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OxLEP Business

As the Growth Hub for Oxfordshire, we're here to help small businesses (SMEs) find the support they need. We offer prompt, friendly, impartial advice and will signpost you to the right business support for you and your business by directing you to expert advice and national and local support programmes. 


We recognise that Coronavirus is – and will very likely – cause concern and possible disruption to small businesses, and businesses of all sizes, for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to work with Government to ensure that our business community can be supported as best as possible during this challenging period. There are a number of resources that have been made available by Government and we will continue to signpost our business community to these resources via our Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, helping you to make positive decisions during this time.

We are currently working on making some changes to the format of the business support that we offer to ensure that we can best support the county’s businesses. For example, some of our workshops may have to be postponed or delivered via a digital platform, and the content and delivery may also change. Also, our 1:1 support will now be delivered via telephone / videocall. We will post regular updates on social media and keep in touch with anyone who has signed up to any of our events.


Within the Growth Hub, we manage the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) and the eScalate programmes, which are funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and OxLEP.

Innovation Support for Business (ISfB)

The Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme is delivered with partners from the University of Oxford, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is designed to support Oxfordshire’s innovative entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through support including:


'Go-create' grants
Coaching and mentoring
Workshops, seminars and master classes
Access to equipment, expertise and resources



The eScalate programme helps social enterprises and SME scale-ups through support which includes:


Access to finance and commercial readiness support for potential scale-up companies
A dedicated support programme for social enterprises; including addressing long term viability challenges
Enterprise Hubs, offering workshops, peer-to-peer learning and networking events
Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 for eligible SMEs


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