Production of the WOBA 2019 trophy is under way

Wednesday January 23rd 2019

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Each year, the winner of the STL West Oxfordshire Business of the Year award receives a stunning totally unique trophy that is designed by students from Abingdon and Witney College and crafted by Synolos, Witney.

The 2019 trophy has been designed by a Rebecca Osborne, aged 18, a student from Abingdon and Witney College. Rebecca who is currently studying on the UAL Diploma in Art and Design L2 at the Witney Campus won a competition to design the WOBA 2019 trophy. Her design is currently being turned into a beautiful wooden trophy the team at Synolos, Witney.

This year’s trophy design is inspired by the idea of community and the idea that successful local businesses are both supported by and connected to the local community. The West Oxfordshire community and the local businesses that are part of it are all represented in the design.

The winning designer Rebecca said, ‘I wanted to show how our community is a good and uplifting place, with an element of protection, shielding our community from negative forces and making it a safe place to live and to work.’

Judging the WOBA trophy designs

Judging of the design competition took place in September at Abingdon and Witney College, where a select team of judges met the hopeful students as they presented their ideas.

The unique trophy will be presented to the winner of the West Oxfordshire Business of the Year 2019, which is sponsored by STL Communications, Witney. Bill Smith, Financial Director of STL said, ‘I have been involved with the process of evaluating the students’ designs for the WOBA trophy for several years now. Each year I begin the process hoping that they will come forward with new and innovative designs that are a step up from the previous year and so far I have never been disappointed. This year was no exception. Deciding on the winner was very difficult indeed as I cannot remember so many strong contenders in previous years. The winning design was simply outstanding.’

Building the winning design

The winning design is now being made into a trophy by Barry Ingleton of Synolos, Witney, who was also one of the judges. Barry said. ‘This is the sixth WOBA trophy we will have made. Each one is a unique work of art that celebrates the skills of wood based craft. Making the WOBA trophy is a real highlight for us and gives us a chance to be a small part of a much bigger celebration of the West Oxfordshire business community.’

The trophy is being kept under wraps until it is revealed at the WOBA 2019 Celebration of Business event, which is being held at The Burford Garden Company on Wednesday 13 February 2019. WOBA entrants, sponsors and supporters will gather to hear the announcement of the 33 finalists in the 11 categories.