A hard working village community group, our newest high street shop and a major drugs development company in Ruddington are all in the running for one of this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards.
Organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council, and co-promoted by West Bridgford Wire, the annual community accolades celebrate volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports teams and athletes in the district and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors in eleven categories. Even though the full shortlist isn’t officially announced yet, we can reveal that no less than three Ruddington nominees are up for a gong in two of those categories.
Ruddington Village Market posted on social media: “Whoa! Super-thrilled to hear that we’ve been shortlisted for a Celebrating Rushcliffe Award for Community Group of the Year! Thank you so much to everyone that’s supported us! Fingers and toes crossed.”
The nomination is for The Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) who, amongst other things, were behind the new Ruddy Good Loyalty Card launched in partnership with RUDDINGTON.info last year, and have subsequently helped to establish and run the monthly Ruddington Village Market which began in February at the The White Horse Inn. Both have proved to be popular among locals and visitors alike. Further RVCP initiatives aimed at attracting footfall to the village are being planned. This award recognises “…a club, organisation or community group who may have achieved success and are helping create a sense of place, epitomising what makes Rushcliffe great by coming together to improve their local area.”
Also celebrating being on this year’s shortlist in the Business of the Year category is Ruddington’s The Bottle Top, at 2 High Street, which only began trading in May. From the premises previously occupied by Thomas’s Greengrocers for over sixty years, husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston have brought the famous shop back to life with a range of products not previously available in our village. In addition to it now being an off-licence, The Bottle Top also heralds the return of a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables without all the plastic packaging, alongside other eco-friendly products, refills and a raft of sustainable living initiatives promoted by Alex via social media. They’ve also become involved in the Village Market and Anthony has started running quarterly beer festivals at the shop. Read more >>HERE<<.
However, in the SAME category is a very much larger Ruddington business, Quotient Sciences, based in the Business Park on Mere Way. It specialises in developing new drugs for patients around the world. This includes residential clinical trials of medicines and treatments alongside clinical and commercial manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.
UPDATE 1st November 2019:
The full awards shortlist from right across he area has now been revealed by Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Also on the shortlist for Community Group of the Year (sponsored by Proludic) alongside Ruddington Village Centre Partnership are The Friends of Radcliffe Station and Gotham Village Park Project.
Shortlisted for Business of the Year (sponsored by Handelsbanken) Ruddington’s The Bottle Top and Quotient Sciences are up against The Good Weigh in Lady Bay and Hanwell Wine Estate at Hickling Pastures.
You can find all the other shortlisted nominees across Rushcliffe >>HERE<<.
The winners will be announced and celebrated in a special ceremony at the Becket School in West Bridgford on Wednesday November 20th to showcase their achievements.