Growing a business

This page contains details of support services to help you grow your business including specialists on innovation, manufacturing and exporting.

FAB Accelerator

FAB is Oxford’s first accelerator programme for ambitious entrepreneurs and start ups. FAB combines weekly evening classes covering key start up business topics, each delivered by expert speakers and special guests, with regular 1-to-1 sessions with business mentors.

The programme culminates in a ‘demo day’ and pitching session where all participants get to pitch to a panel of investors and assembled audience of business advisors, funding bodies and support organisations.

Please visit FAB Accelerator

Oxfordshire Business Support

Oxfordshire Business Support runs a regular series of free workshops covering important topics for growing businesses including business efficiency, bringing new products to market and raising finance.  For more information and a schedule of forthcoming workshops, please see:

Innovate UK

Innovate UK gives support and funding to help business develop new products and services. Innovate UK runs a series of schemes including the SMART R & D Grants, Feasibility Studies and Innovation Vouchers.

Please visit Innovate UK or ring 03003 214357

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is the Government department that helps businesses to export goods and services overseas. It runs a series of initiatives including trade fairs, missions and the Open to Export scheme for SMEs. For more information please:

Oxfordshire International Business Club (OIBC)

OIBC is a forum and community that helps businesses in Oxfordshire to operate effectively in international markets  - import, export and investment. 

Please visit Oxfordshire International Business Club

Jennings Business Mentors

Free mentoring service to anyone who runs an owner-managed business in Oxfordshire.  A team of 30 experienced mentors who all run their own businesses give their time to help others.

Please visit Jennings Business Mentors or ring 01865 893305

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

KTP is a Government funded scheme which embeds an ambitious graduate, supported by a university specialist, into a business to lead a project that transforms the business and makes a step change in growth. It is one of the best ways for businesses to make use of the specialist knowledge and expertise developed in the University.

Please visit Knowledge Transfer Partnership(opens in a new window) or ring 01865 484204

West Oxfordshire District Council
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