Business support for farmers and growers in Scotland:
- Producer membership
Soil Association producer membership gives you unlimited and ongoing access to our full range of support services.
- Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS)
Scotland's experts on co-operative and collaborative strategies, structures and management. They provide a comprehensive range of development and consultancy services, supported by The Scottish Government
- Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
The SAC organic farming website is a free information resource for organic farmers and for farmers thinking about converting to organic.
- Scottish Government 'Organic web site'
The Scottish Government has worked with stakeholders through the Scottish Organic Forum to develop an Organic Action Plan (published March 2011). The Action Plan reflects the shared agenda for the sector, with actions being taken forward by all parties concerned with growing the organic food and drink supply chain in Scotland.
- Scottish Rural Development Programme
The SRDP is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, utilising some €680m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding plus Scottish Government match funding.
Scotland Food and Drink
Scotland Food & Drink, established in 2007, is a not-for-profit organisation that was created to guide food and drink companies of all sizes towards increased profitability.
BBC Radio 4 Food And Farming Awards
The 14th BBC Food and Farming Awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it. Nominations close at midnight on Monday 27th January 2014. Originally comprising seven award categories, the number has increased to ten to reflect changes in British food culture, new ideas, businesses and trends (for example Best Drinks Producer was added in 2010 to reflect the renaissance in British brewing, cider making and distilling.)
The public send in nominations for each of the categories by completing and submitting online nomination forms (nominations for 2014 opened on 5th January 2014 and close on 27th January 2014).
Once the judges receive the nominations (thousands come in from every region in the UK) they select a short list of three finalists in each category which has to be signed off by the entire judging panel. Working in pairs the judges travel to meet their chosen finalists (over the years this has involved visits ranging from the Isles of Scilly to the Isle of Islay). A few weeks later, after all the visits have been completed, the team gathers at the final judges’ meeting; stories are exchanged in detail, businesses explained and flavours described. The panel, working as a team, decide on the eventual winners.
Scotland's Future Farming Award 2014
£4,000 is on offer to reward the winner’s outstanding contribution to the farming industry. An initiative funded by the Elizabeth Murray Trust and supported by NFU Scotland, the award is aimed at showcasing ways in which the country can produce food, fibre and wood products from farms and crofts in a commercially viable way while maintaining the land’s 'natural capital and minimizing the ecological footprint of farming activities'.
You should have an interest in promoting your ideas to farmers, policy-makers and the media. The winner will receive support to do this for a year from a co-ordinator appointed by the Murray Trust.
The 2014 Award will receive applications from Monday 13th January and will close on the 28th March. Contact Michael Williams: Tel 01620 810 491; Mob 0771 3333193. Click here for an application form.
Farmers Weekly Awards 2014
The Farmers Weekly Awards recognise and reward farmers for innovation, commitment to the industry and hard work. The Awards showcase the best farmers in the country by telling their stories. They aim to spread best practice, inspire others and influence the public about the role that farmers play in today’s society. The tenth Farmers Weekly awards will take place on 2 October 2014.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Farmers Weekly Awards.
- 2014 Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards
Entries are welcomed for the 24th annual Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards, which rewards food and drink companies based in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray for their new product innovations and good business practice. Winners will be announced by Andrew Kenny of Asda, at the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards Presentation Dinner at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Pitfodels, Aberdeen on Thursday 20th March 2014.
Click here for further information and booking details. Closing date for entries Tuesday 11th February 2014.
All companies intending to submit entries to the 2014 Awards should inform the organisers what they are entering by Friday 31st January. This allows us to know how many entries to expect in advance of the closing date and helps determine whether prejudging of some categories may be needed. If prejudging is required, this will take place on Tuesday 4th March at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Pitfodels, Aberdeen.
- 2014 Observer Ethical Awards
If you are an eco entrepreneur, a campaigner for social justice or have a great green idea for making the world better, then you can nominate yourself or someone else for this year's Observer Ethical Awards.
The intention of this year's ninth Ethical Awards is to make as much noise as possible about the extraordinary people, projects and places that are bringing about ethical change. Our 2014 motto is: Be Better in This Life. Let's not look back wishing we'd done it all differently when it's too late. And if you know someone who is making a difference, please nominate them today. There are 10 categories in this year's awards, including the great energy race to recognise an undiscovered energy-saving genius. We're also looking for the next bright young thing to win Ecover's young green champion award. The winner of this will receive £6,000* funding for their project. We will help create a peerless sustainable fashion collection, and we also want to champion another local hero. If you feel you should be recognised – or know someone who does – please put yourself forward, or nominate them.
- The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2014
The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, run in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years. 21 awards recognise excellence across retail, foodservice and business categories. Entry fees are £25+VAT for SF&D/RHASS members and £45+VAT for non-members. Please note that online submissions only will be considered. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2014. Additional queries should be directed to Sophie Fraser email@example.com or 0131 335 0952.
- Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2014
The Awards, now in their tenth year, complement the work of the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum by encouraging food and drink businesses to be innovative, forward thinking and collaborative and by celebrating excellence and achievement. With some of the best natural produce in the world, the Awards showcase the wide range of food and drink products in the region and the equally diverse profile of businesses, from internationally renowned companies to small innovative producers.
Simply browse the 12 categories, follow the instructions, complete the application form and email it back by Wednesday 23rd April. The 10th Awards Dinner & Ceremony will take place at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Friday 24th October 2014.
Contact Lyn Matheson,
Agricultural Development Manager
on 0131 666 0847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Scottish Office 0131 666 2474.