By Tony Ridd.

The Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society (RIWAS) and award’s sponsor CLA are inviting nominations for this year’s Isle of Wight Rural Awards, ahead of the closing date on October 23.

The 2021 Isle of Wight Rural Awards categories are:

Rural Tourism Business of the Year.

Wight Marque Food Business of the Year.

Small Countryside Business of the Year (up to five employees).

Countryside Business of the Year (six or more employees).

Overall winner from the above four categories, receiving the Isle of Wight Rural Business of the Year award.

Rural Young Person of the Year (aged 26 and under).

In addition there is a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards honour those who demonstrate success and achievement from all parts of the Island’s rural economy and celebrates the breadth and depth of the rural sector.

Graham Biss, Vice Chairman of RIWAS, said: “This will be the fourth year of the awards and each year they depict the very best of the Island and the rural sector. We hope to receive nominations from right across the Island, and would encourage everyone to nominate either themselves or those businesses or individuals who make the Island so special”.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the RIWAS website: – or request one by phoning the RWAS Office on 08452 269 098.