WOBA 2019 finalists announced at Celebration of Business event


The crème de la crème of West Oxfordshire businesses gathered yesterday evening to find out the finalists of this year’s hotly contested West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBAs) at the Celebration of Business Event held at Burford Garden Company.

Finalists in 11 categories were announced including:

  • BIBO Water a company that has created a water dispenser for instant hot and chilled filtered water (WOBA 2019 finalist: Small Business Award)
  • MyStore Self Storage who offer personal and business storage rooms in Witney (WOBA 2019 finalist: Retail Award and Blenheim Palace New Business Award)
  • Oxford Welding Supplies is an online store for welding and safety equipment based in Freeland. (WOBA 2019 finalist: Retail Award and Micro Business Award)
  • Cryptocycle who are using block chain technology to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste (WOBA 2019 finalist: Innovation Award)

Jo Sensecall of the WOBA organising team comments: “The Celebration of Business Event gave all the entrants the opportunity to network as well as celebrate their hard earned success. Everyone who entered this year’s WOBAs should be proud to be a part of our thriving West Oxfordshire business community.  The WOBA team is delighted to see so many brilliant businesses revealed as finalists for WOBA 2019 and look forward to finding out the WOBA winners on 29 March.”

Mark Harris of Solid Structures, a WOBA 2019 finalist, said: “This is the first time we have entered the WOBAs. We enjoyed the process of entering and welcoming the judges to our new Chipping Norton office. To be announced as a finalist in front of 200 people tonight has provided us with a platform to shout about our business in West Oxfordshire.”

The winner of the 2019 STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award is selected by the judges from the category winners.  The unique trophy for the West Oxfordshire Business of the Year was revealed at yesterday’s event. The 2019 trophy was designed by Rebecca Osborne, aged 18, an art and design student from Abingdon & Witney College. Her design has been turned into a beautiful wooden trophy the team at Synolos, Witney.

WOBA winners will be announced at a glamorous Gala Dinner taking place on 29 March 2019. Please visit the website for more information woba.org.uk

Fundraising will take place the Gala Dinner for WOBA 2019 charity, Volunteer Link-Up winners of the Charity Award in 2018. The organisation links people who have time to spare with opportunities to help local residents and charitable organisations that need their services.

WOBA 2019 Finalists

Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Award sponsored by Seldram Cleaning & Washroom Supplies

  • Chapters Hair Design, The Plough Inn at Finstock, Hunters Cake Café,

Retail Award sponsored by NFU Mutual

  • Oxford Welding Supplies, MyStore Self Storage, Loft

Charity Award sponsored by Everyman Legal

  • Lawrence Home Nursing, 2120 (Witney) Squadron Air Training Corps, Guideposts Trust

Business and Community Award sponsored by Meech

  • Oxford Products, Witney Music Festival, Burford School

Innovation Award sponsored by Owen Mumford

  • Oxtex, Cryptocycle, HT2 Labs

Employer of the Year Award sponsored by The MGroup

  • Solid Structures, Oxford Products, Advance Housing

New Business Award sponsored by Blenheim Palace

  • SWJ Consulting, Verve & Virtue, MyStore Self Storage

Micro Business Award sponsored by Witney Business & Innovation Centre

  • iRepairTech, Stoneletters, Oxford Welding Supplies

Small Business Award sponsored by Veritrec

  • Solid Structures, BIBO Water, CQR Consulting

Large Business Award sponsored by Sandler Training

  • Oxford Products, Little Dots Daycare, 3D Aluminium

Business Person of the Year Award sponsored by Wise Investment

  • Martin Bull (Inclusive Care & Education), Brendan Kay (Parkers), Greg Inge, (CQR Consultancy)

All finalists are considered for the Cally Robson Award to recognise an outstanding business with great potential and all category winners, except Business Person of the Year, are considered for the STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award

WOBA Key Dates:

Winners announced: 29 March 2019

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