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The lowdown on Business in Oxford through the eyes and ears of CIS

On April 21st 2016, B4 hosted their third Business in Oxford (BIO) event at Said Business School. It was CIS’s first time presenting, sponsoring and attending the event.


Business in Oxford was created by B4 and the event has been designed to provide a detailed programme of informative presentations combined with networking opportunities to help the business community within Oxfordshire grow through brand awareness and relationship building.

B4 run events throughout the Thames Valley and have done so for five years. They were asked in 2013 by the Oxford Economic Growth Strategy Steering Group to recommend ways in which Oxfordshire could raise its profile as an excellent place for business and at the same time facilitate contact between Oxfordshire’s leading businesses.

CIS sponsored the IT & Communications pod in the Nelson Mandela Lecture hall. Ross Wilson, a speaker for CIS, presented around Cyber Security and the forthcoming EU Data Protection Regulations that will be enforced in the near future.

Presentation Highlights

An overview of the proposed EU Data Protection Regulations
Compliance with the EU Data Protection Regulations
Layered security and Data Breach Prevention

The overall message of the presentation was to help businesses take the right approach to securing their company data in use, at rest and in transit..

Following the CIS presentation was fascinating exposition from Claire Jacques from BrookSteet Des Roches who presented around the legal side of Cloud Computing. This gave businesses a good insight into how decisions should be made on options for hosting data remotely and how to ensure that the ideal hosting partner is selected.

Also there was Shaw Gibbs, a leading accountancy firm in Oxfordshire who sponsored one of the pods, discussing the changing cloud environment and how it’s affecting businesses and professional services. Richard Marsh CEO, CIS commented – “As this was our first Business in Oxford event I was keen to see the impact we would have on the many businesses that attended on the day. The event was an educational experience for us and also gave us the opportunity to catch up with our existing clients and establish new ones in the process”

2016 has been a great year so far for CIS with the CEO, Richard Marsh coming runner up in Business Person of the year for Wiltshire Business Awards, taking on 5 new staff within 4 weeks, winning local business in Oxfordshire, implementing great benefits for the CIS team and starting the process of further expanding its offices in Faringdon. This reinforces the great work CIS are doing for its local town of Faringdon and the surrounding county, offering more opportunities for the local community year on year.

Learn more with CIS

The presentation by CIS at Business in Oxford was an abridged version of the full presentation. To learn more about complying with the upcoming Data Protection Regulation, how to protect your data and to ask questions in a more personal and one-to-one environment then contact CIS or visit the website to find out when next roundtable event is.