WOBA Finals

On Tuesday 13th February 2018, the West Oxfordshire Business Awards announced the finalists of the 2018 competition at a glittering event, worthy of any awards ceremony, and hosted by Abbott Diabetes Care.

Representatives from 2120 (Witney) Squadron attended to discover whether we had made it through to the finals, which will be announced on the 23rd March 2018. After a tense wait, we discovered we are through to the final three.


We are thrilled to have been chosen for the finals and can wear the ‘we are finalists’ badge with immense pride.

Speaking from Cologne, Germany, Flight Lieutenant Mike Caffrey, the Officer Commanding 2120 Squadron said:

“This is superb news for 2120 Squadron amidst tough competition. All the charity entrants are truly deserving victors, and the finals look to be incredibly difficult to decide. The final decision of the judges can’t be an easy one, but we’re incredibly proud and pleased to make it this far.”

“Todays cadets will enter the workplace in just 2 to 6 years”

“We entered the WOBAs initially to raise the profile of the Air Training Corps (ATC), and to inform employers of the nature of our work for both the cadets and our current volunteers who may well work in another WOBA entrant business. I wanted these employers to know how the ATC and workplace benefit from exchangeable skills, and this progression through the award has provided us a perfect opportunity to network and introduce a wide variety of people to our cadets. Todays cadets will enter the workplace in just 2 to 6 years, and many will seek that employment in the district. This gives us the chance to help give them a head start and assist employers in understanding their knowledge and skills acquired in the ATC.”
“We wish Volunteer Link Up and Guideposts the very best of luck. Both do amazing work and we are truly privileged to be ranked alongside them.”
WOBA 2018 Finalists Celebration
WOBA Finalists Announcement. Photo by Ric Mellis


In its 8th Year, and the first that 2120 Squadron has entered, the WOBAs represent the best businesses, charities and entrepreneurs in the district. The awards aim to celebrate and connect over 8000 businesses, charities and entrepreneurs in the area and gain local recognition and shout about their work.

“I wanted these employers to know how the ATC and workplace benefit from exchangeable skills”

With over 50 cadets and 20 volunteer staff, the Squadron is well placed to offer a new hobby to both teenagers and adults in West Oxfordshire. If you would like to learn more about Witney Air Cadets, whether out of interest to become a prospective instructor or cadet, please contact us to arrange to attend one of our quarterly open evenings.

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