Business Butler Oxford has been devised especially for you. We have created a quick and easy way for SMEs and startups across Oxfordshire to find fully vetted business professionals working in the county. Finding a business expert who really understands your needs, as well as the local business environment, can make a significant difference in helping your business acquire new customers and develop. Our panel of experts have a thorough understanding of the Oxfordshire business environment and are ready to help you.
The population of Oxfordshire is 685,000 and two thirds of these are between the ages of 16 and 64. Oxfordshire is renowned for having an innovative and knowledge based economy where the use and application of knowledge is a significant factor. The county forms part of the ‘arc of innovation’ which stretches from Cambridge across to Gloucestershire. It is also part of the ‘Golden Triangle’, encompassing the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxfordshire.
The county’s economy is rich and diverse, but Oxford as a city has been predominantly shaped by its Universities and its century old association with vehicle manufacturing. These days, the city and the county are driven by cutting-edge research and highly qualified labour, creating biomedical, medical and technology clusters of global significance.
There are 31,200 enterprises in the county, the vast majority of which are SMEs, and 63,500 people are self-employed (2017). Out of these enterprises, 22% are in the professional, scientific and technical sectors and 10% are in information and communication. South Oxon is where most of the businesses are based (26%), followed by Cherwell (21%), Vale of White Horse (19%), West Oxon (18%) and Oxford has 16%. In 2019 SMEs in the county were identified as demonstrating the second highest turnover growth in the UK.
There are an estimated 22,000 people working in digital related sectors in Oxfordshire and some of the larger employers in this field include Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Oxford Instruments, Sophos and Nominet. There are 3,000 creative and digital sector businesses generating £1.4 billion annually. The digital sector is comprised mainly of cyber security, big data/high performance computing, digital publishing and the digital gaming industry.
Oxfordshire overlaps with three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Cotswolds, North Wessex Downs and the Chilterns. It is also home to stately homes that are major international destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, historic colleges, market towns and villages.
Oxfordshire also has a distinctive cultural landscape, home to organisations and venues including nationally significant galleries and museums, theatres, libraries and arts and cultural centres. Other attractions include Henley‐on‐Thames – home to the Henley Festival, and further north is Bicester Village.
These are just some of the reasons that Oxfordshire is known as a great place to live and work. It is distinctive in providing access to all these assets with a combination of urban and rural living. Oxfordshire and the City of Oxford score highly on rankings of places to live, and Oxford was ranked as the best city in the UK in PwC’s 2018 Good Growth for Cities report, which measures the performance of cities against a range of economic and wellbeing indicators.
You can use the Business Butler unique, web-based matching engine to find local, fully-vetted professionals to meet the needs of your business. Every expert on our panel has undergone a stringent 50-point vetting process, including qualification checks, references and company searches. Knowing that you are working with someone you can trust gives you complete peace of mind.
Our experts cover a range of sectors and services throughout Oxfordshire, meaning you have access to support in areas including law, marketing, funding and 15 other key business disciplines. Business Butler Oxford provides a unique service to provide support and advice for you.
Business Butler was created to help remove the frustrations often faced by start-ups and SMEs, that arises from trawling through search engines and directories for a service or business that specifically meets your needs, and at a rate you can afford. But another important element is to encourage businesses to trade locally and Business Butler Oxford facilitates this.
Additionally, by promoting trade between local enterprises, we can set about reducing our business carbon footprint, increasing productivity, and share wealth across the Oxfordshire business community.