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 professionals last week he gave an update on development plans for office and laboratory space on its remaining 10+ acres of land over the next three-to-five years. He also declared the park is ‘starting to get real traction with big pharma,’ announcing that an occupier for its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility on Plot 18 is expected soon.


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.


Abingdon-based cyber security firm Sophos agrees £3.1bn takeover

Gill Oliver | Finance | IT | SaaS | AI | Oct 14th 2019

International cyber security business Sophos is to be bought by US-based private equity firm Thoma Bravo for £3.1bn.


Tech talent wars: In the battle for the best software engineers and developers, employers are having to think outside the box to recruit

Gill Oliver | IT | Management | Aug 23rd 2019

Digital innovation studio Venture Harbour recently needed to recruit a marketing manager and a lead software developer. But despite spending three or four-times more on advertising the software role, it received a tenth as many applications.


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.


Facebook seeks fast-growing tech start-ups for its latest accelerator programme

Emma Woollacott | IT | Investment | AI | Oct 3rd 2019

Facebook's accelerator programme is seeking fast-growing startups with 'a positive impact on the world' and working in areas including AI, AR/VR, blockchain.


‘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 .


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.


Future growth could be at risk if county fails to tackle big challenges around housing, workspace and education

Gill Oliver | Infrastructure | Education | Broadband | Recruitment | Sep 8th 2019

No other place in the country has the breadth, depth and brilliance of knowledge, skills and capabilities that Oxfordshire possesses but challenges must be met.


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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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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