WOBBLEGATE from Bolney has been selected as a finalist following a UK-wide search for the Small Producer of the Year.

Organised by the Quality Food Awards and the Co-op, the award is a celebration of great British food and drink culminating on November 9 with a glittering gala at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

In addition to receiving recognition on a national stage, finalists also have an opportunity to work with the Co-op to secure a listing at a local store.

MD Tom Stephens said: “It’s great to get to this stage.

“We started Wobblegate in 2009 and never thought we would be winning awards like the Quality Food Awards.

“Now this could be our third.”

Simon Dryell, head of local sourcing for the Co-op, said: “British food is world renowned and the standard of entries has once again been truly amazing.

“It has been a real pleasure to explore the quality, diversity and creativity of local produce from around the UK.

“We know that food provenance, quality and trust are key for our customers.

“The Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities - supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great local food and drink. ”

Organised by Metropolis Business Media, group publisher Helen Lyons said: “This award represents some truly fantastic benefits for the smaller producers that have entered – ultimately, the winner will be able to work with the Co-op towards seeing their products in their local store, and that’s a really exciting prospect.

“I’d like to congratulate all the finalists and say that we’re really looking forward to the presentation day.”