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Oxfordshire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Oxford City Council

South Northants District Council

South Oxfordshire District Council

Vale of White Horse District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council


Government and Public Sector


Business Link a business support help-line.

Companies House the register of UK companies and source of information.

Department for Business Inovation and Skills is the Government Dept for economic growth.

Direct Gov is the access point to public service information from the UK Government.

Growth Accelerator is a package of business support provided via regional partners.

Health and Safety at Work provide advice, guidance, news, templates, tools, legislation and publications.

HM Revenue and Customs information on UK tax (Income, NI, VAT, Corporation etc.)

Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights and promotes openness by public bodies and data privacy.

Intellectual Property Office can help with the right protection for creations and inventions via patents, trade marks, copyright, etc.

New Enterprise Allowance available to participants in the Enterprise Allowance Scheme giving access to business mentoring, guidance and support.

Nomis provides views of the labour market for an area.

Office of Fair Trading enforces consumer protection and competition law, reviews mergers and conducts market studies.

Office for National Statistics provides UK data and information.

Source Oxfordshire created to help business understand the procurement and grant processes in Oxfordshire (and further afield).

UK Trade and Investment supports UK companies to trade overseas and enterprises seeking to trade in the UK.


Local and Regional Support


Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership provide a wide range of information, advice and guidance for business.

Buckinghamshire Business First provides a link between the business community and public policy, and offers members a range of services.

The Environmental Information Exchange based at Brookes University provides supports SME’s with the information needed to reduce environmental impacts.

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership provide a wide range of information, advice and guidance for business.

Oxford Business Mentors offer free mentoring to business owners.

Oxford Innovation Services provide a range of services to high growth and star-up businesses and support access to finance.

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network links investors with early stage technology companies across the UK.

Oxfordshire Business First promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in Oxfordshire, aimed at stimulating business growth.

Oxfordshire Chambers of Commerce and Trade provide information, representation and support to local business.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership providing a wide range of information, advice and guidance for business.

Vale4Business is a collaborative partnership between the Vale of White Horse DC Civic Leaders and the regions business leaders.


National Bodies


British Franchise Association providing information on accredited franchise opportunities and advisors.

British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is a representative body of the sector.

Federation of Small Businesses represents the interests of small businesses and provides member services.

Fredericks Oxfordshire a local Oxfordshire loan fund to support businesses that have been turned down by a bank or mainstream lender.

Fredericks Northamptonshire a local Northamptonshire loan fund to support businesses that have been turned down by a bank or mainstream lender.

Growing Business community site with general information.

mumsclub a community site for mums in business

mumpreneuruk a support network for mums in business

mumplusbusiness helping local mums form partnerships

Networkingmummies a source of networking, events and a marketplace

National Enterprise Network is an umbrella organisation for local enterprise agencies.

Prince’s Trust helps young 18-30 people who are unemployed, underemployed or of limited means get started in business.

Smarta advice and networking resource for anyone starting and running a small business

Sustainable Routes can offer a grant of up to £1,000 to SME’s who adopt new ways of working that cut travel costs.

Small Business on-line advice for pre-start businesses.

UK Business Angels Association promoting angel investing and early stage investment.


Other Business Support Services


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