TWO north Northumberland businesses have earned a place in the finals of a national award which celebrates the characters, produce, traditions and enterprise of the countryside.
Sarah Gregory, of Springhill Farm Accommodation, near Seahouses, and R Green and Sons Butchers in Longframlington, run by Chris Green, were two of thousands who entered the Countryside Alliance awards – dubbed the Rural Oscars.
Sarah, 24, has clinched the regional enterpirse award while Chris has taken the regional butcher award.
Both will travel to the House of Lords next month to find out if they have won the national award.
Sarah said: “I can’t believe we have got this far in the competition. Looking at the other finalists who include Chatsworth House, a county food and drink group and a community enterprise business we’re really proud and honoured to have got this far in the competition.
“Tourism is our life and we are very passionate about what we do. As well as doing all we can to attract all types of different visitors to the area, we employ local people all year round, promote local businesses, products and services in our community to our guests and at all times do our best to be ambassadors for Northumberland.
“I am looking forward to the awards but I am a bit nervous. Whatever happens we’ll have a great night and will be doing our bit to put Springhill and north Northumberland on the map.”
Chris said: “We have been nominated for this award before but this is the first time we’ve won it regionally.
“It feels great, especially in the current economic climate to get recognition of what we do is pretty good. There are quite a lot of criteria that they look at such as using local produce and how well you support the local community.
“It is recognition of not just the business and staff but also the people that use the business especially in a place like Longframlington. A local business is only as good as its customers.”