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06 August 2021

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VOTE LOCAL - VOTE BORDERWAY!

Voting has now opened for The Mart’s the Heart Café of the Year Award

The Borderway Café at Harrison & Hetherington’s Mart needs your support - and your vote! This independent business, established in 1974, welcomes tens of thousands of customers every year and prides itself on serving local and seasonal culinary classics, to local people. This week the Café has been shortlisted for Auction Café of the Year, as part of the Farmers Guardian’s Mart’s the Heart Awards 2021, and now the team are calling on their local farming community to show their support.

Borderway is not just a business within a business, it is the heart of the community - a place where people can meet, greet, and socialise. From breed society events to social functions and private parties, the venue is well used by rural organisations across the area, and customers travelling up, down and across the country always make sure to pass through. All meals are made on site and the team always try to have a local slant on their menu, using primarily local produce - with the Cumberland sausage being one of their best sellers.

Launched in 2015, the Mart’s the Heart Awards have proved to be an incredible success and the Borderway team were delighted to be shortlisted for this year’s campaign. In 2019 alone, the awards generated over 350 nominations and saw more than 8,500 votes cast.  Commenting on why they think the Borderway Café should take home gold this year, Claire Boyd, Catering Manager said:

“Our café is integral to the overall operating business of H&H and really is just a tremendous place to sit down and have a chat. It’s a place where everyone from any aspect of the business can discuss ideas and interact and we always ensure to offer the highest levels of service. On both sales and non-sales days, you are guaranteed a warm welcome by both the canteen team and the wider teams within all of the H&H companies.

“This is something which we believe is absolutely vital to the mental health of so many people, given that so many farmers and people in rural communities often work in such isolated locations and businesses. The team have gone above and beyond to get the café to where it is today, and we will be so grateful for all votes cast in recognition. We encourage anyone who uses or benefits from the café to show their support and share the campaign far and wide!”

To cast your vote in this year’s competition, please visit: www.fginsight.com/martstheheart

Voting closes on Tuesday 31st August 2021 and winners will be announced on Thursday 21st October at the British Farming Awards Night.