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Finalists for West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2016 are announced

PUBLISHED: 11:39 17 February 2016

WOBA Finalists

WOBA Finalists


Organisers of the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) have revealed 33 finalists, across 11 categories for WOBA 2016 at the special celebration business event, held at Worton Hall, Cassington.

Jo Sensecall of the WOBA organising team comments: “The WOBA class of 2016 is a testament to the strength and breadth of businesses we have across our district and this year has revealed a particular emphasis on the successful revival of our market towns. Several retailers have been recognised as finalists across categories ranging from Innovation through to Business Person of the Year, for their creative and strategic approach to retaining and attracting new customers.”

Familiar West Oxfordshire high street businesses to have made the final cut include: Lily’s Attic, Mickey Cranks, Bakers Butchers, The Shake Shop, Huffkins, iRepairTech, The Blunt Rabbit, Ticketty Boo and The Cotswold Tailor.

WOBA 2016 finalist, Richard Hikins, owner and CTO of iRepairTech, said: “We are overwhelmed to be a finalist in two of the three categories we entered. To think that I’ve gone from being made redundant, starting-up at home through to moving to the High Street three months ago and now a finalist in the WOBAs is amazing. It will really help to put us on the map and will be a major push for the business.”

The winner of each category is automatically entered into the STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year 2016 Award. This year’s prestigious trophy was revealed at the Celebration of Business Event, designed by art and design students from Abingdon & Witney College and made by Witney charity Synolos.

All winners will be announced 18 March 2016 at a glamorous Gala Dinner taking place at Heythrop Park Resort where fundraising will take place for the Laurence Home Nursing Team of Chipping Norton, winner of last year’s charity award.

WOBA 2016 Categories and Finalists

Wychwood Brewery Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Award

Searcys at Blenheim Palace


Old Swan and Minster Mill

Burford Garden Company Retail Award

Lily’s Attic

Mickey Cranks

Bakers Butchers

First Sight Media Charity Award

Inclusive Care & Education

West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau

HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young)

Mark-making* Marketing Excellence Award

SMART Photography

Thomas Cleaning Franchise


Owen Mumford Innovation Award

SS Tube Technology

The Shake Shop

Strongbyte Solutions

The MGroup Employer of the Year Award

SS Tube Technology

Wise Investment

The Rooflight Company

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership New Business Award


Ticketty Boo

G2M Solutions

Witney Business & Innovation Centre Micro Business Award

Mickey Cranks

The Blunt Rabbit


Strategic Mentors Small Business Award

Manor Cottages


Wise Investment

Ridgeway Large Business Award

SS Tube Technology


Flightline Support

Brethertons LLP Solicitors Business Person of the Year Award

Alexander Edwards, The Cotswold Tailor

Shaun Foggett, Crocodiles of the World

Darren Aston, Aston & James

The West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBAs) formed in 2011 to celebrate and connect the diverse range of businesses in West Oxfordshire, a district that punches well above its weight for the local economy. The WOBAs are organised by a team of local businesses, who give their time for free to make the awards happen.

Stay up to date: #woba2016, @wobateam | For further information, visit: woba.org.uk

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