Veil is lifted on awards finalists

Finalists for the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2015 NNL-150216-151630001
Finalists for the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2015 NNL-150216-151630001

The 33 finalists of this year’s West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) have been revealed.

WOBA was formed in 2011 to celebrate businesses and entrepreneurship in west Oxfordshire. The categories are reviewed every year.

This year’s finalists include a cycling and triathlon shop founded by a former RAF parachute instructor, an artisan coffee company and a travel agent.

New for 2015 is the Blenheim Palace Retail Award, which is open to any independent retail business in the district.

This year’s finalists are: Hospitality Award – Crocodiles of the World, Searcys, Old Swan and Minster Mill.

Retail Award – Caroline Jane Couture & Bridal, Tackley Village Shop, The Cotswold Tailor.

Charity Award – Inclusive Care & Education (ICE), Special Effect, Lawrence Home Nursing Team.

Social Media Award – Smart Photography, The Shake Shop, Sheepskin.

Innovation Award – Sonnox, Ue Coffee Roasters, Independent Futures.

Employer of the Year Award – Jamesons Accountants, Oxford Products, Sandler Training.

New Business Award – Care Compassion & Conversation, Mickey Cranks, Smooga.

Micro Business Award – Woozelbears, Tackley Village Shop, The Shake Shop.

Small Business Award – Ue Coffee Roasters, Aston & James, Sylva Group.

Large Business Award – Polythene UK, Audley Travel, Oxford Products.

Business Person of the Year Award – Andrew Hammond at Oxford Products, John Cox at Adventure Plus, Charlotte Pimm at Woozlebears.

All category winners will be entered into the West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award.

The awards will be presented on March 27 at a gala dinner at Heythrop Park Resort. There will also be fundraising for Witney charity Base 33.