Boost for Bicester engineering firm with MOD small-boats contract 

Karen David | Government | Recruitment | Manufacturing | Jun 19th 2020

A £26.7 million contract for outboard and inboard motors fitted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) small boats fleet has been awarded to engineering firm EP Barrus. The Bicester-based firm will supply and maintain the engines for more than 1,100 craft over the next seven years, bringing a boost to career opportunities for engineers at the firm.


Sophos report finds paying ransomware demands could double costs for victims 

Antony David | IT | Jun 17th 2020

A global survey on ransomware attacks commissioned by cybersecurity firm Sophos has revealed that paying up can cost organisations much more than not paying.


Forrester puts tech PR CubanEight among world’s top channel-focused agencies

Karen David | IT | Media | Jun 9th 2020

Global research firm Forrester has listed Bicester-based technology PR firm CubanEight among the world's top channel-focused PR firms. CubanEight is among 85 firms who stood out.


Oxfordshire should project itself with ‘more confidence and vigour’ says OxLEP strategy chief

Karen David | Infrastructure | Finance | Investment | Covid-19 | May 28th 2020

The roles of Oxfordshire’s academic, life sciences and business communities in the fight against Covid-19 were topics explored in a recent podcast discussion hosted by property firm Bidwells.


Covid-19: Tips on succeeding with applications for grants and loans

Antony David | Finance | Investment | Covid-19 | May 26th 2020

Mark Evans of Adaptix, and business advisor Ian Tracey share their experience of winning grants, and Metro Bank's Ashley Keen reports on its response to loan applications.


Early-stage investors urge government to provide EIS tax relief for matched funding

Antony David | Event Review | Finance | Investment | May 19th 2020

As UK business prepares for a measured exit from lockdown, an online conference for early stage investors explored new ways for firms to survive and flourish in what will become a ‘new normal.’


Covid-19: Oxford Foundry action plan helps tech ventures fight coronavirus challenges

Antony David | Healthcare | Social Care | Covid-19 | May 1st 2020

The Oxford Foundry (OXFO) has launched an action plan to accelerate solutions to the problems caused by the coronavirus. 13 of its startups are engaged.


Covid-19: Help for Oxfordshire firms during the crisis

Antony David | Finance | Government | Management | Covid-19 | Apr 3rd 2020

Last updated 26 May. This is a roundup of help available from national government, local government and professional bodies for Oxfordshire firms and employees.


BUDGET: Changes to Entrepreneurs’ Tax Relief ‘not likely to change the investment landscape,’ say regional experts

Antony David | Government | Investment | Management | Mar 13th 2020

In last week’s Budget the Chancellor has reduced entrepreneurs' lifetime allowances for capital gains tax relief from £10m to £1m.


Family print firm calls for ‘more joined-up thinking’ for the economy to achieve its low carbon ambition

Karen David | Sustainability | Manufacturing | OxfordshireGreentech | Mar 9th 2020

Ahead of Oxford Greentech’s Clean Growth Conference on March 18, Gareth Dinnage, managing director of print firm Seacourt, sets out his ambition for Oxfordshire to be at the heart of the global low carbon economy, and what more can be done to drive it.


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 […]


Covid-19: Blavatnik launches tracker to measure response from governments around the world

Gill Oliver | Infrastructure | Finance | Healthcare | Social Care | Education | Government | Politics | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 25th 2020

An online tool to track and compare policy responses of governments tackling the coronavirus outbreak around the world, has been launched by the Blavatnik School of Government.


Oxford joins Europe’s top 20 cities for tech investment

Karen David | Investment | Mar 17th 2020

More than £10bn was invested in UK tech companies in 2019 according to the Tech Nation 2020 report, published today. The data reveals there are seven digital technology ‘unicorns’ based in the South East of England, and Oxford joins Manchester, London, Bristol and Cambridge as the five UK cities in the top 20 European investment tech cities.


Oxford charity chief calls on clean growth sector to ‘double its impact’

Karen David | Social Care | Sustainability | Recruitment | OxfordshireGreentech | Mar 12th 2020

Firms in Oxfordshire’s growing low carbon economy have the opportunity to ‘double their impact’ and ensure their actions have positive social impact as well as environmental. Paul Roberts, head of employment and social enterprise charity Aspire, tells TechTribe Oxford how his organisation is stepping up its activities with enterprises, to help create a low carbon economy that is inclusive and accessible to all.


Sharp opens up its Oxford R&D facilities and expertise to technology firms 

Karen David | Sponsored feature | Feb 5th 2020

Sharp Laboratories of Europe is opening up its laboratories and technical expertise to UK enterprises, enabling technology to tap into the resources that have helped drive Sharp Corporation’s global success.


BOOK REVIEW: Don’t be Evil by Rana Foroohar

Antony David | Book review | Feb 3rd 2020

As a journalist with the Financial Times, Time, Newsweek and CNN, and erstwhile employee of a tech company, Rana Foroohar has had a front seat during the past 20 years […]

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06 Jul 2020

Lie machines: misinformation in a Post-COVID world In the age of Covid-19, the lie machine is working to undermine trust in institutions like the World Health Organisation. Professor Phil Howard, author of Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives and Nicola Aitken, Full Fact policy manager, discuss the implications of lie machines and how we can utilise them or shut them down. Hosted by Oxford Martin School. 5pm. Book here

07 Jul 2020

STEM Advisers Hub and Oxford Science & Technology Network This regular group is for anyone working in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, manufacturing or medical sectors. Regular, friendly meetings provide connections, referrals and support. 1 to 2.30pm, online. Register here.

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

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