Time is running out for businesses, business people and charities looking to enter the Cherwell Business Awards 2019, with the deadline of 31 January fast approaching.

Now in their eighth year, the awards have established a solid reputation within the North Oxfordshire business community for showcasing and celebrating the achievements of individuals and organisations working within the Cherwell District.

The ten available categories span all business sizes and sectors, as well as recognising innovation, sustainability, training and apprenticeships. The 2019 categories include:

1. The Oxford Innovation – Innovation Award
2. The Spratt Endicott Solicitors – Established Business Award
3. The Ellacotts –Business Person of the Year Award
4. The Oxford Technology Park Award – New Business Award
5. The OJI Marketing – Charity and Community Award
6. The Bicester Vision, Bicester Chamber and Wednesday Business Club – Micro Business Award
7. The A2Dominion – Sustainable Business Award
8. The Bicester Village – Retail Award
9. The Apprenticeship and Training Company – Apprenticeship and Training Award
10. The High Spec Composites – Small Business Award

Plus, the coveted Norbar Overall Cherwell Winner, selected from the finalists of all ten categories.
The 2018 winners list includes names, such as: Ethos Technology Ltd, Blue Planet IT Ltd, EYA Design Ltd, Second Time Around, Sarka Sara Wilde – Distinct Estate Agents and Sara Wilde Properties, Scott MacDonald – Sandy Leaf Farm Ltd, High Spec Composites Ltd, Whitley Stimpson Ltd.

Last year’s winner and this year’s sponsor of the small business award, Sarah Jaycock, Executive Director of High Spec Composites said:

“Winning the 2018 CBAs Small Business Award has not only helped us to celebrate the company’s achievements but has also inspired us to focus on some very exciting future plans. We thoroughly enjoyed attending the ceremony and meeting with so many incredible local businesses. As a result of the support and recognition we received from the CBAs we have decided to sponsor this year’s Small Business Award; we hope our sponsorship might encourage other businesses in a similar position and size to us to enter the awards and in turn reap the rewards and benefits as we have.”

Placi Espejo, one of the four directors of the Cherwell Business Awards, said:

“The awards are here to discover and highlight the best and brightest businesses across the Cherwell District – Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and the surrounds. Every year, after the awards have taken place, I speak to businesses who say that they wish they had entered. As the entry process is simple and free through our website: www.cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk, I would urge all Cherwell businesses, business people and charities to get their entries submitted now, so they don’t have any regrets later.”

The winners for 2019 will be announced at the Cherwell Business Awards Gala Dinner, held on 10 May 2019 at Heythrop Park, Enstone. This must-attend event will give entrants and industry professionals the opportunity to network and celebrate business excellence and innovation in the Cherwell District. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of February.