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Pioneering diabetes testing system drives jobs growth

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2:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE largest employer in Witney is set to increase its workforce by 10 per cent as it gears up for the launch of a new product that could improve the lives of millions of diabetes sufferers.

Called to the bar

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12:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

There’s never a dull moment being a pub landlord, says Andrew Smith, as he reflects on a busy 12 months behind the bar of the Cock Inn in Combe

Expedition club’s proving hardly a busman’s holiday

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2:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

If you think you know what a busman’s holiday is, think again.

Firms need city to become more like USA, say bosses

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2:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’s gro-wth as a centre for high-tech industry could be stunted by poor infrastructure and a limited labour pool.

Cowley full of pride as the new Mini scoops top prize

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9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE Cowley-built Mini Hatch has been hailed as “head and shoulders above the competition” after picking up a top industry award.

Defence of pre-tax profits at Oxford University Press

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10:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

PUBLISHING giant Oxford University Press has suffered a drop in its fortunes.

Celebrating the very best in the business

Banbury Cake: Andrew Hammond and his dad Alec with their awards

5:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014

FATHER and son celebrated together after their company was voted the Oxfordshire Business of the Year.

Motorcycle accessories firm is Oxfordshire Business of the Year

12:20am Saturday 21st June 2014

Bosses and workers at a motorcycle accessory firm were celebrating last night after winning the Oxfordshire Business of the Year title.

Enterprising pupils in UK contest final

Banbury Cake: Some of the Toucan members, back row, from left, Sanjana Kini, Jenny Dingwall, Hannah Hawken, Jemima Gassom and Sephe Tapper. Front: Kirsty Luk, Abi Church, Emily Fung, Hannah Darnton and Ella Jones

10:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

TEENAGERS are celebrating after their fledgling company won through to the finals of a national business competition.

Sites needed for local stores

9:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

Demand is growing for new sites for food chain convenience stores in Oxford.

Expansion at Chalgrove

9:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

UP to 300 new jobs could be created with a major extension to the Monument Business Park, Chalgrove. Managers want it to grow by a further 55,000 sq ft.

Developer opens community shop

Banbury Cake: Pictured above are Mark Young, (right), senior village adviser of Richmond Villages, with Nev Scott, village adviser and Wendy Middleton, community relations manager

9:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

Developers of a new retirement village have opened a high street store in Witney.

Rapid growth offers small firms a base for their work

Banbury Cake: DEAL: Stephanie Henwood, manager of Witney Business and Innovation Centre, and Roger File, property director at Blenheim Palace

2:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A CENTRE supporting small and start-up businesses is expanding again just 18 months after opening.

Company blaming takeover delay for missing key target

Banbury Cake: Jonathan Flint

2:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

HI-TECH engineering firm Oxford Instru-ments has failed to meet a key growth target in its four-year plan, following a protracted takeover deal.

TUC chief praises union role on visit to Mini plant

Banbury Cake: Frances O'Grady with Chris Bond, left, and Bob Shankley in the Body in White building at the Mini factory

7:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

UNIONS have a major role to play in the workplace and society of the 21st century, according to a top official.

Record demand for Mini

Banbury Cake: The launch of the new Mini at Cowley last month.

11:26am Thursday 5th June 2014

Orders for the latest generation of the Cowley-built Mini are running at record levels.

Deal spells major jobs boost at Adaptimmune

Banbury Cake: James Noble

10:42am Wednesday 4th June 2014

A biotech firm is set to more than double in size by the end of the year after seeing its key cancer therapy adopted by an industry giant.

Classic Airstream serves a taste of American history

Banbury Cake: SPACE BAR: Richard and Svetlana Jones in their Airstream bar

2:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

When it comes to examples of classic design, the Airstream caravan is a prime example.

Oxford United kicking off community business plan

Banbury Cake: Oxford United commercial director Tony Davison, left, with director at Isinglass Consulting Paul Charles

2:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

AMAJOR drive aimed at boosting business involvement with Oxford United has been launched.

Virgin boss is won over by 3D company’s perfect pitch

Banbury Cake: Chris Thorpe said pitching his venture to Sir Richard Branson was “wonderful”

2:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

A digital entrepreneur who reached the final three in a national business competition has described the experience as “amazing”.

Row over new eco town’s windows made in Poland

Banbury Cake: Neil Brooks from Rationel Windows

2:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

THE first contractors in the multi-million Bicester eco town development have been appointed, sparking a row with green campaigners.

Jobless figure falls again

Banbury Cake: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

10:53am Wednesday 14th May 2014

The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen again.

Monitoring device will aid elderly

12:00am Thursday 15th May 2014

The best inventions are often those that meet a need and improve the lives of others. The team behind Sentimoto have done that and are rapidly developing a device that will help tackle the plethora of problems associated with an ageing population. Developed by a team at Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, the Sentimoto device is worn by a user who can then be monitored remotely through a smartphone or desktop computer via the Internet. One of its main applications will be to monitor the movements and even the health of an elderly person. The sensor can pick up heart rate, body temperature, physical activity, air temperature and humidity. This information can, for example, detect if a user has left a window open for too long or can highlight lack of activity which could indicate a fall or major medical problem. Development of Sentimoto has been rapid with the device only becoming a reality just before Christmas after a group of researchers decided to put their heads together and come up with a product that had a real world application outside the lab. One of the team, Lisa Stroux, a DPhil student in biomedical engineering, said: “We are right at the beginning and we have our first working prototype.” Feedback has already been positive with trials taking place with volunteers at the Oxford Wellbeing Centre. Another application identified has been with personal trainers who can monitor individual’s progress away from the gym to ensure they are keeping to an agreed regime. Despite being at such an early stage, Sentimoto has won the Wolfson Innovate competition run by Wolfson College which has landed them £4,000 in prize money — cash that will be invaluable for further development and product testing. Ms Stroux added: “Hopefully by the end of next year we could have a commercial product.”

Eclectic line-up shortlisted for premier annual awards

Banbury Cake: Lauren Child, muti award-winning best selling author of Charlie and Lola, who launched Chipping Norton Literary Festival, which is up for an award.

10:00pm Thursday 8th May 2014

THE shortlist for the county’s top business competition has been unveiled revealing the strength in depth of the local economy.

Awards shortlist reveals the cream of the crop

Banbury Cake: Anne Veck, shortlisted in the Oxfordshire County Council Energy and Environment Award

12:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014

The shortlist for the county’s top business competition has been unveiled revealing the strength in depth of the local economy.

Scientist’s invention set to end air travel liquids veto

Banbury Cake: Dr Paul Loeffen with one of the scanners

10:00pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

AIR travellers could soon be able to travel with liquids in their hand luggage, thanks to a bright idea by an Oxfordshire scientist.

Training centre on Leys will create 60 apprenticeships

Banbury Cake: An artist’s impression of the centre

6:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

A NEW £3m centre delivering training in core skills of science, technology, engineering and maths in Oxford has won Government backing.

Taking good care of the climate

Banbury Cake: Edward Hanrahan

4:18pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Environmental responsibility has now become policy with the vast majority of businesses.

High quality work pays off as firm's Cuddesdon chapel project wins award

Banbury Cake: Beard construction director John Youle, inset, with Bishop Edward King Chapel, at Ripon College in Cuddesdon

10:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

BUILDING firm Beard has unveiled a major hike in its fortunes at the same time as one of its projects won a prestigious international award.

Husband launches natural products for sensitive skin

Banbury Cake: Tim Davies with some of his skincare products. Picture: OX66297 David Fleming

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Supermarket shelves are full of skincare products proclaiming to be “natural” and “organic” but there are question marks over exactly how many chemicals they contain.

Jobless figure tumbles again

12:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen to just one per cent of the working population for the first time in more than five years.

Witney business park moves

5:02pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WITNEY business park is virtually full, prompting further development.

New Audi base at business park

5:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

WORK on a state-of-the-art car dealership in Cowley is underway.

Dacia Duster punches above its weight

Banbury Cake: Dacia Duster punches above its weight

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

What do you want from a car? If it is all the mod cons and conveniences of modern day motoring such as climate control, automatic lights and wipers and a top of the range media system then there is little point in reading on.

First class travel

Banbury Cake: Martin Cowell

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Martin Cowell has combined a love of travel with a successful business career to find himself running his own niche firm.

Beauty is skin deep

Banbury Cake: Tim Davies of Senzimi

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Allergies and irritations can manifest themselves in all sorts of ways. Skin can be a particularly sensitive organ of the body and the range of diseases and conditions that affect humans seems to grow longer as the years pass by.

Better by design

Banbury Cake: Ripon College, Cuddesdon

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The Oxford Preservation Trust has two major schemes — the highly successful awards now in their 37th year which celebrate conservation projects, new buildings, landscape and community schemes and Oxford Open Doors which take the general public behind the scenes of buildings that are not normally accessible.

House price rises in past six months put town in top five

Banbury Cake: Andrew Murray of Andrew Murray estate agents

8:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

THAME has seen the fifth highest house price rise in the country over the past six months, while Oxfordshire sellers are getting almost their full asking price, new figures reveal.

What home can you afford to buy in the county for £250k?

Banbury Cake: Teresa and Pete Brooke enjoy their new home

6:00am Friday 4th April 2014

FIRST time buyers in Oxfordshire are increasingly turning to their parents for cash to secure a new home.

Pay deal for BMW workers

Banbury Cake: Unite union convenor at BMW Cowley Chris Bond

9:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

WORKERS at Oxford’s Cowley Mini plant are to receive an inflation-busting pay rise.

House prices rise again

12:16pm Friday 28th March 2014

House prices in the county continued to rise last month to a new record high of £254,414.

Oxfordshire's Top 100 Employers

12:09pm Thursday 20th March 2014

The last year has seen the Oxfordshire economy firmly back on track. The credit crunch and double dip recession are now behind us — although plenty of painful lessons have been learned — and we can look forward to another 12 months of hopefully sustainable growth.

Businesses welcome a Budget crowd pleaser

Banbury Cake: Justin Minkah, general manager of Gala Bingo Oxford based at the city’s Ozone Leisure Park

6:30am Thursday 20th March 2014

Business editor Andrew Smith takes a look at how the Chancellor's Budget was received

Business comment: Employment trend is sign of the times

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2:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

The make-up of the Oxfordshire economy is changing. The public sector still remains a huge employer but, for the first time in five years of the Oxfordshire Top 100 Employers’ survey, the county council has fallen from the top spot.

Oxfordshire Business Awards winner Jarl Severn

Banbury Cake: Jarl Severn of Oxfordshire Business of the Year Owen Mumford

5:02pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

When people see the name Jarl Severn, they may automatically assume that he is a foreigner who has parachuted into the top job at successful Oxfordshire medical instrument manufacturer Owen Mumford.

Company to replace faulty heating system at no cost

Banbury Cake: Daniel Lindenbaum with the heat pump

2:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

HOMEOWNERS faced with a bill for thousands of pounds after a green heating technology system broke down have been offered a replacement free of charge after the Oxford Mail stepped in.

Publisher's late career change led to journeys of inspiration in tour business

Banbury Cake: Martin Cowell

10:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

MARTIN Cowell has combined a love of travel with a successful business career to find himself running his own niche firm.

Leisure recruits facing the future with careers for life

Banbury Cake: LONGEVITY: Witney Lakes director Sean Parker, second left, with apprentices Karl Franklin, Rosanna Cox and Jake Kemsley

10:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

APPRENTICES at a leisure and golf resort are breaking the mould.

More people are priced out of UK’s most expensive city

Banbury Cake: Jakub Boronczyk, who lost out on a flat despite offering the £250,000 asking price

6:30am Tuesday 11th March 2014

OXFORD is the least affordable city in the UK in which to buy a home, new data shows.

Mini sales fall

Banbury Cake: The launch of the new Mini at Cowley last month.

10:28am Thursday 6th March 2014

UK sales of the Cowley-built Mini dropped significantly in February latest figures have revealed.

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