR and Marketing Firm Shortlisted for two UK Business Awards

Specialist rural PR and Marketing agency Scene & Herd Ltd, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Rural Business Awards 2016 which give recognition to businesses operating across the rural sector.

The Awards acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as celebrating the achievements of rural businesses.

Longniddry based Scene & Herd Ltd, which was set up in 2009 by former NFU Scotland Communications Manager Anna Davies, and which now operates with two Directors and six specialist consultants, has been shortlisted in the categories ‘Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business’ and ‘Best Rural Professional Services Business’.
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Director Anna Davies commented:

“We are thrilled to be shortlisted in two categories within these prestigious awards and are very much looking forward to finding out the results in October.  It is always rewarding to have your passion and hard work recognised, especially as these particular awards are organised and judged by people who truly understand the rural sector across the UK.”

Fellow Director, Ross Montague, who farms in the Scottish Borders, added:

“We work with some fantastic clients, building their reputation and helping them grow. We are the only Scottish organisation in the ‘Best Rural Professional Services Business’ category, and, we believe, one of only two Scotland based businesses shortlisted across all categories of these prestigious awards! We are exceedingly proud to be finalists alongside some very highly regarded organisations from across Britain.”

“Over the last 12 months, our turnover has more than doubled as we aim to grow our impact in the sector, as well as the benefits we can deliver to clients, and so we are delighted to have had our efforts rewarded.”

The winners of the Rural Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 13th October at The Belfry Resort & Spa, Warwickshire.