Students inspire final call for WOBA 2018 entries
PUBLISHED: 11:02 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 24 November 2017
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.
Entries close at midnight, Monday 4 December 2017.