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The OxLEP Investment Readiness Club

An introduction to OxLEP's support preparing you and your business for growth through equity investment.Smaller businesses are less likely to secure investment to support their growth. Many of these smaller businesses also perceive that access to finance is too complicated, and therefore restrict their own ambitions for growth. This Investment Readiness Club will build on the successful support delivered by the eScalate programme.This support is designed to meet four aims:To support businesses in deciding whether they should be seeking investment to support their accelerated growth,To equip business leaders with the knowledge and skills that they will need to be investment ready,To provide 1:1 support for businesses to explore their growth through investment opportunity,Mentoring for businesses who are on an investment journey.This Investment Readiness support will include the following:Introductory webinars on some of the technical topics such as SEIS / EIS and business valuation,Options to finance growth workshop,Investor Pitching Fast Track 1 day workshop for 25 businesses,Two peer networks on Investment Readiness,1:1 Scale up and Investment support; and,Mentor meetings with investors,Potentially a ‘Pitch to the Panel’ eventJoin this webinar and open the door to your Investment Readiness journey.Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) schemeThe Growth Hub programme operates a Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) […]

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Social Selling for Start-Ups

Kick-start your social selling journey to attract, engage and convert more customersThis fully-funded event is aimed at startup businesses who would like to utilise social selling as part of their Sales and Marketing strategy.You will learn how to:1. Prepare your Sales & Marketing plan for Social Selling2. Make sure you are using the correct platforms and strategies to help boost your business3. Message effectively to start conversations and get leads.Your expertThis webinar will be delivered by MAVERRiK. MAVERRiK are on a mission to help one million businesses to get clients and grow faster. They help businesses to implement strategies to get more clients, make more money and spend less time selling. MAVERRiK are the UK leaders in using LinkedIn as a sales channel.Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) schemeThe Growth Hub programme operates a Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) scheme. All SMEs which receive support under this programme are being aided under the UK Subsidy Control Act (2022) and The Subsidy Control (Gross Cash Amount and Gross Cash Equivalent) Regulations (2022 No. 1186).MFA allows a beneficiary to receive up to £315,000 of Subsidy over a three-fiscal year period (i.e. the current and previous two fiscal years). The value of MFA given is the […]

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CXO Masterclass – Leadership & Communication

For small business leaders, understanding leadership & communication is crucial for long-term success.CXO Masterclass: Leadership & CommunicationIn today's rapidly evolving business landscape, effective leadership is paramount. It's the cornerstone that unleashes the full potential of your team, fostering a culture of excellence and resilience. Join us for an immersive workshop where we delve into the art and science of leadership, tailored specifically for UK business leaders like you.This Masterclass will be your catalyst for:Visionary Leadership: Explore the pivotal role of vision in driving organizational success and inspiring your team towards a common goal.Essential Leadership Traits: Identify and cultivate the core qualities that distinguish exceptional leaders, empowering you to navigate challenges with confidence.Maximizing Team Potential: Discover practical strategies to elevate your team's performance, creating a symbiotic relationship where mutual growth fuels business success.As a leader within a small organization, you often tread a solitary path or collaborate closely with a small team. This can limit exposure to diverse perspectives and innovative approaches, leaving you grappling with challenges in isolation. Moreover, time constraints often hinder your ability to invest in leadership development amidst the demands of daily operations.Join us as we break free from the confines of conventional leadership paradigms and embark […]

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West Oxfordshire SPARK – Business Fundamentals and Business Model Canvas

Witney Lakes Resort Downs Road, Witney, England, United Kingdom

Thinking of starting your own business? Or recently started? You are in good company, let us help you to succeed!EligibilityIf you are based in West Oxfordshire, and you would like to start your business, then you can register for this event. If you are outside of the county, please register for the OxLEP Start Up Club.West Oxforshire Spark ProgrammeThe West Oxfordshire Business SPARK programme is designed to help you to start your brilliant new business! This support will be engaging and fun, but also challenging, to ensure that you get maximum value. By joining our SPARK programme, you will join 5 half-day workshops.Workshop 1 - Business Fundamentals and Business Model CanvasLearning ObjectivesDeveloping critical thinking skillsDeveloping a collaborative mindsetDeveloping creativityDeveloping understanding of why businesses succeed or failOverviewThis first workshop in the West Oxfordshire Business SPARK programme is designed to encourage you to focus on the fundamentals of a successful business and develop a viable, successful and sustainable business plan.The workshop will be delivered by one of our experienced business experts, providing practical content to help you learn and make progress on the day, alongside a group of supportive peers.You will finish the day with a clear plan on how to move […]

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OxBOoSt Network – May

River & Rowing Museum River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, England, United Kingdom

The 'Oxfordshire Business Opportunities & Support network' for all OxLEP Business clients and anyone who wants to learn more.The Number 1 regular meet-up for Oxfordshire businesses who want to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas.OxLEP Business engages with thousands of business owners and leaders every year providing knowledge, advice and other business development support. But until now there hasn't been an easy way to help these businesses to network. Problem solved...The OxBOoSt network will meet on the first Tuesday of every month (public holidays taken into account) from 4pm to 5pm and is open to all Oxfordshire based businesses to join (and its free!).Each meeting will include 5-8 pre-arranged slots for businesses to share their story or pitch for collaboration and a forward look of business support from OxLEP. And of course there will be plenty of time for networking.You can request one of the business story slots on the booking form.

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AI Tools to Delight Your Customer

Every business owner and leader wants to please their customers. So, if AI tools can help you do that, why not use them?This workshop is for small business owners who want to revolutionise their customer engagement with AI!By attending this workshop, you will learn:- How to understand your customers' needs better,- How to create personalised experiences for your customers with AI tools,- How to anticipate customer needs and behaviour with AI's predictive power,- And many more tips to benefit from AI in your business.Understanding your customers’ needs is essential in today's market. This workshop will empower you to tailor your offerings effectively with AI tools.Discover how AI can transform your customer interactions. From intelligent chatbots to algorithms that analyse consumer preferences, you'll learn how AI can elevate your customer service to new heights.But that's not all!Learn how AI can help you stay one step ahead of your competition. Explore strategies to proactively address challenges, deliver relevant solutions, and foster lasting loyalty with AI.Led by an experienced user of AI, this workshop combines practical insights with actionable strategies, equipping you to thrive in the digital era. Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of AI and redefine the customer […]

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Creating Authentic Stories for your Business

The Boutique Workplace Company - Boston House Downsview Road, Wantage, England, United Kingdom

How clear and compelling are the stories you tell for your business? Do they help your customers to connect and feel like they belong?Stories connect us and take us on journeys. They open up new worlds and make us feel like we belong. Telling the story of your business is a transformative and meaningful way you can reach your customers, helping them follow you and your brand from ‘once upon a time’ to ‘happily ever after.’Join Alison Waller in this interactive workshop to explore the power of stories and the value of storytelling skills for business success. You will receive practical guidance on how to engage people through authentic narratives and build a toolkit of creative strategies for developing inspiring and innovative content.Alison will lead you through essential story elements, including:values and purposecharacter and plotthe promise – and surprise – of storieshuman perspectives and listening skillsAlison is a writing coach and public engagement professional, with over 15 years of experience dealing in stories. She has taught creative writing at universities and written books on literature and reading. She runs The Writing Path and loves helping people to write effectively and bring their ideas to life.This event will take place at […]

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Developing Your IP Strategy

Gain a clear understanding of what IP entails and how it can serve as a powerful asset for your business growth.Intellectual Property (IP) is a valuable strategic tool that enables small businesses to protect, leverage, and profit from their innovations and creations, ultimately driving their competitiveness, growth, and long-term success.Learn the essential components of building a robust IP foundation, including understanding ownership rights, identifying and assessing your IP assets, and implementing effective IP capture strategies to maximize protection. Delve into the realm of existing IP assets within your organization and learn how to develop a strategic approach to managing and leveraging them for competitive advantage.Navigate the intricacies of IP strategy development, ensuring alignment with your business objectives and market positioning. Explore the concept of Freedom to Operate (FTO) and its critical importance in avoiding infringement risks and maintaining market competitiveness.This webinar is part of a new programme of ‘Investment Readiness’ support coordinated by OxLEP Business and supported by some of Oxfordshire’s leading innovation and investment experts.This online workshop will help you to explore:What is IP?How can it work for your business?What threats can it pose to your business?Building a solid IP foundation:(a) Ownership of IP(b) Identifying and assessing IP(c) IP […]

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OxLEP Start-Up Club – Bootcamp (1) – Business Planning

OxLEP SUP Club Bootcamp is back! Session 1 of 3, designed to help you to create and grow the business you always dreamed about!Start-Up BootcampFor start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs - this bootcamp is designed to encourage businesses to focus on the fundamentals of a successful business and develop a viable, successful and sustainable business.Three intense sessions, each delivered by one of our experienced business experts, providing practical content to help you learn and make progress, alongside a group of supportive peers.You will finish the Bootcamp with a clear plan on how to move your business forward and reach your next milestone.Session 1 - Business Planning In this first session Lesley McKie, Director at Positively Media and long-term supporter of small businesses and businesses with purpose, will introduce the Business Model Canvas - a great tool to help you create your first business plan on one page! Completing your own Business Model Canvas will also help you to refine the business idea, and consider all of the key ingredients to help you to make it a success.Session 2 - Your Value Proposition and Your Customers - Register for that event separately.Session 3 - Managing your Business Finances - Register for that […]

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OxLEP Women in Business Gathering

Jennings - Monument Park Monument Park, Chalgrove, England, United Kingdom

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 brandOur 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 […]

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OxLEP Start-Up Club – Bootcamp (2) – Your Value Proposition and Customers

OxLEP SUP Club Bootcamp is back! Session 2 of 3, designed to help you to create and grow the business you always dreamed about!Start-Up BootcampFor start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs - this bootcamp is designed to encourage businesses to focus on the fundamentals of a successful business and develop a viable, successful and sustainable business.Three intense sessions, each delivered by one of our experienced business experts, providing practical content to help you learn and make progress, alongside a group of supportive peers.You will finish the Bootcamp with a clear plan on how to move your business forward and reach your next milestone.Session 1 - Business Planning - I hope you didnt miss this? Register for that event seperately.Session 2 - Your Value Proposition and Your Customers - In this second session Lesley McKie, Director at Positively Media, will help you to look at the value you create for your customers. Your value proposition will be improved by considering how it helps customers and how you can use that new found knowledge to attract, nurture and convert more prospects into customers.Session 3 - Managing your Business Finances - Register for that event seperately.This Start-Up Bootcamp is perfect for individuals who are thinking […]

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Attract & Keep the Customers You Love

Customers have more choice than ever, so why should they come to you and your business?This workshop is aimed at established and ambitious businesses who want to attract and retain more customers. By attending you will develop your understanding of:The different types of customersThe customer lifecycleYour ideal client, and, what makes them tick; and,Actions you can take to Love Your Customer.To love your customers, you need to understand them.You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and confidence to grow your customer base.This Workshop is being delivered by:Su CopelandSu Copeland has over 30 years sales and marketing experience; and works with business leaders looking to generate the right kind of opportunities and systems for growth.She has wide sector experience with a specialism in working with technology, science and engineering organisations. Her results-based focus comes through progressing from junior roles, to managing multi-million accounts and then moving to founder roles in a number of start-ups.As MD of a local B2B telemarketing agency, she and her team delivered successful projects for clients such as Microsoft, Fujitsu and Novartis. As CEO of Priddey Marketing she works with MDs and CEO to help them take control of their marketing and deliver the right results. […]

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Understanding How A Business Is Valued

There are many ways to value a business and they aren’t all equal. Find out what you need to know about business valuation.Explore the intricate world of business valuation. Gain invaluable insights into the diverse ways businesses are valued and the nuances of each approach. Discover the pros and cons of different valuation methods, equipping yourself with the knowledge to make strategic decisions for your business's future.Do you know what is driving the value of your business?This webinar is part of a new programme of ‘Investment Readiness’ support coordinated by OxLEP Business and supported by some of Oxfordshire’s leading innovation and investment experts.This online workshop will:Help you to understand that there are different ways in which a business can be valued with a focus on the income approach and market approach.Help you to understand the pros and cons of the two approaches.Provide tips into how you can maximise the value of your business.By attending this workshop and joining this programme, you will equip yourself with the knowledge to position your business as an irresistible investment opportunity, setting the stage for success in Oxfordshire and beyond.This Webinar is being delivered by:Sean HackemannSean is founder of Specialist Accounting Solutions Ltd, an accountancy […]

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CXO Masterclass – Customer Experience

Your customers 'cannot not have an experience'. Are you maximising customer experience to deliver value for your business?Every CXO needs to be customer aware and customer focussed. This Masterclass will help you to look at your business with fresh eyes.The goal is to deliver Ambience: whether physical or digital, to help you to develop a sixth sense to maximise your customer experience, and to use technology that is both sophisticated and accessible, to optimise your ROI.How will this help my business?Combine excellence in physical and digital CX (Customer Experience) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) for your business to:help you increase your profitabilityget better ROI from the money you are already spendingunderstand and maximise the benefits of CX to meet customer expectations and aspirationsdeliver a joined-up brand-experienceensure your team owns, consistently delivers, and further enhances your customer experienceYour ExpertsThis workshop is being delivered by Stephen Spencer + AssociatesMinimal Financial Assistance (MFA) schemeThe Growth Hub programme operates a Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) scheme. All SMEs which receive support under this programme are being aided under the UK Subsidy Control Act (2022) and The Subsidy Control (Gross Cash Amount and Gross Cash Equivalent) Regulations (2022 No. 1186).MFA allows a beneficiary to receive up to […]

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OxLEP Start-Up Club – Bootcamp (3) – Managing Your Business Numbers

OxLEP SUP Club Bootcamp is back! Session 3 of 3, designed to help you to create and grow the business you always dreamed about!Start-Up BootcampFor start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs - this bootcamp is designed to encourage businesses to focus on the fundamentals of a successful business and develop a viable, successful and sustainable business.Three intense sessions, each delivered by one of our experienced business experts, providing practical content to help you learn and make progress, alongside a group of supportive peers.You will finish the Bootcamp with a clear plan on how to move your business forward and reach your next milestone.Session 1 - Business Planning - I hope you didn't miss this? Register for that event seperately.Session 2 - Your Value Proposition and Your Customers - I hope you didn't miss this? Register for that event seperately.Session 3 - Managing your Business Numbers - In this last session Richard Holling, will help to demistify financial management. After all, no business can succeed without valid income (a revenue stream), and only a fool wouldn't make sure they understood their costs.Richard will cover the basics of financial literacy, financial management e.g. cash flow forecasting, the difference between sole trader financials vs Ltd […]

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OxBOoSt Network – June

The 'Oxfordshire Business Opportunities & Support network' for all OxLEP Business clients and anyone who wants to learn more.The Number 1 regular meet-up for Oxfordshire businesses who want to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas.OxLEP Business engages with thousands of business owners and leaders every year providing knowledge, advice and other business development support. But until now there hasn't been an easy way to help these businesses to network. Problem solved...The OxBOoSt network will meet on the first Tuesday of every month (public holidays taken into account) from 4pm to 5pm and is open to all Oxfordshire based businesses to join (and its free!).Each meeting will include 5-8 pre-arranged slots for businesses to share their story or pitch for collaboration and a forward look of business support from OxLEP. And of course there will be plenty of time for networking.You can request one of the business story slots on the booking form.This meeting will be online.

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Foundations to Growth Network

OxLEP Business are inviting ambitious and passionate Start-Up and Growth Businesses to join the Foundations to Growth Network.OverviewOxLEP Business are inviting ambitious and passionate Start-Up and Growth Businesses to join the Foundations to Growth Network. Participating will help you gain new perspectives, inspire new ideas and change your way of thinking. It can also help you form new contacts, build networks and gain valuable professional and personal support.The workshop will be delivered by two of our experienced business experts, providing practical content to help you learn and make progress, alongside a group of supportive peers.You must be an Oxfordshire Business to apply, trading for at least 6 months.What do the sessions cover?Run over 6 weeks, the sessions cover:• Understanding strong foundations for growth;• Collaborative problem solving, knowledge sharing and developing softer skills with peers;• Exploring the next steps for growth.The group will meet on zoom on Mondays between 8am and 10am weekly starting on Monday 10th June 2024 to Monday 15th July 2024.What will I gain?• Access to a new support network• New tools for collaboration• Improved leadership and management skills• Understanding of the foundations for growth• Inspiration and motivation to growEligibility• You must be an Oxfordshire business, established and […]

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How To WOW the Investors – The Focus is on You!

Some moments in life count more than others, like speaking to investors. So, how should you approach this?Some moments in life count more than others, like speaking to investors. How you approach, shape your mindset and come across at your moment of greatest opportunity to gain that vital new connection, can be the make or break to lead to the financial & practical support that will elevate & grow your business.This webinar will look at tactics to improve impact, making a real connection & to get those investors backing you. Mark will talk through his 7 golden rules of how to approach and help win-over seasoned investors, to become bought in supporters of your business, your plans and you! He will talk about real life experiences & give an insight into how investors think and how to motivate them.This webinar is part of a new programme of ‘Investment Readiness’ support coordinated by OxLEP Business and supported by some of Oxfordshire’s leading innovation and investment experts.By attending this workshop and joining this programme, you will equip yourself with the knowledge to position your business as an irresistible investment opportunity, setting the stage for success in Oxfordshire and beyond.This Webinar is being […]

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