An ethical influencer and climate activist was among the winners at the first ever Alumni Entrepreneur Network awards, organised by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Laura Young, from Glasgow, scooped the 'Alumni Champion' award at the event on Saturday, which recognised former SRUC students who are industry champions and a key part of Scotland’s natural economy.

Tommy Dale, of Forth Resource Management, in East Lothian, won the Environmental Sustainability Award; and Anna and Ross Mitchell, of Castleton Farm, in Aberdeenshire, won the Diversification Award. Katie Philips, of Pasture Poultry, in the Borders, won the New Entrant Award and Lochy Porter, of Angus Soft Fruits, won the Innovation Award.

The event, which was hosted by former SRUC student, Steven Mitchell, at The Buffalo Farm in Fife, focused on enterprising businesspeople from the alumni community working in the food and farming sector.

• Laura, who has more than 50,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and regularly appears on TV and radio providing advice about how to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle, was described as a 'stand out' candidate in her category.

• Tommy was recognised for his work recycling green materials which would otherwise have gone to landfills.

• Anna and Ross were awarded for their 'impressive and sustainable' farm shop and café.

• Katie received an award for diversifying from pet food to supplying high-end restaurants.

• Lochy was recognised for his very innovative approach to producing and marketing soft fruit in Scotland.