Saturday, January 25, 2020
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A Skye company has been named a finalist in the 2019 Helping It Happen Awards.

Skyeskyns has been nominated in the Rural Business category.

The business will be competing against Borders Machinery Ring, Earlston and Ogilvy Spirits, Hatton of Ogilvy Farm.

The company told Skye Times Online: "We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the SLE Helping it Happen Awards in the Rural Business category. 

"It is wonderful to be recognised for all the work we and our wonderful team have done towards developing the business on our family croft, as well as meeting our own sustainable goals. 

"It is also heartening to know that what started over 36 years ago is still delivering an innovative and sustainable approach to rural business."

Organised by Scottish Land & Estates, the awards and campaign aim to support all sizes of rural businesses for their contribution to local communities.

The 2019 independent judging panel includes experienced rural business owners, public service professionals and business mentors. 

Judge Julia Latto of Scottish Enterprise commented: "We are inspired and enthused by the number and standard of entries for a third year running. The Awards have clearly gained momentum throughout Scotland, and businesses from all facets of rural industry are sharing their growth and success, alongside demonstrable benefits to their communities, to the environment and to future generations. Selecting the finalists has been a challenging task for the panel, and those nominated should be extremely proud of their business achievements."

Sarah-Jane Laing, SLE Executive Director, commented: "Helping It Happen is evidently succeeding in its aim to gain public recognition for the economic and social contribution made by rural businesses to the Scottish economy. These businesses overcome the challenges of remote rural living to grow into successful enterprises, and many provide significant employment within their local communities and beyond. The standard of services, products and initiatives created by families and small collaborations, and the determination and professionalism required to develop into credible businesses deserves recognition and appreciation from consumers, industry and government bodies. We are delighted to be helping that happen!"

The winner of each category will be announced at the Helping it Happen Awards gala evening on 02 October at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh.

Image above: one of last year's Helping it Happen winners, Hugh MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle.

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