The 2019 West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) are underway following a prestigious launch event at the Cotswolds Hotel and Spa, which saw MP Robert Courts, announce details of a brand new award category before declaring entries open.
The new award for 2019 is the Meech Business and Community Award which recognises a company’s contribution to its local community. This new category is open to any business irrespective of size or sector and the community involvement can be one specific scheme or a range of initiatives.
Iain Cameron, marketing director of Meech who are sponsors of the new Business and Community Award, said, “As a company with offices and distributors located around the world, we recognise how important the local community is to a business and how the success of a business depends on the skills and hard work of local people. In return, it is important that a company should give something back to the community it is part of. The fact that WOBA has chosen to recognise the link between business and community is great, for this reason we are proud to sponsor the new Business and Community Award that recognises the contribution business makes to the local community.”
WOBA 2019 has 13 awards with 11 categories and businesses can enter as many as they like for free before the midnight deadline on Monday 3rd December 2018. The categories are:
- Seldram Cleaning & Washroom Supplies Hospitality Leisure & Tourism Award
- NFU Retail Award
- Everyman Legal Charity Award
- Meech Business and Community Award
- Owen Mumford Innovation Award
- The MGroup Employer of the Year Award
- Blenheim Palace New Business Award
- Witney BIC Micro Business Award
- Veritrec Small Business Award
- Sandler Training Large Business Award
- Wise Investment Business Person of the Year Award
Category winners will be considered for the STL West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award and all finalists will be contenders for the Cally Robson Award, which is presented by the WOBA Team to the business that best reflects the values of their late colleague Cally Robson, namely entrepreneurship, innovation and an ingrained sense of the community.
Jo Sensecall from the WOBA organising team, said: “The WOBA team would like to encourage all businesses to enter and share their pride in their achievements. There is definitely a category for everyone whether you are a one-man band working from your kitchen table or a large company employing hundreds of people.”
Entries close at midnight, 3rd December 2018 and finalists will be revealed at the Celebration of Business Event in February 2019. Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner the following month at Heythrop Park Resort.
For the first time, the WOBA Team is running a series of workshops across the district for businesses about how to write an award application. The workshops will be presented by previous award winners and are not WOBA specific. They will cover generically how to identify what awards judges are really looking for and how to present a business in the best light.
The WOBA 2019 charity is Volunteer Link Up, who link people who have time to spare with opportunities to help local residents and charitable organisations that need their services. Having won the Charity Award in 2018, Volunteer Link-Up will benefit from fundraising at the WOBA Gala Dinner in March.
WOBA is now in its ninth year with previous finalists and winners representing a growing and vibrant business community that proudly fly the flag for West Oxfordshire locally, nationally and in some cases, internationally.
To enter download an entry form from woba.org.uk/enter/.