Government-backed 5G facility will be built in Oxfordshire

Gill Oliver | Infrastructure | Comms | Entertainment | Government | Broadband | Nov 28th 2020

Harwell Campus will be the site for a new national 5G and satellite technology testing facility.
The engineering hub, backed by more than £3m of Government investment, is due for completion next year.
Providing a base for UK researchers and businesses, it will provide a testing facility that can show the benefits of hybrid 5G and satellite communications networks.

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AI company Mind Foundry raises another £10m as it promises to ‘transform’ the insurance sector

Gill Oliver | Finance | AI | Nov 17th 2020

Artificial Intelligence company Mind Foundry has raised an additional £10.3m in Series A funding. Led by Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance (ANDI) of the MS&AD insurance group, it includes funding from […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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Book review: Matt Ridley’s How Innovation Works

Jens Tholstrup | Book review | Oct 15th 2020

As my professional life is closely linked to innovation, and as someone who works for a business with innovation in its name - Oxford Innovation, I felt it important to read and take some cues from Matt Ridley’s latest book How Innovation Works.

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Central banks look to digital currency to replace notes and coin

Elliot Gulliver-Needham | Finance | Oct 5th 2020

Cash is on the decline everywhere. More and more shops won't accept cash, following decades of digitalisation of our money. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the South East saw a 7.7% decrease in cash withdrawals, reported by the BBC as the highest percentage of contactless transactions of any UK region.

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How The Oxford Trust provides ‘flexible certainty’ for growing science and tech firms

Steve Burgess | Work spaces | Sponsored feature | Sep 25th 2020

Even pre-Covid, growing companies were faced with the question of whether to lease or licence offices, what type of accommodation they needed, and the support and network the space gave access to. Now, in this fluid environment, companies need more flexibility when it comes to choosing accommodation. The Oxford Trust runs two innovations centres in Oxford, and the range of space and support on offer is designed for start-ups and scale-up firms in tech and science sectors. 

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Remote working: STEM Advisers call for ‘tech that works for us’

Karen David | Event Review | IT | Broadband | Work spaces | Management | Sep 16th 2020

STEM Advisers Hub practitioners share remote working experiences, the platforms they use and impacts on productivity and business culture.

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STEM Advisers Hub – from pub meetup to STEM sector think tank

Karen David | Profile | IT | Medical | Manufacturing | Management | Sep 11th 2020

Like so many networking groups STEM advisers began with a group of like-minded people with shared interests meeting up regularly over a few drinks.  STEM Advisers Hub now draws in practitioners and service providers from a wide geographical area who are working in the science, tech, engineering, maths, medical and manufacturing sectors  consultants.

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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 […]

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30 Nov 2020

21st century technologies for tackling 21st century pandemics  Prof Christophe Fraser of Oxford’s Big Data Institute, who advises the UK’s NHS Covid-19 Tracing app, and Prof Oliver Pybus, Lead Researcher of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Pandemic Genomics, discuss the opportunities and challenges of applying new technologies to pandemics. 5pm. 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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