Congratulations to the hugely impressive line up of winners who celebrated with us at the 13th Food & Farming Industry Awards at the House of Commons on December 2nd.
Gyles Brandreth presented the awards with more of his unique ‘style’ than you can imagine. He was accompanied by Toastmaster and Agronomist Sean Sparling.
The awards were hosted by Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton & Honiton and organised by Lewis Business Media.
The winners are:
FARM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR sponsored by Firestone
Presented by Steve Hewitt, Agriculture Product Manager
The winner received the Farm Business silver cup.
Winner of the Farm Business of the Year, our most prestigious award.
To be successful the Farm Business of the year needs to be at the forefront of the industry not only in food production but also in its positive attitude
to technology and the environment and staff development. Grosvenor Farms demonstrate this as well as a strong heritage. Grosvenor Farms are in the Vanguard
of modern farming and is not only a top tier large scale farm in terms of size at 5,500 acres but also a top performer in animal welfare. It is a farm the
industry should be proud of. Showing what can be done with the right mindset. – Chair of Judges
Winner: Grosvenor Farms
PROGRESSIVE FARMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Agrovista UK
Presented by Nick Rainsley, Head of Marketing at Agrovista
Winner: Colin McGregor, McGregor Farms
Highly Commended: John Pawsey, Shimpling Park Farm
AGRONOMIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by DuPont (UK)
Presented by Georgina Clayton, Senior Registration Representative at DuPont (UK)
Winner: Damian McAuley Agronomist, Indigro
Highly Commended: Chris Martin, Agronomist Agrovista UK
RURAL ENTERPRISE AWARD sponsored by Silostop
Presented by Marion Barnham Marketing Director of Silostop
Winner: Bucklebury Farm Park
Highly Commended: Craigie’s Deli & Cafe
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AGRICULTURE
Sponsored by Warners Law LLP
Steve Colville, Partner & Head of Agriculture presenting
Winner: James Robertson
FOOD CHAIN MARKETING AWARD sponsored by Merial Animal Health
Gavin Kelly, Head of Avian Business at Merial Animal Health, presenting
Winner: LJ Fairburn & Son
Highly Commended: Wensleydale Creamery
BRITISH FARMING INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARD
Presented by Steve Colville Warners Law and
Neil Parish MP
“As we focus on Brexit and all that means we need to focus on how UK Farming will be successful in home markets and at exporting. For that to happen we
need all parts of the industry to work together.
One of the key elements that make the industry successful includes the hugely important permanent and seasonal workforce from overseas and in
particular from our EU neighbours.
The Food and Farming awards on behalf of the UK farming industry would like to applaud the vital contribution that they make to successful food and
“So on behalf of all these workers ask Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation at the European Commission to receive an award on behalf of the tens of
thousands who work with our farming industry to make it the success it is today.”
CHAMPION SUSTAINABLE FARM PRACTICE sponsored by NSF Agriculture
Presented by Tim Green, Agriculture Director
Winner: Claire Howlett, Wicton Farm
Highly Commended: Judith Freane, Brown Cow Organics
YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Kendalls
Presented by Andrew Kendall, Director Kendalls PR
Winner: Jack Ayles, Oakwood Farm
Highly Commended: Henry Steel, AK & JF Farms
FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Presented by John Lewis Managing Director Lewis Business Media
Winner: Wold Top Brewery
Highly Commended: Pulford Farm
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Gloucester Farm Services
Thank you to all our sponsors:
AGROVISTA, DUPONT MERIAL, SILOSTOP, WARNERS, KENDALLS, NSF AGRICULTURE, FIRESTONE
Photos from the event will follow shortly.
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