Sally Gunnell OBE, patron of Sussex Food & Drink Awards, has welcomed Sussex accountancy firm Spofforths on board as new sponsors, taking on the Sussex Farmer of the Year category.
Adrian Pearce, Spofforths’ Agriculture and Farming Specialist, said: “Spofforths understands the challenges farmers face on a daily basis.
“We are delighted to be involved with the awards and decided to sponsor this category as it is so important that local farmers are recognised for the high quality food they produce and the positive impact they have in shaping the rural landscape.
“Entering the award is an ideal way for farmers to raise awareness about their contribution to the county.
“It could be through sustainable farming, encouraging people to buy local produce, or for having a notable effect on the local economy.”
Spofforths join other firms which have supported the scheme for several years, including law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter, supporters of local food The Southern Cooperative and brewery Harveys.
Paula Seager and Hilary Knight, co-directors of Natural Partnerships CIC, a community interest company which runs the awards, thanked the sponsors for their support, saying that the awards, which are all about promoting local food and drink, could not happen without them.
Nominations for the awards, now in their eighth year, are open until May 3 at www.sussexfoodawards.biz