An Abingdon-based wood recycling centre has made the cut in a business awards honouring social enterprises.
Oxford Wood Recycling, based on Suffolk Way, Abingdon, is one of four finalists in the Bluestream Recruitment Award for Social Responsibility at the new 2018 Vale 4 Business Awards.
The finalists were revealed last month at Abingdon’s Crown & Thistle after all four organisations displayed “outstanding commitment to fulfilling a social mission”.
The businesses were assessed for their impact on local groups / area, commitment of staff, and use of corporate social responsibility to address challenges.
Oxford Wood Recycling’s social mission is to employ people at a disadvantage in finding work.
The not-for-profit organisation, formed in 2005, currently employs 20 people.
The company also has a strong environmental mission to encourage wood reuse with 250 to 300 tonnes passing through the shop’s doors every year.
CEO Richard Snow said: “While we work very hard to run a successful business that employs people, we’re very much working to our social and environmental missions.
“We work in the recycling sector, but we reuse a significant amount of wood each year; this is wood that people have effectively thrown away, but we bring it back onto the market for use for DIY.
“If you put wood in a skip it never gets re-used. It might get recycled but it won’t get re-used.”
Richard added that winning the award would be a proud moment for his team of employees and volunteers who “deserve recognition for the work they put in year in and year out”.
He added: “We hope to win, but there’s some strong contenders in our category.
“It shows that social enterprise is quite strong in the county and district which is nice for us because we’re a proud social enterprise.
“We’ve never been recognised locally for an award, so it would be really good to get it.
“It will hopefully let our friends and customers know that we’re moving in the right direction.”
The Vale 4 Business Awards ceremony will take place at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove on May 18.
Other companies competing for the award are BETTER – White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre; food education social enterprise Maymessy CIC and craft brewery Tap Social which provides courses for offenders.