And the Rural Oscars go to...Cloughmills!

THE Cloughmills Community Action Team and Incredible Edibles has won a 2012 Countryside Alliance Award - aka the Rural Oscars!

The Oscar was presented to top rural businesses by the Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP, at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 13th March.

The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses.

They are now in their eighth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. The Secretary of State told the packed reception of 250 people: “Rural businesses are vital to the country’s economic recovery. The Government is right behind them.

“We are backing aspiration and giving entrepreneurs the support they need to create jobs and support thriving local communities.”

The Parliamentary reception was attended by Regional Champions from across the UK & Ireland, keen to celebrate rural business and produce.