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All organisations must start somewhere, for Oxford Innovation our roots lie in the first commercial spin-out from Oxford University – Oxford Instruments PLC.

Founded in 1959 by the late Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, their experience of developing a spin-out company revealed the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and inspired them to set up The Oxford Trust, a charitable trust which continues to support the region’s science and technology ecosystem today. Through the problems they unearthed and their work with the Oxford Trust, in 1987 Oxford Innovation was born.

Since then, we have supported over 7,000 SMEs to become sustainable businesses, creating high value jobs, innovative products and services and as a result, enhanced local economies. Having started with a couple of portacabins in Osney Mead, Oxford, we now manage the UK’s largest network of innovation centres housing over 1,000 innovative early stage businesses.

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Oxford Innovation supports economic growth by supporting businesses with Advice, Finance and Space

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We create and manage the spaces for entrepreneurs to innovate and collaborate

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We deliver business expertise and advice for leaders of ambitious businesses

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We raise the finance that entrepreneurs need to grow their business

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Covid-19 Statement

Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.