WOBA 2015 Finalists reveal business is thriving in West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) 2015 / Photo: Ric Mellis

West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) 2015 / Photo: Ric Mellis - Credit: Archant

Organisers of the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) 2015 have revealed this year’s 33 finalists at the WOBA Celebration of Business event hosted by Abbott Diabetes Care in Witney.

WOBA 2015 Finalists include a host of new and established businesses that are contributing to the West Oxfordshire economy and community including:

Mickey Cranks a cycling and triathlon shop founded by a former RAF Parachute Instructor. The business has achieved rapid growth in just two years of trading and has established the largest ladies race team in the county in addition to a strong West Oxfordshire cycling community

Ue Coffee Roasters, an artisan coffee company that roasts coffee using a wood fired process. Coffee is sold to businesses, hotels and shops locally and across the UK

Audley Travel, a previous WOBA finalist that has opened offices in London and Boston and continues to be a fantastic West Oxfordshire employer

Jon Cox, Executive Director of Adventure Plus and a WOBA 2015 finalist for Brethertons LLP Solicitors Business Person

of the Year Award, said: “I’m really excited to be a finalist. It has been a challenging year trying to raise £500,000 to open a youth adventure centre, which we’ve achieved thanks to our strategy and kind generosity.”

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New for 2015 is the Blenheim Palace Retail Award, open to any independent retail business in West Oxfordshire. The Award’s first winner will be one of three businesses: Caroline Jane Couture and Bridal, Tackley Village Shop or The Cotswold Tailor.

Jo Sensecall of the WOBA organising team, said: “It is great to see so many new and established businesses as finalists proving that WOBA really does celebrate and connect businesses. The organising team congratulates everyone who has achieved finalist status and would like to thank all the businesses that entered.”

The winner of each category is automatically entered to become the STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year 2015. The overall winner will become the proud recipient of a unique trophy designed by students from Abingdon & Witney College and made by Synolos, an organisation that helps vulnerable young people in West Oxfordshire.

WOBA 2015 finalists will have to wait until Friday 27 March 2015 to learn who has won at the WOBA Awards Gala Dinner taking place at Heythrop Park Resort. The event will also provide a fundraising opportunity for Base 33, this year’s WOBA charity that won the Charity and Community Award 2014.