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Unlock More Capital Growth With VCTs

David Hall is the Chair of the VCTA (Venture Capital Trust Association), having succeeded Stuart Veale in the role in January this year. He is the Managing Director of VCTA member YFM, where he is involved in all aspects of the business, including fundraising and the management of investments. He also chairs the Investment Committee and directly oversees YFM’s investment in software firm, Matillion.

Fit for Work, Fit for Purpose, Fit for Life

The importance of wellbeing has increased with people working from home. Almost all of us had to change the way we work and contemplate what the future looks like. It’s been a key priority for Aston & James to align themselves with the changing workplace wherever you choose to work.

Celebrating National Inclusion Week

This week we are celebrating National Inclusion Week. This week’s theme is #UnitedForInclusion and looks to share inclusion in all its forms. National Inclusion Week asks us to consider three questions:

More hybrid working to bring 3.8 million Brits into...

Hybrid working could bring nearly 4 million people “locked out” from work such as parents, carers and disabled people into the workforce and enable part-time workers to work more hours adding £48.3bn to the UK economy each year, according to a major new study by Virgin Media O2 Business and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

Emirates Pavilion ready to welcome visitors at Expo 2020...

Expo 2020 Dubai’s must-see aviation attraction is gearing up to open its doors to the public on 1 October. Located in the Opportunity District, and within walking distance of the Al Wasl Dome, the Emirates Pavilion offers a preview for the future of commercial aviation, reframing the role that science and technology will play in the next 50 years of air travel, as it welcomes visitors to experience two floors of interactive multi-sensory installations.

Business owners cautioned to protect their personal assets as...

Following news of an 18 month high in registered company insolvencies , Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance, the UK’s only provider of personal guarantee insurance is urging the owners of small and medium sized businesses to ensure their personal assets such as their home, bank account and savings, are protected if their business should become insolvent.

Blenheim 7k Fun Run

Run, jog or walk for charity or for fun at the World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in Oxfordshire, the stunning venue for the annual Blenheim 7k on 10 October, sponsored by Freeths Solicitors and the Oxford Business Park.

B4 Community Working Together: Carbon Colour provide new signage...

As part of Stagecoach Oxfordshire’s Depot improvement plan, Robert Betterton, Stagecoach’s Fleet Engineer needed a local reputable firm to assist with the design and production of new signage for depots in Oxford, Banbury and Witney. As B4 members, Robert looked to the B4 community for support and found Carbon Colour and Managing Director, Nigel Allen. […]

Managing Expectations | The Business Brunch

Knowing how to approach another organisation to promote your services is never easy, especially during a pandemic when we’re all juggling so many balls. But, when it comes to approaching larger organisations, what tips can SME’s learn from the large organisations to give them a chance to at least be in the conversation?

Bravo BB!

Despite a brief flirtation with the hospitality sector in late 2020, it really has been far too long! We were delighted to accept Brasserie Blanc Operations Manager, Chloe Smith’s, invitation to enjoy a Saturday night out….and what an absolute pleasure it was.

Optimising your social media platforms

We are living in a world that revolves around social media, it’s used in all aspects of life, but over recent years businesses have started to take this as an opportunity to increase exposure, gain a following and share what they do to a wider audience. Social media is now a huge part of business and if you aren’t on it you’re potentially missing out on thousands if not millions of people to connect with and countless opportunities.

Re-Energise Your ‘Mojo’

Back in November, B4 member Jackie Jarvis asked other members how they energised their ‘Mojo’. Now, as we hopefully approach, fingers crossed, the permanent end of lockdown, we revisit this article with Tim Wraith of Sobell House giving us an injection of his ways to keep going. Many of us will feel battered and bruised from the personal and professional challenges we have endured over the last 12 to 14 months, so how does Tim keep going? We also revisit what our members said last year in Jackie’s article.

Managing Expectations | The Business Brunch

Knowing how to approach another organisation to promote your services is never easy, especially during a pandemic when we’re all juggling so many balls. But, when it comes to approaching larger organisations, what tips can SME’s learn from the large organisations to give them a chance to at least be in the conversation?

“Do I Not Like That”

The late, great Graham Taylor must have been muttering this phrase from above recently as the 12 European ‘Football Giants’ – hereafter forever known as the ‘Giant Greedy Bastards’ – gave birth to the most ill-conceived and short-lived ‘grand plan’ there has ever been – the European Super League (ESL).

“Do I Not Like That”

The late, great Graham Taylor must have been muttering this phrase from above recently as the 12 European ‘Football Giants’ – hereafter forever known as the ‘Giant Greedy Bastards’  – gave birth to the most ill-conceived and short-lived ‘grand plan’ there has ever been.

“Do I Not Like That”

Charlie Shillito, Richard Rosser, Nick Humphreys and Brendon Cross discuss the fallout from the recent European ‘Football Giants’ ill-conceived and short lived ‘grand plan’.

How to Build a Brand

On this episode of The Business Brunch, we are joined by guests Andrew Wilkinson, Managing Director of OWB Creative, Simon Barker, Partner and Head of IP & Media and Rhian Banks, Managing Associate IP & Media of Freeths as they discuss the key factors to consider when building a brand.

Your Finances in 30 Minutes

On this episode of The Business Brunch, we are joined by experts Ria Shepheard, Garry White and Giles McKean from Charles Stanley Wealth Managers as they discuss inflation and the impact on consumables, interest rates and their impact on individuals and the global economy, savings versus investments and an overview of equity investments.

Investigating The Paranormal: Live!

A virtual ghost hunt with Haunted Happenings. Oxford Castle & Prison has joined forces with Haunted Happenings to bring ghost hunters the most Spooktacular event of 2021 to screens across the globe.

Meet Donna Torres of Xero

On this episode of The Business Brunch, join guests Jo Bentley of The Henley Coaching Partnership, Stephen Cook of V Purposeful Strategy, Stephen Spencer of Stephen Spencer + Associates, Stewart Elliston of Freeths and Emma Bullock of Chapman Robinson & Moore as they interview special guest Donna Torres of Xero.

The Future for Young Professionals

On this episode of The Business Brunch, we are joined by guests Sian Hewitt and Claudia Lacey of Freeths and Lois Jones of Boardman Hawkins & Osborne LLP, as they discuss their own individual experiences of the past 12 months and how they’ve found balancing work and home life…

The Oxford Living Wage

On this episode of The Business Brunch, we are joined by guests Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, Carmel Conway, Economic Projects Officer at Oxford City Council, Matt Peachey, Economic Development Manager for Oxford City Council, Jake Backus, Co-founder of Common Ground Cafe and Emily Scaysbrook of Hoyle’s Of Oxford and B4’s CEO, Richard Rosser as they discuss the benefits of the Oxford Living Wage.

B4 Cambridge – An introduction to the B4 community

On this edition of The Business Brunch, we introduce two new B4 members from Cambridge – Ian Mather who is the Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge United Football Club and Chairman of Cambridge Arts Theatre and William Rooke, Partner at Carter Jonas. Richard Rosser CEO of B4 is your host for this first edition of The Business Brunch featuring a new B4 community outside of Oxfordshire.

Building back better transport for Oxford

On this edition of The Business Brunch, we are joined by guests Hayley Beer-Gamage, Chief Executive of Experience Oxfordshire, Dave Harrison, Senior Public Transport Planner from Oxfordshire County Council, Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company and Andy Morison Head of Customer Experience at Oxford Bus Company as they talk about how public transport has been affected, how it’s had to adapt to a pandemic world and what we need to do to attract the local and wider population back to Oxford.

We’ll meet again… but how will we feel?

On this edition of The Business Brunch, we are joined by Stephen Spencer from Stephen Spencer + Associates, Wendy Ball from the Ashmolean Museum, Jon Young from BVA BDRC and Tagore Ramoutar from The Oxford Artisan Distillery as they discuss how people will react and what measures businesses should take to help visitors return to enjoy attractions and hospitality venues again.… what meeting again in the post Covid world will look and feel like.

Bitcoin Beats

On this edition of The Business Brunch join Brad Mills who is an early adopter of Bitcoin and Hamilton Gilpin from Bitcoin Beats as they discuss and give you an insight into the world of Bitcoin.

The Home Office of the Future

On this edition of The Business Brunch, join Paul Ballinger from STL Communications, Kellie Peters from Databasix and Neill Lawson-Smith from CIS, as they discuss the pros and cons of working from home and what the expectations are from customers.

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day we ran two special editions of The Business Brunch as we were joined by a cross-section of inspirational women from the B4 community as they discussed their own personal experiences and challenges within the workplace, both positive and negative.

Europa School Students Searching for Businesses to Help Save...

We, a group of year 11 students at the Europa School in Culham, have been working together during lockdown to try and organise a replacement for our lost work experience. Alongside the Careers Department, we are hoping to find the support of local businesses, to help us bring this experience to life. This event is being launched during National Careers Week when schools and businesses are focussed on how they can all work together to improve Careers Education across the country.

The 9 Building Blocks For Recovery

We’re definitely not out of the woods yet but we’re certainly in a position to start ‘cautiously’ planning for the future. Representatives from B4’s Professional Services Hub got together to discuss what advice they’re giving their clients to build the foundations for recovery and what they’re doing in their own businesses to get in shape to hit the ground running.

B4 Appoint Non-Executive Chairman

B4, Oxfordshire’s long established business networking group, recently announced plans to expand its new and largely digital services nationally. With the national network already attracting members from Brighton to London and Cambridge to Manchester, B4 are building on the excellent team foundations already in place with the appointment of Frank Nigriello as non-executive chairman.

Who are the policy makers?

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors in the House Of Lords? Well, you have come to the right place! Join special guest Baroness Judith Jolly from The House Of Lords, Paul Morgan from Naomi House & Jacksplace, and Jo Faulkner-Harvey from Homeless Oxfordshire, as they provide an insight into the House Of Lords.

Loving Lockdown? The Joys of Being a Working Parent

Feeling trapped and overwhelmed with family and work life? On this edition of The Business Brunch we are joined by Jessica Mason from Chapman Robinson & Moore, Nicola Wallbank from Julian Taylor Solicitors, Howard Feather from NatWest and Katerina Kurgane, also from Chapman Robinson & Moore as they talk about the pressures of being a parent in lockdown and how they are managing to cope with work and home life.

Digital Poverty

Many of us take connection to the internet for granted…we have phones, laptops and plenty of them. We all know what it’s like when we lose our mobile or, heaven forbid, internet connection. So imagine living in a world where you don’t have a phone, a laptop or internet connection… how would you get by?

The Real Meaning of Business

Business has always evolved, but it is now changing like never before, accelerating over recent years and fuelled even more by the extraordinary events of the past year. So, what are these changes, why are they happening and what now is the real meaning of business? Some will say it’s to generate profit or wealth. But that’s just one result and not the main reason for many.

Brexit’s Impact on Fashion Exports

Brexit’s impact stretches far and wide, but one area many of us may not have considered is the fashion industry. Jodie Evans, Fashion Business Manager at Olivia May Ltd is joined by Managing Director, Ann
Whorrall and Operations Manager, Olivia Knight who discuss the impact of Brexit on their business, their customers, fashion exports and future strategy.

LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month, a great time for businesses to think about how inclusive they really are for LGBT employees and what they can do to become more so.

The Future of Clubhouse

Our host for The Business Brunch, Imisi Adefala of Inspiring Action Media was joined by his guest, Adham Alimukhamedov of Stick2Win to discuss the future of Clubhouse, an invitation-only audio-chat social networking app launched in 2020 by software developers Alpha Exploration Co. As of December 2020, it was valued at nearly $100 million with latest valuations exceeding $1 billion. What does the future hold?

Top Of The Posts at B4

We showcase the best performing B4 member news, articles, podcasts and videos so you can see what content the wider world wants to see – it’s also a great reflection of the amplification certain members are giving their posts.

Replacing a Leader

You won’t have missed the news last week that Jeff Bezos is preparing to stand aside as chief executive of Amazon. The move will come into effect in the third quarter of 2021 when he will hand over the reins to Andy Jassy, who heads up Amazon’s cloud computing arm. So how do you prepare? Are you thinking of standing down as leader for a slower pace of life or are you preparing yourself to lead? What does a business need to do to prepare for such a change to ensure the wheels keep turning, or is it a great opportunity to make fundamental changes?

The Disney Way

Frank Nigriello’s loyalty and long service towards his employer, Unipart, is possibly matched only by his undoubted admiration and genuine fascination for all things Disney. So when Stephen Spencer made a passing reference to Disney as possibly his optimum case study when it comes to his area of expertise, customer experience, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that these two could be TV gold….and so it proved.

Building a Foundation for Success

James White, the ‘Small Business Sales Expert’, interviews David Harris who, in 2016, sold his business for an eight figure sum. So how did he do it and what’s his advice to any business with aspirations to sell?

What’s Your Story?

It’s National Storytelling Week and PR and marketing expert Kate Stinchcombe-Gillies hosted a discussion about the importance and essence of storytelling with independent communication consultant, Lucy Eckley, together with independent social media and digital marketing consultant, Paul Sutton…so absolutely no pressure summarising a discussion about storytelling given by three storytelling experts!

Children, Young Carers & COVID

Over the past year the world we once knew has become very different for all of us. We’ve all faced personal and professional challenges on a different scale and there’s no real light at the end of the tunnel. But most of us reading this will be of a certain age, we’ve lived our lives to some extent, we’ve experienced things we can, for the time being anyway, no longer experience. Not everyone can handle that, no matter how insignificant those experiences are in the grand scheme of things, they’re important to someone.

Overcoming Our Biggest Challenges

It’s been almost a year of turbulence, a year like no other, certainly a year none of us will ever forget. But, as days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months, the realities of a new business world came into view. When would we see our colleagues again? Would we ever be together under the same roof? Can our business survive this? When B4 members from the Professional Services Hub got together recently, the stand out concern for them was the wellbeing of their colleagues.

B4 Embarks on National Expansion

B4, Oxfordshire’s leading business to business network, launched in 2006 and celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2021, has now launched nationally, providing businesses across the UK with fantastic opportunities to connect and secure excellent profile across B4’s growing digital audience.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Numerous studies show that Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees still face significant barriers in the workplace. From recruitment and progression to reaching leadership positions, there are strategies that organisations can adopt to improve team representation from entry level all the way through to boardroom.

Inclusion and Diversity at GWR

Great Western Railway has worked collaboratively with colleagues to establish an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan that creates an environment where all colleagues feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work. Over 600 colleagues and Trades Union representatives worked with us to develop the strategy that aims to achieve our vision where: We are progressive. We are one family. We are inclusive. First time, every time.

B4 NEXUS – Your opportunity to support

Responsible businesses recognise that they have a part to play in nurturing the wider business community. Our B4 NEXUS programme gives B4 Members the opportunity to provide B4 Member benefits to charities, social enterprises, co-ops, fair trade organisations, start-ups and small businesses or sole traders. Not only do B4 NEXUS Members benefit from the B4 […]

B4 Sustainable Business Day

It’s B4 Sustainability Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

B4 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Day

It’s B4 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

B4 Property Day

It’s B4 Property Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

Workplace Wellbeing Day

It’s Workplace Wellbeing Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

B4 Sales & Marketing Day

It’s Sales & Marketing Day at B4. So we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

B4 Property Day

It’s Property Day at B4 so we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so.

B4 People & Strategy Day

It’s People & Strategy Day at B4 so we’re highlighting some recent and not so recent articles and press releases posted by B4 members over the past year or so. Some content is pre-COVID but still relevant so get stuck in for great advice from our growing community of experts.

Interview with Angus Horner of Harwell Science & Innovation...

We were joined by Angus Horner, Director of Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire. Harwell is home to organisations, institutions and businesses shaping the world of today and tomorrow, a campus where world-class people work in world-class facilities to solve global challenges. Angus is focused on providing real estate, marketing, collaboration, networking and […]

The New B4 Website is Now Live

Packed full of content including videos, articles, press releases and podcasts, the new B4 website is a fantastic resource for all businesses….but, that’s just the beginning. As our new network of Hubs begins to generate collaborative content, in the form of webinars and articles, the site will become an increasingly referenced website for the business […]

Employee Volunteering Best-Practice Guide

Employee volunteering provides significant benefits to businesses and employees, as well as having a significant impact on charities and at the heart of local communities. Some of the professional skills employers and staff might take for granted are priceless to charities and community organisations – according to the NCVO almanac, the value of volunteering is estimated at £22.6bn per year.

Work Experience Best-Practice Guide

Work experience is a placement offered by an employer on their premises, during which school or college students carry out tasks more or less as an employee would. The placement can last for a week or longer, and includes an emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience.

Application for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme by the B4...

Together with other B4 members including ELS, Oxford Duplication Centre, Studio 8 and NX, we have made an application for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme which provides funding for employers to provide six-month work placements for 16-24-year-olds that are currently claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Sun Rum – one man’s passion to create a...

Matt England is the man behind Sun Rum, the artisan Lymington-based rum producer who has spent most of his working life in the hospitality sector and decided on creating his own brand having been inspired by anothers quest in the spirits business. B4’s Richard Rosser had the pleasure of interviewing the incredibly focused and passionate owner of a brand which could well be making a splash in your lives…and quite a lot of fun in the process making some of Matt’s keynote cocktails!

B4 Inspiration: Interview with Mike Feerick

Mike discusses his journey as a social entrepreneur, and some of the key learnings he has picked up along the way. He can discuss how to build a financially successful business focused on meeting a huge global social need.

Best Practice Guide to Open and Inclusive Recruitment

A step-by-step guide for Oxfordshire employers to unlock potential through diverse recruitment. This guide is designed to support you to adapt your organisation’s recruitment practices in order to access talented and motivated candidates from disadvantaged groups – to help you reach the widest possible pool of talent. These include ex-offenders; young people who are ‘NEET’ […]

Best Practice Guide to Long-Term Charity Partnerships

Whilst many businesses support charities on an occasional basis or via a ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative, some choose to build deeper and more permanent relationships with a particular cause. When done well, this partnering can see a business involved in a charity’s strategic direction, sharing skills, knowledge and networks on an ongoing basis.

Fitch Brew Co Heads to the USA

Andy Deeley and Emily Fitch-Deeley, co-founders of cold brew coffee and teas producer, Fitch Brew Co, may be familiar to many of our readers having appeared at BIO2018 and, more recently, in NX Magazine. They’ve been ever present on social media, chronicling their amazing growth and, recently, overseas expansion. It’s great to see hard work paying off for such an industrious and likeable couple….oh, and by the way, at the same time that their expansion news hit, Emily gave birth to a new Deeley… congratulations!

B4 Digital Magazine – Issue 62 OUT NOW

There’s a lot of obvious things that we could all say about the last three months, the lessons learned, changing working practices, getting to know our colleagues, customers and associates better remotely than we did in person….the main thing is that we’re all focused on a positive future having experienced the biggest reboot any of us will ever go through.

Best Practice Guide to Charity of the Year Initiatives

About Charity of the Year initiatives are popular with businesses wanting to back different causes regularly. The business typically chooses a different charity to support each year, offering staff volunteering time, sponsorship and fundraising support. But how do businesses know they are providing the help that charities really need? This guide looks at how your […]

Talking to Yourself with Lucinda Whiteley of PIVOT

Neil Cowling, podcast producer extraordinaire, Lisa Pilkington of BBC Radio Oxford fame and actress and broadcaster Sue Elliot-Nicholls join Lucinda Whiteley of Novel Entertainment in the first of a brand new series of webinars on Tuesdays at 18:00, to talk about talking to yourself on radio, podcast and in real life.