The Oxfordshire Small and Medium Enterprise market continues the thrive.
With a new business launched every 2 hours in Oxfordshire, there has never been a better place to cater for SMEs. In fact, Oxford has been ranked the 2nd best city in the UK, outside of London, to start a business. According to StartUps, “the opportunities in the city are virtually unmatched across the globe”.
2015 saw nearly 15% of our economically active population, to be those who were self-employed. Nearly 90% of Oxfordshire enterprises employ fewer than 10 people, however these smaller businesses are a dynamic element in the enterprise mix. Oxfordshire is a vibrant hub of growth, talent, innovation and connectivity allowing us to develop and grow the infrastructure, expertise, resource and of course the right attitude in our county to work with and help our SMEs develop and grow.
If you are an SME in Oxfordshire, you can expect a wide range of support available, from a multitude of networking opportunities to our experienced Network Navigators, through to workshops created for your benefit.
Network Navigator for SME Support
Tina loves working with businesses and helping them to grow. She is known for her straight talking demeanour and works with clients to help them develop strong self-sustainable foundations in their goals for growth.
Her career spans global marketing leadership and management for large medical corporate organisations, through to working with small businesses and start-ups. Complimenting this with her own experience of running a small business, Creating Sense, Tina has the insight and best practice needed to enable SMEs to learn from, and of course level the playing field in a variety of ways, to that of their larger counterparts. Tina is also a Business & Marketing Lecturer for Apprentices.
Resources for SME Support
- Oxfordshire SOUP - Live crowdfunding meets Dragons Den. small scale investment for new businesses
- FAB Accelerator - Weekly evening classes covering key startup business topics with regular 1-to-1 sessions with expert business mentors. All participants get to pitch to a panel of angel investors and assembled audience of business advisors, funding bodies and support organisations.
- OTCN - A two way communication channel supporting members such as business parks, shopping centres, business networking events and other membership organisations and business groups across Oxfordshire
- Find Networking Events - Central portal for networking organisations across Oxfordshire