WOBA 2014 Winners Announced

Kelly Lea, WOBA

Monday March 17th 2014

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Winners of the 2014 West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBAs) have been announced at a glamorous event hosted at Heythrop Park on Friday 14 March, which saw ICEoxford (Innovative Cryogenic Engineering) presented with the prestigious Coutts West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award in addition to winning the Owen Mumford Innovation Award.

Established in 2004 and based at Station Lane, Witney, ICEoxford has grown to become a leading supplier of high performance cryogenic systems to scientific and research groups throughout the world.

WOBA judges were highly impressed by the company’s bold marketing move created to buck the cryogenic industry trend of orange machinery with a “Lemon is the new orange” campaign. This involved painting ICEoxford equipment bright yellow to clearly differentiate the brand from its competitors and has seen ‘lemons’ rival ‘oranges’ in labs worldwide.

Commenting on winning the Coutts West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award, Chris Busby, Managing Director of ICEoxford, said:

We are proud to be a British company exporting worldwide so it is fantastic to be recognised by the West Oxfordshire Business Awards. Winning both awards will help in raising our profile locally and within our industry, but most importantly, it rewards our staff who have made us the leader in cryogenic engineering.Managing Director of ICEoxford Chris Busby

WOBA Gala Dinner guests were treated to a personal video message from Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron, who was unable to make this year’s awards due to prior commitments.

I am delighted by the progress that the West Oxfordshire Business Awards have made. Now in their fourth year, the Awards give local businesses the chance to shine and recognises all the hard work that goes into them. I am a big supporter of small businesses and I am extremely proud that my constituency plays host to so many. They play such a vital role in not only the local economy but nationally too. I know how much work has been put in by the Awards team and its sponsors who have given so much of their valuable time and services to making this event such a success. It is great to see the rewards of these efforts and I would like to thank and to congratulate everyone involved.Witney MP David Cameron

The 2014 WOBAs are the most successful to date with the introduction of two new categories designed to increase the volume of entries from a wider range of West Oxfordshire businesses.

WOBA winners include:

  • Robert Drake of CDO, Ridgeway Business Person of the Year Award
  • Ross & Ross Food, Hexagon Business Centres Micro Business Award (new category)
  • The Cotswold Tailor, Witney Business & Innovation Centre New Business Award
  • Aston Pottery, Blenheim Palace Rural Business Award
  • Wise Investment, STL Communications Employer of the Year Award (new category)
“This was the most fiercely fought WOBAs yet with each award category posing a fantastic problem for our judges due to the high standard of businesses we have in West Oxfordshire. On behalf of the organising team, I would like to extend our congratulations to all finalists and to our very worthy WOBA winners who should feel extremely proud of their business achievements.”Jo Sensecall, spokesperson for the WOBA organising team

The striking Coutts West Oxfordshire Business of the Year trophy, designed by students from Abingdon & Witney College and made by charity and training centre Synolos, was presented to ICEoxford by Maggie Bradley, Director, Wealth Management at Coutts in Oxford.

The WOBA Gala Dinner raised £1,360 for Inclusive Care & Education (ICE), winner of the 2013 Polythene UK Charity & Community Award. Next year’s charity will be Base 33, winner of the 2014 award.

“We are pleased to again be supporters of the West Oxfordshire Business Awards. The awards celebrate entrepreneurship in Oxfordshire and we’re delighted to be involved with so many local businesses. On behalf of Coutts, I would like to congratulate ICEoxford on their success. They are clearly leaders in innovation and we are honoured to present them with the accolade of the Coutts 2014 West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award”Maggie Bradley, Director, Wealth Management, Coutts

ENDS

Photo caption:
The team from ICEoxford celebrate winning the Coutts West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award

For further information contact:
Kelly Lea
M: 07988 195 262
E: kelly@kellyleapr.com

2014 WOBA Winners

CETA Large Business Award
AirTanker

Strategic Mentors Small Business Award
CQR Consulting

Hexagon Business Centres Micro Business Award
Ross & Ross Food

Witney Business & Innovation Centre New Business Award
The Cotswold Tailor

Ridgeway Business Person of the Year Award
Robert Drake – CDO

mark-making* Social Media Award
SpecialEffect

STL Communications Employer of the Year Award
Wise Investment

Heythrop Park Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality Award
Witney Lakes Resort

Blenheim Palace Rural Business Award
Aston Pottery

Polythene UK Charity and Community Award
Base 33

Owen Mumford Innovation Award
ICEoxford

Coutts Business of the Year Award
ICEoxford