Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for entries?

Entries must be received by 28th February 2017.

Where do I send my entry?

By post:

Southern Oxfordshire New Business Competition
Hampden House
Monument Park
OX44 7RW

By email to

Or by Fax to 01865 893333.

Who sees my entry form and company information?

A representative from all of the sponsors.

Is the information I submit confidential?


Our business is currently just outside South Oxfordshire. Can we still enter?

As long as you live or work in an area covered by the following postcodes you may enter the Competition:

OX1 4; OX1 5;OX2 0, OX2 8, OX2 9;OX4 3, OX4 4, OX10, OX11, OX12, OX13 5, OX13 6;OX14, OX15, 0X28, OX29 4, OX29 7, OX33, OX44, OX49, RG4 7, RG4 9, RG8 0, RG8 7, RG9, RG17 7, RG17 8, GL7 3, SN6 7, SN6 8, SN7 7, SN7 8,

Who are the judges?

Senior representatives from the sponsors form the judging panel.

What is the judging criteria?

The judging panel will assess what applicants have learnt from running a new business, plus any achievements, growth, challenges overcome, profitability and potential.

When will I know if I have won?

All entrants will be notified in writing as to whether they have been chosen as a finalist by 10th March 2017. The Judges will arrange to meet each of the finalists during the week of 13th-17th March. The Winner and Runner-up will be notified on 24th March and will be invited to a presentation lunch on Friday 7th April 2017.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

Please call the Helpline on 01865 893 300.