Supporting our small business community:
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 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. We also manage two programmes: the Elevate Programme, which supports SMEs to start up and grow, and Innovation Support for Business which helps SMEs to bring new ideas to market. Both programmes are funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and OxLEP.
Elevate programme case studies:
Watch our films of Independent Oxford, Twisted Root and The Late Chef talking about their experiences of the Elevate Programme or watch our film of our Marketplace Event find out how the programme could help your business.
Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) Case studies:
Our Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) Programme launched in September 2018 and we will soon publish our first case studies. To find out more about the programme, watch our launch film.
So that we continue to engage our diverse business community, we hold regular Q&A events right across Oxfordshire. Each event sees a focus on one of our priority areas (either People, Place, Enterprise or Connectivity), with discussion and debate from high-profile panellists.
Take a look at our Enterprise Q&A event: ‘How can Oxfordshire businesses make an impact – nationally and internationally – by embracing innovation', held at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford:
In Oxfordshire, we have one of the best small business five-year survival rates anywhere in England and Wales.
To support the continuation of this trend - and to support Oxfordshire’s small business community - our OxLEP Business team held its inaugural ‘Marketplace’ event at Said Business School’s Egrove Park in Oxford:
More case studies coming soon!