FAQs

Who can enter?

We welcome any organisation (including Public Sector, Education, etc.) located within the Oxfordshire administrative boundary that has local management autonomy to enter.
Sponsors, suppliers and official supporters of the Oxfordshire Business Awards are not eligible to enter.

What area does Oxfordshire cover?

The geographical area covered by the Oxfordshire Business Awards is the whole of the county of Oxfordshire. If you are unsure, please check your postcode.

How many award categories can I enter?

Any organisation considering entering the OXBA may enter a maximum of two business sector Awards and, in addition, as an individual, you can enter either the Young Business Person of the Year Award or the Business Person of the Year Award.

Is the Oxfordshire Business Awards free to enter?

Yes, it is free to enter the Oxfordshire Business Awards.
If you are shortlisted as a finalist in any of the Award categories, you will be offered two complimentary tickets to attend the Celebration of Oxfordshire Business Awards Dinner on Friday 17 June*.

*Maximum of two tickets per finalist regardless of whether you are shortlisted in more than one Award category.

Can I apply online?

Yes, you can only apply via the Oxfordshire Business Awards website.
Simply complete the application form and upload via the website. You can also attach documents to support your application. If you experience any problems with submitting your application, please email enquiries@oxfordshirebusinessawards.co.uk

How much information will the Judges require?

This will very much depend upon the Award category you have entered. Judges may require business plans which should contain financials along with any other promotional material.

I am unsure if I fit the criteria for a particular Award?

If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact the Sponsor Contact direct, details of which can be found on the Sponsors page. They will be more than happy to discuss with you the criteria that they are expecting you to fit for the particular Award.

Can Partners or Directors in a firm apply for one of the two individual Awards?

Yes, but one application must be made for each individual.

Will I be visited by one of the sponsors?

All entrants must be available for interview by the sponsor. Individual sponsors will decide whether to visit after you have completed the more detailed form which will be sent to you following your initial entry. If they decide to visit, they will make an appointment to attend your company office.

How can I get tickets for the dinner?

Tickets to attend the Oxfordshire Business Awards Dinner are not available to purchase currently. 

If I buy tickets and then find that we are not shortlisted, can I get a refund?

Should your company not be shortlisted and you do not want to attend the Dinner, a full refund will be given. You must ensure that you notify us of your decision to not attend by the end of May 2022. After this date no refund will be issued. If your company is shortlisted, you will receive two free tickets.

When will I know if I have been successful?

The Judging Meeting will take place on Thursday 5 May 2022. All finalists will be notified by close of play the same day.  Those entrants who have not been successful will be notified in writing by email by close of play on Friday 6 May 2022. For the avoidance of doubt, only the top three in each category are shortlisted. The winner from each category will be announced from those three at the Awards Dinner on Friday 17 June 2022.

If I do become a winner / finalist of an Award, can I use the Oxfordshire Business Awards Logo?

Should you be shortlisted to the final three, in your Award category, you will be able to use the Oxfordshire Business Awards logo on all promotional material that your company may have. There are certain terms for using the logo on your website and for a version of these terms please contact us.

What are the timings for the 2022 Oxfordshire Business Awards?

Oxfordshire Business Awards Launch : Thursday 3 December 2021
Entry date for entries and nominations : Thursday 3 December 2021
Closing date for entries and nominations : Monday 14 March 2022
Judging visits : March/April/May 2022
Judging Meeting : Thursday 5 May 2022
Filming of Finalists : week commencing 16 May 2022
Awards Dinner : Friday 17 June 2022

How can I support or become a sponsor the Oxfordshire Business Awards?

We would love to hear how you would like to be involved with the Awards.
Please contact our organisers at enquiries@oxfordshirebusinessawards.co.uk