This year’s Oxfordshire Business Awards (OXBA) have been launched last night at Oxford Science Park – itself home to more than 90 companies and employing more than 2,500 people.
Businesses from across Oxfordshire can now enter the 2020 awards, with categories ranging from Best Visitor Experience to Employer of the Year.
Business & Innovation Magazine is delighted to have been selected as the official media partner for the awards and will be supporting the programme throughout the year.
Since 1994, the OXBAs have recognised the achievements of thousands of the county’s businesses, including new businesses, small businesses and the county’s larger businesses.
and OXBA chairman, Paul Lowe, 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 said: “For over 25 years, the awards have championed businesses and those individuals who have made a positive impact in Oxfordshire.
“The launch event was a fantastic opportunity to welcome previous award winners, along with new and emerging businesses we perhaps haven’t engaged with previously.
“We’re very happy to welcome back many of our sponsors from 2019, as well as bringing in some new businesses excited to engage with such an iconic part of the Oxfordshire business calendar.
“Winning an OXBA brings genuine recognition and acknowledgment amongst peers – therefore, we would urge businesses to consider entering these prestigious awards.”
This year’s awards see the announcement of three new sponsors, with Royds Withy King sponsoring the Small Business Award, Ridge and Partners LLP sponsoring the Business of the Year Award and Business & Innovation Magazine becoming the official media partner for the awards.
The OXBA is being supported by other Oxfordshire organisations, including the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), who are supporting the New Business Award category.
OxLEP Chief Executive, Nigel Tipple, said the OXBA reflects the county’s thriving business community – in particular small businesses, or ‘SMEs’.
Nigel said: “Small businesses are the backbone of any economy and that’s particularly the case in Oxfordshire.
“Across the county, we have seen around 50,000 new jobs created between 2012 and 2017, 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.”
The Oxfordshire Business Awards takes place on Friday 12 June at the John Henry Brookes Building at Oxford Brookes University.
For a full list of award categories and to enter for an award, go to: www.oxfordshirebusinessawards.co.uk.