Over 50 Oxfordshire business leaders gathered at the Kassam Stadium yesterday (10 July) to take part in the latest OxLEP Q&A event.
Part a series of business engagement events, the session saw delegates take part in a debate asked the question: ‘How can Oxfordshire businesses make an impact – nationally and internationally – by embracing innovation?'
It was the latest Q&A session hosted by OxLEP, focussing on topics that emerge from its four priorities of People, Place, Connectivity and Enterprise.
Wednesday’s event focussed on ‘Enterprise’ with a panel made-up of several key figures working across Oxfordshire, including; Nigel Tipple – Chief Executive at OxLEP, Emma Jones MBE - Founder of Enterprise Nation, Ian Nash - Area Director of Business Banking at HSBC and Dr Matt Perkins – CEO at Oxford University Innovation.
The event was chaired by Founder and Director of Collaborent, Grant Hayward.
Head to OxLEP’s Twitter feed (or search #OxLEPEnterprise) to see some of the key points discussed by panellists and audience members.
In addition to the Q&A session, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) held a ‘Voice your views to government’ session for SMEs around the county. It was a chance for businesses in the area to discuss with BEIS representatives some of the key topics that affect small businesses today, including: business support options available, how productivity can be improved, Brexit, and how local issues are affecting business performance.
The next Q&A event – which will focus on ‘Connectivity’ – will provisionally take place in mid-October. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.