10 July 08.00

Oxfordshire is now moving into a period of significant growth.

Key work is set to begin in developing a Local Industrial Strategy (one of just three government-backed trailblazers), the £215m Housing and Growth Deal and the emerging ‘Oxford-Cambridge Corridor’. As well as having one of the strongest economies in UK, Oxfordshire is globally-competitive across many key sectors – such as automotive, life sciences, space technologies and electronics and sensors.

Meanwhile, the Oxfordshire Transformative Technologies Alliance’s science and innovation reportsays that the county can support the UK to become a ‘global leader’ through digital health, space-led data applications, autonomous vehicles and technologies underpinning quantum computing. If fully-utilised, the four technologies could be worth in the region of £180billion to the UK economy by 2030.

Following the success of our two previous Q&A events for the Oxfordshire business community – a third, quarterly Q&A event will be held at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday 10 July, centred around OxLEP's 'Enterprise' priority. Business leaders from across the county will discuss why innovation-led growth is key to success in Oxfordshire and how 'UK PLC' can utilise the county's key innovative assets.

Oxfordshire is home to the internationally-renowned and government-backed enterprise zone, Science Vale UK, as well as boasting world-class research and development sites including; Harwell Campus, Culham Science Centre and Milton Park. 

The focus of the Q&A event will be around the question, 'How can Oxfordshire businesses make an impact – nationally and internationally – by embracing innovation?' and will be debated by the following panel:
Nigel Tipple: Chief Executive, OxLEP
Ian Nash: Area Director, Business Banking,
HSBC Emma Jones MBE: Founder, Enterprise Nation
Further panel members to be announced soon.

Event details are as follows:
8am: Registration and breakfast refreshments
8.30am: Q&A event begins
10am: Q&A event closes 

This is a free event, though places are limited. We look forward to welcoming you. 

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