18 November 2015

Young Entrepreneur Award announced

The new Mike Rusbridge Award for Kent’s Young Food and Farming Entrepreneur, under the umbrella of the Taste of Kent Awards, has recently opened. Nominations can be made by individuals, or one or more individuals wishing to propose them and should focus on achievements over the past 3 years. The Award is given in memory of Mike Rusbridge who died earlier in the year. As a legacy of his commitment to the rural sector, Kent Farmers’ Markets have established the award in his name.  He was a Master Baker who attended many farmers’ markets throughout West Kent as well as running the family bakery and shop in Southborough, he was a long serving  Councillor and ex-Mayor of Tunbridge Wells. This award is to recognise the contribution of young people to our local food economy, and to inspire the potential in others.  Nominations are invited about/from anyone under 30 who has:

  • Made a significant contribution to an existing business, or built a new one, anywhere in the Kent farming and food sector and/or
  • Done something creative within their part of the food chain, whether in terms of production; developing and introducing a new product; serving shoppers/consumers etc.

This award is about recognising a young person who can also inspire others, so nominations should explain what the individual has accomplished and how.  Accordingly, it is not designed for those simply with a new idea, or just beginning to develop new technology. More details and nomination forms can be found here: http://www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk/mike-rusbridge-award/


Please print and complete the form, adding pages and photographs if you wish to enhance your application.


Entries will be considered by the judges who will make a selection and arrange to meet the finalists in January 2016.