4 September 08:15-10:30
Join us at the prestigious Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford – one of the University of Oxford’s newest and most vibrant buildings – for our 2019 annual event, as we reflect on another significant year for the Oxfordshire economy and look forward to a future, shaped by the county’s emerging Local Industrial Strategy.
At this event, we will be launching our 2018/19 annual report, entitled ‘Inspiring, collaborating and delivering opportunities for economic prosperity’. During the past year, we have helped to inspire many to understand the opportunities that exist within Oxfordshire, taking these opportunities to national and international audiences. Consider the four transformative technologies highlighted in the county’s 2017 science and innovation audit. Through our quarterly House of Commons economic briefings, we have showcased to MPs, government officials, foreign embassies and investors the globally-significant and world-class development that is happening in Oxfordshire right now – whether that’s in connected and autonomous vehicles or technologies that underpin quantum computing.
We have collaborated too. Our Local Industrial Strategy – which responds to government’s own UK Industrial Strategy – has seen us team-up with dozens of businesses, education providers and our local authorities to help shape an ambitious strategy that aims to position the county as one of the top-three global innovation ecosystems. In addition, we have teamed-up with partners to promote the opportunities that exist across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc as a successful, innovative and productive knowledge-economy that contributes over £111 billion GVA nationally, with potential to do more. And finally, we have delivered. As a Local Enterprise Partnership, we have now secured over £650m-worth of government or European investment for the county, much of which is already having an impact – from job creation and skills development, through to world-class research and infrastructure improvements.
We will hear from a number of key note speakers, both from our team and from across Oxfordshire’s business community. You will also get the opportunity to speak with OxLEP representatives, leading on a wide-variety of business support and skills developments programmes. A full event itinerary will announced in due course. Sign-up now to avoid disappointment!