Small Business Saturday Bus Tour

Thursday, 19 November, 2015 -
10:00 to 16:00

All aboard the Small Business Saturday Bus

Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS) is working with Oxford City Council, Federation of Small Business (FSB) and the Small Business Saturday team to welcome the Small Business Saturday Bus to Oxford.

When: Thursday 19th November 2015

Stop 1: Bonn Square, central Oxford (10am-2pm)

Stop 2: Manzil Way, off Cowley Road, Oxford (2.30pm-4pm)

Get on board

To hear from engaging local businesses on topics to help your start-up or small business:

How to kick start your new business

Are you starting a new business? Then join Nick Parker for a short seminar on how you can kick start your new business. Nick will provide you with hints and tips on how to start-up a successful business including the pitfalls to avoid and the factors start-ups should consider.

Nick Parker, Oxfordshire Business Enterprises (OBE)

Nick is a Director of Oxfordshire Business Enterprises, a not-for-profit that has provided free business advice to 30,000 Oxfordshire start-ups over the past 20 years. Having sold a food business in 2014, that he had co-founded and grown to employ 80 people, Nick has also founded two new businesses.

How to compete as an independent retailer in a national retail environment

Are you an independent retailer? Then join Keith Slater for a short seminar on how you can view your business through the eyes of a customer to help shape your future strategy for success. Keith will introduce you to a mystery shopping exercise that has been used with local retailers across the country to help them see their business differently and put in place strategies for retail success.

Keith Slater, Retail Expert and Director, Oxfordshire Town and Chambers Network (OTCN)

Keith is from a retail background having worked at Director level in several UK Multiple retailers, but also has experience of small retailing, having owned two home textiles shops in Oxfordshire towns for ten years. He now runs a retail consultancy business.

How adding Social Value brings hidden benefits to your business

Are you thinking of starting a business or do you need to differentiate your current business? Grant Hayward has blended a long career in the private sector, with more recent experience in the voluntary and education sectors to help develop mutually beneficial collaborations. Haven't heard of Social Value? You soon will. Heard about it and want to find out more? Join us to explore the hidden benefits of Social Value and open the door to a new world of business development opportunities.

Effective networking for better results

Don't have time to network? Don't see the benefits? Events you know about don't attract your type of client? Think again. Join Grant Hayward for this interactive, informal short and snappy session that aims to give you a fresh perspective on making more new and useful business connections.

Grant Hayward, Social Enterprise Network Navigator, Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS)

Grant Hayward has a passion for social enterprise and promotes the benefits of a responsible approach to business. In his role as Network Navigator for Social Enterprise and through his business, Collaborent Ltd., Grant has developed a specialism for identifying synergies and enabling powerful collaborations and partnerships that grow businesses, develop people, and tackle social needs.


Come along

To meet the OBS team including some our Network Navigators and find out how we can help you can start up or grow your Oxfordshire business:

OBS Team

Download the flyer for the event here and the full programme of Bitesize Business Support Sessions here.

Get involved in Small Business Saturday 2015

Come and find out how your business can get involved in Small Business Saturday which takes place on 5th December this year.

Sign up to promote your small business on the Small Business Saturday website.