The Economic Impact Report for Tourism in Oxfordshire, a report commissioned by Experience Oxfordshire, shows a staggering 59% decline in the value of tourism (from £2.5billion to £1billion) and a substantial decline of 39% in jobs supported by sector (from 42,000 to 25,000).
In this issue our lead article focuses on Owen Mumford who, as a global leader in the design, manufacture and advancement of medical devices, has set a target to achieve net zero by 2045 in alignment with the recommendations of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) measurement of business confidence has slipped by 2.2 points between Q2 and Q3 2021, falling to 16.4, the second consecutive quarterly fall of the small business index (SBI).
Bicester based Charge Point Operator; EZ Charge have announced that a funding agreement for a £1.2m investment into the Park and Charge Oxfordshire project has now been signed by Oxfordshire County Council.
As key officials from across the globe continue critical discussions in Glasgow at COP26, the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) has played its role during the second week of the major climate change conference, hosting an official COP26 event of its own.
Look, I’m perplexed and I’m conflicted. I happily admit – and often do – that I’m a natural born Tory-skeptic. Nevertheless, I can’t help being impressed by Rishi, time and again, in spite of myself. But then again, yesterday’s budget has been more New Labour than One Nation Conservative.
In the Autumn Budget, the Chancellor confirmed the Recovery Loan Scheme will be extended until 30 June 2022 to ensure that lenders continue to have the confidence to lend to small and medium-sized businesses.