New Agricultural Innovation Awards at Great Yorkshire Show

 In 2024, GYS Press Releases

The success of last year’s new Innovation Zone at the Great Yorkshire Show has led to exciting developments for this year’s event.

The GYS Innovation Awards have been expanded from a single event to four and the entry criteria has been broadened from exhibitors at the Show to all UK farming and agri-businesses across the UK.

The new categories are as follows:

  • Engineering innovations: This will encompass machinery, robotics and automation solutions.
  • Digital innovations: These will be based on IT and computing solutions, such as new farm software systems.
  • Management innovation: This covers both livestock and arable management, such as new crop varieties, livestock breeds and management techniques.
  • UK Agri-tech Start Up Award: This will recognise agri-business entrepreneurs.

The awards are being sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Chairman of the South Yorkshire Network John Lawrence said: “The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s largest Professional Engineering Institutions and for 150 years we have existed for the sole purpose of working to engineer a better world. We are made up of over 180,000 members worldwide across all sectors and work to support our members and society to improve and drive-up competence, professionalism, innovation and standards across all engineering and technology communities everywhere from Governments all the way to the individual practitioner.

“Our mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society – and there is no greater need to society than a secure, productive and healthy agriculture sector. Technology is key to this now and will only play a larger part in future, which is why we’re delighted to be involved and sponsoring the Great Yorkshire Show Innovation Awards.

“This is our second year in partnership with the show and we’re even more excited to see the technology on offer in the expanded sections, given the quality, innovation and passion we experienced last year!”

Chair of the Farmer Scientist Network, Dr David George, said: “These are challenging times for agriculture, but with opportunities available, particularly for those farmers keen to engage with innovative solutions. The GYS Innovation Awards recognises the most interesting and impactful of these innovations, with three main categories for 2024 for engineering, digital and management solutions. This year also sees the exciting addition of a separate ‘UK Agri-Tech Start-Up Award’ to celebrate new companies working to support our agriculture sector. With the GYS being the perfect platform to showcase the best and brightest businesses, we look forward to receiving a diverse array of applications ahead of the 165th GYS, building upon the success of the first Innovation Award in 2023. “

Entries have opened on the Great Yorkshire Show website here: –– and close on Friday 7 June.

The Innovation Zone, sponsored by OnPath Energy (formerly known as Banks Renewables), will feature indoor and outdoor spaces for exhibitors, with a series of short talks every day. These include Tea and Tech, Pie and Policy and the Rural Policy Group, which leads the all party Parliamentary group for Fair Value in the Food Supply Chain, will be hosting a debate on “Averting Doomsday”. Yorkshire’s thriving Women in Farming network will also meet at the Innovation Zone.

There will be displays of cover crops, catch crops and biomass crops and visitors will be able to see two wildflower meadows at different stages of growth. Specialist rural university Harper Adams will be showcasing a drone capable of seeding and spraying in partnership with Autospray Systems, alongside showcasing the latest from their Future Farm.

Russells farm machinery will be showing their latest methane-powered tractor and there will be “while you wait” soil testing available from expert soil health analysts for farmers who want to know how best to manage their own particular land.

Tickets for the 165th Show – from Tuesday 9 July to Friday 12 July – are on sale now and will be in advance only, as visitor numbers are capped at 35,000 a day.
Last year’s Show sold out a week before.

Some of the best animals in the UK will be competing and farmers from around the world will attend as this year’s show will host the World Ayrshire Federation Annual Conference.

In the Main Ring, the Paul Hannam Quad Bike Stunt Show will wow crowds every day as the stuntman from North Devon who raced at British Championship level, will perform jumps, tricks and multiple rolls.

Sheepdogs are back and on display in a specially created area near to Gold Gate and visitors can expect the best animals in the country competing including national breed shows as well as machinery, food and first-class entertainment.

Tickets are: Adults £35, Children £13 and Families £86, please go online

GYS23_Innovation Award winners: John Lawrence -left from IET, presents the awards to L to R. 3rd placed Cyril Bainbridge from Bainbridge Engineering in Thirsk, Winner, Neil Fell of NR Fell Sheep Dipping based in County Durham and 2nd placed Will Dunn from Ag-drive in Ampleforth


  • The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), a registered charity supporting rural Yorkshire.
  • YAS supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and scientific research.
  • The Society is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
  • Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.


Sara Lamper, Press Officer
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