The Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy, due to launch on Wednesday 4 September, sets out the vision to position Oxfordshire as one of the top-three global innovation ecosystems, acting as a pioneer for the UK through our emerging transformative technologies and sectors, whilst creating better opportunities for all.
The strategy, in response to government's 'Grand Challenges', is underpinned by the Five Foundations of Productivity: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Places.
The 'Ideas' aspect of the vision focuses on establishing a globally connected innovation economy, leveraging the county's unique assets and driving up R&D investment.
'People' as part of the long-term framework, focuses on creating a more responsive skill system for all, through the promotion of entrepreneurship and creation of pathways enabling social mobility for young people.
Another significant underpinning strand of productivity, 'Infrastructure' sets out how we can establish greater connectivity between the county's key growth and innovation locations, whilst realising the ambitions of Oxfordshire's existing strategies.
The Local Industrial Strategy identifies 'Business Environment' as the vision to 'become a powerhouse for commercialising transformative technologies', through a number of support initiatives to facilitate business growth within the county. Read our latest blog on 'Business Environment', identifying scale-up support and giving fast-growing businesses the chance to have their say.
The final key strand of productivity, 'Places' centres around establishing the county as a living laboratory, with a focus on areas in direct response to the Grand Challenges, including clean growth and data and mobility.
Watch our vlog in which Communications Manager Rob Panting discusses these priorities, as we look ahead to the strategy's launch event.
The Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy is being launched at our OxLEP 2018/19 Annual Review Event, taking place on Wednesday 4 September at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Whilst the event has reached capacity, it will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel, so keep an eye on our website and social media for more details.