Wiltshire Life Awards Initiative 2013

Award nomination lines are now closed. Please check Wiltshire Life magazine to find out who made the shortlist for each category and the winners and runners-up at the awards ceremony.

Now in its eighth year, Wiltshire Life is seeking nominations from all over the county for its popular awards ceremony, which will be held on March 15, 2013 at Marlborough Town Hall. Celebrating all that is noble, unassuming and heroic we invite you to think about the people who you feel deserve recognition for their amazing contributions to the county

We have made some changes to the categories for the 2013 awards, so take a look at the categories below and enter that special person, group or business. Everyone knows someone who has gone beyond the expected and gone that extra mile.

Sponsorship opportunities for the awards for 2013 are available now. Please contact Jane Reid on 01722 717018 for further information.

Our top 2013 awards nominees revealed ⇒

The Awards:

Principal award: Wiltshire Lifetime Achievement Award

The lifetime achievement award will be presented to the man or woman, currently living in Wiltshire, who has made the most significant contribution to the county during their lifetime. The judges will be looking for the most distinguished service or remarkable achievements displayed over a period of time.

Wiltshire 'Green Business' Award

We are looking for the most environmentally efficient and successful 'green' business. The business will have a sustainable approach, which could include working with and conserving natural local resources, qualifying for carbon offsetting, supporting recycling and promoting renewable methods.

Wiltshire Carer / Community Hero of the Year

This is a prestigious award for a professional or voluntary carer and/or a community hero. Those eligible include doctors, nurses, care workers or friends and relatives (including children) who care for someone or a group of people. While our carers are community heroes, the award is not exclusively open to carers. Community heroes may be fundraisers, community bus drivers, dinner ladies, vicars or church wardens, organisers of open gardens events...the list goes on. They all deserve recognition.

Wiltshire Business of the Year

We are looking for a star business, not an individual, so if you know of or, indeed, are running a successful and unique business that has a strong sense of identity, let us know. We are looking for financial success, staff motivation and growth and a solid, proven and sustainable business and ongoing marketing plan.

Wiltshire Independent Food/Drink Producer of the Year

This award will be presented to the person who has produced a high quality or unique edible product, whether it is vegetable, meat, fish, dairy or beverage and who has developed strategies to market and sell his/her produce throughout the county and beyond.

Wiltshire Community Group of the year

Community groups that make a worthwhile difference to the lives of Wiltshire residents are in the running for this prize. Working with the police to make the community a safer place or with schools or the elderly, the judges are looking for the group that is at the very heart of its community.

Wiltshire Restaurant/Pub of the Year

Which is the best restaurant or pub in the county? This award will go to the establishment, whether a hotel, restaurant or pub which, in the opinion of the judges, provides the best range of food, atmosphere and service.

Wiltshire Sports Person of the Year

The Wiltshire Sports Person of the Year will be either a professional or amateur in any recognised sport that has made the most significant contribution to sport as a result of individual achievement or through personal contributions as a member of a team.

Wiltshire Young Achiever of the Year

The Wiltshire Young Achiever of the Year award will be given to the person who has made the most outstanding contribution, in whatever field, and is aged 24 years or under at the time of entries closing.

Wiltshire Creative Arts Practitioner/s of the Year

This award is open to practising painters, photographers, sculptors, craftspeople or musical, dramatic or other performers who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in the county, either as an individual or as a group. Evidence of success and examples of work, photographic or digital, should be supplied with the entry.

Wiltshire Amateur Gardener of the Year

NEW for 2013: This award is open to amateur gardeners, whether their gardens are open to the public or are private spaces, who demonstrate imagination, know-how and flair. Photographs are invited in support of these nominations.

Wiltshire Farm Diversification of the Year

NEW for 2013: Farm diversifications are becoming more innovative every year. Whether you are running a millinery business, have business retail units, your own farm shop or an environmental tourism programme, you are eligible to enter this award. Entrants will need to provide evidence of their success.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Wiltshire Life awards are the perfect opportunity to not only increase your brand awareness but to reward your community at the same time. For further details, contact advertising manager Jane Reid on 01722 717018.

How to apply

Lines are now closed for the 2013 Awards. To show your interest for the 2014 Awards please contact Sarah White on 01722 717033 or

Just to give you a taste of the awards, download the results and photos from 2012 here.