OxLEP Women in Business Gathering

OxLEP Women in Business Gathering

Are you a female founder, leader, or entrepreneur of an SME in Oxfordshire? Come network at this ‘gathering’ of like-minded business women.

OxLEP Business is pleased to be offering this Women in Business Gathering event. After the success of our last events we hope to continue bringing together Oxfordshire’s Women in Business.

The Women in Business network provides an environment in which you can be yourself and have meaningful discussions with fellow women in business within Oxfordshire, as well as share experiences.

• A place in which you can build trusted relationships with like-minded women

• An opportunity to increase your business knowledge

• An opportunity to take part in discussion topics

• An opportunity to raise awareness of your business and personal brand

Our Women in Business Gatherings provides the opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing local female talent, wonderful business relationships forged to date, and the evident appetite for female empowerment across the region. OxLEP’s existing and new female clients are invited to come together for a fantastic morning of networking and insightful conversation.

Although networking and making valuable connections is a priority, you also have the chance to speak to the OxLEP Business team about available support.

Who is this event for?

This in-person event is for female business founders, leaders, and managers of SMEs in and around the Oxfordshire area. This event provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with peers, meet new women entrepreneurs, and listen to inspiring guest speakers, all in a lively and friendly environment.

N B: Whilst priority will be given to existing OxLEP clients; this event is also open to women business leaders that may not yet have sought support from OxLEP.


Sarah Giles is the founder of Out Of Oxford, bringing Mid-week microadventures in the beautiful green (and blue!) spaces on the edge of our city and the Business Development Manager at Velocity Cycle Couriers.

Most of Sarah’s unplanned career has been in the charity sector, beginning with community development work in Birmingham, later in international conflict transformation and then working for charities supporting refugees, asylum seekers and people with learning disabilities and autism. Sarah spent a short time working in local philanthropy before moving to a national swimming charity as a consultant.

Inevitably, Sarah has spent a lot of her career asking people for money. In 2023, a friend challenged Sarah to try and actually sell people something, which led to Sarah joining Velocity Cycle Couriers, a fantastic start-up with a mission to transform urban deliveries with ultra low emission transport. Alongside her part-time business development role with Velocity, Sarah is growing her own business, Out of Oxford, running overnight camping adventures for people wanting to make the most of their 5-9.

Sarah is still on a steep learning curve but she’s looking forward to sharing the experience of moving from charities where purpose is a given, to businesses working for profit with purpose.


09.30 – 09.45 – Registration

09.30 – 10.00 – Coffee, biscuits and networking

10.00 – 10.10 – Welcome from OxLEP Business

10.10 – 10.30 – Guest speaker

10.30 – 12.00 – Coffee and networking

How to attend

Places are limited, with no more than one person from any single organisation. You must be either registered with Companies House or a registered sole trader to attend.

NB: Should all of the places be taken when you come to book, simply email the team at business@oxfordshirelep.com and they will prioritise you for any future event.