Raw pet food company Poppy\u2019s Picnic has been nominated for a Rural Business Award in the Business Start-Up of the Year category.\r\n\r\nNow in its fourth year, the Rural Business Awards are the only UK-wide business awards specifically for the rural sector and is sponsored by Amazon.\r\n\r\nRepresenting Wiltshire in the South West region, Poppy\u2019s Picnic will find out if they have won a top slot at a ceremony on Thursday 18 October at Bath Racecourse. The successful winners at the regional finals, from the 13 award categories, are put forward to the national final, which takes place in February 2019.\r\n\r\nThree of Poppy\u2019s Picnic\u2019s products have also been nominated in the Pet Product of the Year category in the PetQuip Awards which is now in its sixth year and will take place in autumn at the PATS Telford trade show. Their three products Enhanced Pet Food, Complete Meatballs and Follow-on Paste will also be entered into the New Product Showcase at the PATS show as well.\r\n\r\nThe director general of PetQuip, Amanda Sizer Barrett said: "News of the winners is always eagerly anticipated, and the publicity generated for those runners- up, finalists and winners should never be underestimated.\r\n\r\n"PetQuip receives worldwide recognition and to gain one of its awards demonstrates that the winning firm is a high achiever in the pet industry. Using the awards as a form of promotion can add significant credibility to both a company and its products in both home and overseas markets. We are looking forward to finding out who will be the lucky winners this year."\r\n\r\nCo founder of Poppy\u2019s Picnic, Dylan Watkins, said: "Rawplicity is behind everything that we do at Poppy\u2019s Picnic. From producing recipes that include the best quality and recognisable ingredients, to creating innovative products that help dog owners with portion sizes, feeding our food is fun and easy.\r\n\r\n"Our tasty Complete Meatballs, available in packs of 12x30g chicken, beef or lamb varieties, are proving to be very popular with dog owners and are unique to Poppy\u2019s Picnic. They are particularly great for feeding small breeds of dogs and prevent food waste."\r\n\r\nHe added: "Our food is hand made by a fourth generation Wiltshire butcher and only includes the best human grade British ingredients. We want every cat and dog in the UK, and beyond, to have access to the best quality raw meals - the closest to what they would eat in the wild. It is our ultimate aim to make the raw food diet fun, easier and more convenient for pet owners to follow in order to encourage more people to start feeding their pets in this way."