News Ridgeway is shortlisted for two WOBAs! Laura Kemp 23 Dec 20166 min read Share We’re ending 2016 on a high as some very exciting news just in reveals we’ve been shortlisted for TWO awards in the 2017 West Oxfordshire Business Awards! Now in their seventh year, the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBAs) recognise the region’s most successful businesses, and help to bring the business community together. In a year that’s been recognised as offering an exceptionally high standard, the judges have spent the last few weeks assessing the entries and have shortlisted Ridgeway for the following awards: Employer of the Year Award – sponsored by The MGroup, this award recognises businesses that demonstrate the characteristics of being a great place to work. The judges will be looking for evidence of an open, inclusive work culture, leadership and management, staff training, development, retention, and recruitment, innovative working environment and staff facilities, and encouraging young people into the business. Large Business Award – sponsored by Sandler Training, this award recognises businesses that employ more than 25 staff or that have an annual turnover of more than £3 million. The judges will be looking for evidence of business growth, a commitment to the local community including local job creation, a business plan demonstrating strategy and vision for the next 3-5 years, proven success and achievement during the past 12 months, management with the ability to drive the business forward, and a genuine commitment to staff. The next stage will see judging visits to select three finalists from the category shortlist. Finalists will be announced at an exciting Celebration of Business event at Burford Garden Company on Wednesday 1 March, so watch this space for more news! If you fancy working for a business that has been shortlisted for the Employer of the Year Award, why not take a look at our current job vacancies?