2019 SVBA: Finalists Announced

The finalists of the 2019 South and Vale Business Awards were announced at 3pm on Friday 1 February. Full details can be found below.

Each finalist will receive two complimentary tickets to the Awards Evening Ceremony, taking place at Williams Conference Centre on Friday 15 March.

Tickets for the ceremony are available now.

2019 Finalists

Please view the slideshow below for details of the finalists in each category. 

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SME of the Year

The SME of the Year Award is sponsored by Milton Park.

Ninety eight per-cent of all businesses based in South and Vale are small or medium enterprises, this was reflected in the fact it was the most popular category for applications, leaving the judging panel with some really tough decisions to make.

As the applications were so strong, we have decided to offer two awards in the category. One for the SME of the Year in South Oxfordshire, and another for SME of the Year in Vale of White Horse. The finalists are:

South Oxfordshire

Jonas Event Technology

SYLO Associates

You HR Consultancy (Wallingford)

Vale of White Horse


Ridgefield Consulting

South East Workwear

Large Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year is supported by our lead sponsors Royds Withy King.

Large businesses are incredibly important to the local area, they create high value jobs, innovation, attract investment and create supply chain opportunities for smaller companies. The five finalists are:

Bremont Watch Company


Planet IT

Reaction Engines

Windles Group

Social Responsibility Award

The social responsibility award, sponsored by Bluestream Recruitment, a business that helps to support charities and also organises the Full Steam Ahead Event STEM skills event every year.

Showing an increasing trend for businesses with social goals, the social responsibility category was the second most popular in terms of overall entries. The 3 businesses that have made it to the final are:

North Farm Stud

Sandford Talking Shop


Early Stage Innovation Award

The Early Stage Innovation award has been established with the support of sponsors Focus Oxford Risk Management to recognise the potential of globally important, world changing businesses coming out of South and Vale.

The finalists are:


Oxford Nanosystems



Established Innovation Award

The South and Vale Business Awards also recognise businesses that have established and commercialised their innovation. South and Vale is incredibly well represented as a leading location for space, life sciences and energy clusters, as well as a home to individual entrepreneurs and innovators.

The award is sponsored by R&D specialists MSC R&D. The finalists are:

HR Wallingford

Open Cosmos


Business Space of the Year Award

The Business Space of the Year Award which recognises the locations that offer businesses great homes, the finalists are:

Boston House Business Centre

Howbery Park

The Self Storage Co

Business Leader of the Year

Business Leader of the Year is sponsored by HSBC.

The award recognises the local leaders that have driven their business forward, creating benefits for their organisation, employees, and the wider community. The finalists are:

Ben Thompson (Thompson & Terry)

John Harris (OBN)

Richard Kennell (SOFEA)

The final category is Employer of the Year, recognising the organisations in South and Vale that offer a great experience for their employees.

All three of our finalists were able to passionately display their commitment to their staff, unique opportunities, as well as ongoing training and opportunities for progression.

The award is sponsored by Thame based Chartered Accountants, Richardsons. The finalists are:

White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre (Better)

Reaction Engines


Congratulations to all of the finalists across our eight categories and many thanks to everyone that entered the 2019 SVBAs.

Our judging team will be in touch with finalists over the next two weeks to discuss your entry in more detail prior to the judging decision day on 20 February. 

For further information please contact info@vale4business.com.