Three local businesses have made the final cut for the prestigious 2017 Scottish Rural Awards.

For many the awards, partnered by Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, are seen as the ultimate benchmark of excellence in rural Scotland.

Celebrating the true industry, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live and work in the countryside, the Scottish Rural Awards culminates with a black tie awards ceremony and gala dinner, which will take place on Thursday 16 March 2017 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

All categories, except the Scottish Rural Lifetime Achievement Award, were open to businesses, organisations and individuals to receive nominations from customers, employees or through self-nomination between 1 August and 14 October 2016. The Rural Hero category was open for nominations from anyone except the nominated person(s) themselves.

Local concerns to reach the finalist stage are as follows:

Artisan Food

Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company Ltd
Skeabost Bridge, Isle of Skye
www.isleofskyeseasalt.co.uk
Established in 2011, the Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company Ltd are the first commercial sea salt producer on the island in 300 years. Their unique way of producing salt with a natural and seasonal approach singles them out in the UK market and means that production has a low impact on the environment. Last year the company’s sales doubled, giving them a steady increase in profit year on year.

Manuela’s Wee Bakery
Lower Ardelve, Kyle of Lochalsh
www.facebook.com/Manuelas-Wee-Bakery
The bakery offers a wide range of artisan breads, biscuits, savouries and pizzas to a wide range of shops, restaurants and attractions, including the Highland Games, in the Skye and Inverness regions. The company has increased productivity by 500 per cent since 2013, using a range of organic Scottish ingredients and offering a wider selection of products than other bakeries. They also provide locally available dietary options, including gluten-free pastries and breads

Business Start Up

Exclamation Marketing
Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness-shire
www.exclamationmarketing.co.uk
Launched in 2015, Anisha Macdermid created Exclamation Marketing in order to offer services to assist local businesses in rural locations such as Skye and Lochalsh. The company has now helped over 150 local business owners through training courses and masterclasses, and have improved occupancy levels for one self-catering business from 0.05 per cent to 69 per cent in one year

To view all the finalists follow the link here