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Author, 13/01/2011

North East businesses have been short-listed for the Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards 2011, which takes place on Wednesday 26th January in the Scottish Parliament, and North East MSP Nanette Milne believes that the North East finalists reflect the high quality of rural produce and businesses found across the Region.

The awards’ categories are for local food, village shops and post offices, rural enterprises, traditional businesses and promotion of bio-diversity through country sports.

For the category of ‘Best Village Shop/Post Office’ Award, Mither Tongue (Keith, Morayshire) have been short-listed, along with The Scottish Deli/Menzies of Dunkeld and Bridge of Cally Post Office as well as Ravenstone Deli (Whithorn, Galloway).

With the award of ‘Best Traditional Business’ including Mitchells (doorstep dairy deliveries), Inverurie, Aberdeenshire being short-listed alongside Winston Churchill Venison, Dunoon, Argyll and the JC Douglas (butchers), St Boswells, Roxburghshire and R Macleod & Son (firearms dealers), Tain, Ross-shire.

Scottish winners will go on to represent the nation in a GB-wide competition against challengers from all corners of England and Wales.

Nanette Milne, Conservative MSP for the North East said:

“I congratulate both Mither Tongue in Keith and Mitchells in Inverurie for being short-listed for the Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards.

“The success of these businesses in being short-listed in these national awards underlines that the North East has some real quality and excellent rural businesses. These finals are a great opportunity to showcase to the rest of Scotland and the United Kingdom the best that our local area has to offer. I believe Aberdeenshire and the North East are the real winners due to the once again high calibre of nominees from the local area.

“It is excellent that the Scottish Countryside Alliance is celebrating the quality of local and independent rural retailers. I believe that rural retailers are ambassadors for using local produce as well as serving and representing their communities.

“The annual Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards highlights the amazing range of thriving and imaginative countryside businesses across Scotland and we are fortunate to have had North East businesses win awards in the past. Once again Aberdeenshire is well represented in the final and I wish all the finalists the best of luck and continued success.”

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