Best Banbury women in business honoured at awards ceremony

The Banbury Women In Business Awards winners with representatives from the award sponsors
The Banbury Women In Business Awards winners with representatives from the award sponsors

More than 70 guests helped celebrate the success of talented local busineswomen.

Those who attended the Banbury Women In Business Awards and Conference were also treated to talks by British Modern Pentathlete and Silver Olympic medallist, Samantha Murray, and businesswoman, Michelle Niziol.

Michelle, the founder and chief executive of IMS Property Group, is a successful businesswoman and was a candidate on BBC’s The Apprentice in 2016

OJI Marketing director and Banbury Women In Business committee member, Marie Parkinson, said: “The speakers at the conference were fantastic. They inspired the audience and enriched the event. The event saw nearly 70 guests come together to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of the finest business women currently working in the town.

“We’re delighted to provide a platform to endorse and promote women in business as well as hopefully a spring board for them to continue to grow and develop their future careers and businesses.”

With six award categories, and 18 finalists, the awards celebrated a broad cross section of the business community. All 18 finalists were commended before each of the category sponsors announced the winner and presented their elegant, engraved glass trophies and framed certificates.

Bloxham Mill Business Centre sponsored the New Business Award, won by Corse Concierge

Edd Frost & Daughters sponsored the Going the Extra Mile Award won by Dawn Gascoigne of Travel Counsellors.

The ‘Designed by Howie’ Business Communicator of the Year Award went to Jody Fletcher of Chilli Promotional Products Ltd.

Ellacotts sponsored the Micro Business Woman of the Year Award, won by Ella Barrington of Corse Concierge.

Jamie Briggs Removals & Storage sponsored the Business Woman of the Year Award (five or more employees) won by Georgia Geary, of The Mill Arts Centre.

The Banbury Sound – Unsung Hero Award went to Kerry McDermott of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.

The committee is now starting preparations for the 2019 event. If you would like to be involved, email

Banbury Women in Business is a not-for-profit organisation, so no membership fees, you just pay when you attend. In addition to their annual conference and awards, they offer quarterly networking lunches too.

So regardless of whether you are new to networking or are an experienced networker, come along to this popular and welcoming group.

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