The Cornwall Farm Business Awards for 2015 took place on Thursday 26th February with a black tie dinner and awards ceremony at The Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground.
Supported by Western Morning News with Principal Sponsor Stephens Scown Solicitors and Category Sponsors – Francis Clark Chartered Accountants; Worldwide Financial Planning; NFU and NFU Mutual; Rodda’s, Humberts, AMC and Hodgsons, the search is on for the best and most inspiring farmers in Cornwall.
The aim of the awards is to highlight how innovative and vibrant farming in Cornwall has become, and to identify industry leaders who can serve as role models for other farmers to emulate in taking the industry forward.
Phil Reed from Stephens Scown Solicitors, Principal Sponsor of this year’s awards says “Whilst an awards ceremony might seem to be a light hearted celebration of the best examples of Cornish farming, it has become a part of the increasingly important message to the public that food production, and local food production in particular, is vital to our economy and well being. That is why Stephens Scown supports these awards and explains our commitment to work with farmers and food producers in the region”.
Nick Skerratt, Partner at Robinson Reed Layton said the firm is delighted to be able to sponsor the awards – “At Robinson Reed Layton, we help clients from a range of industries – including agriculture. As one of the biggest contributors to Cornwall’s economy, we know the importance of recognising excellence in this industry, and continue to support it and its businesses. We are particularly pleased to sponsor the Best Farm Processor Award, as farm processing is vital for the industry to survive – the winner will certainly be a leader in this area who deserves to be commended.”
The winners were announced by Phil Reed of Stephens Scown Solicitors:
- Matthew Rowe for Cornwall’s Best Dairy Farmer, sponsored by Philip Rodda
- Claire Worden for Best Woman in Farming, sponsored by Worldwide Financial Planning
- Richard Banbury for Best Commercial Farmer, sponsored by Hodgsons
- Mike Hambly for Farming Champion, sponsored by NFU
- Toby Roskilly for Best Farm Processor, sponsored by Robinson Reed Layton
- Tim Blackshire for Best Farming Innovation, sponsored by Humberts and AMC
- Peter Cox for Best Young Farmer, sponsored by Francis Clark.
The overall winner of Cornwall’s Farmer of the Year was awarded to Matthew Rowe who will automatically qualify for the Westcountry Farmer of the Year at the Western Morning News Countryside Awards at their September Awards night.
The Cornwall Farm Business Awards 2016 will conclude on Thursday 25th February 2016 – nominations will be available later in the year. Please contact Georgi Curtis on 01926 620135 option 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive the nomination forms.