Cherwell Business Awards 2015

The prestigious 2015 Cherwell Business Awards Gala Dinner brought together 200 guests to celebrate the hard work, success and entrepreneurship of business people within North Oxfordshire.

The 4th Cherwell Business Awards, which took place on Friday 15th May, once again shone the spotlight on the ingenuity, dedication and achievements of many talented individuals and businesses in the local community amidst the stunning surroundings of Sibford School.

The big winner on the night was Bicester Green, which not only scooped the Charity and Community Award, but also the evening’s most coveted award, Cherwell Business of the Year.

Bicester Green was set up two years ago and is going from strength-to-strength, thanks to the hard work and dedication of its one full-time member of staff and team of volunteers.

A centre for skills and sustainability, the company intercepts items destined for landfill to use as a catalyst for learning in its workshop, sharing the skills of those with the knowledge to repair bikes, furniture and electrical items with those who would benefit from learning.

Emma Gordon, centre manager of Bicester Green, said: “Winning both of these awards really reassures us and gives us the confidence that we’re doing something right.

“We’ve always had good support from the public traditionally and good support from the charity sector and the District and County Councils.  Now we also have the support of the business community too. It’s the final part of the puzzle for us.

“Initially Bicester Green was set up to explore the arena of saving waste, but winning this award has confirmed our viability in business terms. It’s one thing to be a social enterprise, but it’s another thing to get that recognition from businesses, which have a completely different set of criteria.”

Ms Gordon said attending Friday night’s event had “opened her eyes” to the strong business community that exists in North Oxfordshire and is delighted to be recognised as a part of it.

Following its success, Bicester Green, which is currently based on the McKay Trading Estate, is now looking for new premises in the Bicester area, with room for a workshop and office space. Anyone who thinks they may have a suitable space is asked to call Emma Gordon on 01869 388564.  For more information about Bicester Green, visit www.bicestergreen.org.uk

The Cherwell Business Awards winners on the night were:

  • Cherwell District Council Charity & Community Award and Norbar Torque Tools Ltd Business of the Year Award – Bicester Green
  • Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Apprenticeship Award – Mondelēz International
  • Ellacotts LLP Business Person of the Year Award – Shaun Jardine
  • Bicester Village Customer Service Award – Hart Veterinary Centre
  • Banbury and Bicester College Employer of the Year Award – Clark Howes
  • Spratt Endicott Established Business Award – Kärcher UK Ltd
  • Begbroke Science Park Innovation & Creativity Award –Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd.
  • A2Dominion Group New Business Award – Bicester Heritage
  • Oxfordshire LEP Small Business Award – Healthy Performance

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The Cherwell Business Awards team will now start preparing for 2016 and already have expressions of interest from potential sponsors.  Anyone interested in sponsoring an award in 2016, or any element of the final ceremony, should contact Michelle Lewis on 01295 817642 or email: admin@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