Abingdon and Witney College art and design students impressed the West Oxfordshire Business Awards judges in a direct, creative conversation.

They followed an order to design a trophy for the Aston & James West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award 2020 in WOBA's 10th Anniversary Year.

The winning team consisted of Mollie Bridgwater, Bry Cockburn (17), and Marty Baker (16), who presented a nature-inspired trophy design that can be considered a tree or abstract person, symbolizing the growing West Oxfordshire business community.

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Mr. Baker said, "That was such a good experience. We have thought a lot and I can not believe that we will realize our ideas.

It is a fantastic achievement and we feel overwhelmed to have won. "

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The WOBA project was completed by 32 students who earned a degree in Arts, Design and Creative Arts (Level 2 & 3) on the Witney campus.

The winning trophy design is made by the Witney charity Synolos, which also offers students work experience. The awards are in March.

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Leah Wells, art and design trainer at Abingdon & Witney College, said, "I'm so proud of each and every one of them. They have fully embraced the WOBA project to produce incredible designs, soon after college entry.

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"Live letters like these offer students a fantastic opportunity to work together and give them a taste of what life in the creative industry looks like."

For the 10th anniversary of WOBA, a new sponsor, Aston & James, is sponsoring the West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award.

CEO Darren Aston said: "All the students went to great lengths and I was very impressed with all their ideas.

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"The winning design really stood out, however, it could have different meanings for different people, and I think it's good that the 10 rings represent both organic growth and WOBA's 10th anniversary year.

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"All business people have a desire to build something that they are proud of, and the students involved in that design should feel just that."

The entries for WOBA 2020 are now open and it's free to join. Closing date is Monday, December 2nd, midnight.

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The finalists will be announced in February. The winners of WOBA 2020 will be announced at a 10th anniversary gala dinner in March 2020.

Download your registration form and send it to woba.org.uk.