Farm Retail Awards 2021 – entries now OPEN!

The Farm Retail Awards celebrate the best farm retailers across the UK. The awards provide an opportunity for farm shops, farmers’ markets and trade suppliers to stand out against their competitors. They are the only Awards that are judged by fellow Farm Retailers. All members of the Farm Retail Association are eligible to enter the awards free of charge.

Why you should enter the Awards

  • FREE to enter with a simple submission process
  • One of the most respected awards in the industry
  • A chance to recognise your team and promote your achievements to your customers
  • Each finalist will receive a FREE mystery shopping report as part of the judging process
  • Finalists included in PR & marketing in the lead up to the awards undertaken by the Farm Retail Association
  • Finalists will be provided with a pack of resources (finalist logo, social media ads) to promote your status as a finalist
  • Finalists showcased at the Awards Gala Dinner at the Annual Conference

Judging Process

Stage one: Application forms are reviewed by the judging panel. Judges are looking for passion and enthusiasm, alongside any examples of recent successes. Your application form will be assessed alongside your website, social media, and review sites to gain an understanding of you and your business. A shortlist of finalists will be selected.

Stage Two: Additional data will be collected via an independent judging visit. This could include a site visit, phone interviews and a review of social media. The judge will score the business against identified performance criteria. These reports will be made available to finalists free of charge following the announcement of winners.

How to enter

  1. Read the guidance notes. Download the entry form Word file for the award(s) you wish to enter (see below)
  2. Complete the entry form and don’t forget to share your supporting evidence (criteria for this is outlined on the entry form). The judges will also check your website, social media and review sites.
  3. Return completed submissions to jenny@farmretailassociation.co.uk no later than Friday 16th October 2020. Please ensure your email is no more than 10mb in total. Use a file transfer site if needed for large images etc. You will receive an e-mail to confirm we have received your entry.

Categories and entry forms

  • Large Farm Shop of the Year (turnover over £1.5m) – DOWNLOAD FORM
  • Small Farm Shop of the year (turnover under £1.5m) – DOWNLOAD FORM
  • Farmers’ Market of the Year – DOWNLOAD FORM
  • Farm Café/Restaurant of the Year – DOWNLOAD FORM
  • Supplier Member of the Year (includes Associate and Producer/Maker members) – DOWNLOAD FORM
  • Rising Star/Newcomer (in business for 36 months or less) – DOWNLOAD FORM
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (all suggestions welcome – please e-mail jenny@farmretailassociation.co.uk)
  • PYO of the Year (category closed, entries received earlier to enable judging whilst season still in operation)

Timetable

  • Tuesday 1st September 2020 – entries open
  • Friday 16th October 2020 – submissions close, FRA judging panel select finalists
  • Friday 6th November 2020 – finalists contacted and judging visits commence
  • March 2021 – Winners announced at Awards Gala Dinner (date and venue TBC)

PYO of the Year 2021 – finalists announced!

The finalists have been announced for the ‘Pick Your Own of the Year’ category at the Farm Retail Awards 2021.

  • Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, Hertfordshire/Essex border
  • Lower Ladysden Farm, Kent
  • Felderland Farm PYO, Kent
  • Craigies Farm, Edinburgh

Chairman Rob Copley said: “At a time when most local attractions remained closed, PYO’s were able to operate safely thanks to their open air nature and the implementation of one-way systems. It’s brilliant to see so many new families discovering these local farms, for a traditionally British day out and enjoying locally grown food. We wish every finalist the very best of luck!”

The winner will be announced at the Farm Retail Awards in March 2021. The remaining categories will be open for submissions from 1st September 2020. watch this space for details!

Lets take a look back at the 2020 Farm Retail Awards…

The 2020 awards took place in Nottingham in March 2020 at our annual event dedicated to farm retailers, ‘Stronger Together’, running alongside our annual conference and trade show. Click this link to remInd yourself of our 2020 winners and sponsors, as well as watching the overview film and taking a look at our image gallery.

We hope to see you at the 2021 event, and wish all entrants the best of luck!

GO TO 2020 AWARD OVERVIEW

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