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.

This month Microsoft updates are causing a few issues.
You may find your Windows 10 machines are having a few random issues ranging from slow, internet slow or not loading pages, can not find a website, desktop links not launching programs (outlook mail) and so on. Don't Panic! Simply turn it off and on again. No really it just needs a restart after the updates have installed in the background (probably overnight) and the machine is just waiting to restart to complete the installation. So far I have dealt with five calls and a restart has sorted them all.
Viv.  Computer Repair Oxford.
Witney's Chamber of Commerce has been relatively dormant for the last couple of years but a new group of local businesses have come together and are working hard to review the Chamber's purpose.

The group will be re-launching the new look Chamber at 7pm on Tuesday 04 June in Langdale Court. Save the date - more details to follow nearer the time.
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.
Twin Town Challenge is back in 2020 for one last time!

At its simplest, the Twin Town Challenge is a fun charity car rally.
The Twin Town Challenge was established in 2014 and, to date, the event has raised over £850,000 for Charlbury based SpecialEffect. The number of teams is limited so you are encouraged to enter yours soon!  Details here.
On Wednesday 12 June, the Women's Tour cycle race starts in Henley on Thames and will pass through a large swathe of West Oxfordshire before finishing at Blenheim Palace. The stage comes with a range of sponsorship packages for local businesses that want to use the event to raise their profile. Details here. Business in Oxford (BIO), which takes place on Thursday 6 June, will bring together over 500 of the county’s business owners, leaders, entrepreneurs and executives to discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future of business in Oxfordshire together.

Details here.
Opportunity for Oxfordshire Employers to support a Mentoring Initiative for young people aged 16-24.

Time commitment minimal – reward HUGE!

For more information please contact James.
Oxford Living Wage Accreditation Scheme

The Oxford Living Wage is a voluntary wage rate for employers in Oxford and its surrounding area. It is set by Oxford City Council, in conjunction with the Living Wage Foundation, and from April 1st 2019 is £10.02 per hour. There is no associated charge.   Document 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.

Help for retailers with new rate relief.

An estimated 353 businesses in West Oxfordshire could see their rates bill slashed by a third to help them through the challenges from changing retail habits. Retailers with rateable values of £51,000 or less could be eligible and will be notified by mid April.
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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