The Cherwell Business Awards 2015 are Launched and Sponsors Announced

Now in its 4th year, the organisers and sponsors are proud to announce the launch of The Cherwell Business Awards 2015.  Applications and nominations can be made online at http://cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk/ from 20th October 2014 through to 30thJanuary 2015.

The Cherwell Business Awards continues to grow and establish a solid reputation within the North Oxfordshire business community and serves to showcase and celebrate the excellent business people and organisations we have here in the Cherwell District.

The 2014 Awards received over 30% more applications from a wide range of businesses across North Oxfordshire.  The event also enjoyed more publicity than ever before, as well as attracting nearly 250 guests to the fabulous Gala Dinner on the 16th May 2014.

We are delighted to have attracted new sponsors this year, resulting in the addition of an exciting new award category for Apprenticeships.  This means that with 10 Award Categories there is something for every company and business person within North Oxfordshire.

The Cherwell Business Awards 2015 – 10 Award Categories

  1. The A2Dominion Group – New Business Award
  2. The Activate Learning Banbury & Bicester College – Employer Award
  3. The Begbroke Science Park – Innovation & Creativity Award
  4. The Bicester Village  – Customer Service Award
  5. The Cherwell District Council – Charity & Community Award
  6. The Ellacotts LLP – Business Person Award
  7. The Integration Technology  – Export Award
  8. The Oxfordshire Apprenticeships – Apprenticeship Award
  9. The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership – Small Business Award
  10. The Spratt Endicott Solicitors – Established Business Award

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd sponsors the Overall Winner Award.  There is no separate entry for this most prestigious award, as the winner will be decided upon by the sponsor of this award, chosen from the finalists of any of the other 10 categories.

All of the Cherwell Business Awards’ short-listed finalists are automatically entered into the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards, thereby having an opportunity to be a winner of two fantastic awards.

The Cherwell Business Awards is acknowledged as an excellent forum to raise the profiles of businesses within the region.  It celebrates the hard work, dedication and achievements of employers, employees and entrepreneurs throughout North Oxfordshire.

Mike Hawkins, Commercial Director, Hawkins Group of Companies, winner of both the Staff Training & Development Award and Business Person of the Year Award in 2014 says:

I can only say that if any company or business person is thinking of entering, I would urge them not to think about it, but to act on it! The Cherwell Business Awards provide a great way to celebrate diversity in business in Cherwell that are bringing jobs, opportunities and revenue to the area….long may it continue!”

Nominations and applications are being accepted in all 10 award categories until 30th January 2015.  Finalists will be announced at the end of March 2015, with the Gala Dinner and Awards taking place in May 2015.

To nominate a business or apply online, please visit the Cherwell Business Awards 2015 website at: http://cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk/

The organising committee of The Cherwell Business Awards 2015: Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce, Bicester Vision, Cherwell District Council, Spratt Endicott Solicitors, Ellacotts LLP, Begbroke Science Park and Peepul24.

For more details on how to enter contact Michelle Lewis, Telephone: 01295 817642, Email: michelle@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk. Alternatively, visit the Awards website http://cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk/

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