Calling all rural retailers – are you the best in Britain?

Farmers Weekly has joined forces with the Countryside Alliance and British Food Fortnight to find the nation’s Best Rural Retailer 2005. We want to celebrate a business that flies the flag for local quality produce and involves itself in the local community.

“The Best Rural Retailer competition aims to recognise diversity of local produce and also to highlight the important role retailers play in maintaining sustainable rural communities,” said Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart.

“Any independent local food retailer is eligible for the nomination in this competition, be they mobile shop, farmers’ market stall, village shop or PYO enterprise.”

Twelve regional judging panels each headed by a CA regional director will select a winner for their region to be announced in November. The regional winners will select a winner for region to be announced in November.

The regional winners will then be judged by a national panel which will select a national winner to be announced at a reception at the Houses of Parliament in early 2006. The winner will receive a prestigious trophy.

Plus everyone who nominates a retailer will automatically be entered into a free prize draw to win a day for four at a local Countryside Alliance race day.

So why not nominate your favourite rural retail business? There’s no better way to celebrate the best of local British rural retailing.

To nominate …

Simply email info@fwi.co.uk telling us who your local retailer is, where they are, why they should be crowned the UK’s Best Rural Retailer and, of course, who you are.


Terms and conditions
1 The term rural retailer means any independent supplier (for example but not exhaustively farm shops, village shops, PYOs, mobile shops, farmers’ market stalls) that trades in local products.
2 The term local means sourcing produce within a 40 mile radius.
3 The retailer must be an essential part of the community and support the local rural economy.
4 The judges decision is final.
5 All winners will be notified by phone or post.
6 The prize is stated and no cash alternative will be offered.
7 Winners may be asked to take part in appropriate publicity.
8 Countryside Alliance staff are not eligible for the free prize draw.
9 The draw will take place at the Countryside Alliance office, the Old Town Hall, 367 Kennington, London SE11 4PT.
10 By entering a retailer into the draw, the retailer accepts to be bound by the terms and conditions.