V4B are aiming to build up a picture of the hugely diverse businesses operating in the Vale of White Horse, focusing on what they do and why they chose to set up in the area. Keep visiting the website and every month you’ll find a new business profile as we outline the different industries that call Vale of White Horse home!
This month V4B spoke with Ben Molyneux founder of the The Oxfordshire Project to find out more about the networking group with a difference!
The Oxfordshire Project
The Oxfordshire Project is a networking group with a difference. Our morning networking meetings run monthly over 15 locations in the county, giving you the chance to network with other guests and members and allow time for informative presentations by our guest speakers.
You can come along as a guest or sign up for full membership. Membership gives many benefits including business coaching, access to free professional services and your business link on our website.
Our membership community is made up of business owners who share our 5 core values: inspire, educate, support, collaborate and contribute. Our members have a giver’s ethos, one that will drive them to ask, ‘How can I help?’ rather than ‘What’s in it for me?’ As a result, the atmosphere at our events is friendly, uplifting and collaborative as opposed to competitive.
Meetings can be booked online at https://www.oxfordshireproject.co.uk/networks/
When did you start the business and what was the inspiration?
We started The Oxfordshire Project (TOP) in April 2012. The inspiration came from a small network of businesses working together in Witney called “Witney Ripples” which I founded in 2011. I saw a glimpse of what could be achieved by working together and building authentic relationships.
What sort of challenges did you have to overcome in setting up the business?
Nearly all of what TOP has done has been new. New ideas take a lot of explaining, the reasons why we do what we do and what we hoped to achieve, and learning how to get the message across has been a real challenge.
How do you hope to develop the business in the future?
We plan to expand our business community to new counties and to create communities away from business with a focus on the local community and personal growth.
Thanks to Ben for taking the time to talk with us about The Oxfordshire Projects and their plans for the future. Oxfordshire Project networking groups run regularly throughout Oxfordshire, including sessions in Vale locations Abingdon, Cumnor & Faringdon .
If you’re looking to build a network of business contacts within the district, the Oxfordshire Project is a great place to start! You’ll find up to date networking sessions & workshop opportunities listed on the V4B website.