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Students inspire final call for WOBA 2018 entries

PUBLISHED: 11:02 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 24 November 2017

(L-R): Bill Smith, Monya Carter and Barry Ingleton with the winning WOBA 2018 trophy design at the Witney campus (c) Ric Mellis

(L-R): Bill Smith, Monya Carter and Barry Ingleton with the winning WOBA 2018 trophy design at the Witney campus (c) Ric Mellis

Ric Mellis

A talented team of art & design students from Abingdon & Witney College has created a stunning trophy design that will be made by Witney charity, Synolos and presented to the STL Communications West Oxfordshire Business of the Year 2018

WOBA organisers are hoping the hard work and budding creative talent demonstrated by students from the Witney Campus will help to inspire West Oxfordshire businesses who are yet to download and submit their entry via the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) website ahead of the midnight deadline, Monday December 4 2017.

The college team ‘Warcraft” beat off stiff competition from their class mates when 17 year-old Monya Carter from Eynsham confidently presented her team’s ideas to the WOBA judging panel. The design team also included: Chloe Davis (16), Chris Brooksbank (18) and Blake Richardson (17).

Monya Carter said: “I’m very excited and am so proud our design won. We wanted our design to be different to any previous trophies. The wings resemble victory for the business which will eventually be presented with our trophy. I’m just so excited!”

The four students will visit Synolos’ new building at Station Lane, Witney, to see their design brought to life and will also attend the WOBA Celebration of Business event where the trophy will be unveiled as the 2018 finalists are revealed.

Jo Sensecall, spokesperson for the WOBA team, said: “The college students continue to inspire us with original trophy designs and this year has really raised the bar. There are many West Oxfordshire businesses who could potentially win this fantastic trophy and there really is a WOBA category for every business, regardless of how big or small. WOBA is a chance for West Oxfordshire businesses to shine.”

The WOBA 2018 categories are:

Huffkins Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Award

NFU Retail Award

The Rooflight Company Charity Award

First Sight Media Marketing Excellence Award

Owen Mumford Innovation Award

The MGroup Employer Award

Blenheim Palace New Business Award

Witney BIC Micro Business Award

NatWest Small Business Award

Sandler Training Large Business Award

Wise Investment Business Person of the Year Award

WOBA is now in its eighth year with previous finalists and winners representing a growing and vibrant business community that proudly fly the flag for West Oxfordshire locally, nationally and in some cases, internationally.

The WOBA 2018 charity is Bridewell Organic Gardens, a mental health charity that provides horticultural and therapeutic care. Having won the Charity Award in 2017, it will benefit from a free video publicising its work at WOBA events in addition to fundraising at the WOBA Gala Dinner.

Download an entry form here.

Entries close at midnight, Monday 4 December 2017.

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