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

We aim to help businesses go proudly to their markets and stakeholders with the recognition that being an Award Winner gives them.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 15th February 2017.


INNOVATION & CREATIVITY AWARD

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This category is open to any North Oxfordshire business that has introduced an innovative product, process, service or business method within the last 3 years.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

  • How “open innovation” and collaboration may have been relevant.
  • A clearly written description of the innovation in the product, process, business model or service and its background.
  • A plan for continued future implementation and development of the innovation.
  • The innovation can be shown to have had a demonstrable actual and projected quantifiable operational benefit for example in: –

– Sales Turnover/Profit Growth – Cost reduction – Reduction in delivery days or stock holding – Customer satisfaction – Staff efficiency and satisfaction

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RETAIL AWARDBicester-Village


Open to any independent retail business regardless of size trading in North Oxfordshire. It could be operated entirely online and need not have a bricks and mortar presence.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

    • Your current Business Performance
    • Your understanding of the market in which you operate
    • Examples of responses to changes in the market
    • Your vision / strategy for future development
    • The stand out quality that makes the business a potential award winner

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SMALL BUSINESS AWARD


This category is open to any North Oxfordshire business that employs between 5 and 25 members of staff and that started trading more than 3 years ago.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

          • Sustained business growth
          • A written business plan with strategy and vision for the next 3-5 years
          • Management with the ability to drive the business forward
          • Understanding their market and arrangements to respond to change
          • Funding arrangements and investment plans for the business

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ESTABLISHED BUSINESS AWARD


This category is open to any North Oxfordshire business that has been incorporated, established and been trading for more than 7 years.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

  • Business growth
  • A commitment to the local community including local job creation
  • A written business plan demonstrating strategy and vision for the next 3-5 years
  • Proven success and achievement during the past 12 months
  • Management with the ability to drive the business forward
  • A genuine commitment to staff

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APPRENTICESHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD


This category is open to any North Oxfordshire business, regardless of sector or size, that has exceeded normal standards and expectations in providing a high-quality Apprenticeship experience.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

  • Using recruitment processes to encourage applications from a diverse and inclusive range of candidates
  • Providing an opportunity that has offered an Apprentice exceptional personal development and mentoring support
  • Where an Apprentice has been empowered to make significant contribution to business success/growth
  • Provision of additional learning opportunities above and beyond training provided by the apprentice training provider
  • Evidence of a positive onward journey, either through retention by the employer, or progression post-Apprenticeship

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NEW BUSINESS AWARD


 This category is open to any new business that has been incorporated and running as a going concern for less than two years and can demonstrate exceeding its own expectations in that time.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

  • How start-up was achieved.
  • Growth to date.
  • Strength and stability of business.
  • Understanding of the market in which they operate.
  • Vision /Strategy for future development.
  • Funding arrangements and investment plans for the business

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BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD


This category is open to any business person working at any level within a North Oxfordshire business, who have though their efforts brought financial and/or non-financial benefits to their organisation.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF HOW THEY:

  • Developed and implemented strategic business plans
  • Implemented plans to achieve growth and improve profitability
  • Actively taken steps to exceed customer expectations
  • Raised their organisation’s profile

Please note that entries must be endorsed by a business colleague, partner, or client

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MICRO BUSINESS AWARD

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This category is open to any North Oxfordshire business with less than 5 staff. It also includes sole traders.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

      • How you promote or market your business
      • How you overcome barriers to growth
      • Business performance that is sustainable in the long term
      • Why your business is impressive compared to competitors and peers

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EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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This category is open to any organisation that can best demonstrate how the design and implementation of its HR policy has created a stimulating and supportive workplace, with a well-motivated and integrated workforce.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF: How employees are engaged in strategic goals and company values, and how human and supporting resources have been optimised to achieve and sustain commercial and competitive success. Open to private, public and third sector organisations, this Award will recognise the enterprise that has driven demonstrable excellence in the following key areas:

  • Staff development, retention and recruitment, which includes policies and practices to encourage staff motivation
  • Development of a learning culture, to include training plans within the organisation
  • Leadership and management through an embedded ethical culture
  • Innovation and operational excellence
  • A culture of skills training running throughout the company
  • Creative and collaborative customer service
  • Increased financial growth or market share

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CHARITY & COMMUNITY AWARD


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This category is open to any North Oxfordshire based charity or social enterprise irrespective of business size or number of employees.

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF:

  • Fulfilment of charitable aims
  • Impact on local disadvantaged groups
  • Management and leadership influence
  • Membership/community involvement
  • Commitment of staff

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OVERALL BUSINESS WINNER


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This category is open to any North Oxfordshire based business that has been shortlisted for at least one other category in the 2017 Cherwell Business Awards

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THE JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE OF OVERALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

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