Darke & Taylor is delighted to announce its success at the 2014 Oxfordshire Business Awards having been judged winners of the Natwest Large Business Award.
The result was announced at the prestigious Awards Ceremony on Friday 20th June which was celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. With over 500 people attending, The Oxfordshire Business Awards is now recognised as one of the biggest highlights of the Oxfordshire business calendar and has celebrated the talents of wide range of strong, successful and sustainable local businesses as winners and finalists over the past two decades.
The large business category was open to any business that employs more than 25 staff or has an annual turnover of more than £5 million. The judges were looking for evidence of:
- Business growth
- A commitment to the local community including local job creation
- A written 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
- A genuine commitment to staff
Congratulations also to our fellow finalists, Nicholsons Nurseries and AirTanker, who provided stiff competition in our category, and to all the other winners and finalists on the night.
The award reflects really well on the great employees of Darke & Taylor and the hard work that they put in to make the company a local success story – they are a real asset of which we are justifyably proud.
Managing Director Paul McNaughton started his career as an apprentice at the company and said of company’s success:
“Winning this award is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of our excellent team of staff many of whom, just like myself, started their working lives as an apprentice at the company. The electrical industry is currently suffering from a skills shortage, but our commitment to staff training and job creation has enabled us to continue to develop the business despite a tough few years for the construction industry. We look forward to using the success evidenced in our award submission as the spring-board from which to deliver our future business strategy, and to continuing to make a significant contribution to the Oxfordshire economy.”