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Oxford & Oxfordshire

World Class & Connected Brought to you by


Lowest unemployment in the country


Excellent Spirit of Collaboration

million trips were made to Oxfordshire in 2016

Total Jobs

362,900 in 2017 2

Oxford & Oxfordshire

World Class & Connected Brought to you by


678,500 Oxfordshire Population in 2016 3

Oxford & Oxfordshire


World Class & Connected


30+ Over 30 B4 events in 2018, always fully booked, in Oxfordshire’s leading venues

20,000 Over 20,000 social media connections



Members and rising

Members represent over 30,000 employees collectively

£5bn Network turnover in excess of £5bn

Oxford and Oxfordshire were top of the 2017 Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index and the 2018 Arcadis ‘Investing in Britain’ report named 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. We’re working towards building B4 as the platform for business to business communication and profile raising in Oxfordshire and by co-ordinating through B4, we not only believe that Oxfordshire has a bright future, but that we can show the rest of the world that businesses in Oxfordshire are united in their vision to be ‘World Class and Connected’.   On Wednesday 23rd May at BIO2018, we will be presenting ‘Oxford & Oxfordshire - World Class and Connected’, a promotional video supported by an online report designed to get our message across ‘support B4 and Oxfordshire’s growth’. We want to demonstrate not only the diversity of organisations committed to B4 but also the extent of their commitment and how this joined up approach to doing business in our county is helping to drive growth for the future.   This document outlines B4’s 15 point programme to link businesses and organisations in Oxfordshire and provide

even more opportunities for profile raising, development and growth. We also want to give our members a voice, an opportunity to co-ordinate opinion to ensure that Oxfordshire grows, as much as possible, in a way which serves the majority of businesses with the maximum benefits. In short, B4 aims to facilitate joined up thinking and to present Oxfordshire to the rest of the world as an attractive investment proposition, mindful of the very clear challenges that our county faces in maintaining its position as one of the country’s leading economies.

Target 100 We’re here to help Oxfordshire grow and we want you to join us. We are targeting an initial 100 B4 members to commit to B4 for three years. Our next target is a total of 250 members committed to B4’s vision for a connected Oxfordshire before the end of 2018 and 500 by the end of 2019. The ultimate target is to have 1,000 B4 members committed to B4 on a three year basis by 2020. Are you in? Richard Rosser CEO, B4 5

Why Oxfordshire is Leading the Way

Very Real Challenges For the Future

Businesses & Employment


Number of businesses 31,130 (2017)1 Total jobs 362,900 (2017)2 Total unemployed just 14,500 in 20172 Lowest unemployment in the country

A transport infrastructure in need of investment.

Economy Total wealth created (GVA) £14.2 billion in 20093 Resilient economy

Delivering new homes & access to affordable housing remains a challenge In Oxfordshire, 9 times average income is required to buy a house



Lower than average educational attainment among Oxfordshire pupils – below the south east average and across England Need for skills development in the manufacturing sector (including Oxfordshire’s specialist and growing sectors) and care sector ‘Employability’ skills of young need to improve A tight labour market with low unemployment compared to vacancies

Key sectors: Higher education, health, scientific research and development, car manufacture, publishing, agriculture, tourism. Niche clusters: Biotechnology, space, cryogenics, advanced engineering. Niche clusters like biomedical will be the basis for growth for years to come.

Question marks over Oxfordshire businesses ability to recruit from European countries

People A Highly skilled and educated workforce Oxfordshire Population 678,500 (2016)4 27.6 million trips were made to Oxfordshire in 2016 9.8 million nights spent in Oxfordshire in 2016

Spirit An excellent spirit of collaboration as evidenced through the success of the Oxfordshire LEP and Growth Board 1



Inter Departmental Business Register (ONS) 3 Oxfordshire Economic Assessment 2012


Post Brexit

Social Problems Critical issues such as homelessness and an increasing polarity between the have’s and have not’s must be addressed

ONS Annual Population Survey ONS Population estimates




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B4 A Mark of Quality

A Three Year Commitment


Join a growing number of B4 members who have committed to support B4’s vision for the next three years. Your support will enable us to accelerate our development plans and protect your commitment to B4 for a crucial period in our growth.



B4 B4 Values

B4 is for business people who understand that success is not about a ‘quick win’ or a hard-sell approach. The B4 community encourages authentic ethos, collaboration and reciprocation and our Value statement will underline the importance of trust, integrity and honesty to the B4 community. The ways in which members trade, look after their workforce, the environment and local communities are fundamental to their success as well as all stakeholders.

B4 Buddy


Support a new business, charity or social enterprise with a B4 Buddy Membership, a reduced rate membership which gets your Buddy in the community to enjoy all of the B4 membership benefits. Association can be public or private…it’s up to you.


5 B4 Oxfordshire Voice

A forum for Oxfordshire’s business community, through B4, to have its say on proposed future developments in Oxfordshire by providing the Oxford Economic Growth Steering Group with the findings of surveys and forums conducted with the B4 community. Let’s work together to shape the future economic development of Oxfordshire.





B4 Knowledge Bank

The B4 community includes experts in a wide range of sectors and they want to help your business. We will be sharing their expertise in a variety of ways including webinars, learning videos, masterclasses and magazine articles. All B4 members can gain access to this invaluable resource.

B4 NXT will engage with the under 25’s in creative, professional and other organisations to help them develop and prepare to support Oxfordshire’s growth ambitions. The B4 community will help to develop B4 NXT by providing expert advice to the next generation of B4 members.

B4 Endorsed Events


Our aim is to provide our members with access to at least one B4 endorsed event every day throughout Oxfordshire, events held by our members to assist in their continuing development.






New B4 Website

B4 Magazine

Launching in September 2018, the site will connect private companies, public sector organisations, charities and networking groups on a company / organisation basis as well as an employee basis. With recommendation and referral functionality, the site will also

bring the trust in your network to the website, making introductions more efficient and driving more business through the B4 community.


Our bi-monthly, high quality magazine delivered to Oxfordshire’s business community with an on and off line readership in excess of 24,000. B4 Magazine contains in depth interviews, features and reviews on a wide range of subjects from some of Oxfordshire’s leading businesses.




B4 Events

B4 Social Media

With over 30 B4 events taking place in 2018 in some of Oxfordshire’s leading venues, B4 events have established a reputation for high quality in all respects. Connect with key decision makers from a wide range of businesses whilst enjoying first class hospitality in sophisticated surroundings. Connect with B4 Platinum Members at our B4 Platinum Dinners held in Oxford colleges, leading restaurants and many other prestigious venues. Hear from high calibre speakers whilst connecting with some of Oxfordshire’s leading businesses.



With over 20,000 social media connections, predominantly on LinkedIn and Twitter, our social media platforms provide an excellent and fertile extension of our existing platforms to give members in the B4 community an even wider reach for their news and events. As the rules of digital connection change with GDPR, B4’s social media connections provide you with an excellent market to promote your news.



13 BIO

Organised and curated annually by B4, Business in Oxford is the biggest business-networking and showcase event in the county. Now in its 5th year, BIO2018 brings together over 900 of the county’s business owners, leaders, entrepreneurs and executives. In a world of information overkill, Business in Oxford focuses on the issues most pertinent to you and your business, invigorating new thinking and inspiring action. BIO is a must attend event for you and your colleagues to cement existing and spark new relationships. It’s a day where you can source invaluable information to help your business grow. 18




B4 Referral Programme

B4 is now a referral only membership, a new direction we have taken to ensure we protect the integrity of the B4 community and maintain the values that we have established over the past 12 years.

B4 Expansion


We are working towards expanding the B4 community beyond Oxfordshire through our existing network of contacts. By perfecting the B4 model in Oxfordshire, we aim to establish similar communities in other counties and, perhaps, beyond. 20



B4 Community ACCOUNTANTS Chapman Robinson and Moore Ernst and Young Grant Thornton UK LLP James Cowper Kreston Richardsons Chartered Accountants Ridgefield Consulting Seymour Taylor Shaw Gibbs The M Group Wellers Wenn Townsend Whitley Stimpson Ltd Wilson Partners ARTS & CULTURE Aidan Meller Galleries Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Oxford Playhouse ATTRACTIONS & VENUES Ashmolean Museum Blenheim Palace Bodleian Library Bombay Sapphire Distillery Christ Church Picture Gallery Oxford Castle Unlocked Oxfordshire Museum BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION Beard Construction Bicester Roofing Kingerlee Savvy Group Solid Structures BUSINESS PARKS Begbroke Science Park Bloxham Mill Grove Business Park Howbery Park MEPC Oxford Science Park CHARITIES & TRUSTS Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust Cowley Road Works Helen and Douglas House Oxfordshire Community Foundation Reciprocate Sobell House UCARE


CONFERENCE & EVENTS Corpus Christi College Culham Conference Centre Milton Hill House Examination Schools Exeter College Horticulture House Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Oxford Brookes Venues Oxford Town Hall Pembroke College Rhodes House Saïd Business School Swift Venue Finders The King’s Centre

Hawkwell House Macdonald Randolph Hotel Malmaison Oxford Royal Oxford Hotel Sheldon Grange Spires Hotel Stoke Park The Manor Country House Hotel

LEGAL Addis Law Blake Morgan LLP Brethertons LLP BrookStreet Des Roches LLP David Parry Employment Law Freeths Gardner Leader Hedges Law Knights Lewis Silkin LLP Moorcrofts LLP Penningtons Manches LLP Royds Withy King Turpin and Miller LLP

EDUCATION Abingdon and Witney College Active Education & Training d’Overbroeck’s EF Language School Lake School of English

HOSPITALITY - RESTAURANTS, PUBS & BARS Cuttlefish La Cucina Pierre Victoire Pint Shop The Anchor The Bear and Ragged Staff The Cherwell Boathouse The Crown The Duke of Cambridge The House The Oxford Kitchen

EVENTS Bike Oxford / Iconic Cycling Events Bloodwise – Blenheim Triathlon Christmas Light Festival Creation Theatre Grand Designs Live


LOCAL GOVERNMENT & RELATED GROUPS Bicester Vision Oxford City Council Oxfordshire LEP West Oxfordshire District Council

EVENTS ORGANISATIONS Oxford Event Hire Sam Strange Magic That Event Company

HR Better People Ltd Crossland Employment Solicitors e-volveHR Global CTS You HR

MARKETING & DESIGN ads advertising & design solutions House on the Hill Imageworks Luna Branding Marketing Sense Strangebrew Studio 8 Photography The Plastic Goldfish Company Two One Services

FINANCE & INSURANCE Barclays Cazenove Capital Management Financework FOCUS Oxford Risk Management Ltd HSBC Bank Plc NatWest Xero HEALTH SERVICES Diamond House Dental Practice Helen Money Nutrition Tripp Hearing HOSPITALITY ACCOMMODATION Belmond Le Manoir Eastgate Hotel Hartwell House Hotel

IT & WEB DEVELOPERS Alberon Bongo IT CIS Ltd Complete IT CTS Group Digitizelectric Limited Indulge Media InTouch CRM Oxford Digitisation Centre Torpedo Group Limited Urban Element LARGE EMPLOYERS Nielsen Owen Mumford Unipart

LEISURE Newbury Racecourse Oxford Active Prime Energy Fitness Spirit Health Club The Cocktail Service

NETWORKS & GROUPS Berkshire Vision Business Buzz Conference Oxford Experience Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Business Awards Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group The Oxford Business Network Twin Town Challenge West Oxfordshire Business Awards

As of March 2018.

PRINTERS Minuteman Press MRD Digital Print OxUniPrint PROPERTY SERVICES - AGENTS Breckon and Breckon Carter Jonas Chesterton Yeates College and County Finders Keepers Marriotts North Oxford Property Services Oxford Innovation Savills VSL and Partners Wallers Estate Agents PROPERTY SERVICES - OTHER Darke and Taylor Ltd Element Studios Executive Alarms Ltd Gray Baynes + Shew G-Smatt Europe Jessop and Cook Architects Lucy Properties One St Aldates Oxford Centre for Innovation Peter Brett Associates LLP Ridge and Partners LLP Simeio PUBLIC RELATIONS Avril Chaffey PR Haiku Consulting Papa Romeo Public Relations Ltd Spacecraft Consulting RECRUITMENT Allen Associates Gold Star Recruitment Selective Recruitment Solutions The Career Boutique RETAIL Alexandra Roman Bicester Village Blackwell’s OXC UK The Westgate SERVICES A1 Plumbing and Heating Abbotts Office Solutions

Aston and James Office Supplies Auditel COEL Conversis CustomEyes Media Excel Dry Cleaners Headington Carriers Isis Creative Framing Ltd Libreea LightBright Communications MJF Mulholland Landscape Consultants OrangeStripe Telecoms Oxford Garden Design Pro Eco Recognition Express Security Exchange STL Communications WH Mobile Valeting Windover SPORTS CLUBS Frilford Heath Golf Club Headington Road Runners Kirtlington Golf Club Oxford University RFC Oxfordshire Cricket Tottenham Hotspur FC TRAINING & CONSULTANTS The Entrepreneur’s Godmother Business Doctors Coaching Mindset Cultural Chemistry Diane Wilkinson & Associates Ltd Endeavour Consulting Explosive Learning Solutions Financework Heart of Business Highfield Business Associates Hilltop Consultancy James White Sales Success Leading Edge Coaching My Business Backup Oxford Professional Consulting Sandler Training Think Inspire and Create TRAVEL Chiltern Railways City Sightseeing Findlay Chauffeur Service London Oxford Airport Oxford Bus Company 23




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