South and Vale Business Awards winners revealed

Over 180 guests joined us for the glittering SVBA evening ceremony at Williams Conference Centre on Friday 15 March.

Luke Smith from Heart’s Drivetime show hosted the event and helped to present all ten awards to the winners, who each received a certificate and a winner’s trophy designed by local Marcham-based artist Pip Stacey, owner of Feathered Glass.


2019 SVBA Winners

To see a full list of winners, click here.

The biggest winners of the night were Reaction Engines, who scooped two prestigious awards – they received the Employer of the Year Award and were joint winners of the Large Business of the Year Award with Bremont, the international watch maker company from Henley.

Mark Wood, Chief Operating Officer, from Reaction Engines said:

“We are extremely delighted to have won Large Business of the Year and Employer of the Year at the South and Vale Business Awards. These awards are a fantastic celebration of local businesses and provide organisations of any size with the platform and opportunity to showcase their achievements. As a company, we are at an important development stage and this recognition highlights our successes, growth and ambition for the year ahead. We would very much like to thank the sponsors Royds Withy King and Richardsons for their support”.

Business success

Simon Bassett, lead partner from UK Top 100 law firm and lead sponsor, Royds Withy King:

“For the second year running, we are delighted to be lead sponsor of the awards and the Large Business of the Year Award. With some of the most innovative and, often, ground breaking businesses in the country, the awards are the ideal platform for these businesses to showcase their work and their ambition for the future. We were thrilled to celebrate the successes of all of the finalists and would like to congratulate all of the winners!”

Cllr Paul Harrison, Cabinet Member for South Oxfordshire District Council:

“This was a great event and the perfect opportunity to showcase the most talented leaders and best organisations based across the South district.  Well done to all the finalists for being shortlisted and congratulations to all the winners.”

Cllr Mike Murray, Cabinet Member for Vale of White Horse District Council:

“We have made these awards for a couple of years now and continue to be amazed by the high calibre and expertise of our local business.  Innovation, drive and passion are what makes the Science Vale area unique and having awards like these really help to highlight our successes.”


Please note that there will be official photographs to follow, taken by Sam and Steve Photography.