Oxford: Great for Business
Whether you run an established business or you’re just setting out on a journey of entrepreneurship, Oxford makes a great choice of location for numerous strategic reasons. Here are some of the best reasons to think about running a business in Oxford.
A ready source of top graduates
Oxford University is undisputably one of the finest in the world, and it’s officially ranked the world’s number one by the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2017. Little wonder, then, that the city is so popular with businesses, who have at their disposal a ready supply of some of the world’s brightest graduates – many of whom don’t want to leave the city when their degree comes to an end. With many staying on to complete Master’s degrees and PhDs, there’s a high density of extremely well-qualified potential recruits looking for jobs. The city is also home to Oxford Brookes University, bringing even more graduates into the mix.
Dedicated science and business parks
Oxford and the surrounding area has a number of renowned science and business parks that provide excellent facilities for businesses looking to locate outside the city centre. Oxford Science Park, Oxford Business Park, Begbroke Science Park, Milton Park and Culham Science Centre are all possibilities for businesses wanting to base themselves in or near Oxford, while Harwell Oxford Science Park near Didcot even boasts the presence of the European Space Agency.
Even more business support
Oxford businesses are supported in other ways, too. For instance, there’s the Isis Software Incubator, which is dedicated to fostering burgeoning businesses in the development of products and services. Innovation Support Vouchers funded by Oxfordshire LEP and Isis Angels Network are examples of the kind of funding possibilities open to businesses in Oxford, while networking groups such as Oxford Start-Ups and Digital Oxford give businesses ample opportunities for expanding their professional contacts. With other institutions such as the Said Business School and Oxford Entrepreneurs also on the business scene here, Oxford adds up to an incredibly business-friendly city.
An attractive place to live and work
Of course, leaving aside its many direct benefits for businesses, Oxford also makes a fantastic place to live and work. Sprawling parks and stunning architecture both new and old provide an inspiring environment to work in, not to mention on a walk to work or when nipping into town on a lunch break. Numerous quirky coffee shops and upmarket hotels make the ideal setting for business meetings, while the city’s smart cocktail bars and restaurants are a popular venue for after-work drinks or office parties.
Great transport links
Being so close to the M40, Oxford is easy to get to from north or south, and getting to London for meetings couldn’t be easier. It’s not much more than an hour from London, and it’s around 50 minutes to London Heathrow by car. Here at Oxfordshire Executive Chauffeurs, we help with Oxford-based businesses with stylish corporate transport and airport transfers every day of the week. Contact us to get a quote and find out more about how we can help your business.