PRESS RELEASE: No losers at the WOBA Awards

Community Buying unLimited is a finalist at the

 West Oxfordshire Business Awards

Community Buying unLimited has been named as a finalist in the Hexagon Business Centres Micro Business of the Year Award at the 2014 West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBAs). The achievement was recognised at a glamorous event hosted at Heythrop Park Resort near Chipping Norton on Friday 14 March.

The annual awards are now in their fourth year and provide an opportunity for the very best of West Oxfordshire businesses to receive recognition for outstanding achievements over the past year.

“Brimming with pride, full of excitement and truly humbled that a panel of esteemed judges placed us in the final three” said Chris Pomfret, Founder of Community Buying unLimited, when asked how he was feeling about his team making it into the final from a huge field of entrants in their category.  “We learn minute by minute as our businesses evolve and from the first moment my own team insisted we be involved in WOBA 2014 I have learnt so much about my business and my team’s extraordinary commitment to making everything we do exceptional.” Was he disappointed not to be named winner? “There are simply no losers here, we all made it through huge fields of excellent businesses and it is a perfect platform for each of us to build our own businesses and continue to contribute to the booming business environment of West Oxfordshire.”

Brendan Cross of Hexagon Business Centres presents the award certificate to Micro Business Award finalists Community Buying Unlimited - Katy Cameron, Chris Pomfret & Faye Parker - at the West Oxfordshire Business Awards dinner at Heythrop Park Picture: Ric Mellis
Brendan Cross of Hexagon Business Centres presents the award certificate to Micro Business Award finalists Community Buying Unlimited – Katy Cameron, Chris Pomfret & Faye Parker – at the West Oxfordshire Business Awards dinner at Heythrop Park
Picture: Ric Mellis

WOBA Gala Dinner guests were treated to a personal video message from Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron (watch video) who was unable to make this year’s awards due to prior commitments.  Commenting on the WOBAs, he said:

“I am delighted by the progress that the West Oxfordshire Business Awards have made.  Now in their fourth year, the Awards give local businesses the chance to shine and recognises all the hard work that goes into them.

“I am a big supporter of small businesses and I am extremely proud that my constituency plays host to so many.  They play such a vital role in not only the local economy but nationally too.”

The 2014 WOBAs are the most successful to date with the introduction of two new categories designed to increase the volume of entries from a wider range of West Oxfordshire businesses.  For a full list of categories, winners and finalists, visit: www.woba.co.uk.

Jo Sensecall, spokesperson for the WOBA organising team, said: “This was the most fiercely fought WOBAs yet with each award category posing a fantastic problem for our judges due to the high standard of businesses we have in West Oxfordshire. On behalf of the organising team, I would like to extend our congratulations to all finalists and to our very worthy WOBA winners who should feel extremely proud of their business achievements.”

The WOBA Gala Dinner raised £1,360 for Inclusive Care & Education (ICE), winner of the 2013 Polythene UK Charity & Community Award.  Next year’s charity will be Base 33, winner of the 2014 award.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For further information about Community Buying unLimited contact:

Chris Pomfret, Founder, 01993 224111

Photo by: Ric Mellis

For further info about the WOBAS contact:  kelly@kellyleapr.com

About the West Oxfordshire Business Awards

West Oxfordshire is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial business community that punches well above its weight for the local economy.  Now in their fourth year, the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (known as the WOBAs) give these businesses the opportunity to shine.

The WOBAs are organised by a team of local businesses, who give their time for free to make the Awards happen.  For further information and a full list of 2014 winners, visit: www.woba.co.uk