November has been a month to remember for Innovation Birmingham-based Oxbridge Home Learning, marking a “record-breaking” period in the company’s history.
Landing four awards in quick succession, the distance learning platform’s work and influence throughout the education sector was highlighted across the city during a purple patch comprising ceremonies from November 1st to 14th.
The critical acclaim dished out throughout the month largely recognised Co-Founder and Managing Director Matt Jones’ leadership, guiding the direction of the EdTech platform as it gears up for growth.
Taking the headlines for two of the four awards, Matt was recognised for his approach to entrepreneurship and innovation within the distance learning market, bolstering Oxbridge’s customer base and course portfolio since the company’s arrival on the Innovation Birmingham Campus in May 2016. Matt said:
“We’ve really been getting our heads down at Oxbridge Home Learning and getting on with it. The success experienced over the last few months has really emphasised the wider implications of external recognition on our brand, employees and general visibility in a region that’s full of prospective partners, customers and investors. We’ve been able to get one-on-one interaction with decision makers, which has helped streamline our pipeline of new business.
“We entered a few of the awards quite unexpectedly, and before we knew it our story was getting noticed across the city. Here we are a few weeks later having won four awards in less than four weeks. This has helped with self-recognition, it’s always nice when critical acclaim is bestowed upon you, and it shows that all our hard work is not going unnoticed.”
This glittering period of recognition for Oxbridge was kicked off by the Birmingham Post Business Awards hosted at the ICC, Birmingham on Thursday 1st November. Crowned Business Entrepreneur of the Year, Matt Jones fought off competition from Mr Electric Birmingham and Rhubarb Property Ltd to scoop the award.
Following this, the 2018 instalment of the Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards took place on November 3rd and 4th at Aston Villa Football Club, where Matt was also crowned with a prestigious accolade; Most Influential Business Person of the Year, beating five other talented business people in the category.
Oxbridge Home Learning also experienced widespread public success at the West Midlands’ home of cricket, as Oxbridge was crowned Small Business of the Year and Entrepreneur’s Team of the Year respectively at both the Birmingham Awards (November 13th) and NatWest GB Entrepreneur Awards (November 14th), hosted by Edgbaston Stadium.
Self-acclaimed as an “organisation that cares”, Oxbridge Home Learning has been driving activities to proactively maximise its Corporate Social Responsibility, launching a number of community outreach projects in partnership with the Love Brum charity, most recently championing the ‘Bags for Brummies’ campaign.
As part of the initiative, Oxbridge’s team helped pack “hundreds of bags” and sent them to the homeless population within the city. Bags contained essential hygiene products, pain killers and food. Other Oxbridge CSR endeavours throughout the city include a scheme where the team volunteers at a local soup kitchen. Matt Jones added:
“This external recognition has helped to raise our profile in the region, spreading brand awareness and visibility for Oxbridge. As a result, this has had a positive impact on our Corporate Social Responsibility and the network we’ve built up has allowed us to reach out to the community in a more comprehensive way. We’ve raised more money for local causes because we have the profile to increase the number of social partnerships that we engage with.”
The four awards scooped in November follow a recent run of industry-wide recognition for Oxbridge, also winning respective categories at the Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards and Entrepreneurship Awards in June and September respectively.
Oxbridge Home Learning innovates alongside over 170 other digital technology companies at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, and now employs over 30 specialists in the education sector. Its portfolio of distance learning courses is accredited by over 15 different governing bodies and exam boards, including the likes of AQA, OCR and the London Institute of Banking and Finance.
Aligning with the organisation’s focus on education, the digital platform is now actively looking for new mentees to benefit from the entrepreneurial experiences embarked on by the EdTech company over the last few years.
For more information about Oxbridge Home Learning, visit its official website here.