Recognition comes less than a year after it increased its emphasis on community outreach projects

The Oxford Cycle Workshop has received national recognition beyond the cycling industry after winning the Innovation in Co-operative Enterprise award at the annual Co-operative Congress being held in Birmingham this weekend.

In scooping the award, the community-owned enterprise beat off competition from Co-operative Energy, Community Renewable Energy North West, Revolver Co-operative Ltd and Whomadeyourpants? Limited.

Nominations for the awards were made by members of the co-operative movement, with the winners selected by a panel of Co-operatives UK Board Members as well as representatives of the awards sponsors.

As we reported last November, Oxford Cycle Workshop has closed down its retail operations – among other things, it had acted as the local distributor for Basque workers’ co-operative-owned brand Orbea – to focus on community outreach projects.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.