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Wednesday 23rd April, 2014 / 11.30am to 7.30pm This is event is brought to you by TERA

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CONTENTS AND THANKS CONTENTS 5

Introductions

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Sponsors

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Professional

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Property

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Opening Speakers

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PODs Summary

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Green

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Smart City

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Timetable & Key Points

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Tourism & Culture

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Invest

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Business of Education

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Platinum Sponsors

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Great Brands

24

Business Growth

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Exhibitors

TWITTER We will be tweeting throughout the day today with the following #: #BusinessinOxford The event Twitter address is @BusinessinOx. We have, where possible, provided addresses for all participating presenters. If you want to get involved tweeting and re-tweeting about the event today, be our guest. There’s a £40 restaurant voucher kindly provided by www.vouchoffers.co.uk for the person who we think has been most active on Twitter, aside from ourselves! Get Tweeting!

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE EVENT: With special thanks to: Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council and Board Member of the Local Enterprise Partnership David Edwards, Executive Director for City Regeneration and Housing at Oxford City Council Sebastian Johnson, Manager of the Oxford Strategic Partnership Richard Venables, Director, VSL & Partners and Board Member of the Local Enterprise Partnership Professor Ian Walmsley FRS, Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics Tina Rosser of TERA events Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School Martin Garside, Verity Donovan and Lisa Quinn from Saïd Business School Sally Dicketts CBE, Group Chief Executive, Activate Learning Ian Francis, Principal, City of Oxford College Helen Brind, Growth and Enterprise Manager, City of Oxford College Ben Melluish, Growth and Enterprise Coordinator, City of Oxford College Student assistants from City of Oxford College Fraser Webster, Studio X1 Commercial Students assisting Studio X1 Commercial All of our presenters Programme advertisers All B4 Staff Sponsors: Amberley Court Associates, Aston & James, B4, Blackwell’s, City of Oxford College / Activate Learning, Darbys, Helen & Douglas House, Kelly Lea PR, Oxford City Council, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Strategic Partnership, VSL. Exhibitors: Aston & James, Darbys, Heythrop Park Resort, I-Phone Experts, Isis Innovation, Low Carbon Hub, Oxford Innovation, Rhodes House, Super Connected Oxford, White October

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INTRODUCTIONS

COUNCILLOR BOB PRICE Leader of Oxford City Council and Board Member of the Local Enterprise Partnership “Business in Oxford 2014, taking place on 23rd April 2014 at Said Business School, is a great opportunity for us all to learn more about the excellent businesses and business opportunities we have in and around the city and how we can all work together to the mutual benefit of all in Oxford and Oxfordshire. “The City Council is committed to ensuring that we do all we can to support the continued economic strength and growth of the city and we are pleased to be sponsoring an event that will engage, inform and inspire businesses.”

SEBASTIAN JOHNSON Manager of the Oxford Strategic Partnership “The Oxford Strategic Partnership is delighted to be a founding partner and sponsor of Business in Oxford 2014. Supporting economic development and growth is at the heart of the Partnership’s work and it was through the Partnership that the local authorities, universities and other partners in the city adopted the Oxford Economic Growth Strategy in 2013. This event will help us better understand the views, opportunities and challenges for local businesses and will help to focus our continued partnership work to support business growth in and around Oxford.”

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INTRODUCTIONS

RICHARD VENABLES Director, VSL & Partners and Board Member of the Local Enterprise Partnership ‘The Oxford business community includes those both working within the City and working further afield and involves many diverse sectors. This is the first event which tries to engage with all businesses and will hopefully provide an opportunity to not only showcase the strengths of the area but bring together a shared experience which can influence future policy decisions and inform local government about key concerns.’

RICHARD ROSSER Managing Director, B4 Magazine and The In Oxford Group and Director of Visit Oxfordshire “B4 are pleased to have co-ordinated this event which we hope will become a regular fixture in the Oxfordshire business calendar. We hope it will prove to be a valuable event to facilitate collaboration and ensure valuable partnerships can be forged and maintained for the future between businesses and also the private and public sectors. It has been an ambitious undertaking and as this is the first event of its kind we welcome your constructive feedback to improve upon this in future years.”

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OPENING SPEAKERS COUNCILLOR BOB PRICE Councillor Bob Price is an economist whose professional career has been in HR management. He was first elected to Oxford City Council in 1983 and has been Leader of the Council since May 2008. He is a member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board and the Oxfordshire Skills Board, as well as of the Arts Council England South East Board. He leads for the Council on economic development and skills, and arts and culture policies. His introductory presentation will focus on the future of the city’s economy and the opportunities that the Council is seeking to realise for all who live, work or visit Oxford. Councillor Price’s introductory presentation will focus on the future of the city’s economy and the opportunities that the Council is seeking to realise for all who live, work or visit Oxford.

PROFESSOR IAN WALMSLEY Ian Walmsley is Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Academic Services & University Collections), Professor Walmsley chairs the University’s Research Committee and is responsible for coordinating the University's relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences; he also oversees the University’s libraries, museums and collections and its language teaching services. He is a member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board and led the University involvement in the City Deal. Professor Walmsley will outline the University's approach to innovation and its plans for bringing together research expertise and knowledge with new and existing businesses to contribute to economic growth in and around Oxfordshire.

DAVID EDWARDS David Edwards is Executive Director for City Regeneration and Housing at Oxford City Council. He is a leading housing, regeneration and development executive with over 20 years experience at Director, Board and Ministerial levels in the public and private sectors across the UK. David’s presentation will focus on the wider economic growth and major regeneration projects including Westgate, Oxpens and Oxford station and the impact on the city and opportunities for business and economic growth.

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TIMETABLE & KEY POINTS TIMETABLE

Please note today’s event will be run as close as possible to the following timetable. We will be doing everything we can to keep everyone on track but, given the relative complexity of the day, times are subject to change. Please do everything you can to help us stay on schedule. Time from

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11.30am

12.30pm

Lunch registrants can enter

12.15pm

12.45pm

Afternoon registrants can enter

12.45pm

2pm

Opening presentation in Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre

1.50pm

2pm

Q&A

2pm

2.15pm

Break

2.15pm

3.15pm

BANK ONE: PODS 1 to 3. Tourism & Culture / Great Brands / Professional

3.15pm

3.45pm

Tea

3.50pm

4.50pm

BANK TWO: PODS 4 to 6. Green / Invest / Business Growth

5pm

6pm

BANK THREE: PODS 7 to 9. Property / Smart City / Business of Education

6pm

7pm

Drinks and networking

KEY POINTS We must respect the strict security policies of The Said Business School at all times with regards to this event. Given the full timetable we must also ensure this event runs to schedule. We have therefore outlined some key terms below which must be adhered to. Unfortunately we are unable to make any exceptions to these terms. • Presentations will begin on time - Any latecomers will not be admitted. • After entering your chosen presentation POD there is no re-admittance if you leave or entrance to another POD. • You may swap PODS with other delegates before the POD starts - Everyone will be given a slip for their chosen PODS, which may be exchanged with other guests. • Presentations are strictly 12 minutes and cannot run over. There will be a chairperson and timer present to make sure timings are adhered to. • We ask that all guests and presenters remain on site for the full day. • No food or drink inside lecture theatres.

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PLATINUM SPONSORS

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL Oxford City Council is a district council and the democratically-elected body for Oxford. In partnership with others, we provide a wide range of services for approximately 150,000 residents, 110,000 people who work in Oxford and 9.5 million visitors every year. Oxford City Council’s aim is to deliver excellent public services, making Oxford a world-class city for everyone. We deliver a range of services for businesses, including: • Providing advice to businesses considering settling in Oxford • Managing planning applications for change of business use or modifications to your premises • Licensing for cafes, street trading and many others • Business rates collection – now available online, 24/7 • Carrying out other business services, such as collection of commercial waste and recycling, building maintenance, grounds and environmental maintenance • Providing grants to small and medium sized businesses for broadband connection costs: www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/oxford/ For more information on these and other services, visit www.oxford.gov.uk, follow us on Twitter @OxfordCity or like us on Facebook (Oxford City Council).

OXFORD INNOVATION Oxford Innovation is the UK’s leading operator of Business and Innovation Centres, operating a network of 21 centres across the UK, 6 of which are located in Oxfordshire. Headquartered at Oxford Centre for Innovation in the centre of Oxford, they also have centres in Bicester, Upper Heyford, Culham, Harwell and Witney. Today, Oxford Innovation’s centres provide a home for over 850 start-up and growing businesses. Oxford Innovation provide flexible office space, a range of meeting facilities, virtual offices for those not yet ready for a full time office, and business support to help companies to get to the next stage of development. @oxinnovation

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CITY OF OXFORD COLLEGE / ACTIVATE LEARNING City of Oxford College is spread across two campuses in the county’s capital – itself world-renowned as a centre of excellence for teaching and learning. The Oxpens Road campus benefits from excellent links with the West End of the city centre, providing high footfall for an increasing range of commercial outlets on campus. A £6m redevelopment of the campus is now underway. The development will maximise the campus’ riverside setting, providing new outdoor exhibition and cafe space and a new river boardwalk. The Blackbird Leys campus, located to the south-east of the city centre, is a specialist centre for construction and new technologies. It provides a range of skillsbased courses to prepare students for careers in construction, as well as offering professional courses and apprenticeships with leading employers. @CityofOxfordCol

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DARBYS Darbys Solicitors was established in 1919 and has offices in Oxford, Thame, Manchester and Colchester. It has 26 Partners and a total of over 200 staff. The firm’s lawyers look after clients nationwide. Darbys Solicitors is a full service legal practice made up of 20 teams it provides legal services and assistance across the complete range of legal disciplines. Darbys’ absolute commitment is to be always there for its clients, and to deliver A GREAT SERVICE - EVERY LAWYER, EVERY TIME. @BLUE_LAW www.darbys.co.uk

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PLATINUM SPONSORS VSL

VSL & Partners is an established commercial property consultancy and estate agency practice specialising in the Oxford and wider Oxfordshire area although they also provide strategic advice for clients with commercial property throughout the country. VSL & Partners aims to offer a personalised and high quality service to all clients. The Oxford commercial property agency team deal with office, industrial, warehouse and retail instructions throughout Oxfordshire as well as providing acquisition advice to companies through the region. They also offer other professional commercial property services such as accounts valuations, business rates appeals and asset management advice. www.vslandp.com

OXFORD STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP The Oxford Strategic Partnership was founded in 2003 to promote joined-up approaches for improving quality of life in the city. The Partnership helps to provide a vision for the city's future, respond to local priorities, and engage more effectively with local concerns. Partners include the local authorities, universities, police, health and other public bodies, businesses and community groups. Current priority work areas for the Partnership are: • Economic Development, Growth and Regeneration. • Stronger Communities (including improving educational attainment and breaking the cycle of deprivation). • Safer Communities. • Low Carbon Oxford. More details about the Oxford Strategic Partnership can be found at www.oxfordpartnership.org.uk www.oxfordpartnership.org.uk

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B4 Magazine is now regarded as one of Oxfordshire's leading business magazines, mailed quarterly to 3,000 key business decision makers with a further 4,500 copies available to sponsors, featured businesses, advertisers and through our network of display stands in key locations such as conference centres, offices and other public places. B4 is distinctive, due to its high production values, design and print quality, and its excellent editorial content, featuring a range of businesses topics and themes. @b4magazine

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ASTON & JAMES In 1990 Aston and James Office Supplies was born. Nearly 24 years later we are going from strength to strength. Our family run local independent business has developed into a thriving company, working with partner suppliers with global buying power to ensure our customers receive better prices, products, choice, and service. Starting out as an office supplies company, Aston and James has grown into what we like to call a Workplace Solutions Provider. Still providing our customers with office stationery products, we have evolved to include Office Furniture, Business Machines, Workwear, and Business Gifts. Our range of services have grown to aid all your workplace requirements including: Secure Shredding, Managed Printer Service, 100% Recycled 5 Star Remarkable Loop Paper. For more information please visit: www.aston-james.co.uk. @Aston_and_James

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GOLD SPONSORS CONFERENCE@SAIDOXFORD, SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL

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KELLY LEA PR Kelly Lea is a freelance public relations consultant working alongside business to business and consumer clients on national and local campaigns. With so much emphasis now placed on content marketing, PR is a cost effective way to raise awareness of your business in addition to creating useful content for a multitude of communication channels. Kelly Lea has nearly 15 years’ experience in PR. Her creative yet pragmatic approach ensures she always delivers results when promised. @KellyLeaPR www.Kellyleapr.com

SILVER SPONSORS BLACKWELL’S When Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened the shop door of number 50 Broad Street for the first time on 1st January 1879, bookselling was already in his blood. His father, Benjamin Harris Blackwell had been the first to put the family name above the door of a small bookshop outside the city limits in St. Clements in 1846. Today Blackwell UK is the leading academic bookseller in the UK and has over 40 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. Its staff continue to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books over 135 years after Mr. Blackwell's 'little shop' first opened its door. @blackwelloxford www.bookshop.blackwell.co.uk

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OFFICIAL EVENT CHARITY HELEN & DOUGLAS HOUSE Helen & Douglas House has the expertise to care for children from birth to 16 and young adults aged 16-35 with life-shortening conditions. The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. Helen House, the children’s hospice opened 31 years ago. @HelenAndDouglas www.helenanddouglas.org.uk

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PODS SUMMARY We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who are presenting and everyone who has helped to co-ordinate these presentations. Please note the order of presentations below isn’t necessarily the order in which the presentations will be delivered.

BANK ONE - 2.15pm to 3.15pm Tourism & Culture

Great Brands In Oxfordshire

Professional Oxfordshire

Experience Oxfordshire Oxford Castle Land Securities Chiltern Railways

Harley-Davidson Oxford Instruments British Gas John Kennedy

Darbys Darbys Savills Critchleys

BANK TWO - 3.50pm to 4.50pm Green Oxfordshire

Invest In Oxfordshire

Business Growth

Grundon Waste Management Anne Veck Aston & James Low Carbon Hub

Thames Valley Police Oxfordshire Community Foundation Thames Water Invest in Oxfordshire

Oxford Innovation Oxford Innovation OPP Isis Innovation

BANK THREE - 5pm to 6pm Property

Smart City

The Business of Education

VSL Breckon & Breckon Finders Keepers GBS Architects

Blackwell's Control Shift The Oxford Transport Laboratory Oxford Knowledge Company

City of Oxford College / Activate Learning Rocket Consultancy TLA University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education

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TOURISM & CULTURE GILES INGRAM, EXPERIENCE OXFORDSHIRE Rediscovering the Oxfordshire Experience: Oxford is a name known across the globe. It conjures up images of dreaming spires, beautiful and ancient buildings, world famous museums, and great minds. The city’s ‘brand’ is a phenomenal asset, whether it supports our efforts to attract leisure or business visitors, or attract the brightest minds to work and study in Oxford. But are we all making the most of the outstanding cultural heritage on our doorstep? Giles will explore how we can all benefit by making more of the Oxfordshire Experience. @VisitOxfordshire www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com

SAM PACE, OXFORD CASTLE QUARTER In this fine city bursting with history, heritage and art, one can find culture on every street and in every corner. Not surprisingly the words ‘cultural’ and ‘commerce’ are rarely juxtaposed but this is not reflective of the relationship between the two, particularly in the city of Oxford and there can be no better example of how culture and commerce work so successfully well together as at Oxford Castle Quarter. This presentation will look at the relationship between commerce and culture and how embracing the two can have, and has had, significantly positive effects on Oxford’s economy. @OxCastleQuarter www.oxfordcastlequarter.com

CLAIRE REYNOLDS AND BRENDAN HATTAM, LAND SECURITIES Brendan Hattam, centre manager and Claire Reynolds, development marketing manager will provide an overview of the exciting Westgate Oxford development, which hopes to bring over 100 retailers and restaurateur’s in a series of carefully designed buildings, streets, arcades and new public squares architecturally sensitive to Oxford, and reconnect the West End of Oxford city centre with crucial east west links. They will talk about the Alliance partnership and its track record before providing an overview of progress undertaken to date and the next steps for the Alliance partnership. @landsecurities www.landsecurities.com

THOMAS ABLEMAN, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, CHILTERN RAILWAYS Oxfordshire’s new railway: impact and implications. In just over a year, Chiltern Railways will be running services from Oxford Parkway direct to London Marylebone in under an hour. This new rail link will provide Oxfordshire with new transport opportunities and connections and a transformation in the potential for inbound tourism. In his presentation, Thomas will talk through the opportunities and impact of the first new rail link to London from any major British city for over 100 years and the implications for all of us who live, work or do business in Oxfordshire. @chilternrailway www.chilternrailways.co.uk

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GREAT BRANDS IN OXFORDSHIRE ROB LINDLEY, VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA, HARLEY-DAVIDSON Rob Lindley will talk about the history of the Harley-Davidson brand, how the four founding fathers of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company went from building their first motorcycle in a shed in the Davidson family garden to building a legendary global brand and a company today valued at over $14 billion. Rob will highlight how the Company moved their European headquarters to Oxford 12 years ago and have since seen benefits in recruitment and retention of bilingual staff as well as enjoying a partnership with Oxford Brookes for interns. @harleydavidson www.harley-davidson.com

MARTIN ORRILL, HEAD OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, BRITISH GAS BUSINESS SERVICES To provide an insight into the work that British Gas Business Services undertake from their HQ in Oxford and how this may be an opportunity to the local business community. @BritishGas

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ALEX PIKE, DIVISIONAL FINANCE DIRECTOR, OXFORD INSTRUMENTS Alex will talk about the growth of the Oxford Instruments group from its roots as the first commercial spinout of Oxford University to the leading edge FTSE 250 technology company it is today. Alex will discuss the company’s Oxfordshire operations and how the area remains key to attracting and retaining talent for its innovative workforce whilst providing a natural base for its staff to access the international markets in which it now operates. @OxInst www.oxford-instruments.com

JOHN F. KENNEDY, MARKETING DIRECTOR John looks at the importance of brand building to the economy as a whole, the advantages of building a strong brand and the challenges facing brands in a dynamic business and consumer market place. The role of brands as intellectual property in the UK and in the global market place continues be a key part of economic growth. A dynamic world economy offers brand owners increasing opportunities for development and expansion. There are also significant challenges to be overcome to differentiate and protect brands in an increasingly competitive market place.

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PROFESSIONAL OXFORDSHIRE

VICTORIA MARCHAM, ASSOCIATE SOLICITOR, DARBYS SOLICITORS LLP New Flexible working for all: The Government is extending the right to request flexible working to all employees from June 2014. We’ll show you how to deal with requests from all your employees and manage competing requests in a fair way. We’ll also tell you when you are allowed to say no. • Preparing for the government’s new ‘Shared Parental Leave’ coming into force in April 2015. We’ll show you how to prepare for the new regime which allows parents to share the statutory maternity leave and pay that is currently available only to mothers. @DarbysEmpLaw www.darbys.co.uk

SIÂN CHAMPKIN, PARTNER AND HEAD OF THE CORPORATE TEAM, DARBYS SOLICITORS LLP Buying and selling private businesses: This seminar is aimed at owners and senior executives of successful private businesses. We will look at the various features that are important for the health of the business and that are important, if you reach the stage of discussing a potential acquisition, sale or merger. We will guide businesses through the preparation for sale and the transaction process thereby helping you gain a better understanding not only of the mechanics of the M&A process but also what areas can be addressed to ensure your company has a long and successful future. @DarbysEmpLaw www.darbys.co.uk

JOHN-PAUL HAMILTON, FINANCIAL PARTNER, CRITCHLEYS Makers doers savers - pensions & investments, post-Budget update:‘If you’re a maker, a doer or a saver: this Budget is for you’ claimed George Osborne. Business owners and Directors have a greater degree of control over their own financial arrangements. The new pension rules as announced in the 2014 Budget now offer more flexibility and therefore present a clear advantage to key decision makers in how they plan for today and for retirement. Critchleys presentation will explain in greater detail the impact of the recent changes in clear and simple terms. We will examine legacy pension policies and investments and why these may offer greater scope in business planning than ever before. @CritchleysLLP www.critchleys.co.uk

TOM LINDLEY, DIRECTOR AND ROGER SMITH, PLANNING DIRECTOR, SAVILLS More housing numbers for Oxfordshire, where will they go and where is the market going? The recently published Strategic Housing Market Assessment by the County Council is likely to result in a substantial increase in housing numbers across all five Oxfordshire districts. There are major challenges for local communities and their politicians in where this new development will be located. What will this mean for Oxford? @savillsuk www.savills.co.uk

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STEPHEN ROSCOE, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, GRUNDON WASTE MANAGEMENT LTD Stephen Roscoe will talk about the need for Oxfordshire companies to take environmental management seriously and outline different ways in which this can be achieved. Highlighting Grundon’s own green credentials, the presentation will include its recent decision to go CarbonNeutral® across its entire roadgoing vehicle fleet, investing in a three year programme to offset vehicle emissions. @GrundonRecycle www.grundon.com

ALS PARKER, PROJECT MANAGER, LOW CARBON HUB AND LUKE MARION, FINANCE DIRECTOR, OXFORD BUS COMPANY Als will describe how the Low Carbon Hub's Solar for Business scheme is enabling commercial scale rooftop solar PV installation in Oxfordshire, generating local green electricity and benefiting both the Business and the local Community. Luke will talk about the development of the Oxford Bus Company's solar PV scheme - the biggest in Oxford. @LowCarbonHub @OxfordBusCo www.lowcarbonhub.org www.oxfordbus.co.uk

KEITH MELLEN, DIRECTOR, ANNE VECK HAIR In February 2013 Anne Veck Limited carried out a complete refit of its Oxford salon. The aim was to be the greenest salon possible within the practical restraints of the premises and to increase turnover and profit. The key investment was in BlueGen ceramic fuel cell technology, manufactured by Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited. www.anneveckhair.com

ROBERT MORGAN, UK MANAGER, CERAMIC FUEL CELLS LTD CFCL's UK Manager Robert Morgan will present a case study of BlueGen at Anne Veck, highlighting the energy saving and environmental benefits. Keith Mellen, director at Anne Veck Limited, will discuss the practical costs and benefits of running this new energy saving technology within a small to medium sized retail unit. will@CFCL_AU www.cfcl.com.au

DARREN ASTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ASTON & JAMES AND SIMON WALLIS, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, SPICERS LTD Businesses in the UK consume over 550,000 Tonnes of A4 office paper annually and the average office worker prints off over 1,500 sheets of paper each month. The market is dominated by virgin paper, where the manufacturing process is incredibly wasteful. In the quest towards zero waste, we have an exciting alternative. @Aston_and_James www.aston-james.co.uk www.spicers.co.uk

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FRANCIS HABGOOD, DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE, THAMES VALLEY POLICE Thames Valley Police has risen to the challenge of maintaining an effective service during one of the most challenging periods in policing. Francis Habgood, Deputy Chief Constable, will provide an overview of crime and policing in recent years, focusing on Oxfordshire and the Oxford City area. Mr Habgood’s fifteen minute presentation will provide valuable insight into issues facing local business communities, and some of the innovative work that has taken place to make Oxfordshire a safe and attractive place to live, work and socialise. @ThamesVP www.thamesvalley.police.uk

JAYNE WOODLEY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, OXFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Jayne Woodley, Chief Executive of the OCF wonders why, if most businesses are social enterprises in disguise, is it that charities aren't known for being more like start-up businesses many of which either fail or become obsolescent? She will challenge you to think longer term and to consider why we should be applying strategies usually associated with investment portfolios to our best charitable intentions. @ocf60 www.oxfordshire.org

CHRIS SHIPWAY, PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER, THAMES WATER Chris will set out Thames Water’s current and future investment plans for the city and wider county, explaining what the company is doing to meet the needs of a growing number of domestic and business customers; achieve new environmental standards and respond to the challenge of climate change. @thameswater www.thameswater.co.uk

PHIL CLEMENT, DIRECTOR, INVEST IN OXFORDSHIRE Invest in Oxfordshire is a free and confidential service, delivered on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). We support existing companies to grow in the county and help potential investors, primarily overseas, to make informed decisions about locating here. This presentation will introduce the Oxfordshire LEP and the inward investment service, outline the support we can give to companies and highlight why business should invest in Oxfordshire. @InvestInOxonSM www.oxfordshirelep.org.uk

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Revealing the mystery of high growth - Achieving rapid and sustainable business growth is easier said than done. But what do those high growth companies have in common? And how do Oxfordshire’s high growth companies compare to other parts of the country? By understanding what a high growth company looks like, and what challenges they have in common, aspiring companies will get the opportunity to emulate the successful ones, and the mystery of how to achieve that growth may just be revealed. @oxinnovation www.oxin-centres.co.uk

CHRIS ALLINGTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, OXFORD INNOVATION Fostering innovation through environment - Innovation changes how we work and live our lives. It is fundamental to business success, but that doesn’t only apply to the businesses developing the next new invention; the rest of the supply chain needs to adapt and change too. The property in which to grow these businesses is no exception. Historically, businesses would sign up to 20+ year FRI leases to get the best value for money, but as the need to reduce risk and increase flexibility drives up the priority list, the property industry has to respond. This session will explore the options that not only provide a physical space, but a conducive environment to facilitate creativity and innovation. @oxinnovation www.oxin-centres.co.uk

JON CARR, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER MANAGER, ISIS INNOVATION The financial burden and risks associated with licensing intellectual property (IP) often stand in the way of knowledge transfer between Universities and SMEs. The SME Smart IP Scheme offers a platform for SMEs to access Oxford IP through a phased and supportive programme. @IsisInnovation www.isis-innovation.com

LORRAINE MILLS, HEAD OF CONSULTANCY, OPP & ALICE KING, CHARTERED OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, OPP Engagement and Talent – what are they and do these ‘buzz words’ really matter? This session, led by experts at bringing psychology into business, captures some of the insights from research into the concept of ‘engagement’. What is it? Why does it matter? What can this research tell us about the talents required to lead others? Join us for a fast-paced dive into the world of business psychology! @opp_psychology www.opp.com

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PROPERTY OXFORDSHIRE RICHARD VENABLES, MEMBER OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS, VSL AND PARTNERS What next for Oxfordshire’s commercial property market‌ Following the credit crunch in 2008, Oxfordshire suffered from the pressures of the recession but has weathered the storm partly due to its broad economic base. As we move forward into brighter times Richard Venables will reflect on issues which are likely to influence the growth of Oxfordshire and what this means for the commercial property market and the local economy and reflecting on past and present trends. www.vslandp.com

KEITH STACEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, BRECKON & BRECKON A brief summary of the Oxford Property Market from credit crunch to present day, looking at the factors involved in a falling market and their associated effect on the eventual recovery. A comparison between the Oxford City and village markets. The problems that estate agents face with a strong rising market. Are we in a property bubble and what will prices do in the next few years? @Breckonsales

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DAN CHANNER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, FINDERS KEEPERS Private Rental Sector investment in Oxfordshire: The 2008 recession seems a distant memory as confidence among residential investors rises ever higher. But are rents rising as fast as confidence, and what yields are on offer for the discerning investor? This concise presentation will look at how buy to let investors are intersecting with the Private Rental Sector including: Factors driving buy to let investment in 2014; The schemes attracting buy to let investment; Gross yields, rent levels and & rent increase rates across Oxford and market towns; Key issues to consider going forward. @FKLetting www.finders.co.uk

ROBIN EDWARDS, GBS Building on heritage, surviving change and the importance of design. How does a design business which began life in 1933 maintain its relevance today? @gbsarchitects

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MATTHEW CASHMORE, DIGITAL DIRECTOR, BLACKWELL'S BOOKSHOPS & ONLINE Blackwell’s had one of the very first trading websites – back in 1996. We were the first company in the world to offer ‘reserve online and collect in store’ and in my presentation I will talk about the challenge that ‘Digital’ brings to established companies. Also, rubber ducks. @blackwelloxford

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MARK PRESTON, ENTREPRENEUR AND TEAM PRINCIPAL (PRESTON MOTORSPORT), PHILIP SHADBOLT, MANAGING DIRECTOR (ZETA CONTROLS LTD), AND LAURA PEACOCK, TRANSPORT STRATEGY OFFICER (COUNTY COUNCIL), THE OXFORD TRANSPORT LABORATORY The Oxford Transport Laboratory is a private and public sector partnership led by the County Council exploring innovative transport solutions and congestion management. Key objectives focus on an improvement in traffic management, parking, increased visitor numbers, increased retail spend by visitors and better communication around mobility. Our presentation will explain how the use of data and smart technology can ensure the continued growth of Oxford as a commercial, educational and employment centre. www.thezetagroup.com www.oxfordshire.gov.uk

IAN BANNER, SENIOR CONSULTANT, CTRL-SHIFT Everything you always wanted to know about the Internet of Things but were too afraid to ask: At the end of this whistle-stop tour of the Internet of Things you will understand what it is and how it is going to revolutionise nearly all aspects of our daily lives over the next 20 years. From Smart Toilets to Smart Cars and everything in between, Ian will take you on a guided tour, finishing with the latest conclusions from the latest IOT enablers project for the Technology Services Board, and how personal data is the key to understanding it all. @ctrlshift_uk www.ctrlshift.co.uk

MARK SALISBURY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, OXFORD KNOWLEDGE COMPANY Oxford is to be a ‘super-connected city’. £3M in UK Government funding is available to improve broadband for businesses to improve their broadband connections by allocating up to £3000 each to fund the upgrade. This scheme will be explained. Mark will also highlight what he believes businesses need to do to take advantage of the technology available resulting in smoother operation and happier people. @oxfordknowledge www.oxford-knowledge.com

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THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATION SALLY DICKETTS CBE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ACTIVATE LEARNING For too long businesses have complained of a skills gap that exists between education and employment. New entrants to the jobs market must possess technical or job-specific skills, together with softer skills such as creativity, resilience and the ability to work effectively in teams. Activate Learning is pioneering new approaches to education to reduce the skills gap, by working in partnership with employers and creating live, commercial environments where students learn as they work. This approach is helping students to see the impact and relevance of what they learn, whilst improving employability for the mutual benefit of the individual and business. @Activate_Learn www.activatelearning.ac.uk

CILLA MCKAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ROCKET CONSULTANCY Insights® Discovery sits at the heart of our work here at Rocket. The inspirational Discovery System celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and illustrates the exceptional ways in which recognising and valuing these differences can empower people, teams and entire organisations. This will be a fun and interactive session, introducing what we believe is the most accurate and dynamic personal profile in the world. You’ll quickly grasp the four basic personality “types” and learn how our unique characteristics – if harnessed properly – can enable the highest level of team performance. @RocketOxford www.rocketconsultancy.com

VICTOR GLYNN FRSA FILM PRODUCER, TUTOR AND EXAMINER IN FILM, CREATIVE WRITING AND MEDIA The Importance of Continuing Education and Professional Development: Continuing education and professional development is one of the big growth areas in higher education. Speaking in a personal capacity, Victor will be talking in part about the history of the genesis of this area. Oxford's own involvement in adult education, which is celebrating its 135th anniversary at the moment, is especially distinguished. Oxford was the first university to start adult classes open to all. www.conted.ox.ac.uk

TOM ALDEN, FOUNDER, TLA FITNESS Tom Alden, explorer & entrepreneur will be talking about one of his recent experiences whilst rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. A journey of 3000NM from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. Whilst having taken part in many events and expeditions around the globe Tom has learnt that by having that aiming marker in life, it is a key to many successes in business and life itself. By setting the goals and the marker points out, is a huge motivational steer towards what you are wanting to achieve. @tlafitness www.tlafitness.com

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OXFORD INNOVATION Oxford Innovation is the UK’s leading operator of Business and Innovation Centres, operating a network of 21 centres across the UK, 6 of which are located in Oxfordshire. Headquartered at Oxford Centre for Innovation in the centre of Oxford, they also have centres in Bicester, Upper Heyford, Culham, Harwell and Witney. Today, Oxford Innovation’s centres provide a home for over 850 start-up and growing businesses. Oxford Innovation provide flexible office space, a range of meeting facilities, virtual offices for those not yet ready for a full time office, and business support to help companies to get to the next stage of development. @oxinnovation www.oxin-centres.co.uk

CITY OF OXFORD COLLEGE / ACTIVTE LEARNING The Activate Learning group brings together secondary, further and higher education, along with workforce training, management consultancy, commercial businesses and social enterprise. It’s the new name for the Oxford & Cherwell Valley College group. Our goal is clear: to transform lives through learning. @CityofOxfordCol

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ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED Isis was established by Oxford University in 1988 as its wholly owned technology transfer company. Isis has developed substantially over the years in a number of phases, as the technology transfer activity has grown, and with the formation of Oxford University Consulting and Isis Enterprise. Our mission is to be the leading international technology transfer organisation, to transfer technology and expertise from the University of Oxford, to deliver value to all our clients, and to maximise social and economic benefits in a commercial manner. @IsisInnovation www.isis-innovation.com

RHODES HOUSE A hidden delight situated in the heart of Oxford, Rhodes House is a beautiful venue steeped in history. Ideal for weddings, photo shoots, business meetings and events, Rhodes House can now be yours for the day. For over three-quarters of a century, Rhodes House has been the gathering place for Rhodes Scholars and distinguished guests. Now, the Trust has agreed to open the House, so that others can enjoy the peace, quiet and unique atmosphere of this private, exclusive venue. Ideal for both corporate and private events, for large and small functions, and for photo shoots, the House can be hired on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis. www.rhodeshouseoxford.com

WHITE OCTOBER White October takes a lean approach to creating websites and mobile apps for innovative companies. Our unique development process conserves budgets and delivers measurable success focussing your investment on a critical path, to quickly and safely bring your product to market. We work with you to invent, test and refine new online products. Our expert team of 20 software developers and user experience designers define success measures before development begins, using these to fine tune products to deliver maximum returns. @WhiteOctober www.whiteoctober.co.uk

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Heythrop Park Resort is a unique venue set in 440 acres of stunning Oxfordshire Countryside. The resort boasts two individual hotels: the elegant De Vere Venues Heythrop Park hotel and the stylish Crowne Plaza hotel. The Resort also offers a championship 18 hole golf course, health club & spa together with state of the art conference facilities, complimentary wi-fi throughout and complimentary car parking. @crowneplazahey www.heythroppark.co.uk

OXFORD SUPER CONNECTED CITY Oxford City Council has secured funding from Government to provide grants to small and medium sized businesses in Oxford towards increasing their broadband speeds. Grants are available from £200 to £3000 in value and can be used to cover broadband installation costs. The Council is also promoting the use of e-billing for business rates. Visit our stand for more details and help with accessing a broadband connection voucher. www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/oxford

DARBYS SOLICITORS LLP Darbys Solicitors was established in 1919 and has offices in Oxford, Thame, Manchester and Colchester. It has 26 Partners and a total of over 200 staff. The firm’s lawyers look after clients nationwide. Darbys Solicitors is a full service legal practice made up of 20 teams it provides legal services and assistance across the complete range of legal disciplines. Darbys’ absolute commitment is to be always there for its clients, and to deliver A GREAT SERVICE - EVERY LAWYER, EVERY TIME. @BLUE_LAW

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LOW CARBON HUB Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Action on sustainable energy and carbon reduction is essential if the UK is to achieve energy security in the future and reach its legally binding carbon targets. We have a long way to go to achieve current targets of 40% CO2 reduction by 2020 (Oxford City Council) and 50% by 2030 (Oxfordshire County Council). But Oxfordshire is actively taking up the challenge.The Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise that works to lower carbon emissions across Oxfordshire by helping businesses, the public sector and communities to develop renewable energy projects and reduce energy demand. @LowCarbonHub www.lowcarbonhub.org

iPHONE-EXPERTS iPhone-Experts.co.uk is a dedicated repair company specialising in the repair of Apple Products. We are trained in carrying out nearly all iPhone, iPad and iPod repairs and aim to provide a quick and efficient service to all of our customers. We are able to offer a tailored service for corporate clients and already work alongside several local authorities, schools, colleges & high street chains. @iPhoneExpertsUK www.iphone-experts.co.uk

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