Banbury pupils collect trophy after winning new business award

From left to right: Rhys Tobin, Hannah Whitehouse, Ray Avery, managing director of Bloxham Mill, Harry Ritson and Dominic Wilcox-Hillier NNL-150616-132008001
From left to right: Rhys Tobin, Hannah Whitehouse, Ray Avery, managing director of Bloxham Mill, Harry Ritson and Dominic Wilcox-Hillier NNL-150616-132008001

Students at Space Studio Banbury visited Bloxham Mill to collect their trophies after winning a new business award.

More than 25 students took part in the Avery Business Awards - named after Bloxham Mill’s managing director Ray Avery - to present their own business concept to a 100-strong audience.

Sweetie Treaties, made up of pupils Rhys Tobin, Hannah Whitehouse, Harry Ritson, Dominic Wilcox-Hillier, were chosen as the winner for their idea of supplying birthday cupcakes to employees of firms within Space Studio’s partner network.

They collected their engraved trophies this week.

Mr Avery said: “Every entry was fantastic, I was so impressed with the high standards of innovation and business acumen. They are all winners of course, but very well done to Sweetie Treaties and I hope to taste a cupcake very soon.

“I’m delighted to be part of the incredible work which the Space Studio students are producing. I’m more than a little honoured, and certainly humbled, that the awards are naed after me.

“I will continue to give as much support as possible to the students and am sure that they will all become successful business people in the future.”
The Avery Business Awards specifically gives students real-life work opportunities and will be an annual event sponsored by Bloxham Mill.

They are named after Mr Avery for his support to many of the students in the past year. He is also an active promoter of real-life work experience for students, and Bloxham Mill’s cafe is also run on this basis via Banbury and Bicester College.

Jane Ablett, business manager at Space Studio Banbury, said: “The objective behind these awards is to build business confidence and provide real-life business experience for our students.

“A sense of competition in business is always healthy too. Having Ray as a business mentor has given our students essential insight to business strategies. Ray is inspirational and the students love him.”