March 15 2011.

 On Friday 11th March the inaugural West Oxfordshire Business Awards were held at a gala dinner hosted by Eynsham Hall. 

Twenty four finalists in eight categories were competing for a unique trophy designed by students at the Abingdon and
Witney College and crafted by Stephen Fletcher, a Witney-based artist.

Taking its win in the Large Business Category, Oxford Products was feted as a highly successful local business with significant market share, an international outlook and a creative approach to growth.

Receiving the award, managing director Andrew Hammond was clearly delighted. "We focus every day on making ourselves important to our customers. We are proud to be important to the local economy too."

Established in 1973, employing around seventy staff and exporting to over sixty countries world-wide, the business has recently enjoyed strong growth both organically and through diversification into new markets. Most notable recent events include an acquisition in the cycle industry and the arrival of the world's largest motorcycle clothing brand, Alpinestars, into the company's portfolio.

Oxford's products are designed at its purpose-built 45,000 sq ft Witney headquarters. Having outgrown these facilities last year, the site is due for development in 2011 to handle further planned expansion.

Oxford Products now move onto the Oxfordshire Business Awards. Winners will be announced on 17th June 2011.