OxLEP: September update - our latest news
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Welcome to our September update.

This month has been one of our busiest ever at OxLEP, reflecting the many positives and opportunities that exist within our economy.

At the beginning of the month, we took the ‘Oxfordshire story’ to the House of Commons for the very first time, holding the first of four economic briefings lined-up for London over the next 12 months. 

Each briefing will highlight a transformative technology and how it could bring major global opportunities to Oxfordshire. The county’s Science and Innovation Audit has suggested that the Autonomous Vehicles, Space and Satellites, Quantum Computing and Digital Health sectors collectively have the potential to add £180billion GVA growth to the UK economy by 2030.

It's true that we have a genuine global story to tell.

Our OxLEP Business team launched our £5.2m ERDF-funded Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme at Venturefest Oxford, before holding another first for us – a two-day entrepreneurial boot camp for start-up businesses. Meanwhile, our OxLEP Skills team held a business showcase event with our partners from Bicester Vision and Cherwell District Council.

We rounded-off the month with our annual review at the Satellite Applications Catapult (Harwell Campus) where we updated businesses and the general public on what has been a game-changing year for the Oxfordshire economy. For those of you unable attend the event, you can download our annual report for 2017/18 and I will be taking part in a ‘Twitter hour’ next Tuesday lunchtime.

At all of these events, our message has been extremely clear – Oxfordshire is very much open for business.

Finally – as write this note – it’s World Tourism Day 2018. We have many world-class tourist attractions including; Oxford, The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village and the picturesque River Thames to name a few. Oxfordshire welcomes 27.6 million visitors each year, spending £2.04 billion across the county in the process. 

It's a further reminder that we have one of the most successful and diverse economies anywhere, one that’s a key driver behind ‘UK PLC’.

Nigel Tipple
Chief Executive 

Q&A event: ‘How can our dynamic and growing economy become better connected?’

The latest in our series of Q&A events will take place on Wednesday 10 October at Witney Lakes Resort. 

The focus of this upcoming debate, will be centred around our 'Connectivity' priority with a discussion on: ‘How can our dynamic and growing economy become better connected?’.

Once again, this event is a chance for Oxfordshire businesses to come together and discuss a key topic, tied-in to our growing economy. 

And there's more.....

In addition to our regular Q&A debate, we are adding more value by introducing a number of workshops too - including a 'Business masterclass', a  'Making the most of your digital presence’ workshop and 
'Interdependence of profit and purpose' session

Book your place at our next Q&A event 
Oxfordshire is ‘very much open for business’ – that was the strong message we took to Central London on 11 September as we staged our first-ever House of Commons breakfast briefing event.

It was the first of four economic briefings lined-up for London over the next 12 months, which sees us ‘taking the Oxfordshire economy’ to a national stage, fronted by the four transformative technologies highlighted in last year’s Science and Innovation Audit for the county.

Hosted by North Oxfordshire MP – Victoria Prentis MP – on behalf of all Oxfordshire MPs, the briefing was led by Professor Paul Newman of the University of Oxford, leader of the Oxford Robotics Institute and founder of its spin-out, Oxbotica – a pioneering autonomous vehicle developer based at Culham Science Centre.

Taking the Oxfordshire economy to Westminster
Take part in our Twitter Hour with Nigel Tipple. Tuesday 2 October at 12.30pm - using the hashtag: #OxLEPquestions
Annual Review 2018: 
Businesses and residents reflect on a ‘game-changing’ year for Oxfordshire

Some of the county’s leading businesses – as well as members of the general public – gathered at Harwell Campus for our annual review last Tuesday (25 September), reflecting on a ‘game-changing’ last 12 months for the county’s economy.

The event – which took place at the Satellite Applications Catapult – saw us update visitors on our current work and support programmes and also reflect on a year that saw developments such as the Housing and Growth Deal, as well as the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy and the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Corridor emerge.

We also officially launched our annual report for 2017/18 and held a ‘market place’ event, where delegates found out more about our everyday work supporting economic growth.

Start-up and growth workshops

Our latest round of business start-up and business growth workshops have been announced.

If you are looking for support in marketing, finance, sales or recruitment - our workshops will help you to get the most out of your business. 

Register for an OxLEP Business workshop
Promoting Oxfordshire's inward investment opportunities as part of the 'Corridor'

Working in partnership with other LEPs, councils and businesses across the 'Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Corridor', on 17 and 18 October we will join forces for the first time to promote investment and wider economic opportunities across the region at MIPIM UK.

Take a look at what was a record year of foriegn direct investment for Oxfordshire.

‘Significant' agricultural centre nears completion and can play a ‘key role’ in Oxfordshire’s growing economy

Young people from across Oxfordshire – keen to establish a career in agriculture – are set to benefit from the opening of a major new skills centre near Witney which, in-turn, could play a key role in growing the county’s economy.

The Agritech Innovation Skills Centre – being developed at Abingdon and Witney College’s Common Leys campus on the outskirts of Witney – will provide a ‘highly-technical’ environment, supporting courses and research relating to livestock husbandry.

We secured £1m of funding towards the project via the government’s Local Growth Fund – this, from an overall Local Growth Fund 3 allocation of £24.16m for Oxfordshire, announced in early-2017.

Find out more 
T-Levels: What does it mean for employers? 
4 October, MINI Plant Oxford 

Working with Abingdon and Witney College, our OxLEP Skills team will be sharing their collective knowledge on T-Levels, giving businesses the chance to better understand the programme, in-particular, how three-month industry placements might work for businesses.

Register for the event
We were delighted to launch our ERDF-funded £5.2m Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme at Venturefest Oxford.

Working with partners, ISfB will boost opportunities for start-ups - as well as small and medium businesses - to thrive and innovate, enhancing research and innovation across Oxfordshire in the process. 

The programme includes 'Go-create' funding offering 33% of project costs with grants available from £1,000 to £50,000.

How can I benefit from ISfB? 


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