Cherwell Business Awards 2014 Finalists Announced

There has been a record amount of applications received for this year’s Cherwell Business Awards and the standard of nominations from across North Oxfordshire has, once again, been exceptionally high.

This is the third year that The Cherwell Business Awards has celebrated the success of the district’s flourishing businesses and exceptional entrepreneurs and the 2014 Cherwell Business Awards promises to be even bigger than before.

The finalists have now been shortlisted and the winners will be announced at The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner taking place on the 16th May 2014 in the stunning grounds of Dovecote Barn in Adderbury.

With over 30% more applications received this year, each of the Award sponsors has had the difficult task of shortlisting the finalists for each of the 9 categories.  Not only will these 26 successful finalists be potential winners of The Cherwell Business Awards, but they have now automatically been entered into the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards taking place in June 2014.

This year’s Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on the 16th May will be a fabulous black tie event with drinks reception and 3 course meal set in the grounds of Dovecote Barn.  The evening will start at 7pm and it will be a wonderful opportunity to come together to celebrate the success and achievements of North Oxfordshire’s thriving business community.

Tickets are now available at £50 per person, or you may wish to book a table for 10 people at a cost of £500.  Please visit the website www.cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk to reserve your tickets, or contact Michelle Lewis at michelle@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk.

The Cherwell Business Awards 2014 – Finalists

Congratulations to the following shortlisted finalists, who come from a wide range of sectors and locations, as well as representing new, established, large and small businesses.  The finalists are listed below, in no particular order:

Spratt Endicott Established Business Award

  • Red Engineering
  • Nicholsons
  • Morleys of Bicester

Ellacotts Business Person of the Year Award

  • Mike Hawkins – Hawkins Group of Companies
  • Percy Patti – Percy’s travel
  • Beverley Bates – Ekko

Cherwell District Council Charity & Community Award

  • ACE Training & Consultancy Ltd
  • Auditory Verbal Centre
  • Banbury & District Community Bus Project

Integration Technology Export Award

  • The Native Antigen Company
  • Petrospot
  • Zeta Specialist Lighting

Begbroke Science Park Innovation & Creativity Award

  • driverConnex
  • One Man Band
  • Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd

NatWest Small Business Award

  • Oxford Fine Dining
  • Healthy Performance
  • Thames Security Management

Bloxham Mill New Business Award

  • Iphone Experts
  • Nina & Co
  • Musclegenes Ltd

Activate Learning Banbury & Bicester College Staff Training & Development Award

  • Clark Howes
  • Hawkins Group of Companies

Bicester Village Customer Care Award

  • Iphone experts
  • Brethertons
  • Castle Vehicle Leasing

Norbar Torque Tools have sponsored the Overall Cherwell Business Award 2014 and will be judging from the shortlisted finalists who also have automatic entry into the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards.

To celebrate the success and achievements of businesses and entrepreneurs within North Oxfordshire, book your tickets now for The Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 16th May 2014.  Please visit www.cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk to reserve your tickets.

Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow.

“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”
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“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”

Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military

"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"
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"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"

Being a member enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses

“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”

Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways
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“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways

We have a profound interest in the progress of the Town

“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”

Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber
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“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber

The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation

"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."

Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council
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"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council

The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester

"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."

Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council
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"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council

Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception

"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."

Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council
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"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council

Through our work with Bicester Vision we are able identify the development needs of the town

“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House, which was completed in 2016.  The growth of Bicester enables us, through our work with Bicester Vision, to identify the business, retail and leisure development needs of the town and to work closely with the business community to provide these.”

John Liggins, Managing Director, Ziran Land Limited
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“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House...”

Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate

"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."

Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK
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"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK