Supporting Business in Cherwell
Here in North Oxfordshire we have various public sector bodies offering support to businesses who work closely together to provide the best service they can. This makes the most of our varied strengths and enhances what is available to you to help you succeed.
For mainstream business, you’ll find a lot of support from Business Link, and our local enterprise agency, Oxfordshire Business Enterprises, as well as informal support through the many flourishing business networking groups. If you are starting a business in a high-growth or high-technology sector, we have a range of specialist help for you. The Oxfordshire Enterprise Hub provides specialist support covering areas such as R&D funding, Intellectual Property (IP) protection, and ready-for-funding preparations.
As well as being a great place to grow existing companies, Cherwell is a great place to start one.
Early stage private investment in your firm can come via one of the two investor networks – Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network (OION – although we all call it Onion for simplicity); Oxford Early Investments (OEI) specialising in high-tech and knowledge based start-ups; and TVIN, a business angel network for the Thames Valley.
Cherwell's flourishing business networks provide informal support and opportunities to meet local suppliers and clients.
Please also click here for more information on Business Support Networks.
We also link into the corporate support available from the South East England Development Agency, especially for those of you with international connections (or who are keen to create some).
A matrix of the business support for all of Oxfordshire is available at
Cherwell District Council
Oxfordshire Business Enterprises
The Fredericks Foundation
Oxfordshire Enterprise Hub
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
UK Trade and Investment
Oxfordshire Early Investments
Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network
Banbury Corporate Finance Intiative (BCFI)
BCFI are a network of local accountants, solicitors, bankers and brokers who form the region's first corporate finance advice and support group for entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and company directors.
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