It's almost a year since video games developer and publisher Rebellion splashed £78m on a disused print factory near Didcot. We reveal how the transformation into film and TV studios is progressing. Head of studios Brian Mitchell explains they aren't just refurbishing a building, they’re creating a production hub.


Commercial laundries: Can Oxford’s new eco-laundry become a blueprint for the industry?

Karen David | Energy | Sustainability | Nov 8th 2019

Ben Towler, commercial manager of OXWASH, talks TechTribe Oxford through the firm's new eco-laundry, and how the firm is competing in a £1bn commercial laundry industry that is price-sensitive and dominated by major players.


Cool technology developed in Oxfordshire could be part of global solution to air conditioning challenge

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Work spaces | Manufacturing | Nov 6th 2019

Air con is one of the 'blind spots in the energy debate', says the International Energy Authority. Is an Abingdon firm's tech part of the solution?


Life sciences cluster flourishes at Oxford Science Park 

Karen David | Event Review | Pharma | Work spaces | Nov 5th 2019

Oxford Science Park will be ‘turning on the development taps’ for firms in big pharma and healthtech, according to the park’s chief executive Piers Scrimshaw-Wright. At a gathering of property […]


Bill & Melinda Gates funding for pharma firm Enesi

Gill Oliver | Pharma | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | Oct 30th 2019

Milton-Park based pharma company Enesi has won funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate its tech platform to deliver solid dose vaccines.


Oxfordshire Advanced Skills Centre opens at UKAEA Culham

Antony David | Manufacturing | Oct 26th 2019

The shortage of skilled technicians is a major challenge for Oxfordshire’s burgeoning technology companies. The new Oxford Advanced Skills Centre (OAS) at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham campus goes a long way to addressing this shortfall by offering local companies specialist courses for their apprentices.


Back in the groove: Old tech is new tech in this vinyl revival

Antony David | Media | Entertainment | Manufacturing | Oct 15th 2019

Pip Piper’s film ‘The Vinyl Revival’ is in UK indie cinemas this autumn proselytising the vinyl record format. There’s no question the revival is real but what caused it?


BOOK REVIEW: Stop Being Reasonable by Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Antony David | Book review | Media | Culture | Publishing | Oct 11th 2019

At some point, we all want to change someone else's mind. Philosopher and journalist Eleanor Gordon-Smith digs into what makes someone alter their opinion.


Council aims to drive innovation with transport modelling project

Karen David | Infrastructure | Finance | Oct 7th 2019

When it needed to replace a six-year-old transport modelling system, Oxfordshire County Council saw an opportunity to innovate by identifying the outcomes needed, then giving firms the challenge of delivering on them.


Oxford company’s smart hot water tank will help prevent blackouts

Gill Oliver | Energy | Infrastructure | Ecology | Oct 2nd 2019

Oxford University spin-out Mixergy is at the centre of a plan by energy and services company Centrica to create a ‘virtual power plant’ that helps balance the National Grid and prevent outages.


‘Lawyer in your pocket’ app service ramps up mission to disrupt UK legal sector

Gill Oliver | IT | AI | Sep 16th 2019

Oxford-based LegalShield is aiming to disrupt the UK legal sector with its ‘lawyer in your pocket’ apps which offer instant legal advice from £7-19 a month .


Writers try out their creative ideas on AI storytelling platform

Karen David | Media | AI | Sep 13th 2019

StoryFutures Academy is offering co-funded placements for a number of writers who will go on to work with the platform learning ‘on the job’.


Where do the real opportunities lie? Entrepreneurs told to widen their vision when seeking overseas investment

Maggie Hartford | Biotech | Sustainability | Investment | Sep 12th 2019

The US, China or India? Entrepreneurs with bright ideas were thick on the ground at this year's Venturefest Oxford. To put their cutting-edge ideas into practice they need money, and the focus of the day was how to find it.

Events Coming Soon

12 Nov 2019

Fireside chat on Unconventional Ways of Working at The Wood Centre for Innovation. Panel includes Mike Jennings of Jennings in Garsington, Helen Wright, founder and director of 923 Jobs and Aaron Hirtenstein, member at Agile Collective First. This is the first of a series of fireside chats featuring experts from science and tech. Runs from 1730 to 1930 at The Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park, Quarry Road, Headington, OX3 8SB. Details

12 Nov 2019

Cherwell; a thriving economy, a thriving place Cherwell District Council has ambitious plans to create a 10-year strategy to deliver a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable economy for everyone. This workshop is an opportunity to be part of shaping that strategy to create a bright future for the residents, businesses and communities of Cherwell. 5.45 to 9.45pm, RAF Upper Heyford Heritage Centre, Camp Road, Upper Heyford OX25 5HD. Details

13 Nov 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series: Answering the call – Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and now Chair of the Saïd Business School Board, is committed to exploring how business education can address the most significant global challenges. Paul was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and has since played a leading role in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda. Paul is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and was CEO of Unilever for 10 years, where he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth. Pre-talk drinks from 5.30pm, talk 6.45 to 7.45pm. Saïd Business School, Oxford OX1 1HP.  Details


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