Nominees announced for the Local Business Charity Awards (Oxfordshire)

The nominees have been announced in the inaugural Local Business Charity Awards (Oxfordshire), sponsored by insurance brokers A-Plan and Jelf.

There were three awards to enter, the Jelf, the A-Plan and the Individual Award.

To enter, charities had to nominate an Oxfordshire business or individual, who has done an outstanding job supporting them. If their nominated business wins, the charity will receive a donation of £1,000. The winner of the Individual award will receive a weekend break to the value of £300.

The names of the nominees and the charities who nominated them are:

The Jelf Award

  • The Midcounties Co-operative (Central Oxford Region) nominated by Aspire Oxford
  • Reed Employment nominated by Helen and Douglas House
  • The Westgate Centre nominated by Homeless Oxfordshire
  • Karcher (UK) Ltd nominated by Katherine House Hospice
  • The Oxford Mail nominated by Oxford Hospitals Charity
  • Sainsburys (Heyford Hill Branch) nominated by The Porch
  • Penny & Sinclair nominated by Magdalen College School and The Oxford Festival of the Arts

The A-Plan Award

  • The Midcounties Co-operative (Banbury Regional) nominated by Banburyshire Citizens Project
  • Sapphire Spas Ltd nominated by Blue Skye Thinking
  • FAI Farms nominated by Farm Ability
  • Paws Pet Supplies and Fishing Bait nominated by Springfield Sanctuary
  • Infineum nominated by The Abingdon Bridge
  • Fairfax and Company nominated by Charlbury Corner House and Memorial Hall

The Individual Award

  • Aaron Gee from the Midcounties Co-operative (Central Oxford Region) nominated by Aspire
  • Charlie Poole from All Guard Services nominated by Banburyshire Citizen Project
  • Sue Towlerton from Infineum nominated by The Abingdon Bridge


The nominations are now being considered by judges who include, Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Robert Courts, MP for Witney, John Carter, Acting Editor, Oxford Mail, Carl Shuker, CEO, A-Plan Holdings and Jeremy Wilson, Managing Director South East, Jelf.

Commenting on the nominations, Helen Costin, Marketing Manager at A-Plan Holdings said,

‘We’ve been delighted with the nominations we’ve received for the awards. They demonstrate that Oxfordshire is a county full of businesses and individuals, of all shapes and sizes, doing their best to support their local charities and these awards will give them the public recognition they deserve.  As a local employer ourselves, we are acutely aware of the need to give back to our community and are proud to be co-sponsoring these awards with our friends Jelf, to show off the best of the best. Well done to all and we look forwards to seeing some of you in the finals soon.’

Finalists will be named on Monday 18 June 2018. The finals will be held on Thursday 5 July 2018 at The Hill End Centre, Eynsham.

The finals will be catered for by Oxfordshire charity Trax, who train young people in a variety of skills including outside catering. The team will be producing food under the theme of ‘The Best of Oxfordshire’, using only locally-grown and produced foods and drinks, to reflect the very best of flavours in the county. 

Although nominations for the awards are now closed, charities and businesses may continue to list themselves on the free ‘Support A Local Charity’ page, which aims to match up businesses and charities in a skills and need swap. localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk/oxfordshire


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