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28 September 2007

Stevenson Encourages Local Nominations for 'Best Rural Retailer' Awards

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson is encouraging local people to submit nominations for the annual Scottish Countryside Alliance ‘Best Rural Retailer’ awards.
The competition showcases the rural enterprise, produce and community spirit of Scotland. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate Scotland’s small independent retailers, who often act as ambassadors for their communities as well as promoters of local produce.
Commenting Mr. Stevenson said:
Here in Banff & Buchan we are fortunate to have some of Scotland’s best independent producers and retailers. Think of almost any type of food, and you will find that we are blessed with our own local producers –fish, beef and farm vegetables to name just a few.

“I am a strong supporter of our rural retailers and believe that, with the backing of local people, they will have a strong chance of gaining national recognition through these prestigious awards.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best that Banff & Buchan has to offer and I would encourage everyone to consider submitting a nomination.”
Anyone can nominate a local retailer in one of four categories:
Best Local Food Retailer
Best Village Shop/ Post Office
Best Diversification
Best Traditional Business

Nomination forms can be obtained from telephoning the SCA office on 0131 335 0200 or can be made online at The closing date for nominations is 6 October 2007.
Notes to Editors:
These are the third annual Countryside Alliance Best Rural Retailer awards. The nomination phase closes on Saturday 6 October 2007 and regional judging will then take place. Scottish winners will be announced in December and four UK winners will be named at a reception in the House of Lords in February 2008.

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