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OxLEP Q&A: Business models with strong digital components more likely to be resilient post-lockdown

Karen David | Event Review | Q&A | Government | Work spaces | Management | Covid-19 | May 1st 2020

Firms with a strong digital component in their business models are more likely to be resilient after the lockdown, according to one of Oxfordshire’s business experts. In an online Q&A […]


Game on: Workshop explores what it takes to save the world

Gill Oliver | Network profile | Jan 25th 2020

What does it take to save the world? This key question is explored at an Oxford-based workshop, where a card game with a powerful message takes centre stage. The event […]


Oxfordshire Greentech: Inside the business network fuelling Oxfordshire’s low carbon economy

Karen David | Sustainability | Network profile | OxfordshireGreentech | Dec 6th 2019

At its energy strategy launch in 2019, Oxfordshire’s enterprise partnership OxLEP estimated that by 2030 the county’s low energy sector could be bringing £1.35bn annually into the regional economy and is capable of growing 11 per cent a year - four times faster than the national economy.


Network profile: ScreenTalk Oxfordshire

Gill Oliver | Network profile | Nov 15th 2019

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, the producer of BAFTA-winning film The King’s Speech, and On Chesil Beach and Colette producer Elizabeth Karlsen are just two of the high-profile guests to be found at […]


Network profile: The Oxford Digital Workers’ Union

Gill Oliver | Network profile | Sep 22nd 2019

The Oxford Digital Workers’ Union is a meetup in the city centre, which brings together Oxford’s digital marketing community. With 400 members and growing, it was started by Aisha Kellaway […]


Venturefest 2019: Global relationships are focus

Karen David | Investment | Sep 4th 2019

“Venturefest brings together innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and business support to make connections that lead to new investments, new businesses and new ideas that as a result contributes to the growth of the regional economy,” says Executive Chair Mike Foster

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08 Jul 2020

Smart Local Energy Systems: social, technical and operational aspects Sarah Darby, Scot Wheeler and Stevie Adams talk about their ongoing work in Project Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO), one of the most ambitious, wide-ranging, innovative, and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK. The discussion chaired by Helen Gavin will cover the issues Project LEO is designed to address, technological advances in balancing energy supply and demand, and how it can improve understanding of opportunities for smart, secure and flexible energy networks. Hosted by Oxford University’s Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. 11am online. Book here

l-r: Sarah Darby, Scot Wheeler, Stevie Adams, Helen Gavin. Pic supplied

08 Jul 2020

B4 LIVE: ESOx – New Low Carbon Hub Programme Energy Solutions Oxfordshire, is a Low Carbon Hub programme which aims to enable more organisations to improve resilience through reduced energy bills and on-site energy generation. This interactive session with experts from Low Carbon Hub is for Oxfordshire businesses, charities and social enterprises looking for ways to navigate their low carbon energy options. 12 noon. Book here

09 Jul 2020

UX Oxford: UX in publishing Two UX experts share their experience and knowledge from the world of publishing. Leanne Dobson, UX designer at publisher Taylor & Francis talks on streamlining access to research on discovery tools and scholarly platforms, is joined by Fruto Design’s Dave Johns, formerly of Pearson (Edexcel), where he worked on digital tools for teachers. 7.30pm. Book here

13 Jul 2020

Preventing and controlling pandemics: from SARS to COVID-19 A conversation between Oxford Martin School visiting fellow, Professor Chris Dye and former chair of Public Health England Professor David Heymann. These two experts on viruses and pandemics will discuss what measures can be taken to prevent future pandemics, and how a post COVID-19 world might look. Hosted by Oxford Martin School. 5pm. Book here

14 Jul 2020

Hacking C# and ReST Q&A ReST was formalised 20 years ago now, and continues to be a source of debate amongst developers. Sebastien Lambla has been coding such systems since the noughties and in this session he’ll do a quick overview of the state of ReST today, then engage with attendees in a Q&A session. Hosted by .Net Oxford.  6.45pm. Book here

15 Jul 2020

Electric Vehicles: broadening access and supporting electricity networks Sivapriya Mothilal Bhagavathy (Priya) and Esther Dudek will talk about electric vehicles, charging them, and the effect of this on the electricity network. The discussion will cover Oxfordshire’s Park & Charge scheme, Zero Emissions Zones, smart charging and domestic charging for off-street parking. Hosted by Helen Gavin of Oxford University’s Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. 11am. Book here

l-r: Sivapriya Mothilal Bhagavathy, Esther Dudek, and Helen Gavin. Pic supplied

15 Jul 2020

Policies for the post-COVID world Nobel Prize economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with Professor Ian Goldin, discusses the rethinking needed to address inequality, economic growth, climate change, technology and the future of work, the development challenges, and the future of international cooperation. Hosted by Oxford Martin School. 5pm. Book here

16 Jul 2020

Globalisation in the post-COVID world. A conversation with Prof Beata Javorcik & Prof Cameron Hepburn who will discuss  the economics of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on economic activity, employment, supply & demand, globalisation, trade, the developing countries, businesses and gender balance. How should recovery packages be designed? What are the implications for public finance? And, when the dust settles, what should we have done differently, and what should we do differently to prepare for next time? 4-5pm. To register and watch live.

21 Jul 2020

Deliveries by bike – past present and future Chris Benton and Kyle Grant, respective founders of Pedal and Post courier service and OxWash eco-laundry, talk about their experience setting up cargo bike-based companies in Oxford, and the future for freight delivery development. Dr Brenda Boardman of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute follows with her research into modern options for freight delivery. Hosted by Cyclox. 7.30 to 9.30pm. Book here

21 Jul 2020

Reforming the UK financial system to promote regional development in post-Covid Britain. A conversation with Prof Colin Mayer, Sir Paul Collier & Prof Cameron Hepburn. The UK government faces a massive post-Covid problem in restructuring failing companies and rebuilding its already-depressed regions. A missing part of the solution is to link government as well as private sector funding to the financing of SMEs in the regions. The institutional structure that is required has precedents in the UK, which can be used as the basis for reforming the funding of its SMEs. 5pm. Register and watch live.

28 Jul 2020

AI Ops July Rob Bell from Mind Foundry will give an introduction to why AIOps is difficult, and why challenges arise, illustrating the problems with practical scenarios faced at Mind Foundry, a spin-out of the Oxford University Machine Learning Research Group which is building a platform to let businesses to use AI to solve real problems. 7pm. Book here

28 Jul 2020

Global macroeconomic cooperation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A conversation with Prof David Vines & Prof Cameron Hepburn will discuss the need for international cooperation to allow countries with emerging market economies to undertake the kind of massive fiscal response that all countries now need, and that many advanced countries have been able to carry out. 4pm. To register and watch live. 

29 Jul 2020

Macroeconomic adjustment to the Covid-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. A conversation with Prof Chris Adam & Prof Cameron Hepburn. In this talk, Professor Chris Adam, Professor of Development Economics & Oxford Martin Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance, looks beyond the public health aspects of the pandemic to examine the medium-term macroeconomic adjustment challenge confronting domestic policy-makers and international donors. 3-4pm. To register and watch live.

05 Aug 2020

Energy access versus reliability: opportunities and challenges in Sierra Leone Three of the most important issues in the power sector, particularly challenging for developing economies are finance, sustainability and a reliability agenda. John Rhys, former chief economist of the Electricity Council, joins Oxford University’s Hindolo George-Williams and Kelcise Sesay, head of electricity regulation in Sierra Leone, to discuss these themes from the  perspective of the Sierra Leone power sector. Hosted by Helen Gavin of Oxford University’s Environmnetal Change Institute. 11am, online. Book here

l-r: Hindolo George-Williams, Kelcise Sesay, John Rhys, Helen Gavin

17 Aug 2020

TheHill workshop: Procurement – a CCG Perspective Health and care companies new to the health sector will benefit from this session on Oxford CCG (clinical commissioning group) covering plans, procurement legislation and guidance for suppliers. Participants join the 18 delegates in TheHill’s Market Access Accelerator programme. 1 to 2pm. Book here

08 Sep 2020

Ebike Summit 2020 Business leaders and key players working in the ebike sector come together to explore how we advance full ebike mobility. This one day forum is based on the dual themes of business engagement and thought leadership. There will also be ebikes to view and ride. 8.30am to 7pm, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD. Book here.

09 Sep 2020

OxPropFest 2020 The Oxfordshire Property Festival brings the best of the regional property sector for a day of celebration. Based at Keble College there are walks around Oxford and Bicester and the chance to hear about the development of key projects from the people behind them. An evening event includes awards ceremony and music over a black tie dinner. 10am to 11pm, Keble College. Details

16 Sep 2020

Energy efficiency in a post-lockdown world: Earthshot not Moonshot Nick Eyre, Paul Massara, and Andrew Wright will talk about the UK energy efficiency programmes of the past, and what we can learn from these to implement a best practice energy efficiency scheme for residential and small commercial premises in the post-lockdown world. Nick Eyre is Oxford University Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, Paul Massara is a member of the Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, and Board adviser to Habitat Energy, and Andrew Wright is former Senior Partner, Energy Systems at Ofgem. Discussion chair Helen Gavin of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. 11am online. Book here

20 Nov 2020

Cherwell Business Awards 2020 Dinner and awards ceremony celebrating talent over nine categories, including Innovation. Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire. Note this event has been postponed from May 15 2020. Details.

15 Dec 2020

The EV Summit This two-day event brings together key players in electric vehicles, energy, information technology and charging infrastructure, to shape the debate and the contours of the new eMobility industry. Six hundred of the most connected people in the EV space will be invited to attend. Partners include EDFE, BCLP Law, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. Speakers so far include Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus EV and Guenter Butschek, CEO of Tata Motors. December 15 and 16, Saïd Business School, Oxford OX 1 1HP.  Click here for details

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