As the Growth Hub for Oxfordshire, it is our aim to simplify the business support landscape and help individuals and businesses to easily connect.
We're here to help businesses find the support they need. We offer prompt, friendly, impartial advice and will signpost you to the right business support for you and your business by directing you to expert advice and national and local support programmes.
Coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation and will cause concern and disruption to businesses of all sizes for the foreseeable future. Clearly, moving into a further period of lockdown will be extremely difficult for all businesses and the ability to not only remain productive, but also, remain operational will be a significant challenge.
We will continue to signpost our business community to support resources, helping you to make positive decisions during this time. We have introduced a number of new programmes and funds in recent times, aimed at providing critical help to businesses.
Here's a summary of some of the support we can offer businesses:
Peer networks: The peer networks programme brings together cohorts of business leaders so they can discuss business challenges with their peers.
Delivered through a series of group sessions, businesses gain and reflect valuable feedback from peers and identify practical solutions to overcome business challenges. Businesses will then choose which coach, mentor or business advisor to work with to further explore solutions to your challenge.
Ant Parsons from OxLEP Business sets out the Peer Networks programme
Business support tool: Through the business support tool, businesses can complete a simple online form and receive a bespoke business support plan, aimed at coming up with practical solutions to challenges currently faced:
eScalate: The eScalate programme supports growing businesses that have scale-up potential. It also supports SMEs that are social enterprise, social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities and other purposeful businesses committed to enabling positive social and environmental impact.