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Cherwell Business Awards 2016

Oxford University Begbroke Science Park were the proud hosts of the prestigious Gala Dinner for the 2016 Cherwell Business Awards. The event took place on Friday 20th May in a marquee in the picturesque Jacobean walled garden of Begbroke Science Park. Over 230 guests gathered to celebrate the success of some of the best businesses in our district. Congratulations must go to all finalists, and of course to the winners.

Special thanks must go to all of the wonderful people and businesses who helped to make this event the huge success that it was. This includes the organising committee, the sponsors, and the various suppliers. Of particular note was the delicious three course meal provided by Thomas Franks Limited. The awards ceremony itself was hosted by Kirsty Leahy, well known breakfast presenter from Banbury Sound. Kirsty did a brilliant job of enlivening the evening and introducing each category and their sponsor, allowing the sponsors themselves to commend the finalists before announcing the winners and presenting them with an elegant, engraved glass trophy plus certificate. During the evening a raffle was held, with a number of sponsors and organisers generously donating prizes. This year, the raffle raised over £1,180, with all the proceeds going to the winner of the Charity & Community Award – Banbury and District Bus Project.

The finalists and winners of the awards were:

New Business Award, sponsored by A2Dominion Group:
Elan PR, Pontings Residential Lettings. Winner:JD Kruz.

Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Activate Learning:
JLD Driver Training Ltd. Winner: Nicholsons Nurseries

Innovation & Creativity Award, sponsored by Begbroke Science Park:
Oxford Advanced Surfaces, Zeta Specialist Lighting. Winner: Walraven UK

Retail Award, sponsored by Bicester Village:
Buywise Domestics, Sweet Celebrations Ltd. Winner: Andy’s Barber Shop

Charity & Community Award sponsored by Cherwell District Council:
Second Time Around, The Hummingbird Centre. Winner: Banbury & District Bus Project

Business Person of the Year Award sponsored by Ellacotts LLP Chartered Accountants:
David King (Carbody Banbury Ltd) James Sutton (Butterflies Healthcare)
Winner:Simon Biltcliffe (Webmart Ltd)

Micro Business Award, sponsored by Bicester Chamber of Commerce & Bicester Vision:
Nina & Co, Oxford IT Solutions. Winner:Burgess Reclamation

Small Business Award, sponsored by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership:
Healthy Performance Ltd, Thames Security Management. Winner: Butterflies Healthcare

Apprenticeship Award, sponsored by Oxfordshire Apprenticeships:
Kärcher UK, United Trust/NOA. Winner: High Spec Composites

Established Business Award, sponsored by Spratt Endicott Solicitors:
Clark Howes, Walraven UK. Winner: British Bakels

Overall Winner, sponsored by Norbar
Walraven, Andy’s Barner Shop. Winner:British Bakels

The awards team will now start preparing for 2017 and already have expressions of interest from potential sponsors. If you would like to sponsor an award in 2017, or an element of the final ceremony than contact the team care of Michelle Lewis. Telephone 01295 817642, Email: admin@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk

One of our finalists wrote with thanks, saying “On behalf of the Hummingbird Centre, I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for an excellent evening. The food, ambience and the whole evening was great.

Oxford University Begbroke Science Park are proud sponsors, organisers and host for the 2016 Cherwell Business Awards

Joanna Grant