Useful Organisations

There are a number of national and local organisations and networks providing advice to businesses in South and Vale:

Useful links for general business support

@teamSVBS– South & Vale Business Support is here to help with your business queries. Submit your question on the SVBS contact us page or tweet us!  – Provides advice on starting a business, tax, payroll, H&S, IT, e-commerce and sales and marketing.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) –  BEIS helps ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world. They are the voice for business across Government.

Start Ups – The UK’s number 1 resource for business start ups.

Department for International Trade (DIT) – DIT offer both new and experienced exporters expert advice on winning business overseas.

Business is GREAT – Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business.

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) – supports high-level economic projects across Oxfordshire.

Federation of Small Business –  The FSB is the largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. For more information, email Yves Cozen.

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce –  The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group is a membership organisation which promotes and lobbies for business development in the Thames Valley.  They hold more than 240 events every year, and offer a wide range of cost-saving, support and business development services.

The Oxfordshire Project –  TOP provides a positive, supportive and inspiring platform for business owners, charities and social change organisations to grow, learn and collaborate.   They host over 150+ friendly and informal networking events each year within Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire and offer an extensive range of services to help develop your business.

Enterprise Nation – Enterprise Nation has everything you need to start and grow your small business. There are useful guides, events and webinars, announcements and services for your business.

Useful advice on business growth

Enterprise Europe Network –  Helps businesses sell and source technologies in international markets, access European R&D funding and find partners for R&D projects.

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) – Supporting voluntary and community sector groups and organisations based in Oxfordshire and offer all kinds of advice, including sources of funding and getting fit to fund.

Sage – Sage has launched a start-up tool to help entrepreneurs start their own business. Their free e-book includes advice on how to get support for business ideas, writing a business plan, improving business performance and more.

South Oxfordshire District Council grants – volunteering, individual councillor grants, and capital and revenue grants.

Vale of White Horse District Council grants – Voluntary, non-profit, partnership and other grants and funds.

Useful links for specialist business support

Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership –  Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP) has been set up to help existing and prospective social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses.

Oxfordshire Community First – Motto is ‘Helping communities help themselves’. Offers support to improve the quality of life for those who live or work in rural Oxfordshire.

ROBIN Network – Group of like-minded people from businesses and public sector bodies in Oxfordshire, who collaborate and support charities and community groups by sharing skills and resources creatively.

Co-operative Futures –  a dynamic co-operative policy and development agency supporting the development of social enterprises in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Swindon and Wiltshire.

Princes Trust – offers support to 14-30 year olds to gain skills or start their own business

Shell Live Wire –  Since 1982 Shell Livewire has been helping 16 – 30 year olds start and develop their own business, providing information and support.

Institute of Directors –  Members receive a variety of benefits including information, advice, training, conferences and publications to help them maximise their potential.

Institute of Economic Development – The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners.

Ethnic Minority Business Service – supports members of ethnic minority communities to start new businesses. – resource for finding solicitors in Oxfordshire for legal support and advice on all business matters.

Useful links for sustainability issues

Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) –  WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.

Carbon Trust –  They aim to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.

International Synergies – is a world leader in the application of facilitated industrial symbiosis projects at company, local, regional and national level. Providing Consultancy, Training & Capacity building and software to increase  productivity and add to the bottom line.

Oxfordshire Greentech – Oxfordshire Greentech is a business network supporting the growth of the low-carbon sector in Oxfordshire. The aim is to bring together businesses and organisations to create a sustainable, low carbon future.