For 2015 there are even more categories to enter, giving greater opportunities to highlight strengths to potential customers. These include an expanded set of categories for fruit growers, in association with the Fruit Focus exhibition. Alongside top-fruit and soft-fruit grower of the year, there are now awards for specialist fruit growers as well as for growers serving the cider and viticulture markets.
Vegetable categories now include a dedicated award for potato growers alongside vegetable and salads growers of the year, while awards for agronomists, production managers and environmental management have also been introduced.
The winners will be announced at a presentation in London on 25 February. To enter, firms just need to answer the questions in the entry form at www.thegrowerawards.co.uk and supply one testimonial to support their entry. From these "first stage" entries our judging panel will select a shortlist. The shortlisted entrants will only then be asked to supply detailed information.
Sponsors include AC Goatham & Sons, Agrovista, Cocogreen, the HTA, Kubota, Rijk Zwaan and XL Horticulture. British Growers, the National Association of Cider Makers and UK Viticulture Association are event partners. Perennial is the event charity.