Katharine House Hospice was presented with an award for Outstanding Commitment to the Local Community in the fifth annual Banbury Business of the Year Awards.
The award was handed over as around 100 of Banbury’s most inspirational business people gathered at the The Great Barn, Aynho, last Friday for the event founded and organised by Plus One Personnel.
Jane Miles, chief executive of the Adderbury-based hospice said: “We were absolutely delighted and honoured to be given the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community. Our local community has supported us through every stage of the hospice’s journey and we are consistently overwhelmed by the dedication and loyal support for our work.”
Judges for this year’s awards were Plus One Personnel sales director Stuart Moore, Sir Tony Baldry MP, Banbury Guardian editor Jason Gibbins and Paul Angus from Banbury Sound.
The Banbury Employee of the Year award went to Matt Hughes of Mondelez International. Matt, who joined the business 24 years ago as a mechanical apprentice, has held numerous roles within the organisation and is now a senior leader at the Banbury site.
Bibby Financial Services was crowned Banbury Employer of the Year, while Karcher UK’s ‘Karcher Cleans Britain Team’ picked up the Banbury Team of the Year award for the second year running in recognition of its community projects
Luke Froude of Bibby Financial Services was named Banbury Charity Fundraiser of the Year as judges praised his efforts – along with his wife Gemma – to raise £75,000 over five years for the ‘Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents’ charity following the tragic 2010 death of their son Finnley, aged four months.
Mr Froude said: “Winning the award is fantastic and both myself and Gemma are so pleased to get recognised for what we have done in memory of Finnley.
Sir Tony Baldry extended an invite to all shortlisted finalists in the Banbury Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category to lunch at the Houses of Parliament before presenting the winner’s award to Robert South from The New Inn, Middleton Cheney.
Rob began his career as an apprentice front of house barman in 2013 but is now joint pub manager responsible for all day-to-day issues of running the establishment.
Mr Moore of Plus One Personnel added: “The awards are a chance to stand out from the crowd and for business to honour all the hard work of their staff and to celebrate achievements over the last 12 months.
“It is also gives companies the opportunity to show the business community they offer a great place to work.