In 2019, we were selected as one of 25 finalists in the Rural Inspiration Awards. Organised by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), the awards aim to recognise inspiring initiatives funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) that demonstrate the contribution of Rural Development Policy towards a more competitive, sustainable and inclusive rural Europe. GrowBiz was nominated for the awards by the Scottish Government and is one of only two projects in the UK to make it to the final 25. Over 170 projects were entered for consideration overall.
We were again shortlisted in the Courier Business Awards social impact award category and received a Highly Commended Award at the Scottish Land and Estates Helping it Happen National Awards.
At the Scottish Mentoring Network conference, Jennifer Lindsay-Finan received a commended award and the GrowBiz Mentoring programme won the Outstanding Practices in Mentor Development and Support award.
In 2018, as well as achieving the Quality Standard for our Mentoring programme, we won Business Project of the Year at the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards. Clair Smith won Highly Commended Staff Member and Emma Arblaster won Highly Commended Mentor.
Also in 2018, we were shortlisted for the Scottish Rural Innovators Awards in 2018 - Building Rural Communities for our Creative Care Project.
In 2017, GrowBiz won Social Impact Business of the Year at the Courier Awards. At the BWS WES Awards, Jackie Brierton won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Clair Smith won Mentor of the Year.
Also in 2017, at the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards, GrowBiz won Business Project of the Year and Clair Smith won Highly Commended Mentor.
In 2016, GrowBiz attended the Scottish Mentoring Network conference for the first time and won Business Project of the Year. Joyce McQuilken won Highly Commended Staff Member and Merle Palmer won Highly Commended Mentor.
In 2015, we also won at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards.