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About the Oldham Business Awards

We are pleased to be entering our 15th year of the Oldham Business Awards.

The aim of the OBA is to celebrate business success whilst also recognising the contribution that businesses make in helping to shape the fabric of our society. The Awards reward businesses excellence amongst companies located within Oldham, whether it be for wealth creation, innovation, inspirational leadership or good practice in people management, skills development or environmental issues.

The Awards not only provide exceptional marketing and profile raising opportunities for the finalists but also provide a unique platform for business networking between companies of all forms and sizes, introducing them to new customers, partners, suppliers and further growth support. Each award is judged against criteria based on the award category description with the event designed to enable any business, regardless of size, form or sector to enter and be judged fairly.

Our sponsors and partners are united in acknowledging the value of the Oldham Business Awards in motivating both existing businesses and our next generation of entrepreneurs to continue to develop, grow and achieve new goals.

If you are proud of your business achievements or recognise excellence in others, enter the OBA to be recognised, and to instil confidence and inspire others. 

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Entry Process & Information

The Oldham Business Awards are open to all business in the Borough of Oldham with 11 different categories available to enter including, Start Up, Business of the Year > £5M and Community Engagement. The entry process is simple and it is ok to enter multiple categories so long as an individual entry form is submitted for each category. All applications are judged by an independent panel made up of an Oldham Business Awards Steering Group Member and the individual Category Sponsor.

Please direct any queries to info@oldhambusinessawards.co.uk

PLANS for the 2022 Oldham Business Awards – the first post-Covid event of the borough’s premier business event – are well advanced.

Chairperson of the events steering group Steve Kilroy said “We have always enjoyed fantastic support, from the early days of 2008 when we set about organising the very first event.

“After two years without the awards, and the gala dinner when everyone gets together to celebrate all that is good about Oldham, I am convinced there is an appetite to get back to normality.”


Applications:  The process opened at a special launch event held on Monday March 28th 2022.

Applications for the 2022 awards closed – Fri 3rd June 2022.

Award Judging  –  Is held during June and July.

Finalists Announcement  –  Announced 11th August 2022.

The Event – The Oldham Business Awards Gala Dinner and Award Celebration will take place Friday 9th September 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham.