V4B Awards: Finalists Announcement

A village store, a space technology company and a wood recycling firm are among finalists for the nine prizes at the inaugural Vale4Business (V4B) awards. They were revealed at an exciting event at Abingdon’s Crown & Thistle on Friday 9 March.

Applicants for the awards discovered if they’d made it to the final stage of the prestigious business awards – organised by Vale of White Horse District Council’s Economic Development team.

The awards highlight and celebrate the magnificent work businesses of all sizes achieve in the Vale area and the awards cover several aspects of business including innovation, recruitment and overall employer of the year.

A full list of the finalists of each award: 2018 Awards Finalists

Attendees at the V4B Awards Finalists Announcement Evening, Crown and Thistle, Abingdon

2018 V4B Awards

Councillor Mike Murray, Cabinet Member for regeneration, economic development, and property, said: “We have been delighted by the response and calibre of nominations from local businesses – it demonstrates the excellent quality of businesses in the Vale. Not only will the awards promote the achievements of local enterprises, we hope they’ll also encourage other entrepreneurs to set up their small businesses.”

Representatives of the finalists for the Bluestream Recruitment Award for Social Responsibility pictured at the finalist announcement

Richard Marsh of Faringdon based CIS Ltd: “I am truly delighted that we have been shortlisted as finalists in three categories of the Vale4Business awards. This marks a huge step for CIS and cements our commitment to our colleagues, community and customers.”

Peter Mols of Business Leader of the Year sponsors Action Coach pictured with finalist Angie Major of Blueberry Business

Giancarlo Ungaro, The Crown & Thistle’s General Manager was delighted that the V4B Award Finalist Evening marked another exciting chapter in The Crown & Thistle’s history:

“The Crown & Thistle has been part of the Vale’s history for over 400 years. It has provided welcoming and appreciated hospitality for Douglas Fairbank Jnr, Margaret Thatcher, John Ruskin and tens of thousands of less well-known patrons. We are delighted to support the V4B Awards as hospitality sponsors and give our heartiest congratulations to the finalists.”

Simon Bassett from V4B Awards lead sponsors Royds Withy King, said: “Our firm has been a long-time supporter of the work of the Vale4Business team so we jumped at the chance to be the lead sponsor of the V4B Awards and its Large Business of the Year Award. We know from helping businesses to get ahead of the curve that Oxfordshire is a successful and dynamic region, with a highly skilled workforce and a diverse range of businesses. The V4B Awards offer a golden opportunity for us to shout about the great businesses operating in the area and celebrate their success.”

The team from Oxford Etsy, finalists in the New Business category

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony hosted by BBC Presenter and former Winter Olympian, Graham Bell at Williams Conference Centre on 18 May.

How to obtain tickets: 2018 V4B Awards Ceremony Tickets