Oxford’s tech sector pulls in £170m of venture capital investment

Gill Oliver | Finance | IT | Healthcare | Biotech | Government | Investment | AI | Jan 15th 2020

Oxford’s tech sector attracted almost £170m ($219m) of venture capital investment in 2019, according to the latest government data released today. The city’s tech hub ranked fifth in the UK […]

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New scheme is offering grants of up to £25,000 for social enterprises and growing businesses

Gill Oliver | Food | Sustainability | Government | Investment | Recruitment | Management | Nov 20th 2019

A new scheme aimed at boosting social enterprises and businesses looking to scale-up, has launched. The eScalate programme offers grants of up to £25,000.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Williams Grand Prix sells majority stake in Williams Advanced Engineering to EMK Capital

Gill Oliver | Finance | Sport | Automotive | Manufacturing | AI | Dec 27th 2019

Williams Grand Prix Holdings plc has sold a majority equity stake in Williams Advanced Engineering to an independent private equity firm.

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Playing tag: The Oxford association keeping track of academic content around the world

Georgina Matthews | Profile | IT | Publishing | Education | Nov 26th 2019

Crossref is a membership association of scholarly publishers which makes it easier to find, cite and link to academic content. “The company doesn’t hold the content but has a unique […]

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Coffee and Danish with Jens Tholstrup of Oxford Investment Opportunity Network

Antony David | Finance | Nov 26th 2019

As his name suggests, Tholstrup has a Danish background, so it seemed appropriate we meet in Ole & Steen in Oxford’s Westgate Centre. As one of the county’s key strengths […]

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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.

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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.

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‘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 .

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Events Coming Soon

20 Jan 2020

Oxford Technology & Media New Year Event – Hope for the world As Greta Thunberg becomes Time Magazine’s person of the year, many wonder what we can do to address the climate change issues facing us. Could we find inspiration and practical steps closer to home? Serial entrepreneur and engineer Vinay Gupta, CEO and Founder of Mattereum and Hexayurt, will be in conversation with clean air consultant Alex Bigham. Vinay will explore the development of Hexayurt, his work with the world’s second largest blockchain Ethereum and how Mattereum addresses the excesses of human consumption and opens the door to a sustainable future. Part of Oxfordshire Technology & Media’s 10 Years to Save The World series. 6 to 9pm at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP. Details

21 Jan 2020

Cyclox. Patrick Lingwood, Active and Healthy Travel Officer at the county council, will be showing the draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP) for input and presenting the results of the survey on cycle journeys in Oxford to which Cyclox members contributed. 7.30pm, St Michael’s at the Northgate Church (access via Ship Street). Details.

22 Jan 2020

Oxford Digital Workers Union: Online underdogs Headline speaker Helen Pollitt, Head of Digital at Avenue Digital, will be presenting: “SEO underdogs: Winning against your competition no matter their size.” With over ten years’ experience in digital marketing and SEO, Helen works with international corporates, small local businesses and start-ups to develop SEO strategies. She frequently appears on stage at conferences such as BrightonSEO, Learn Inbound and SearchLeeds and is a regular contributor to industry publications. 7 to 9pm at The Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton St, Oxford OX1. Details

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