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Outstanding candidates sought for industry awards

8 June 2018

Nominations are now being sought for the British Potato Industry Award and the AHDB Above and Beyond Award.

The two awards are given out annually to some of the sector’s most dedicated and talented individuals, those who have made a genuine difference to the industry.

AHDB Potato Board Chair, Sophie Churchill OBE, explains: “We want to recognise and celebrate the significant achievements of those people who leave a lasting mark on the industry. People for whom potatoes are their purpose and their passion.

“While the awards are partly about thanking them for their efforts, they also allow us to highlight the breadth of knowledge, innovation and talent this sector possesses, and the fantastic opportunities which are available to the next generation in the potato industry.

“If you know someone who has devoted much of their working life to the sector, or you are impressed by the enthusiasm and diligence demonstrated by someone with just a handful of years’ experience, then please do put their names forward, as they could be one of our winners.”

The awards will be presented at this year’s Seed Industry Event on 15 November in St Andrew’s, Scotland. This biennial conference attracts 250 delegates from across the sector who will gather to discuss key issues including plant health, consumer trends, international markets and Brexit.

British Potato Industry Award

This award – now in its 21st year – is presented to those who have contributed significant service to the industry over a considerable period of time. 

Previous British Potato Industry Award recipients - whose efforts have left a substantial and lasting mark on the sector – include leading growers, variety breeders, specialists in research development and knowledge transfer, storage engineers, processing specialists, machinery designers and journalists.

Above and Beyond

The AHDB Above and Beyond Award is presented to an exceptional performer or to an individual who has made a significant achievement over the last five years.

Submitting a nomination is a simple process and can be done via the AHDB Potatoes website potatoes.ahdb.org.uk/awards.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 1 October 2018.

For further information contact: Award committee secretary, Margaret Skinner, AHDB Potatoes, Tel: 0131 297 7460.

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Notes to editors

The AHDB Potatoes Seed Industry Event focuses on the subjects that matter for those involved in UK seed potatoes and right through the supply chain.

This year the event will be held at the Fairmont, St Andrews and delegates can expect a range of sessions on key issues affecting the sector – such as plant health and Brexit – as well as the traditional global perspective, helping producers plot their route ahead in the context of what both the GB industry and key overseas customers and competitors are doing.

The conference will take place on 15 November and the day will end with a formal dinner where both awards will be presented.

AHDB is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance. Established in 2008 and classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body, it supports the following industries: meat and livestock (cattle, sheep and pigs) in England; horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; and cereals and oilseeds in the UK. AHDB’s remit covers 72 per cent of total UK agricultural output. Further information on AHDB can be found at www.ahdb.org.uk

Contact

For further information contact Sarah Hunter-Argyle, AHDB Senior Marcomms Manager on 0131 297 7466 or sarah.hunterargyle@ahdb.org.uk

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