OxLEP Annual Event 2023
Taking place on 30 October, OxLEP’s annual event for 2023 hopes to offer inspiration, guidance and support to the county’s business community, whatever stage of their respective business journey they are on.
The conference – which will take place at the Oxford Belfry, near Thame – is all-set to bring together dozens of Oxfordshire business leaders, entrepreneurs and those working within SMEs, with OxLEP ready to reach out to organisations it has previously engaged with, or those who are new to Local Enterprise Partnership support.
On offer to delegates at the event will be the opportunity to speak with business advisors who can offer support, tips and guidance across a number of key areas, including issues and opportunities around growth, leadership and managing finance, as well as ‘people-focused’ areas, such as apprenticeship provision within businesses.
Visitors to the event will also be able to benefit from a range of ‘taster sessions’ – led by OxLEP teams – to better understand the type of ongoing support offered to businesses who engage with programmes on a more regular basis.
In addition to better understanding OxLEP’s business support offer, OxLEP will also highlight some of the key projects and programmes it has recently-delivered, producing significant impacts for the county’s business community, as well as wider Oxfordshire communities too.
This includes hundreds of Oxfordshire businesses continuing to receive bespoke business support plans via OxLEP’s online business support tool. Meanwhile, OxLEP continue to play a critical role in enhancing apprenticeship provision in the county thanks to its Social Contract programme.
The Social Contract has, to-date, secured over £1 million-worth of apprenticeship levy pledges from large Oxfordshire businesses, ensuring small businesses can in-turn access funding for their own apprenticeship provision.
This has so far included SMEs creating apprenticeship openings a variety of sectors, including in engineering, construction and health and social care – opportunities which would otherwise be lost to the county, with levy funding returning to the Treasury.
If you represent an Oxfordshire-based business, come along and find out more!