Sponsors sign up for farmers award

Sally Gunnell OBE with Adrian Pearce and Tracy Morrison from Spofforths
Sally Gunnell OBE with Adrian Pearce and Tracy Morrison from Spofforths

OLYMPIAN Sally Gunnell, patron of Sussex Food and Drink Awards, has welcomed top Sussex accountancy firm Spofforths on board as new sponsors, taking on the Sussex Farmer of the Year category, demonstrating its

Adrian Pearce, Spofforths’ agriculture and farming specialist, said: “Spofforths understands the challenges farmers face on a daily basis. We are delighted to be involved with the awards and decided to sponsor this category as it is so important that local farmers are recognised for the high-quality food they produce and the positive impact they have in shaping the rural landscape.

“Entering the award is an ideal way for farmers to raise awareness about their contribution to the county. It could be through sustainable farming, encouraging people to buy local produce, or for having a notable effect on the local economy.”

Spofforths joins other leading firms which have supported the scheme for several years, including top law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter, supporters of local food the Southern Cooperative and the county’s best-known and longest-standing brewery, Harveys.

Paula Seager and Hilary Knight, co-directors of Natural Partnerships CIC, a community interest company which runs the awards, thanked the sponsors for their support, saying the awards, which are all about promoting local food and drink, could not happen without them. Nominations for these prestigious awards, now in their eighth year, were being taken until May 3 at www.sussexfoodawards.biz for the finest local food and drink producers, farmers, food/farm shops, farmers markets, butchers, young chefs and food outlets.

Judges will be reviewing entries made from business owners or their customers and announcing a shortlist for each of the eight categories for public voting at the awards launch at the South of England Show on Thursday, June 6. There is still room for sponsors to come on board over the next month, so interested businesses should contact the organisers at info@naturalpr.biz