Jon and Emmy Palmer from The Cheese House were delighted to receive the title 'Independent Retailer of the Year' at the prestigious Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards on 21 October. The glittering occasion held in Inverness at the Kingsmill Hotel is an annual event which showcases the best the region has to offer in the food and drink sector (Scotland's second largest industry).
Amidst stiff competition The Cheese House was singled out for its uniqueness, being the only Dutch cheese shop in the UK whilst also promoting local produce. Another factor highlighted was the level of community engagement; recognising Jon and Emmy's efforts in organising local events as well as the support they receive from local residents, in particular the help provided when they moved premises to the Old Police Station last December. This is an award the whole town can be proud of.
Photo: Jon Palmer