Issue 57 October

B4 Digital Business News – Issue 57 October

Kick-start opportunity for a science-based start-up to benefit from over £10k...

Kick-start opportunity for a science-based start-up to benefit from over £10k of lab and business support for one-year at Oxfordshire’s Heyford Park Innovation centre.  Biotech start-ups are invited to enter a competition to win a 12-month lab space and business support package at Heyford Park Innovation Centre (HPIC) in Oxfordshire. The prize, which is worth […]

How do we educate business school students of the future?

Last month, our B4 podcast ‘The Sharp End’ saw Frank Nigriello, B4 Chairman and Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Unipart Group, conduct an in-depth interview with Tim Vorley, Pro Vice Chancellor, and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School. The fascinating online discussion, was attended by other B4 business members, including Grant Thornton, OSEP and Oxford […]


At ELS we’re a Vocational Education Training (VET) provider, providing accredited training and education for a number of national and international accreditation organisations including City and Guilds, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), APMG International, PeopleCert APM (Accredited), Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Skills for Justice and others. You can be sure that […]

Ukrainian Culture Weeks

The Ukrainian Culture Weeks will open hearts, arms, galleries and stages for the celebration of classical music, authentic visual performances and exhibitions, as well as talks of blue-chip artists of Ukraine, all of them impacting the world culture today, leaving traces in the past and in future of the global art and music scene. These events will […]

Co-operative Futures launch new peer-mentoring programme in Oxford

Co-operative Futures and OxLEP’s eScalate programme collaborate to celebrate community businesses and co-ops at Co-op event What: Community Businesses & Co-ops: Panel Conversation & Social Meet Up Date: Thursday 13th October from 6 – 8 pm Where:  The White House by Tap Social, 38 Abingdon Road  Co-operative Futures, CAG Oxfordshire and OSEP, the organisation delivering OxLEP’s […]

The Queen: the epitome of the ‘servant leader’

I was lucky enough to meet the Queen on two occasions. They were both as a result of my involvement with Turbosound, a company that designs and manufactures professional loudspeakers, which have been used by bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and many others. The first time was when Turbosound was awarded […]

Freeths strengthens family law offering with partner hire 

Leading national law firm, Freeths LLP, has strengthened its offering in the Southeast with the appointment of Partner Gavin Scott to lead the highly regarded family team in Oxford. This latest appointment will see Gavin expand the team, while working alongside colleagues nationally.  With over 20 years’ experience, Gavin’s expertise spans all aspects of family law, […]

Freeths strengthens insurance offering with new Partner hire

Leading national law firm Freeths LLP has bolstered its insurance offering with the appointment of Dispute Resolution Partner, Nick Sutton in London. He joins from Fletcher Day and previously spent over 10 years at DWF. With almost 15 years’ experience, Nick specialises in legal risk management, dispute resolution, commercial litigation and arbitration in insurance law.   […]

Freeths appoints new partner to its thriving intellectual property and media...

Leading national law firm Freeths has appointed Martin Noble as Intellectual Property (IP) and Media Partner as it continues to grow the practice nationally. He joins from Shakespeare Martineau.  Martin has over 20 years’ experience advising businesses on a broad range of commercial matters, with a particular focus on intellectual property. His appointment will further […]

Autumn Fest: Saturday 1st October – Sunday 2nd October 2022

Last year saw the inaugural Autumn Fest at Blenheim Palace and, as the Palace’s website states, “Harvest is the perfect time to come together with our community and share the enterprising projects at Blenheim and across the region, including initiatives to support declining bee and insect populations, woodland renewal and clean waterways alongside many others […]

Freeths announces record financial results in 2022

Leading national law firm Freeths has today published its financial results for 2021/22, revealing a record performance for the year with turnover up by 9.3% to £112m.  As one of the fastest growing UK firms, Freeths has delivered compound organic annual growth of c10% since 2015. Freeths’ continuing success is driven by the dedication and […]

New guidance demystifies hospitality for vegans and vegetarians

“Small changes will bring in significantly more vegan business” says charity chief executive You’re sure to have seen positive news about the rise of meat-free diets. Google reports that searches for ‘vegan food near me’ rose by more than 5,000 percent in 2021. Supermarkets, online stores and most catering suppliers are now havens for plant-based […]

Freeths launches Private Funds practice with new Partner hire

Leading national law firm Freeths LLP has established a new specialist Private Funds department in London with the appointment of Partner George Metcalfe. George joins from Simmons & Simmons. With more than 10 years’ experience, George has a particular focus on infrastructure, credit, private equity, venture capital, real estate and impact funds. He regularly advises […]

Hallam achieves B Corp™ status

Nottingham-based digital marketing agency, Hallam, has achieved B Corp™ status. Joining only a handful of agencies nationwide, Hallam is the first digital marketing agency in Nottinghamshire to become a Certified B Corporation® and the second in the entirety of the East Midlands.  B Corp™ certification requires that a business meets high standards of social and […]

Tickets on Sale on BOGOF – Bring a Friend to VegfestUK...

The UK’s biggest indoor vegan gathering of the year VegfestUK London opens its doors to the public again. After a 3-year hiatus, in November Olympia Grand plays host to an incredible extravaganza of all things vegan and plant based. With a vast array of new products, new vegan businesses, firm favourites from pre pandemic days […]


The corporate team at Penningtons Manches Cooper has advised Seedrs, Europe’s leading online private investment platform, on its completed acquisition by Republic for $100 million. This is a landmark transaction which creates a business working globally to transform the world of private investment. Seedrs recently celebrated its ten year anniversary having facilitated over 1,700 campaigns […]

10 Office Recycling Ideas

Be a Go-Green Hero with these tips Going green around the workplace, protecting the planet, recycling, developing a (CSR) corporate social responsibility strategy – the message is finally been acted on, and businesses are making conscious decisions to make changes. Some of these take time, including fundamental policy alterations, but there are many small changes […]

At The Sharp End with Tim Vorley (with Q&A)

Tim Vorley, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School talks about the challenges of bringing the business school back to a post COVID world, his early successes in leading the Business School and the challenges that lie ahead.

Blenheim Estate Welcomes New Pedigree Sheep

Pedigree Hampshire Down rams have become the latest members to join our Estate. Our rams are currently six months old and arrived at our 2,000-acre Oxfordshire Parkland, joining our Estate’s 1,000-strong flock of Scotch mules. “We are delighted to welcome a new breed of sheep to our Estate, we think they will be a perfect […]

Unipart Logistics achieves five-star environmental sustainability 2022 audit

September 2022 – Unipart Logistics has achieved a five-star rating in the British Safety Council Environmental Sustainability audit for the 10th consecutive year. The British Safety Council’s Five Star Environmental Audit provides organisations with a worldwide benchmark of their environmental management performance, policies, processes and procedures against current best practice to enable continual improvement.  Unipart Logistics surpassed […]

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