2019 SVBA: Focus on Social Responsibility Award

What is the social responsibility award?

The SVBA Social Responsibility Award is aimed at businesses based in South Oxfordshire or Vale of White Horse that are run ethically, sustainably, use CSR to solve existing business problems or pursue a social mission.

What is social responsibility?

For the award, we’re looking for social enterprises and businesses that focus on improving society.  This may include anything from implementing environmentally friendly business practices to supporting charitable causes and ethical employee schemes. Examples of socially responsible businesses include Timpson, Beard Construction and many of the UK’s B-corps.

You can apply for the award here, entries close on 18January 2018.

Who is sponsoring the award?

Bluestream Recruitment is an independent recruitment consultancy, specialising in Aerospace Engineering, IT/Technology, Sales & Marketing and Office Support sectors. Over the past decade they have built a reputation on the delivery of exceptional recruitment service to leading businesses throughout Oxfordshire and across the UK.

Belinda Elliott, Business Manager at Bluestream confirmed the companies ongoing support for the award:

“The social responsibility award is an obvious and natural choice for us to support as it’s something we strive to achieve as a company through supporting our local community and businesses.

Having been in the recruitment industry for nearly a decade we understand the many pitfalls of job hunting and how hard it can be for someone to find work. Last year’s winner, Oxford Wood Recycling, stood out to us for being able to help individuals from many different walks of life.

By keeping their social responsibility at the core of their business they often made decisions that made a huge difference to an individual/ cause yet was not easy on the business itself. We could see that they are genuinely striving to make Oxfordshire a better area for those deemed as furthest from employment and have stuck it out despite the many challenges they’ve faced.”

 Who won last year and why?

Oxford Wood Recycling CEO Richard Snow pictured (third from left) on stage with other V4B Award winners.

Amidst tough competition from social enterprises Tap Social, Better Leisure and Maymessy, Oxford Wood Recycling scooped the Vale4Business Social Responsibility Award.

The company was recognised for its dual commitment to wood waste management and providing employment opportunities for people facing disadvantages.

The company’s CEO Richard Snow stated:

“Entering the V4B awards helped us to feel part of the business community in the Vale. The V4B team were very encouraging and we had many new opportunities to meet and chat to similar businesses , both in the lead up to, and at the awards.

The award has been really good for morale at OWR. That’s probably the biggest thing we’ve got from winning. We’re also proud to display the award at the Woodshop and the logo on our publicity materials such as the website. Interestingly it has inspired us to enter for other awards too. We have just won a ‘Clean and Green’ award at the Jack FM Brick Awards.”

Why apply?

If your business is working on an early stage, innovative product or service, apply now. You could:

  • Raise the business profile with great local PR
  • Increase team spirit
  • Win more customers
  • Attract and retain talented employees
  • Form new partnerships with some of the best businesses in the area
  • Appraise and analyse your company’s strengths and opportunities

Key dates

  • Applications close at Midnight on 18 January2019.
  • Finalists announced at Abingdon’s new Hilton Garden Inn on 1 February 2019.
  • All finalists will be invited to the Awards Evening Ceremony to take place at Williams Conference Centre on 15 March 2019. Finalists receive 2 complimentary tickets to the awards ceremony that will involve welcome drinks in Sir Frank Williams private museum, fine dining and entertainment.