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Many of the county’s businesses gathered at the Oxford Science Park for the official launch of the 2019 Oxfordshire Business Awards (OXBA) as the event which pays tribute to the county’s business community, reaches its 25th year.                         

The 2019 Awards launch to officially open nominations, was sponsored by the 2018 ‘Business of the Year’ winner Oxford Space Systems. Following the launch, businesses from across Oxfordshire can now enter the 2019 Awards, with a total of 14 categories open for entry.

Since it began in 1994, the OXBA has recognised the achievements of thousands of the county’s businesses, including accolades for new businesses, small businesses and the county’s larger businesses.  Now a quarter of a decade on the OXBA chairman hopes the event can continue to have a ‘positive impact’ on Oxfordshire’s business community, as well as helping to ‘promote excellence’ across all sectors.

Paul Lowe, Chair of the OXBA said: “For 25 years, the Awards have championed businesses and those individuals who have made a positive impact in Oxfordshire. “The launch event acts as a great opportunity to welcome previous award winners, along with new and emerging businesses we perhaps haven’t engaged with previously. “Winning an OXBA brings genuine recognition and acknowledgment amongst peers – therefore, we would urge businesses to consider entering these prestigious awards.”

Award Categories for 2019 including:

·         The Bicester Village Retail Award

·         The BRITA Green Award

·         The CIS Technology Excellence Award

·         The Hawkins Business of the Year Award

·         The Hays Employer of the Year Award

·         The Heart Best Visitor Experience Award

·         The Knights plc Small Business Award

·         The NatWest Large Business Award

·         The Oxford Science Park Innovation Award

·         The Oxford Times Charity and Community Award

·         The Oxfordshire LEP New Business Award

·         The Shaw Gibbs Young Business Person of the Year Award

·         The Shaw Gibbs Business Person of the Year Award

·         The Syndicut Marketing Excellence Award

The OXBA is being supported by other Oxfordshire organisations, including the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), who will sponsor the New Business Award category.

Its chief executive, Nigel Tipple, says the OXBA reflects the county’s thriving business community – in particular small businesses, or ‘SMEs’.    

Mr Tipple said: “Small businesses are the backbone of any economy and that’s particularly the case in Oxfordshire. “Across the county, we have seen around 43,000 new jobs created between 2012 and 2016, with small businesses responsible for a considerable number of these – nationally, over 99 per cent of the UK’s 5.7million businesses are classified as ‘small’ employing a total of 16.1 million people. “With this mind, the OXBA is an opportunity to celebrate ‘business’ and the impact it makes, not only to our economy, but also the professional opportunities companies create for thousands of people on a daily basis.”

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