A community co-operative has won Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK-wide 2016 Rural Business Awards, which celebrate countryside-based enterprises.
Bùth Bharraigh Ltd, based on the Isle of Barra in Scotland, was crowned a winner at the UK’s only dedicated national business awards for the rural community.
The shop helps to make the island more sustainable, provides opportunities for local crofters, gardeners and crafters and offers mostly local produce – with 80% of the purchase price going back to the producer.
Aimed at organisations based in the countryside, last month’s awards were run in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and are supported by the countryside sector as well as MPs across the UK.
The event, in its second year, intends to recognise excellence in a range of different business categories, from innovation through to employment.
A computer software company for farmers Landmark Systems Ltd was named the overall winner.