The Cherwell District is home to a vibrant mix of businesses.

The Cherwell District is home to a vibrant mix of businesses. Cherwell Business Awards aims to help businesses go proudly to

their markets and stakeholders with the recognition that being an award winner gives them.

All shortlisted finalists have now been notified.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are now available. Please click on the 2016 Awards tab for further details.

The prestigious 2016 Cherwell Business Awards Gala Dinner brought together over 220 guests to celebrate the hard work, success and entrepreneurship of business people within North Oxfordshire.

The 5th Cherwell Business Awards, which took place on Friday 20th May, once again shone the spotlight on the ingenuity, dedication and achievements of many talented individuals and businesses in the local community amidst the stunning surroundings of Begbroke Science Park.

We are thrilled to announce the following:-

New Business Award, sponsored by A2Dominion Group –  JD Cruz

Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Activate LearningNicholsons

Innovation & Creativity Award, sponsored by Begbroke Science ParkWalraven UK

Retail Award, sponsored by Bicester VillageAndys Barber Shop Bicester

Charity & Community of the Year Award, sponsored by Cherwell District CouncilBanbury & District Bus Project

Business Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Ellacotts LLP Chartered AccountantsSimon Biltcliffe (Webmart Ltd),

Micro Businessof the Year, sponsored by Bicester Chamber of Commerce & Bicester Vision Oxford IT Solutions

Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise PartnershipButterflies Healthcare

Apprenticeship of the Year Award, sponsored by Oxfordshire ApprenticeshipsHigh Spec Composites

Established Business of the Year, sponsored by Spratt Endicott SolicitorsBritish Bakels Ltd

The Norbar Cherwell Business of the Year Award was awarded to British Bakels Ltd


All of the Cherwell Business Awards’ short-listed finalists are automatically entered into the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards, thereby having an opportunity to be a winner of two fantastic awards.

The Cherwell Business Awards is acknowledged as an excellent forum to raise the profiles of businesses within the region. It celebrates the hard work, dedication and achievements of employers, employees and entrepreneurs throughout North Oxfordshire. Greg Woodhead of British Bakels, winner of the Cherwell Business of the Year 2016 and Established Business of the Year 2016 commented:

Bakels celebrated our 25th anniversary in Bicester during 2015 and we also celebrated its most successful year ever, it felt natural for the management team to want to celebrate this and entering the Cherwell Business Awards seemed like a great opportunity.  During the application and judging process, we have had the opportunity to meet with peers from very different businesses in the area and to share interesting perspectives of common factors which affect our very different businesses.  It has been, at every point, a very satisfying journey.  Although I think it’s fair to say that the judges would all make formidable poker players, such was the degree to which winning took us by surprise. 

Winning the Spratt Endicott Established Business of the Year and the Norbar Torque Tools Cherwell Business of the Year Awards are an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment of the whole Bakels team over the past few years to build a forward-facing and growing company which is a responsible and valued member of the community.  The awards are especially gratifying given the high level of competition shown from the other businesses who were nominated.  Working in such a competitive and fast paced environment as the food industry can often lead to us all overlooking how much we are achieving; to have this recognised by respected peers in other companies is an incredible confirmation that we are following the right path.”

To view all the photo’s from the evening please follow the link

If you are a local business or business person please feel free to visit the website to find out more: The event stands as a fantastic platform to mix with other businesses in the area and to honour individual accomplishments. For more details, contact or Michelle Lewis on 01295 817642.

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Award Categories

Small Business, Micro Business, Established Business, New Business, Innovation and Creativity,

Charity & Community, Business Person Of The Year, Retail, Employer of the Year,

Apprenticeship of the Year and Business of the Year.

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