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Team behind West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) joined by David Cameron to help launch WOBA 2017

PUBLISHED: 17:06 20 September 2016

David Cameron makes a farewell speech to business people on his last official day as the local MP at the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2017 Launch at the Four Pillars Hotel, Witney . He reasserted his intention to continue to live in the area and joked that, at 49, his eyes aren't as good as they were. 
Picture: Ric Mellis
16/9/2016 Four Pillars Hotel, Witney, Oxfordshire
Catchline: WOBA 2017 Launch
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David Cameron makes a farewell speech to business people on his last official day as the local MP at the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2017 Launch at the Four Pillars Hotel, Witney . He reasserted his intention to continue to live in the area and joked that, at 49, his eyes aren't as good as they were. Picture: Ric Mellis 16/9/2016 Four Pillars Hotel, Witney, Oxfordshire Catchline: WOBA 2017 Launch Requested; Kelly Lee

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The WOBA 2017 launch event was attended by over 100 business people from West Oxfordshire as Mr Cameron revealed the 2017 categories

Commenting on the awards, David Cameron said: “I have supported the West Oxfordshire Business Awards since their conception seven years ago and I am delighted to do so again today. I am aware of how becoming an award finalist or winner has helped businesses across the district to raise their profile with customers, in addition to boosting staff morale and providing an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other businesses. There really is a WOBA category for every business here today, irrespective of size or sector. I’d like to encourage all local businesses to enter and look forward to learning who the deserved finalists and winners are next year.”

WOBA organisers are calling for all businesses across West Oxfordshire to enter the 2017 awards and have kick-started a social media campaign encouraging people to tweet a selfie of them sporting a WOBA paper hat emblazoned with #woba2017 to spread the word that entries are now open.

There are 11 awards to choose from and businesses can enter as many categories as they like ahead of the 5 December 2016 deadline. Entry forms can been downloaded from woba.org.uk

The winner of each WOBA category is automatically considered by judges for an opportunity to be crowned the STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year 2017. The trophy for the West Oxfordshire Business of the Year will be designed by art and design students from Abingdon & Witney College and made by Witney charity Synolos.

The 2017 WOBA charity is HENRY – Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young. The organisation has been running a Healthy Families Programme through Children’s Centres across the UK since 2009 and has reached 8,000 families.

WOBA 2017 Categories:

Wychwood Brewery Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Award

NFU Mutual Retail Award

Champion Recruitment Charity Award

First Sight Media Marketing Excellence Award

Owen Mumford Innovation Award

The MGroup Employer of the Year Award

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership New Business Award

Witney Business & Innovation Centre Micro Business Award

Small Business Award (sponsor to be announced)

Sandler Training Large Business Award

Liga Business Person of the Year Award

Finalists will be announced 1 March 2017 ahead of a glamorous Gala Dinner taking place 7 April 2017. Category and event sponsorship opportunities still exist. Please visit the website for more information and to download entry forms: woba.org.uk

All finalists will be considered for the Cally Robson Award to recognise an outstanding business with great potential and all winners will be considered for the STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award.

WOBA Key Dates:

16 September 2016 – entries open

5 December 2016 (midnight) – entries close

Finalists announced: 1 March 2017

Winners announced: 7 April 2017

Stay up to date: #woba2017, @wobateam, woba.org.uk

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