Rory Stewart MP has expressed his support for the Countryside Alliance Awards 2015.  These awards, also known as the Rural Oscars, celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural Britain’s food and farming industry, small businesses, traditional skills, forward-thinking enterprises and, most of all, it’s people, can flourish.

Rory said: “I am a huge supporter of small local business and am thrilled that the efforts of people living and working in rural communities is being recognised on a national platform, conveying a strong and positive message about the importance of our economy to rural and urban Britain alike.  Cumbria’s economy relies on the hard work of entrepreneurs and small and medium business owners, and the diversity and quality of their products and services – I urge everyone to get involved and nominate them today.”

There are four award categories; Local Food, Village Shop/Post Office, Butcher and Tourism Enterprise, and nominations are open until 2nd November 2015, with the regional winners being announced in February 2016.  National winners will be announced at the grand final in Westminster, which will take place in April 2016. Nominations can be made online –

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