The finalists have been revealed for the second South and Vale Business Awards building on the success of last year’s inaugural event.
The awards, organised by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council’s Economic Development team, are a celebration of the work of local businesses.
The finalists were announced earlier this month with the winners to be revealed on Friday, 15th March in a glitzy ceremony at Williams Conference Centre in Grove.
The most highly contested is set to be the small and medium-sized enterprise award with 98% of all businesses in the South and Vale falling into this category, such was the number of entries that applications were split into two – one for South and one for Vale.
There are eight awards to be won, the finalists in each category are:
SME of the year sponsored by Milton Park
South Oxfordshire – Jonas Event Technology, Wallingford; SYLO Associates, Thame; You HR Technology, Wallingford
Vale of White Horse – Montala, Watchfield; Ridgefield Consulting, Oxford; South East Workwear, Abingdon
Large Business of the Year sponsored by Royds Withy King
Bremont Watch Company, Henley; Gigaclear, Abingdon; Planet IT, Abingdon; Reaction Engines, Culham; Windles Group, Thame
Social Responsibility Award sponsored by Bluestream Recruitment
- For businesses with social goals
North Farm Stud, Wantage; Sandford Talking Shop, Sandford-on-Thames; SOFEA, Didcot
Early Stage Innovation Award sponsored by Focus Oxford Risk Management
- Recognising the potential of globally important, world changing businesses
Huduma, Harwell; Oxford Nanosystems, Abingdon; Serelay, Harwell; ZapGo, Harwell
Established Innovation Award sponsored by MSC R&D
- For businesses with established and commercialised innovation
HR Wallingford; Open Cosmos, Harwell; TPLC, Didcot
Business Space of the Year
- Locations that offer businesses great homes
Boston House Business Centre, Wantage; Howbery Park, Wallingford; The Self Storage Co, Didcot
Business Leader of the Year sponsored by HSBC
- People who have driven their business creating benefits for the community, their employees and the organisation
Ben Thompson, Thompson & Terry, Abingdon; John Harris, OBN, Milton Park; Richard Kennell, SOFEA, Didcot
Employer of the Year sponsored by Richardsons
- Recognising the organisations in South and Vale that offer a great experience for their employees
White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre (Better), Abingdon; Reaction Engines, Culham; SOFEA, Didcot
Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck for 15th March!