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Borders' businesses could win big at food and drink awards

Kaye Adams will present the award ceremony Credit: PA

Three food and drink businesses from the Borders have been shortlisted for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

With a record breaking 239 entries this year across 19 different categories, the finalists from the Borders represent a broad spectrum:

  • Peelham Charcuterie (Berwickshire) in the Meat category
  • Born in the Borders (Jedburgh) in the Scottish Sourcing category
  • John P Campbell OBE of Glenrath Farms (Peebleshire) in the Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur category

Broadcaster Kaye Adams, from ITV's Loose Woman, will announce the winners of the awards at a ceremony at the Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on 27 May. Tickets for the event have already sold out.

“The Excellence Awards recognise the incredible quality that Scotland’s food and drink industry has to offer, the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses as well as the high standard of our products and the level of innovation we're seeing across the sector."

– James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink

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Nominations needed for community awards

The achievements of community groups and individuals in Nithsdale are being celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Nominations are now needed for the Nithsdale Community Achievement Awards 2015 taking place at Dumfries' Easterbrook Hall on 28 March.

The awards recognise and celebrate the positive role played by a host of people and groups in the Nithsdale area from adult learners to community volunteers.

There are nine award categories, with each award having three finalists

The award categories for 2015 are:

  • Adult Learner of the Year
  • Young Person of the Year
  • School and Learning community Award
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Parent/Carer Participation Award
  • Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Innovative Practice Award

Nominations can be made online through Dumfries and Galloway Council’s website at: http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11941

The closing date for nominations is: 5pm Friday 28 February 2015.

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