Nominations open for British potato industry awards

Nominations for the coveted ‘British Potato Industry Award’ and ‘AHDB Above and Beyond Award’ are now open.

The Chair of AHDB Potatoes opened nominations in June praising the passionate and dedicated individuals in the sector.

Sophie Churchill OBE, said: “In my first months as Chair of AHDB Potatoes I have been struck by the skill and enthusiasm of those in our industry, growers and everyone in the supply and processing chain, to ensure we have a quality product meeting future market needs.

“The potato sector is a leader in UK agriculture and this is your chance to highlight individuals and show appreciation for their hard work.”

Forming part of the prestigious BP2017, a biennial industry event held in Harrogate, Yorkshire on 22-23 November, the awards will be presented at a drinks reception on the evening of Wednesday 22 November at the AHDB stand.

British Potato Industry Award

In recognition of those who have contributed significant service to the industry over a considerable period-of-time.

Previous British Potato Industry Award recipients include leading variety breeders, specialists in research development and knowledge transfer, storage engineers, processing specialists, machinery designers and journalists

Above and Beyond

The ‘AHDB Above and Beyond award’ is presented to an exceptional performer or to an individual who has made a significant achievement over the last five years.

Sophie Churchill explains: “There are many unsung heroes across the industry, and this award is designed to give those people the recognition they deserve. It could be the way they have supported the wider sector, or encouraged other individuals in their career and knowledge. It could be sharing their knowledge on soil and crop health, even if they don’t have to do as part of their day-to-day business. It could be dedication to finding new markets and products.

“We are looking for nominations for people across the industry – the many people who work tirelessly to make things work ‘on the ground’ – and for the future.”

Nominations for both awards are simple and can be submitted via the AHDB Potatoes website potatoes.ahdb.org.uk/awards.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 16 October 2017.

For further information contact: Award committee secretary, Margaret Skinner, AHDB Potatoes, Tel: 0131 297 7460

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