If you keep hearing about the circular economy but aren't really sure what it means for you and your business, then join this fantastic session over breakfast, delivered by Oxfordshire Greentech: the county-wide business network to support and grow the low carbon economy. You'll learn more about the circular economy, the opportunities it presents for small and medium-sized businesses and bust some of the jargon used.

We will explore some case studies to see how businesses are implementing it in practice and provide inspiration. It will be an interactive morning giving you the tools and know-how to start on your own journey towards more circular thinking and a chance to share experiences and ideas with other local businesses.

The session is specifically aimed at small and medium enterprises who wish to better understand the circular economy and use the principles to innovate in their product and service offer and/or operations.

Our final speaker, Charmian Love, is deeply in engaged in supporting a transition towards a circular economy. In her role as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Charmian is guiding the development of the newly launched Circular Economy Lab and teaches an MBA and Executive MBA course on this subject. In the spirit of engaging more deeply on circular economy themes, Charmian sits on the Investment Committee of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

Format of the session:

The morning will take the shape of a 4-hour workshop with networking opportunities, inspiring case-studies and interactive breakout sessions.

Outline agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 Arrivals and breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 Introduction to event series

9:10 – 9:20 Ice breaker

9:20 – 9:25 Introduction to Bioregional and their work on circular economy

9:25 – 9:40 Circular economy principles

9:40 – 10:05 Short exercise and translating principles into business strategies

10:05 – 10:15 Circular economy in practice

10:15 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – 11:30 Ideation exercise using a business model canvas

11:30 – 12:00 Closing speech from Charmian Love and Q&A

12:00 – 12:15 Circular Economy Special Interest Group presentation

12:15 – 13:00 Summarising and close

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. Sign up to this event to express your interest for an ERDF funded place and a member of the ISfB team will follow up with you. Please note that a place on the workshop will not be reserved through making an Eventbrite booking until you have completed and returned an ISfB application form to a member of the ISfB team. A maximum of one ERDF funded ticket per business is available. Please note that the tickets for eligible SMEs are for registered, Limited Companies or people registered for tax purposes as Sole Traders. Please do not try to register if you are a student or pre-start up.

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