Just last week, we launched the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy at our 2018/19 Annual Review Event, at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.
This part of the event saw OxLEP Director of Strategy and Programmes, Ahmed Goga, discuss how the strategy positions the county as one of the top three 'global innovation ecosystems', with commitment from businesses in the county playing a key role.
Guest speakers Dr Gordon Sanghera, CEO of Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Sarah Haywood, Managing Director of Advanced Oxford, then reiterated how the key technologies and unique innovation assets cited in the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy play a key role in the county's 'world-class' potential.
OxLEP Chair, Jeremy Long, drew this part of the event to a close, clarifying why Oxfordshire businesses should back the Local Industrial Strategy.
The UK Industrial Strategy, and now the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy, are based upon the Five Foundations of Productivity, which are key to improving economic prosperity: Ideas, People, Places, Infrastructure and Business Environment.
In our latest vlog, PR and Communications Apprentice, Leona Weston, takes us through what the 'Places' aspect of this entails, and how you can expect to find out more at our next Q&A event, taking place on Tuesday 24 September, as we ask: 'Placemaking in Oxfordshire- what does it really mean?'
The event will be held at The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) and will see our panel of business leaders from across the county discuss how we can utilise the power of place, whilst overcoming some of the challenges we may face here in Oxfordshire, in order to meet the ambitions of the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy.
Discussion will include how we can retain our character whilst seizing 21st century opportunities for our businesses, as well as supporting healthy and sustainable communities that are technology-enabled, and will give our audience the opportunity to get answers to their own questions.