The Rural Oscars Champions for the North of England in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced. Businesses will now head to Parliament in March for the British finals and a shot at national glory.
The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. They are now in their twelfth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. In 2016 we received over 7,500 public nominations which have been whittled down and judged and mean that these Champions are truly the cream of rural business. The Awards are public-nomination led across five categories.
Low Howgill Butchers and Deli are the Northern Champion in the Butcher Category.
Judge Charlotte Cooper commented: “This is a very locally minded business – the meat comes from the family farm and other local farms, ingredients are all from local firms where possible. There is an appealing farm to fork ethos and a virtue is made of regional recipes and specialities, including Northumberland sausage. In addition, employees are all local people who care about the area, and they are all heavily involved in the business, creating new products etc. The team are constantly looking at ways to increase their business and their role in this Cumbrian community. As well as butchers, Low Howgill offers hot food to take away and outdoor catering and the team also attend farmers markets and events. Butchers these days take education very seriously and this is also the case here – Young Farmers Clubs, schools and groups are welcome to visit both the farm and the shop to learn more about the business and the local produce ethos.