Don’t talk yourself out of entering the 2010 Farmers Weekly Awards – this could be the year you win.



Anyone running an efficient business has a chance of success. Yet feedback shows potential winners never take the first step of entering because they don’t expect their entry to succeed.

But ask the previous winners whether they expected to come out on top and they too will almost certainly answer “no”. The difference was, they gave it a go.

The 2009 Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year Nick Padwick is typical.

“In my wildest dreams I didn’t imagine that I could be the person lifting the gold trophy last October. If I can win, then anyone can.

“I urge everyone who thinks they are running a professional farm business to enter the 2010 awards.”

Others have said they stopped short of entering because they believed their businesses were too small to stand a chance of winning. But, for our awards, size is not important.

Last year’s winners hailed from farms that stretched in size from a poultry farm of just 14 acres right up to a 1400-acre sheep unit.

Every business, large or small, has its challenges and it’s how you, or the person you would like to nominate, make the best use of the available resources that the awards judges are looking for.

And please don’t put it off. Would-be winners have missed the chance because they told themselves they still had time to make a nomination or entry. The deadline is approaching. You have until 30 April to enter.

How to enter:

Contact Marion Phillips on 020 8652 4081 or visit www.fwi.co.uk/awards

Good reasons to enter

The awards are about recognising the contribution UK farmers make to society and the environment.

It is all about celebrating the achievements and innovation of farmers so we can promote the sector to the wider world.

There are good personal reasons for people to enter, too. Winning one of the categories is a great achievement and one that can open doors to new contacts and business opportunities.

It’s an opportunity for producers to have their own hard work, and that of their family and staff, recognised by the industry and their peers.

Getting shortlisted is also fantastic PR for you and your business.

If all that isn’t enough, there’s the chance to attend one of the best nights in the farming calendar.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on 7 October 2010. It’s a night not to be missed.

This is your opportunity to put farming and your farm business on the map. It’s a chance to show the world that British farmers are the best.

Five good reasons to enter

  • Recognition for you, your family and your team

  • Open doors to new industry contacts, clients and supplier deals

  • Valuable PR and marketing for your business – and British farming

  • Greater business confidence for you and your team

  • The chance to experience the best night out in farming for you and your partner