Posted: 25/10/2016

Yorkshire farm shop among winners at Rural Business Awards 2016

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Yorkshire’s Keelham Farm Shop was named Best Food & Drink Business in the 2016 Rural Business Awards

Yorkshire’s Keelham Farm Shop has been crowned Best Food & Drink Business in the Rural Business Awards, a nationwide awards scheme for the rural community.

Based in Skipton, the family business was commended for supporting the local community. The shop runs a Veg Exchange Scheme and provides a weekly ‘shopper-hopper’ that picks people up from local communities who don’t have their own transport, providing access to fresh, affordable food.

Co-owner of Keelham Farm Shop, James Robertshaw, co-owner of Keelham Farm Shop said; “The whole Keelham team are thrilled that we’ve won such a fantastic award which understands and celebrates rural businesses like ours.”

Nottinghamshire’s third generation fruit grower Starkey’s Fruit was runner-up, while Gloucestershire based Jolly Nice Farm Shop came in highly commended.

Rural Business Awards co-founder Jemma Clifford said; “In this category we were looking for food businesses which were using local, fresh ingredients and turning that into successful enterprises which celebrated the rural way of life.”

“Our entries certainly didn’t disappoint. Our winner, Keelham Farm Shop in Yorkshire, simply ticked every box. This was a wonderfully strong candidate which both supported local food producers and offered some really innovative, practical solutions to help local people access fresh locally grown food.

Entries for the 2017 Rural Business Awards open on November 1

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