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FSB Oxford welcomes the national “Refreshing our Roots” strategy

An exciting new committee took over FSB Oxford in January. In this short time, it has re-established personal links with the Oxfordshire LEP, Growth Hub and all the Local Authority Development Officers and other key stakeholders and has been warmly welcomed. 

Oxford is a pilot LEPFSB Branch. We welcome the FSB’s “Refreshing our Roots” strategy which confirms our vision for the branch and the approach we have taken so far. We have only just started and there is a lot more to be done, not least to re-engage with our members.  Our 2017-18 strategy is designed to relaunch FSB locally and to bring us closer to members and the local business community. This is a policy we believe will ultimately result in improved member satisfaction, retention and recruitment.

We had a stand at BIO17, held our popular annual Go-kart evening at the Oxford Stadium both in Oxford in May. The branch is an official Supporter of Venturefest 2017 on 21st June and is supporting The Summer Mega-Breakfast at Blenheim Palace as well as the Cowley Road Carnival in Oxford.

Kicking off with a launch planned for late September, our strategy for 2017-18 includes a full programme of: 5 MP forums; 9 FSB Connect networking meetings; 2 Visits to Oxfordshire businesses; 2 Business lunches; 2 activity events and a summer barbecue. To this will be added support of BIO18, Venturefest 2018 and Witney Big Breakfast as well as other principal county wide events and networking groups at which we will have a stand or other presence.

The new Oxford branch committee.

Derek Phillips (Chair) entrepreneurially active for over 35 years in Oxford-based published media. He has created, managed and chaired complex businesses in high-level book and professional magazine publishing. He sits on Oxfordshire LEP Growth Hub’s steering group and is a member of the Oxford Business Enterprises Volunteer Advisory Team. 

Jim Austin (Branch Secretary) Having spent many years in IT Jim runs a successful business consultancy with a global client list. His experience in technology-focused industries has enabled him to build a reputation for inspiring and leading high-achieving teams of business professionals across multiple market sectors.

Alastair Craig (Branch Treasurer) has over 30 years’ experience at board level managing both finance and operations in the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors. He owns and runs a well-established consultancy delivering financial management expertise and fund raising for growing companies. Alastair works with the Oxfordshire LEP’s growth hub and is an Advisor and Member of Executive Board of Oxfordshire Business Enterprises.

Paulette Elliott has over 30 years’ business and service operations experience in IT and Telecommunications sectors. Now working with SMEs and start-ups on emerging and enabling technology projects.  Projects include connected and autonomous vehicles, commercial drones and Internet of Things for smart cities and connected living.

Yves Cozon (Membership Advisor) spent 15 years in the motor industry in Coventry, 20 years in management consultancy working for American consultancies in productivity improvement and cost reduction. For eight years he ran his own business, in printer consumables, and printer service and repair.