There are five awards this year. They are all sponsored by local businesses. Details are as follows:

Bloxham Mill Business Centre – New Business Award
This category is open to any business that started trading after the 1st January 2014.The judges will be looking for evidence of:
• How start-up was achieved
• Growth to date
• Strength and stability of business
• Understanding of the market in which they operate
• Vision /Strategy for future development

Edd Frost & Daughters – Going the Extra Mile Award
This category is open to an individual or business that goes that extra mile in providing a high standard of Customer Care. The judges will be looking for evidence of:
• Effective customer service provision to include monitoring and complaints system
• How effective customer care has benefited the organisation, its staff and its customers

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Ellacotts LLP – Business Communicator of the Year Award
This category is open to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in practicing, promoting and/or enhancing effective business communications. The judges will be looking for evidence of:
• Innovation across social media channels
• Engagement through events & networking
• Significant growth, expansion or market penetration

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Jamie Briggs Removals & Storage – Business Woman of the Year Award
This category is open to a woman working at any level within an organisation who has gone beyond the call of duty to benefit their organisation through their efforts. The judges will be looking for evidence of the following depending on the position of the nominated individual:
• Developed and implemented strategic business plans.
• Implemented plans to achieve growth and improve profitability.
• Actively taken steps to exceed customer expectations.
• Raised their organisation’s profile.

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Banbury Sound – Unsung Hero Award
This category is open to woman who are keen to help others, volunteer their services and are not normally ones for the limelight. Judged by the Banbury Women in Business Committee, they will be looking for:
• Evidence of frequently going above and beyond the call of duty.
• Someone who has done good works without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition

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If you know someone who deserves an award, then please nominate them. You can do this by sending an email to

Remember to name the person you are nominating, as well as explaining briefly why you are nominating them. Plus ensure that you supply their business name, phone number and email address. You have until midday on Tuesday 31st January 2017 to do this. What are you waiting for?