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Young Person Award 2019

NFU Mutual and Scotland Food and Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2019

The award recognises the incredible talent and dedication being shown by Scotland’s young people within the food and drink sector.

Last year the award was a great success and uncovered some incredible young talent including then-18-year-old Helen Stewart of Bavdo Distillery, who obtained grants and worked seven days a week in order to develop a micro gin distillery as part of the family farm in Perthshire to generate extra income. Helen used her winning prize money to promote a new product launch - Gin Postcards - a five-piece collection of glass hipflask-esque bottles with different images on them representing what makes Badvo unique. The launch was a huge success and the range sold out in two weeks.

This year’s Award hopes to bring out even more inspirational stories of young people aged between 16 and 26 who own, work or study within businesses in the food and drink sector, and are driving success within the Scottish food and drink industry.

The winners of the ‘NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2019’ will be announced during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight in September 2019 as part of the industry’s annual celebrations. The award aims to highlight not only the enormous contribution that young people make to Scotland’s food and drink businesses, but also the importance of the sector to the wider economy.

How to Enter

The NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2019 is open for entries until 31st July 2019, with winners announced in September. Entries, which should comprise the submission of up to 750 words, can be submitted online.

Any individual between the ages of 16 and 26 who owns, works, or studies within a food and drink related business, organisation or institution can be nominated or enter on their own behalf. The winner will receive £500, with the second and third place finalists receiving £300 and £200 respectively.