Oxford and Oxfordshire were top of the 2017 Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities index and the 2018 Arcadis ‘Investing in Britain’ report names Oxford as the 2nd best city in the UK for Growth Potential. As Oxfordshire’s leading business networking community, B4 aims to play a key role in this growth.
The Oxford office of leading law firm Penningtons Manches supports some of the area’s most dynamic businesses and institutions through its specialist teams. With 14 partners and a total staff of nearly 100 at its base in Oxford Business Park, the firm’s multi-disciplinary approach concentrates on a variety of industry sectors relevant to the region including technology, life sciences, education and private wealth.
The requirement in recent years for employers to comply with Real Time Information (RTI) reporting and Pension Auto Enrolment, mean the cost of employing people has risen significantly. Given such financial commitments and the complexities of running a payroll, time off for maternity can be another headache for employers to deal with.
All businesses face the need to harness new technologies for improved performance. It can be challenging but technology-enabled training and learning is one area that businesses should look at early on: it can build employee motivation and deliver tangible results.
In March 2016 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), led then by Lord Adonis, called for ways “to maximize the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor (CAMCOX) as a single, knowledge intensive cluster that competes on the global stage.”
On 10th May B4 Members and guests enjoyed an evening of networking in the fantastic, innovative venue 141 Park Drive, Milton Park. Followed by speeches from B4’s Richard Rosser and Milton Park’s Philip Campbell. The evening provided our guests an insight into the people behind Milton Park, how the place is run and the latest news and developments within this fascinating science and business park.
Freeths Solicitors commenced the first in a series of thought provoking roundtable dinners in the impressive Forte Room at Pembroke College. Guests enjoyed drinks on the college lawn in advance of a superb dinner, talk and Q&A with the equally impressive Tom Cheesewright.
What do you do with your old cartridges? If you’re not currently involved in a collection or recycle scheme, why not consider Aston & James’s free ink and toner recycling service? You’ll help the environment and raise funds for local charity SeeSaw who offer vital grief support for young people and their families in Oxfordshire.
A friendship that began at an Oxford school when two 12 year olds, Gavin Jones and Sean Smith, embarked on a car washing service, has grown to see the duo become successful business partners and founders of Planet IT, a multimillion pound company that celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with an office move from Harwell Innovation Centre to premises at Milton Park in addition to beating 2,500 competitors to be crowned the Sophos Partner of the Year 2018.