The 2024 Cherwell Business Awards, which celebrates exceptional businesses, charities, professionals and community organisations in the Cherwell district, has officially been launched.

The launch event was held at Norbar Torque Tools on March 14 and marked the start of the 12th edition of the awards, which acknowledge excellence within Cherwell's business community.

The awards have long been a catalyst for showcasing innovation, dedication and entrepreneurism, inspiring businesses towards success.

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Speakers at the launch included Donna Ford from the Cherwell District Council, which is this year's headline sponsor, and Simon Keeping, CEO of Kärcher, sponsor of the Young Business Person of the Year category.

They conveyed the magnitude of participating and explained the benefits that businesses can expect from nominating and entering the awards this year.

The awards for 2024 encompass a variety of categories, designed to recognise the diverse talent and significant contributions made by businesses.

The categories are the Charity and Community Award, the Small Business Award, the Business Person of the Year Award, the Engineering Excellence Award, the Innovation Award, the New Business Award, the Large Business Award, the Town Centre Award, and the Sustainable Business Award.

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The Norbar Overall Cherwell Winner will be chosen from the finalists across all 10 categories.

Cherwell Business Awards' chair, Placi Espejo, said: "The Cherwell Business Awards are a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of our local business community.

"As we launch the 2024 edition, we look forward to uncovering and celebrating the remarkable success stories that continue to drive our region's prosperity."

The nominations for the 2024 Cherwell Business Awards are now open until May 31.

Assessment and judging of all applications will occur in June and July, with the finalists also set to be revealed in July.

The winners will be announced at the awards gala dinner and award ceremony, held at the Chesterton Hotel on September 13.

Councillor, Donna Ford, portfolio holder for regeneration at Cherwell District Council, said: "The recent Business Survey of over 700 Cherwell businesses, has shown this district to be a great place to be.

"It is by no coincidence that long-standing initiatives such as the Cherwell Business Awards exist to lead business excellence and to ensure that all businesses can engage with the community.

"I urge you to spread word of the awards, to nominate and to gain recognition of all the fantastic activity in Cherwell."

For additional information or to nominate and apply for the Cherwell Business Awards, visit the awards' website.