Westfield Farms in running for top award

One of last years Helping it Happen winners, Hugh MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle
One of last years Helping it Happen winners, Hugh MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle

Westfield Farms, Inverurie, will compete for the Innovation in Farming accolade at this year’s  Helping it Happen Awards.

A family-run business, it has established businesses Westfield Spelt, Ola Oils and The Greengrocer.

The business was started by John and Connie Sorrie and now involves daughter Chloe and son-in-law James and son John and daughter-in-law Ellie, who are all involved in different aspects of the business and they currently employ 11 local staff.

Westfield Farms is focused on creating innovative and nutritious produce.

In 2008 they were the first in Scotland to bring cold pressed rapeseed oil to the market with the launch of Ola Oils.

The company purchased The Greengrocer in 2012 and immediately put its own stamp on the business with a full shop refurbishment, rebranding and adding a niche shopping experience for customers.

They were inspired to grow and produce Westfield Farms Spelt Flour due to the demand for speciality flours stocked in The Greengrocer.

As they were the first in Scotland to grow Spelt, no seed could be found in the UK so they had to further their search to mainland Europe.

Working as a family team, they have been able to drive the businesses forward, each bringing something different to its success.

Now in its third year, the campaign and its annual awards are becoming increasingly renowned as champions of rural business and entrepreneurship in Scotland.

High numbers of entries into all nine categories demonstrate strong support and appreciation of the recognition Helping it Happen gives to all sizes of rural business for their contribution to local communities and the wider Scottish community. panel, and those nominated.

The winner of each category will be announced at the Helping it Happen Awards gala evening on October 2 at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh.

Tickets are currently available from Scottish Land & Estates.