Connected and Networked

Centred on the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire’s location in the heart of England enables businesses to connect with international destinations and reach markets throughout the UK. 80% of all major English cities are within 2 – 2½ hours by road. Central London is one hour away by rail.

For hundreds of years, Oxfordshire’s location has been of strategic importance. Historically connected by the rivers Thames and Cherwell, Oxfordshire now has excellent motorway and rail access to international airports, ferry ports and the UK’s two largest cities, London and Birmingham

  • Within 90 minutes of Oxford are London Heathrow International Airport, Birmingham International Airport and Southampton International Airport. Oxford Regional Airport is 10 miles from the City Centre. It is 49 miles from Oxford to Heathrow International airport, which can be reached in around 50 minutes by car.
  • It is 57 miles from Oxford to central London, and it takes around one hour to travel there by train. In the morning there are five trains every hour from Oxford to London Paddington.
  • Birmingham is accessible by road and rail. Oxford to Birmingham Airport is 66 miles, about one hour's drive time via the M40.
  • The ferry port of Southampton is around 68 miles away, almost directly south of Oxford and just over one hour;s drive time via the A34.

Oxfordshire is part of the Thames Valley, the second most important economic area in the UK after London and the fifth most important economic area in the European Union.

Transport links will continue to improve over the next few years with more business flights into Oxford Airport and improvements in the transport infrastructure around the Science Vale UK business parks south of Oxford.

Networked Oxfordshire

Innovation becomes world-class business in Oxfordshire, from well-established global companies to new enterprises.

Oxfordshire has over 70 investment and enterprise networks connecting and inspiring people, ideas and funding plus a wide range of innovation and business support agencies in Oxfordshire offering advice and support.

Between them Oxfordshire’s networks provide access to the best Angel lnvestor network in the country, sector specific networks that are already generating business for their members and general business networks that keep everyone in touch with services, events and each other.