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Apprentice moves on

The Oxford Times: Lee McQueen, winner of new business category for Raw Talent

4:58pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Lee McQueen, a former winner of TV show The Apprentice, has seen his business go from strength to strength since winning the Local Enterprise Partnership New Business category of the Oxfordshire Business Awards.

Oxfordshire Business Awards winner Jarl Severn

The Oxford Times: Jarl Severn of Oxfordshire Business of the Year Owen Mumford

5:02pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

When people see the name Jarl Severn, they may automatically assume that he is a foreigner who has parachuted into the top job at successful Oxfordshire medical instrument manufacturer Owen Mumford.

Twenty years of winners

The Oxford Times: Twenty years of winners

12:09pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Oxfordshire's business landscape has been transformed — both literally and figuratively — in the 20 years since the Oxfordshire Business Awards were launched.

Medical firm celebrates winning double in Oxfordshire Business Awards

The Oxford Times: Paul Lowe, centre, at the launch of this year’s awards with last year’s winners Jim Hutchins, of Oxford Instruments, and Brendon Cross, of STL Communications

8:00am Saturday 22nd June 2013

BOSSES and staff at a medical instrument manufacturer were celebrating last night after being named the Oxfordshire Business of the Year.

Proud to be a winner

9:53am Tuesday 18th June 2013

For 48-year-old Brendon Cross, being named the 2012 Shaw Gibbs Oxfordshire Business Person of the Year was "probably the proudest moment of my life".

2013 Oxfordshire Business Awards shortlist

11:04am Thursday 9th May 2013

The Oxfordshire County Council Energy & Environment Award: Nicholsons Nurseries, North Aston; Mapledurham Estates, Mapledurham

The final countdown

11:01am Thursday 9th May 2013

Engineers, entrepreneurs, pioneers and marketeers — all these and more are represented among the individuals and firms shortlisted in the Oxfordshire Business Awards.

Business awards beckon for county firms

12:35pm Monday 18th February 2013

Businesses and entrepreneurs across the county are being urged to enter the Oxfordshire Business Awards before it’s too late.

Local shares (PM)

4:02pm Friday 9th November 2012

BMW 5120 Electrocomponents 213.25 Nationwide Accident Repair 59.5 Oxford Biomedica 2.45 Oxford Catalysts 94.5 Oxford Instruments 1287.5 Reed Elsevier 610.75 RM 83.3 RPS Group 218.3

High calibre entries for business awards

The Oxford Times: Aspire has been nominated in the Charity and Community category of this year’s Oxford Business Awards. Chief executive Jenny Fox is pictured, front centre, with her team and service users

11:01am Friday 4th May 2012

A record year for the Oxfordshire Business Awards has produced a crop of entries of the highest calibre, judges have revealed.

Record year

4:09pm Thursday 15th March 2012

The Oxfordshire Business Awards is on course for another record year. There has been a total of 266 entries compared to 235 last year, a rise of 13 per cent.

Pottery planning for Jubilee rush

The Oxford Times: Stephen and Jane Baughan

4:08pm Thursday 15th March 2012

Jane and Stephen Baughan took a big gamble when they decided to invest £1.1m into their business, Aston Pottery, just as the world economy was going into a nosedive in November 2008.

Freedom comes with a blink of an eye

The Oxford Times: Daughter inspires mum to start online boutique

5:09pm Thursday 16th February 2012

It could be a scene from a horror movie — you wake up after an accident, unable to move of speak. Few people can imagine what it is like, but the huge public profile of scientist Stephen Hawking has brought the issue into focus.

Marketing message paid off for Robin

The Oxford Times: Marketing message paid off for Robin

3:58pm Thursday 19th January 2012

T imes have never been tougher in the construction industry, but one Oxfordshire builder has been growing continuously, despite the downturn — thanks to a carefully thought-out strategy.

Celebration kicks off 2012 awards

4:46pm Friday 2nd December 2011

Some of the county’s most successful entrepreneurs gathered to celebrate the launch of the Oxfordshire Business Awards 2012.

Countdown begins

The Oxford Times: Brendon Crossm managing director of STL Communications

8:00am Thursday 19th May 2011

The countdown has begin to the grand finals of the Oxfordshire Business Awards. And in terms of the quality of entries received, organisers say the class of 2011 is the strongest line-up in the competition’s history.

More than football

The Oxford Times: Colin and Sue Taylor with The Oxford Times Charity and Community Award

11:30am Thursday 14th April 2011

Andrew Smith meets one of the driving forces behind Oxford City FC, current holder of the The Oxford Times Charity and Community category of the Oxfordshire Business Awards

Make the most of going green

12:10pm Wednesday 23rd March 2011

A special seminar focusing on how businesses can make the most of the drive to be green is being held at the Kassam Stadium on Monday. <<march 28>> The meeting will feature interactive workshops and the opportunity to network with up to 100 firms from across the county and beyond.


The Oxford Times: James Cox, Katie Brownfield and Rachel Williams of Maylarch at last year’s business awards

8:40am Thursday 17th March 2011

Take one look at a Maylarch operator in action and you soon realise why training is so important. Clad from head to foot in a protective suit, each worker is dealing with hazardous substances.

Business Person of the Year

The Oxford Times: Steve Liquorish at the awards

8:10am Thursday 17th February 2011

Innovation and a determination to drive his business forward are perhaps two of the key reasons why Steve Liquorish is Oxfordshire Business Person of the Year.

Closing date is February 25

8:10am Thursday 17th February 2011

Entries to the 2011 Oxfordshire Business Awards are flooding in and look set to exceed last year’s record number. As the closing date of February 25 looms, a delighted awards chairman Paul Lowe says the number is currently about 20 per cent up on last year with a rush of applications expected in the last days.

Remote-handling experts

The Oxford Times: Stephen Sanders

8:20am Thursday 20th January 2011

If your idea of a remote-handling engineer is Homer Simpson standing outside a leaded-glass window with his arms shoved into rubber gloves, juggling rods of plutonium, then think again.

2011 Oxfordshire Business Awards launch

The Oxford Times: Sponsor Kelvin Thomas, of Oxford United

8:30am Thursday 16th December 2010

Champagne corks popped again for the winners of the Oxfordshire Business Awards as they gathered to celebrate their achievements once more and help launch the 2011 competition.

Palace joins awards sponsors

8:20am Thursday 18th November 2010

Organisers of the Oxfordshire Business Awards have been given a major boost after Blenheim Palace agreed to become a sponsor.

Palace boss so proud of his team

The Oxford Times: n CELEBRATING: From left, John Hoy, chief executive of Blenheim Palace, Wendy Proctor of the Four Pillars Hotel, Hannah Payne, Blenheim Palace’s marketing and PR manager and awards ceremony presenter Adrienne Lawler.

10:44am Monday 21st June 2010

The boss of the new Oxfordshire Business of the Year put its success down to the the achievements of his staff.

Business Awards shortlist

11:30am Wednesday 12th May 2010

Oxfordshire Waste Partnership Sustainability Award The Big Bang, Oxford Abbott Diabetes Care, Witney Blenheim Palace, Woodstock Oxford Brookes University Business School Innovation Award DFX, Witney Bunnyfoot, Harwell Stewart Milne Timber, Witney The Heart FM Creative Award Torpedo Group, Cassington Inchmere Design, Banbury Studio 8, Kidlington Four Pillars Hotels Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Award West Oxfordshire District Council Witney Lakes Resort, Witney Blenheim Palace, Woodstock Ice Energy Green Property and Construction Hallidays Developments, Wallingford Cottsway Housing, Witney Owlsworth, Henley Business Link New Business Award The Meat Joint, Deddington, Summertown Real Time Health, Oxford The Blue by Darbys Small Business Award Key Agent, Botley Cotswold Fayre, Henley Oxford Technologies, Abingdon NatWest Bank Large Business Award STL Communications, Witney Tibbetts Group, Banbury Leadbitter, Abingdon The Oxford Times Charity and Community Award Helen & Douglas House hospice, Oxford Oxford CityFootball Club, Oxford Oxford Preservation Trust, Oxford Champion Recruitment Customer and Staff Care Award Wrap, Banbury Fired Earth, Deddington Maylarch Environmental, Eynsham Shaw Gibbs Young Business Person of the Year Neil Mcmanus, GHM Communications, Cassington David Watt, Corporate Innovations, Adderbury Jonathan Tibbetts, Tibbetts Group, Banbury Bottle Business Person of the Year Award Kelvin Thomas, Oxford United Peter Mullin, Leaseguard, Dorchester Steve Liquorish, CMS Industries, Grove

Shortlist announced

11:29am Wednesday 12th May 2010

ORGANISERS of the Oxfordshire business awards have paid tribute to the “exceptional” companies and individuals who have been shortlisted in this year’s competition.

Polythene broker

The Oxford Times: James Willard receives his award

10:50am Thursday 15th April 2010

The winner of the Young Business Person of the Year in the Oxfordshire Business Awards has landed another major prize. James Woollard, founder and managing director of Britain’s largest polythene broker, Polythene UK of Witney, has now carried off the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) accolade for the New Business Director in the London and South East Director of the Year Awards.

Record number of entries

1:37pm Thursday 18th March 2010

o Organisers of the 2010 Oxfordshire Business Awards are celebrating another record with 173 entries — ten per cent up on last year, and almost 50 per cent ahead of the 2007 figure.

Key to the castle

The Oxford Times: Debbie Dance at Oxford Castle

1:37pm Thursday 18th March 2010

Few would disagree that unlocking Oxford’s grim, grey prison in 2006, and opening up the castle in which it was housed, has proved one of the great planning success stories of recent years.

Child's play

8:20am Thursday 18th February 2010

How can schools turn out young people equipped for working life, and what skills will be needed by the workforce of the future?

Final call for entries

2:46pm Tuesday 16th February 2010

Organisers of the Oxfordshire Business Awards have issued a final rallying call for entries.

Entries flood in

10:57am Monday 8th February 2010

Entries are flooding in for this year’s awards with numbers well up on last year.

New lifetime achievement award announced

10:54am Monday 8th February 2010

The Oxfordshire Business Awards Sponsors Committee has announced the creation of a new Sponsors Award.

Keep afloat

11:39am Thursday 21st January 2010

Jokes about boats abound. There is the one about the two great moments of boat-owning: when you buy it and when you sell it. Then there is the one about the only difference between owning a boat and pouring money straight into the sea is that the boat gets inbetween.

Awards 'boosted sales'

The Oxford Times: Emily Hirons

11:01am Thursday 10th December 2009

Emily Hirons (above) manager of the Oxford Castle Unlocked visitor centre, which won the Four Pillars Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Award, said the success had helped boost visitor numbers to the attraction.

Vintage fashion

The Oxford Times: Belinda O'Hanlon

11:00am Thursday 10th December 2009

Belinda O'Hanlon (above) of fashion shop Annabelinda, said she would enter the awards again this year.

Hips with no hiccups

10:58am Thursday 10th December 2009

Rolf Groenewold, of KeyHIPS, which supplies estate agents with Home Information Packs and other services, said the awards had given the company credibility in a competitive market.

How to enter

10:56am Thursday 10th December 2009

Entry to the awards is free and simple and will take about ten minutes.

Launch of 2010 awards

The Oxford Times: Paul Lowe

10:49am Thursday 10th December 2009

While the cold wind of recession may still be blowing, there was a warm glow at a special reception at the Sadler Building, Oxford Science Park, to mark the launch of the 2010 Oxfordshire Business Awards. Winners from last year mingled with sponsors and special guests at the reception held to mark the achievements of 2009 and look forward to an even more successful competition next year.

European Electronique seals historic triple win

The Oxford Times: Business of the Year: Yolanta Gill, managing director, European Electronique (holding award) with Wantage MP Ed Vaizey (far right)

3:36pm Monday 22nd June 2009

It was an historic night at the Oxfordshire Business Awards after a hi-tech company scooped an unprecedented three awards. Information technology firm European Electronique scooped the overall Business of the Year trophy and the RBS Large Business Award while managing director Yolanta Gill walked away with the Bottle PR Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Ms Gill said: “This will have a fantastic impact on our business and is a wonderful marketing opportunity. It is just unbelievable to be the first winner of three awards in the 15 years of the competition. “It is a credit to the staff who are dynamic and work hard. We do everything together and they always give 110 per cent.” European Electronique, which has an annual turnover of £35m and employs 140 staff, provides IT services for a range of organisations including Oxfordshire County Council. It was set up in 1987 by Ms Gill’s husband, Mike, and she joined the company 13 years ago. The winner of the Shaw Gibbs Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award was James Woollard, founder of Witney-based firm Polythene UK, which supplies polythene to a range of industries. He said: “It is one of the proudest things that has ever happened to me — it is like winning the Oscars!” The Oxford Times Charity and Community Award was won by the Midcounties Co-operative which has its head office in Botley Road, Oxford. Senior Community Co-ordinator Maxine Sharman said: “I am delighted we have been recognised for the work we have done in Oxfordshire. “We have done 22,500 volunteer hours this year and for colleagues, community partners and our members to be recognised is fabulous.” Tom Courage, joint managing director of the Business Link New Business award winner Key Hips, of Botley, said: “We were over the moon about the award. We set up in the business of providing Home Information Packs in September 2007 and launched nationally in 2008. “Now we have 21 employess and have recently been taking on people at the rate of about one every three weeks — in addition to employing hundreds of sub-contractors.” He added: “I think the slowdown in the housing market actually helped us because we simply would not have been able to keep up with demand without it.” The Ice Energy Environmental Award for Property and Construction went to Blenheim Palace Estates for its conversion of the saw mill at Combe into a development of six offices and four workshops — in buildings adjoining the one that houses one of the nation’s oldest steam engines. Property director Roger File said: “We were all delighted to get the award — it’s hugely encouraging for everyone who works here. “However, its just a pity that our construction manager, Tony White, sadly died recently. He would have loved to have picked up the award.” P2i Labs which manufactures a liquid repellent coating for clothing and other materials, won the MEPC Milton Park Innovation Award. Carl Francis, chief executive of the Milton Park-based company which employs 32 staff, said: “Innovation is what we do day in and day out and it is great to see that recognised.” The Oxfordshire Waste Partnership Sustainability category was won by Adderbury-based home interiors specialist Fired Earth. Head of company Rob Whitaker said: “We’re delighted to have received this award because it recognises all the hard work put in by the environmental team at Fired Earth. It also illustrates perfectly the company’s commitment to sustainabilty and the planet. "An award like this makes our hard work all the more visible and allows us to communicate this to our customers and potential customers through our marketing activity." Records were also broken with more than 500 people attending the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Four Pillars Hotel, Sandford. There were also more than 150 entries — 40 per cent up on last year with judges commenting on the higher quality of firms and individuals taking part. And the raffle collection which will be donated to charity also raised more than last year with diners contributing £4,100 on the night. Awards chairman Paul Lowe said: “The awards reflect the diversity of the Oxfordshire business community and evening was all about celebrating their achievements.” Roll of Honour:

Awards dinner sold out

4:55pm Monday 1st June 2009

Tickets for the Oxfordshire Business Awards have now sold out, more than two weeks before the event is due to be staged.

Awards shortlist unveiled

12:51pm Monday 11th May 2009

The champagne is on ice and the preparations have begun for the biggest night in the Oxfordshire business calendar.

Judges sift record entries

4:17pm Tuesday 24th March 2009

THIS year’s Oxfordshire Business Awards promise to be bigger and better than ever, despite the recession. A sudden rush of last-minute entries meant the deadline was extended to March 2.

Carry on thriving

4:15pm Tuesday 24th March 2009

For a small business, Onelan certainly packs a big punch. It may only employ 20 staff, but its annual turnover now stands at an impressive £2.5m on the back of sales which have doubled every year for the last four years.

Awards deadline extended

4:57pm Friday 27th February 2009

The deadline for the Oxfordshire Business Awards has been extended until Monday, March 2 at 5pm.

New category for exports

4:50pm Thursday 15th January 2009

Companies which have found success in export markets can now enter a brand new category in the Oxfordshire Business Awards.UKTI International Trader of the Year Award is sponsored by the Government organisation UK Trade and Investment and is aimed at companies which have successfully launched or expanded their export operations within the last year.

Charity invests for future

The Oxford Times: Claire Jarvis of Chipping Norton Lido

4:40pm Thursday 15th January 2009

Times may be hard but the team behind the Chipping Norton Lido is nothing if not ambitious. Organisers behind the current holder of The Oxford Times Charity and Community Award are ignoring the credit crunch and taking the plunge by developing three projects which require fundraising.

Glittering launch for 2009 awards

The Oxford Times: Paul Lowe and Stuart Miller at the launch

10:34am Friday 12th December 2008

Movers and shakers from across the local business community joined forces for the launch of the 2009 Oxfordshire Business of the Year Awards. Previous winners, sponsors and those keen to enter enjoyed a special celebration lunch in the new Building 97 at Milton Park with many revealing how beneficial participating in the awards had been.

Oxfordshire Business Awards 2009

The Oxford Times: Paul Lowe and Stuart Miller at the launch

10:30am Friday 12th December 2008

Movers and shakers from across the local business community joined forces for the launch of the 2009 Oxfordshire Business of the Year Awards. Previous winners, sponsors and those keen to enter enjoyed a special celebration lunch in the new Building 97 at Milton Park with many revealing how beneficial participating in the awards had been.

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