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MS urges public to vote for North Wales business up for ‘rural Oscar’

An MS is urging constituents in North Wales to vote for local businesses that are up for a prestigious award. 

Llŷr Gruffydd, who represents the region in the Senedd, is championing its finalists ahead of the annual Countryside Alliance Awards.

The Plaid Cymru politician, said the awards are a chance to “celebrate” businesses that are “the cornerstone of our rural communities in Wales”.

The finalists from North Wales are Llanbenwch Caravan Park, near Ruthin, in the Best Rural Enterprise category, Jones A’i Fab, in Llanrwst, in the Butcher Award category, and the White Lion, in Cerrigydrudion, in the Rural Pub Award category. 

The Awards, which have been dubbed the ‘Rural Oscars’, were created because of a need to support and promote rural communities. They celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural communities, the country’s food and farming industry, small businesses, traditional skills, forward-thinking enterprises and, most of all, its people, can flourish.

There are five categories in total, which are the Local Food Award, the Village shop/ Post Office Award, the Rural Enterprise Award, the Butcher Award, and the Rural Pub Award.

The Wales winners will be announced at the Senedd on the 27th of February 2024 in an event that is being co-sponsored by Mr Gruffydd, who is his party’s Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs.

Llyr Gruffydd said: “I am proud to be co-sponsoring the Countryside Alliance Awards at the Senedd which takes place at the end of this month.

“These prestigious awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate those businesses that go the extra mile and are the cornerstone of our rural communities in Wales. 

“I would like to congratulate Jones A’i Fab, Llanbenwch Caravan Park, and the White Lion for making it to the finals.

“Reaching the finals is testament to the hard work and valuable service they provide to their community. I will be following their progress with pride and will be championing their success. 

“I urge people across North Wales to get behind them and get voting so we can bring a title home.” 

It is possible to cast a vote for a business using this link: https://www.research.net/r/CAA24MS

More information about the awards can be found here: https://www.countryside-alliance.org/campaigns/countryside-alliance-awards

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