Banbury Charlbury Business Community Eynsham Business Network Carterton Chamber of Commerce Watlington Business Association Monument Park Chalgrove Bicester and District Chamber of Commerce Kidlington Wake Up To Woodstock Thame First The Henley Business Partnership Goring Business Network Wallingford in Business Didcot Abingdon Wantage and District Chamber of Commerce Faringdon Chamber of Commerce Chipping Norton Witney Chamber of Commerce Oxford City & Suburbs Burford Chamber of Trade Shrivenham Neighbours


Founded as a network of Oxfordshire’s chambers of commerce,  OTCN (The Oxfordshire Town Chambers Network) now covers town chambers, business parks, shopping centres, business networking events and other membership organisations and business groups across Oxfordshire.

Green businesses encouraged to apply for prestigious Queen’s Award.

Businesses are encouraged to showcase their achievements and apply for a Queen’s Award in Sustainable Development.
The Queen’s Awards 2020 have been launched today (17 July 2019), with UK businesses being urged to join more than 7,000 winners of the prestigious Queen’s Award and apply for the Sustainable Development category. Details here.
Clamp down on late payments. The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body set up by the Government to tackle late payment issues, particularly where unfavourable payment practices from large companies impact small businesses. SBC has a Complaint Investigation Service and small businesses are encouraged to use it if they are affected by late payments. Report late payment issues.
Visit England
has launched an online Business Advice Hub specifically geared towards tourism businesses. The site is packed with practical tips, legal obligations and detailed advice on topics including marketing, funding and managing staff. The advice is relevant to both new and established businesses.
Details here.

is a new government-funded programme managed by Enterprise Nation.  The scheme offers up to 10 hours of free productivity training across four key business areas: finance and accounting, marketing, time management and collaboration.  Eligible businesses will be UK based with fewer than 50 employees and an annual turnover of less than £10 million. Details here.

Support for innovation

The Oxfordshire LEP is running a series of workshops through its Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme.
Themes include project management, using sustainability to drive innovation, networking and health economics evaluations. Details here.

Oxfordshire Greentech is hosting a series of events over the summer. They will cover different topics including an electric vehicle show and sustainable business models as well as encouraging attendees to form forward-thinking partnerships and collaborations across sectors. Details here.

The six local authorities in Oxfordshire have committed to producing a joint statutory spatial plan for Oxfordshire covering the period up to 2050. This plan will provide a strategic framework for the delivery of new homes, economic development and the anticipated supporting infrastructure the County needs to 2050. Details here.
Preparing for Brexit.

How will we leave the EU? We don't have a crystal ball but, to quote Benjamin Franklin, 'By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.'

To find guidance and information on preparing your business for Brexit, please visit here

There is more detail from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy here.
Innovative ideas to change the world.

The latest round of Innovate UK Smart Grants has just opened. Innovation can be hard - it can take a lot of time and resource to get an idea off the ground, find a suitable market and develop new products, services and processes. They are not limited to a particular industry or technology area and are designed to enable business growth. Details here.

Innovation Support for Business Phase Two (ISfB2) is now live!

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), ISfB2 assists the development and commercialisation of innovative business ideas within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as enhancing research and innovation infrastructure in Oxfordshire.
More details here.
Since 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies in the UK.

The data protection act has a European-wide upgrade and is now the GDPR. The ICO (.gov site) has a good section covering the major points businesses have to worry about. See it here.

If you handle a customer's personal data you may need to be registered depending on how you process that data.

With thanks to Computer Repair Oxford.

International Retail and Business Opportunities....

For the most current opportunities please see here.

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