Awards Night 2017-08-14T08:32:02+00:00

Awards Night

Last year we welcomed more than 600 farmers and industry representatives to a sold out venue, who gathered to celebrate the best in British farming innovation and this year will be no different. Taking place on Thursday, 19 October, the 2017 awards is a night in the agricultural calendar not to be missed.

At this year’s awards evening the winners of the Farmers Guardian Mart’s the Heart Awards will be announced. The awards, which highlight the vital role auctions and auctioneers play within the livestock industry, will be presented with their awards.


2017 timetable to be announced shortly

18:30  Drinks reception and registration

19:30  Three course locally-sourced dinner served

20:30  Marts the Harts awards presentation

21:00  After dinner speaker

21:30  Awards

10:45  Entertainment

01:00  Carriages

2016 Guest Speaker

2017 guest speaker to be announced shortly

Olympian Sally Gunnell OBE, a farmer’s daughter who hails from Chigwell, Essex, has been announced as the guest speaker at this year’s British Farming Awards.

Sally remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth – and a world record.

Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a career as a television presenter and motivational speaker. Today, she mixes motivational speaking with running corporate well-being programmes, and is a high-profile supporter of healthy and active family initiatives in the UK.

In addition, she is also a Prince’s Countryside Fund Ambassador.

Sally says: “I am really looking forward to speaking at the British Farming Awards and meeting some of the UK’s finest farmers.

“Growing up on the family farm, I believe the principles and dedication I learned strongly contributed to my sporting career and its success.”


The 2017 British Farming Awards will be held in the Britannia Suite at The National Conference Centre, Birmingham. The NCC has gained an exceptional reputation across the industry, accommodating over 200,000 guests each year. Situated in the heart of the country, you could not ask for an easier venue to reach by air, road or rail, with ever improving transport links and plenty of exciting attractions in the immediate vicinity the National Conference Centre.

The National Conference Centre welcomed its first guests back in 1985 following the successful launch of the National Motorcycle Museum the previous year. Initially expected to be simply an extension of the National Motorcycle Museum’s facilities, the venue soon developed and matured into a successful stand-alone,award-winning venue of its own.

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