Business leaders in Cherwell district have been celebrating local success following the Cherwell Business Awards Gala Dinner, which was held at Heythrop Park on Friday 10th May.

The event saw more than 240 guests come together to celebrate the best and brightest of the business community within the Cherwell District, recognising the hard work, success and entrepreneurship of those operating across the region.

Cherwell District Council – the headline sponsor of the awards – opened the evening’s proceedings, whilst Kirsty Leahy of Banbury Sound and Russell Fowler of Oxford Ceremonials hosted the ceremony.

With 11 award categories, and 30 finalists, the awards celebrated a broad cross section of the business community. Over the years the Cherwell Business Awards has created many winners and this can often be a springboard to future success, as well a celebration of the hard work and accomplishments of those winners.

During the evening guests enjoyed a drinks reception and 3-course dinner, while being entertained by a magician throughout, under-the-covers band and photo-booth providing further entertainment. A fundraising raffle was also held, using prizes that had been generously donated by sponsors and supporters, which raised over £1,350 for the winner of the 2019 Charity & Community Award – ARCh.

All 30 finalists were commended before each of the category sponsors announced the winner and presented their elegant, engraved glass trophies and framed certificates.

The winners of the 2019 Cherwell Business Awards are:

The Apprenticeship and Training Company – Apprenticeship and Training Award

  • Assure UK

Ellacotts – Business Person of the Year Award

  • Daniel Geoghegan, Bicester Heritage

OJI Marketing Ltd – Charity and Community Award

  • ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children)

Spratt Endicott – Established Business Award

  • Nicholson Nurseries Ltd

Oxford Innovation – Innovation Award

  • MH Development Engineering

Bicester Vision, Bicester Chamber, Wednesday Business Club – Micro Business Award

  • Bicester Property Services

Oxford Technology Park – New Business Award

  • Digital Accounting Enterprises

Bicester Village – Retail Business Award

  • Coles Books

High Spec Composites – Small Business Award

  • 9-2-3 Jobs

A2 Dominion – Sustainable Business Award

  • ACE Training & Consultancy Ltd

The Overall Cherwell Winner Award 2019, sponsored by Norbar Torque Tools and selected from the finalists was awarded to Daniel Geoghegan, Bicester Heritage.

Daniel Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Bicester Heritage commented on winning both the Business Person of the Year and Overall Cherwell Winner Awards:

“The Cherwell Business Awards stand out in recognising and celebrating business achievement each year; not only was it an honour to be nominated for Business Person of the Year, but tremendous to win such a competitive category. Being awarded Overall Winner from amongst such worthy nominees was a fabulous endorsement by our business peers, one which represents the strength of the team at Bicester Heritage and our success so far.”

“Our thanks go to all judges and sponsors for making the Cherwell Business Awards such a successful night, and we look forward to playing our role in the dynamic Cherwell business environment in the years to come.”

Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all the sponsors and supporters of this year’s event. The awards team will now start preparing for 2020, and if you would like to be involved in next year’s event, then please contact Placi Espejo or Marie Parkinson by email: admin@cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk