Awards Night

Last year we welcomed more than 700 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, 17 October, the 2019 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.

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Timetable

2019 timetable will be announced closer to the event.

18:30  Drinks reception and registration


19:30  Marts the Harts awards presentation


19:45  Three course dinner served


21:15  After dinner entertainment


21:30  Awards


10:45  Entertainment


01:00  Carriages

2018 Guest Entertainment

2019 speaker will be announced closer to the event.

Chris is a former British Army Officer with three years operational experience. He left to work for a charity clearing landmines in Asia & Africa. He survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge (one of the most brutal terror groups in history) and negotiated his release and that of two colleagues from threatened execution.

In 1995 he was blown up in a supposedly safe area of a minefield in remote East Africa losing an arm and a leg. He survived initially because he treated himself. About fourteen hours after injury he arrived in South Africa where doctors said they’d never seen anyone live with such a small amount of blood. Within a year of leaving hospital he ran the London Marathon, raised significant sums to help disabled people in the developing world, worked to ban landmines and successfully completed a full time Masters Degree.

Venue

The 2019 British Farming Awards will be held in the Imperial 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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“To be nominated for this award was a great thing, to be a finalist was awesome, to win it is unbelievable really.”

Steven Holmes, 2018 Diversification Innovator of the Year (Small to Medium), Farmyard Ales, Moss Edge Farm, Lancashire

“I’m over the moon. It’s a brilliant industry to get into, it’s diverse and every day is different. You’ve got to work hard, put the hours in, but the reward comes in the end.”

Rhidian Glyn, 2018 New Entrant Award: Against the Odds, Rhiwgriafol, R. & E. Glyn, Powys

“Winning was the biggest surprise – ever!   lots of people supported me on the night as the venue was so close for us. Walking up to the stage was something I will never forget. ”

Sam Jones, 2018 Sheep Innovator of the Year, Brookhouse Farm, E. Jones & Son, Worcestershire

“Just to be a finalist and sat there in this room full of such inspirational people was enough, to win was just something else!”

Kathryn Mitchell, 2018 Diversification Innovator of the Year (large), The Lambing Shed Farm Shop, Moseley Hall Farm, Cheshire