As the local enterprise partnership for Oxfordshire, we are supporting our business community during this challenging time by signposting our businesses to the correct, relevant information, helping you to operate as safely and efficiently as possible, whilst remaining productive.
We are currently working on making some changes to the format of the business support that we offer to ensure that we can best support the county’s businesses. For example, some of our workshops may have to be postponed or delivered via a digital platform, and the content and delivery may also change. Also, our 1:1 support will now be delivered via telephone / videocall. We will post regular updates on social media and keep in touch with anyone who has signed up to any of our events.
Phase two of our Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is now live.
ISfB Phase 2 is a £5.2m investment supporting Oxfordshire’s innovative entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). We do this by assisting the development and commercialisation of innovative business ideas, as well as enhancing research and innovation infrastructure in Oxfordshire.
We also aim to promote business investment in research and innovation, as well as developing links between businesses and researchers.
We deliver the ISfB programme with partners from the University of Oxford, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and offer a customisable portfolio of help for eligible entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses to encourage innovation.
Our support includes:
- 'Go-create' grants
- Coaching and mentoring - 1:1 support delivered via telephone / videocall
- Workshops, seminars and master classes - for the foreseeable future, we are looking to move future OxLEP-led events to 'digital platforms
- Access to equipment, expertise and resources
To find out how we can support you to innovate email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This phase of the ISfB programme builds upon ISfB phase one funded by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) between 2014 and 2015. The results of the evaluation of ISfB phase one can be found in a three-page management summary report and ISfB infographic.