Past Events

5th October 2018

Again over 35 attendees of this months breakfast were not disappointed by our speaker.

George Swift from Bigger, Brighter, Bolder spoke about ‘Making the leap’.

Engaging content, thought provoking and challenging the mindset. “The rules of success are simple. Consistently following them is the challenge”.

13th September 2018

The Oxfordshire Business Dinner 2018

This years dinner was at the splendid, Pembroke College. 107 attendees enjoyed networking, entertaining, good food and drink. Our speakers were the partnership of Joy Foster of Techpixies and Olympic Gold Medal Rower, Tim Foster OBE.

Again we held our charity raffle with a twist. The twist being the ticket holder takes away all the money for their chosen charity. This year, the winner Grant Shergold split the prize fund of £905 between Sobell House and Helen & Douglas House.

7th September 2018

Our breakfast this month was again well attended, which speaks volumes for the commitment of our members to a network that has no attendance rules.

This month our speaker was our member, David Gould, who shared his insight, experience and provided us with 6 lessons to takeaway.

8th August 2018

This month, we were hosted by Didcot Railway Centre for a tour visit with a difference. We were able to enjoy a steam train ride, tour of the site, walk around the museum and signal box exhibition before heading to the ‘Blakc Python’. The ‘Black Python’ is a converted train carriage, which is not a full bar. As we visited during ‘workers week’, we were able to experience one of the few days that the bar is open.

3rd August 2018

Our August breakfast is committed to ‘more’ networking as we don’t have a speaker and encourage the members to have 3 x 1:1 discussions to find out more about their fellow members. This session is always well received and this year, especially with group feedback at the end highlighting the value of time spent finding out a little more about your like minded members.

17th July 2018

Comments from members following this months tour visit “Best ever” “great event, thanks”

This month we enjoyed a fantastic tour event visit to John Lewis Retail in Westgate, Oxford. After being greeted with a glass of pimms and an introduction to the business, we enjoyed a tour of all floors and departments. The tour provided an overview of how John Lewis approach retail in the modern day and focus on the customer experience.

As we visited each department, we were told how they approach the customer experience ethos and why the area is presented in such detail. Truly an informative event with take away learns that we could all take back to our own businesses.

6th July 2018

For breakfast this morning, we welcomed 40 representatives from local business. On a warm Summers morning, the networking was buzzing and usual great breakfast.

For our speaker this month we were delighted to welcome The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Richard Venables, who shared with us the background to the role and his vision for the year ahead. He certainly demystified the role for us all and everyone was impressed with what Richard has already achieved and has planned for the rest of his year in office.

19th June 2018

This afternoon we were treated to a tour visit at Hawkwell House Hotel. With a refreshing Pimms on arrival, the members networked before being given a tour of the hotel and hearing about some of its history. The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment and many members were pleasantly surprised of the upgrade of this 4* hotel in Oxford.

1st June 2018

We started our 10th year with another well attended breakfast event. Our Speaker was Karl Bushell, who spoke about Target Setting and whether we get the right results
and encourage the right behaviours. Karl combined his experience in business and in sport to explore whether targets get you the results you really desire, short and long term, plus how some targets may influence the behaviours of your people, good or bad.

17th May 2018

This month tour visit event took us to the Vincents Club in King Edward Street, Oxford. A private members club for ‘Oxford Blue’s’ and sportsmen/women at Oxford University. As part of the tour, we heard about the history of the club from President Sophie including reference to some of the famous faces that have been members such as Matthew Pinsent, Jeffery Archer and Sir Roger Bannister.

4th May 2018

Our speaker at this months breakfast was respected business coach, James Butler. James has been coaching for nearly 20 years and shared with us his story and how you may have whatever you want. He shared his obsession with planning, the benefit of having a vision or purpose and importantly understanding the small steps or how to react when not everything goes to plan. Before James spoke, the members again enjoyed a great breakfast at the offices of Blake Morgan and connected in the sunshine during the initial networking.

19th April 2018

For this months tour visit, the members visited the offices G-Smatt Europe in Oxford. Following a welcome of Prosecco and canapes, we were given an insight to the business, the technology and why they are a media company. Their solutions are based around glass that has LED lights embedded and enables you to show all kinds of media that allows you to tell your story. This may to bring the architecture of the building to life or used for promotional messaging. A truly wow product and it was great to see the members logos up in lights on arrival.

6th April 2018

At this months breakfast, we welcomed a number of new faces from like minded local businesses. Our speaker for April was Social Media Expert, Sarah Fletcher from Mushroom Souffle, who shared her knowledge and expertise around the title ‘Crazy about content’. From what was shared, it was clear that Sarah lives and breathes social media.

27th March 2018

Today the members of the network enjoyed an excellent ‘behind the scenes’ tour at Christ Church Oxford. Our tour started with a visit to the cathedral, before visiting the great hall, quod, gardens and other buildings before finising in the library with a look at the various books, furniture and architecture. Two fantastic hours full of history.

March 2018

Such as shame that our March events were impacted by the weather and dangerous driving conditions. We had over 40 people booked for breakfast.

2nd February 2018

This months breakfast saw one of our largest attendances since formation in 2009 with 36 local businesses booked to network and hear our speaker Ian Roberts. Ian has run his own businesses for most of his life and is now linked with Business Doctors supporting other business owners. He shared his own story, his journey from being homeless by choice to where he is today.

18th January 2018

Our first tour visit of the year was a fantastic visit to the University Technical College, Oxfordshire based near/in Didcot. The visit provided an insight to the role a UTC offers in the current education system and an overview of the course choices for students. The tour showcased the facilities available to students, the role local employers play and the equipment (eg 3d printers) available.

5th January 2018

Our first breakfast of 2018. Today the speaker was everyone! In fact, we spent more time networking and offered extended introductions with the view of continuing the relationship building.

7th December 2017

For our Christmas Social Drinks, we teamed up with the South Oxfordshire Business Network and enjoyed the kind hospitality offered by The Garden House in Steventon.

A great new meeting venue in South Oxfordshire and wonderful refreshments.

1st December 2017

Each December, we host the Oxford Big Business Breakfast for Charity.

This was our 4th year and once again had 100 people attend.

Following networking and breakfast rolls, our speaker was Darryl Eales, Owner of Oxford Utd Football Club, who shared his insight and experience with some very thought provoking content around people, sport, military and business.

The event was sponsored by Chapman Robinson & Moore Accountants and again kindly hosted by Blake Morgan, so all receipts were able to go direct to the charity.

The speakers chosen charity was The Oxford Utd Community Trust.

16th November 2017

Today the members were treated to a fantastic tour of Williams Jet Tenders in Berinsfield. This visit was much more than a tour, with the owners sharing their personal experience and providing an insight of their journey. Truly an engaging story of innovation, quality focus, multi national relationships and team culture. Clearly a business ‘in touch’ with their product, their market, their team. Excellent.

3rd November 2017

It was great to welcome so many visitors this morning for our latest breakfast. We don’t shout about TOBN and allow the membership to develop with like minded individuals usually introduced by other members. Today’s speaker, was Kate Mercer from Leaders Lab, who spoke about leadership and identifying if our business was a demanding toddler, a bolshy adolescent or a serious-minded adult. This was a fantastic analogy and got the group asking lots of questions whilst generating much comment.

17th October 2017

This months tour visit was to Lady Magaret Hall, part of Oxford University. This excellent tour took us to various parts of the college including the library, chapel, dining hall, lecture theatre and meeting rooms. Our members gained great insight to the history of Lady Margaret Hall and as a result there was much conversation during refreshments.

6th October 2017

Another good number for breakfast today with great feedback from new visitors. Our speaker was Julia Iball from The Oxfordshire Community Foundation, who shared ‘Why doing good, is good for business’. Julia also shared some case studies and offered how OCF can help businesses with their volunteering and charitable support.

15th September 2017

The members were today guests of the Rob Austin BTCC Racing team, as they prepared for the weekends race meet at Silverstone in the British Touring Car Championships.

Our last visit to Silverstone was excellent, but today it was great to see behind the scenes of a live race team in preparation, visit their garage and have a Q&A with the driver, Rob Austin. Great hospitality and networking.

1st September 2017

Our first breakfast meeting after the Summer Holidays and a slightly different speaker.

Our speaker was Phil Walsh of Walsh Learning To Achieve. He facilitated a Business Simulation Game and took us through the benefits of such. The experience highlighted the financial impact for a business of starting, purchasing equipment, bidding for orders and managing cashflow.

25th July 2017

This months tour visit event was a visit to A Day in the Country, a corporate events, team building and conference venue based in Aynho. After a welcome by out hosts, we were taken on a tour of the barn and grounds, to see the extend of experiences available at the venue, which are also a licensed wedding venue. After the tour, we took part in two team building experiences, including a timed event with the Rage Buggies. A venue certainly recommended and I am sure many members will be back.


7th July 2017

Wow what a great breakfast. 29 local businesses represented and a great vibe in the room. After the usual great breakfast in the deli at Blake Morgan, we enjoyed a fantastic presentation from Juston Jackson of Digital Remit. Together with Enterprise Nation, Justin has just won a contract with Oxfordshire Business Support to run workshops for start ups in Oxfordshire. He spoke about one of his passion, Pricing Psychology. So may tips and thoughts to take away.

13th June 2017

This months tour event was a visit to a hidden gem of history in Oxfordshire. The tour event was a visit to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. A unique collection of how local people and regiments were involved in previous conflicts around the world.

2nd June 2017

The first breakfast meeting of the new membership year. Attendance was again high after 34/39 members committed to renew.

Our speaker at this breakfast was Joe Wythe from Barclays, who spoke on the hot topic of Cyber Crime and Payment Scams.

15th May 2017

Today we returned to the tour location of one of our very first venues in 2009/10.
This was the first time we had returned to a venue since we formed the network in 2009, but we were not disappointed. The visit to the Mini Plant in Oxford was once again a fabulous experience. The site continues to develop and the mini brand experience is memorable. A group of 15 members enjoyed a private tour of the production line, visiting the robots in the body shop and the final assembly line, as we followed  the route of a new Mini in production. The tour was informative and our host engaging. If you missed this one, then recommend a visit.

5th May 2017

Another vibrant networking breakfast with again near 30 local businesses in attendance.

The venue on a bright spring morning is perfect the the views across the Oxford skyline.

Our speaker was Tonja Fritz-Johnson, who spoke about her past role with Thames Valley Police and gave her insight to the role of a forensic photographer.

19th April 2017

Members of the network were guest of Oxford University Venues today for a tour event of the Oxford Radcliffe Quarter. We met at the St Luke’s Chapel for refreshments and networking before being taken on a tour of The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, which is one of the most significant development projects the University of Oxford has undertaken for more than a century. The site is steeped in history, having been the home of Oxford’s first hospital. The architectual renovation of the site has included some fantastic buildings including Radcliffe Humanities, which is the refurbished Radcliffe Infirmary building, the Andrew Wiles Building (Mathematical Institute) and the Blavatnik School of Government, but has retained the related characteristics and history.

7th April 2017

Once again, we had over 30 attendees for this month’s breakfast meeting. The sun was shining across Oxfordshire and our location in Seacourt Tower was perfect for gazing across the Oxford skyline as the sun rose.

Our speaker this month was Kellie Peters, the data rockstar, from Databasix who posed the question ‘Is Data Protection your weakest link?’ This was a thought provoking session that highlighted how trusting and unassuming we may be and how we perhaps take data security for granted until it is too late. Kellie shared her expertise and case studies to help members ensure they don’t fall foul of the current and new data protection regulations.

16th March 2017

The Oxford Business Expo

Organised by TOBN and held at Hampden House, Monument Business Park, Chalgrove (the home of our members, Jennings).

The event opened with a networking breakfast in the Picnic Hamper, which was attended by over 40 businesses.

The Expo also included 18 exhibitors and 7 breakout seminars covering a range of topics, all designed to offer support to fellow business owners.

We held a raffle and silent auction in aid of our charity members and raised £515.

The atmosphere was vibrant and the immediate feedback was very encouraging. So much so, that we are already planning Expo’18.

3rd March 2017

Todays breakfast was again vibrant with over 30 local businesses booked to attend.

Our speaker was member, Robert Seares, of RDS Commercial, who shared his expertise and knowledge to provide an overview of the new commercial property rating system. Robert used the Oxford Monopoly board to demonstrate the impact on some of Oxford’s best known premises. The game format was well received, as was the winners bottle of Oxford Landing.

We also supported the Radiothon campaign by Jack FM for our charity member, Helen & Douglas house. The Oxford Cupcake Company Ltd provided some ‘Go Orange’ cupcakes for the breakfast event and the members donated generously, for a small but delicious cupcake, with the funds donated to the charity.

21st February 2017

This month the members enjoyed a tour visit to the JET Fusion project at Culham Science Centre. The visit gave us an overview of Fusion, the journey of research and a tour of the actual facilities. Another great resource locally fuelling our local economic development, which we perhaps take for granted. We also learnt about the future Fusion projects in France / Europe and thoughts for the future, many of a collaborative nature.

3 February 2017

27 businesses represented today for a vibrant networking breakfast.

It was evident to see the relationships being established and built upon.

Our speaker was Lucy Eckley, who spoke about your brand story. How to attract your ideal customer just by being you. Not only was this informative, but also practical for application on return to the office.

19th January 2017

For this months tour / visit, the network visited City Mazes in Oxford. Imagine Crystal maze on TV, well there you have it. Escape games established to really test our networking as we were locked in rooms together for up to one hour!

This was the best attended tour / visit event for a couple of years and the expectations were certainly met by the manager Claire and her team. An excellent visit, enjoyable experience, challenging games and a recommended visit.

6th January 2017

We kicked off the new year with another well attended event with members and visitors enjoying the networking. Our speaker this month was Diane West of Clarity Sage, who spoke on the title Marketing, Message, Impact. Diane got us all thinking about our message and outcomes, so that 2017 can be better than 2016. Fantastic topic for the first meeting of the year.

19 December 2016

The network once again ended the year with social Christmas drinks at the Fishes, North Hinksey.

These informal drinks ended another successful year for the network, with new members and some of the initial founders continuing to build strong relationships in support of each other.

2nd December 2016

Each December, we organise the Oxford Big Business Breakfast for Charity. This year we had 86 attendees and once again the local business community helped us to raise £1,000. Our charity this year was Sobell House Hospice, who organised the speaker, Richard Pitman. Richard, who by his own words had more falls than winners, gave us an insight into horse racing whilst sharing his obvious passion for the sport and all matters associated. The networking was vibrant, the atmosphere great, the speaker engaging and in all an enjoyable event raising monies for a deserving charity.

4th November 2016

Our November Breakfast was once again well attended with 25 local businesses represented. Once again the feedback from our visitors was excellent and 2 new members joined the network as a result of visiting. Our speaker for this breakfast meeting was Emma Browning, a HR professional, who broke us into small groups to consider how we manage HR in our business.

18th October 2016

Our October tour visit, was a re-visit to The Race Hut, Oxford. A 16 seat race simulator experience. Once again it was a fantastic visit and we thank the team at Race Hut for the networking and racing. This time, we took to touring cars at Donnington Park, a particular favourite of our competition winner, Jamie!

7th October 2016

The October breakfast meeting saw 25 attendees and a vibrant atmosphere. Our guest speaker was Renee Watson, who shared her passion and enthusiasm for Science. To demonstrate, Renee shared 4 experiments with the group including how to make quick frozen Yogurt using Ice and salt, plus how to make vinegar taste sweet to drink.

13th September 2016

The September tour visit was a tour of The Oxford Town Hall. A fabulous, historic building linked with much of the Oxford history. We were lucky that no rooms were in use, so our tour covered the whole building including the museum, the council chambers and also the older rooms when part was a library, dance hall, hospital, police station, court house and jail. The afternoon then ended with a social drink in The Bear Inn in Blue Boar Street.

2nd September 2016

The September Breakfast meeting welcomed our speaker Celia Champion from Painless Business. After the usual lively networking and fantastic breakfast from the caterers at Blake Morgan, we enjoyed a thought provoking presentation titled ‘7 Pillars of a Painless Business’. After the Summer holidays, this was a perfect topic to help the attendees think about the next quarter and beyond. Celia covered 7 key areas to help you Rock rather than Plod.

24th August 2016

The August tour visit is to Didcot Railway Centre and includes a short trip on a restored steam engine. This event was hosted by the centre for our members, who were joined by members of Didcot Chamber and South Oxfordshire Business Network (our partner network)

5th August 2016

This months breakfast meeting was dedicated to extended networking. It is usual for August to be quieter due to holidays, but the attendance was in excess of 20 again and a record number for August in 7 years. The members spend longer networking in the deli area, before each having an extended round table introduction, which included an overview of each persons ‘ideal customer’.

6th July 2016

Our tour visit in July was to the Global Retreat Centre. The centre at Nuneham House (administered by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UK) has welcomed thousands of people from across the world. They visit to restore balance and focus to their life through solitude, silence and the study of spiritual values. The house is spectacular and the work of the centre was facinating to learn. Another hidden gem in the Oxfordshire countryside.

1st July 2016

Breakfast meeting

Speaker was Mary Thomas from Concise Training, who shared with us her expertise around the topic of Social Media. Mary gave an overview of the social media platforms available today and gave her expert guidance on what to post, how to engage and basically maximise your social presence.

23rd June 2016

This months tour visit was to the Oxford Union, the world’s most famous debating society, situated in the heart of Oxford university. The tour started with a tour of the library and old debating chamber to see the various murials. We then visited the debating chamber used today and heard about some of the debates including famous visitors.

3rd June 2016

Breakfast meeting

Speaker was Anneli Thomson from Sandler Training, who shared her expertise on the topic of sales. Anneli spoke about how to better match a sales discussion with the expectation of your prospects, how to overcome common objections and generally how to close the sale much more effectively. A fantastic session and recommended listening.

17th May 2016

Members were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Cryongenics Laboratory at Harwell. The tour gave us an insight to the world of Cryongencis and how it impacts our world in so many ways. We were also able to question some of the team working on new research projects.

6th May 2016

Our breakfast meeting in May was the first time since we started that we have had a speaker return. Our speaker was Dylis Guyan, International Sales and Marketing Coach and Speaker. This event was popular with 27 attendees, of which 7 were first time visitors, and there was such a great vibe. Dylis shared your thoughts and expertise around the title of ‘Attract your ideal clients…with ease’.

19th April 2016

Our latest tour was a visit to the museaum at Oxford University Press. This was an excellent visit with many historic references and exhibits to not only OUP but also the university in Oxford.

1st April 2016

For this months breakfast we were joined by Surj Basan from Surge Online, a software development company based at Oxford Business Park. Surj shared his experience of collabortive working and demonstrated how £50,000 could be saved with software and technology simply reducing unproductive minutes. A real eye opening presentation.

4th March 2016

James Hunt from Everyman Legal in Witney was our speaker for this months breakfast. After the usual networking, cooked breakfast and member introductions, we listened to James share a case study around business succession planning and the benefits of considering such as early as possible. Another thought provoking presentation on an area that will effect us all at some point. Extremelly valuable.

5th February 2016

This mornings breakfast saw 24 members and visitors again enjoy a vibrant meeting of TOBN. Our hosts Blake Morgan were again first class with the catering and facilties. Todays speaker was Tony Hendry, who spoke on the topic of ‘Helping People to Succeed’. Another thought provoking presentation for the attendees to take away and consider the tips for their own business, management or own performance.

31st January 2016

The members and their families were tonight invited to the Ice Hockey in Oxford. Our hosts, Oxford City Stars beat Cardiff Devils 13:0. It was a fantastic evening and very kind hospitality. For many of the members it was a first ever visit to the Ice Hockey or the first for a long time, but I am sure it won’t be long until we return and support Ice Hockey in Oxford.

19th January 2016

This months tour / visit was to the new Racehut in Pony road, Oxford, who offered the members a racing simulation experience. After an overview of the business, the members took to the track to simulate Touring Car Racing at Brands Hatch.

After a qualification round, the members took to the grid for a couple of competitive but fun races. The experience was won by Matt Wardle, who took prime position on the podium to collect his trophy. This was a great event and an experience recommended by all.

8th January 2016

The network was back with a bang in 2016 with again over 20 attendees to our monthly business breakfast meeting in Botley.

Our speaker was James Nathan who spoke about the power of referrals with his engaging presentation ‘Referral Revolution’. James shared his model for referrals and his experience of working with a number of his clients. An invaluable presentation for all the members.

22nd December 2015

The members enjoyed Christmas drink celebrations at the Fishes in North Hinksey.

4th December 2015

The Oxford Big Business Breakfast

Each December we run a the Big breakfast in aid of charity to support those less fortunate than ourselves at this time of year.

This year the Big Breakfast attracted 95 bookings and has raised in excess of £1500 in aid of the Charity Special Effect.

Our guest speaker was Tim Foster MBE, who was one of the Coxless Four that won Gold at the Sydney Olympics. Not only was his presentation inspirational but very reflective. It was very relevant to the work in our own business, relating his rowing experience to the How, What, Who and Why. It was truly an awesome presentation (no pun intended!)

6th November 2015

At todays breakfast meeting, our speaker Melanie Greene, spoke on the subject of Healthy Conflict in the workplace. Melanie demonstrated her vast knowledge and experience in this area and left all the attendees reflecting on their own style and team.

It was fantastic to again see over 20 businesses represented at this breakfast meeting which included six guests highlighting the current interest in the network.

21st October 2015

The members were treated to a fantastic tour of The Examination School of Oxford University. In addition to the tour of the various rooms, steeped with history and full of character, we also saw how some of the larger spaces were used for conference facilities.

We were also provided with an overview of the site, its history and how it is used as the examination hub in Oxford for all the colleges. A most facinating tour and recommend a visit should you have the opportunity.

If you hire conference facilities or need a meeting venue, then the Examination School is Oxford’s largest conference venue and very well priced for day delegates and meeting rooms.

2nd October 2015

Once again we had over 20 attendees for another vibrant and motivating breakfast meeting. Although the fog spoiled our usual view of the Oxford Spires, it did not spoil the atmosphere, where those attending enjoyed the usual metworking and speaker. Our speaker today was Les Hines from RPMGI, who gave a very thought provoking presentation on Business Growth and share his findings in this area during some interesting interactive discussions.

23rd September 2015

For this months tour / vist we returned to the location of our very first event some five years ago. We were hosted by Karl Bushell at Kidlington Table Tennis club, a leading facility for the sport in Oxfordshire. The members enjoyed a few matches and some of the fun challenges / games set up by Karl including use of the smallest table tennis bat in the world (well may be not but it was very small). Champion member was Barry Ross from Crossland Solicitors.

11th September 2015

Todays breakfast meeting saw a record number of attendees for a regular breakfast event. 27 members and visitors enjoyed the networking, breakfast and thought provoking presentation from Rod Willis of Assentire, exploring the innovation audit for groups or teams.

4th September 2015

TOBN entered a team in the charity golf day held at Frilford Heath in aid of Headway Oxfordshire.

The team consisting of David Cadwallader, Matt Wardle, Paul Hallet and Mike Foster won the 9 hole texas scramble in the morning (2nd year running) but the afternoon was more eventful and not so successful. However an enjoyable day in aid of a great charity

7th August 2015

What a great number for breakfast today considering the Summer Holiday season, with just shy of 20 in attendance.

This breakfast meeting was dedicated to networking and relationship building, with no speaker.

26th July 2015

A team from membership gave up their Sunday to help lay a paved patio for Sobell House Hospice. The weather was not kind and it rained most of the time, but the team went aove and beyond by also weeding the flower beds and existing paths.

A great effort for such a worthwhile purpose. You can see pictures at on our Facebook page here

14th July 2015

Today the network enjoyed a social event at Kidlington Bowls Club. A great event with the opportunity to network in a more social environment whilst trying our hand at green bowls. Although there were a few stray balls, the standard was quite impressive and a little competitive at times. The weather remained kind on a typical English Summer evening when the rain threatened.

3rd July 2015

What a beautiful Summers morning for another great breakfast meeting.

The view across Oxford was again spectacular as we enjoyed the early morning networking on the balcony of the 3rd floor of Seacourt tower.

Our speaker for this months breakfast was Young Enterprise. This is a fantastic programme that gives people from the world of business the opportunity to contribute to education. We were given some examples and shown samples of the business established by some schools. If you get the chance to see the 2014 national winners, then it is recommended.

25th June 2015

The members were today given a tour of Sobell House Hospice. What an enjoyable and insightful tour
We were lucky enough to witness a ballet performance on arrival and also hear a moving explanation of music therapy from one of the patients.

Again this was a really insightful tour and I am personally so pleased I attended. I entered the front door slightly nervous, quiet and perhaps worried how I would speak to people who were not in good health. As I left I found myself feeling totally different about such an environment and pleased to say that Sobell House is not a stereo typical hospice that you may imagine. If you have the opportunity to visit, then can I encourage you to accept.

5th June 2015

The breakfast meeting today was the first of the new membership year and it was great news to see that 88% of the members agreed to invest a further years membership.

The speaker at todays breakfast meeting was Angie Major of Blueberry Business Support, who spoke on the subject of Running Your Business in the Cloud. Angie shared her favourite application and cloud based solutions before deminstrating her knowledge with the Xero accounting software product.

20th May 2015

This afternoon the members were treated to a most excellent tour of the iconic Sheldonian theatre in Oxford. We had an excellent, knowledgeable and informative guide who took us around the Sheldonian Theatre and local building of Oxford University.

The tour finished with a visit to the attic and cupola for a most superb view of the Oxford spires.

1st May 2015

Again over 20 people enjoyed our breakfast meeting in Oxford. Not many were distracted by the May Day celebreations in Oxford City, but we did enjoy a fantastic view across the Oxford Spires from our hosts offices in Seacourt Tower.

The speaker today was Sylvia Baldock, who spoke on the subject of Personal Presence. Sylvia shared her 30 years experience with us and got everyone involved with two great exercises. Sylvia opened with the statement “Be seen, Be Heard, Be Heard of and Remembered long after you have left”. She shared her thoughts around how we are all UNIQUE and left us with a fabulous thought “Your Smile is your logo, your Personality is your business card and how you leave people feeling is your Trademark”.

23rd April 2015

The members were today treated to a fantastic tour of Millets Farm Centre. After an overview of the history and the business model, we were taken on a tour of the many different areas of this customer focused location. The farm shop, restaurant, childrens play area, animal area, lakes, garden centre, the maze, the falconry centre and pick your own. We also learnt the benefits of working in collaboration with other areas of the site to make the centre an overall fantastic visitor attraction.

10th April 2015

After the Easter break the members enjoyed another breakfast at the offices of Blake Morgan. Our speaker was Tony Bacon from Oxford Print Management, who shared his knowledge, skill and passion for Sales. Tony shared some tips and stories with the members as well as answering a number of questions. Great meeting.

6th March 2015

Another excellent meeting, well attended by members and guests.

Our speaker was Johno Harris from Oxford Innovation, who spoke about the funding opportunities for business growth.

25th February 2015

Tonight we we provided with tour at Oxford Brookes University. This visit was combined with an insightful lecture from Professor Sir Clive Booth who was appointed Director of Oxford Polytechnic in 1986. During his time, an institutional transformation took place, from a polytechnic supported by the county council to a fully fledged university. Sir Clive reflected on this times and gave us a very informative lecture that combined with the tour made this a very enjoyable visit.

6th February 2015

Our latest breakfast meeting was again very well attended with some good feedback from our visitors. The speaker was Ricky Sidhu from Blake Morgan, who spoke on the subject of Consumer Protection and Contracts – see

21st January 2015

The members today visited the offices of Oxfam in Oxford. We were delighted to be advised that we were the first business network group to have visited Oxfam house on Oxford Business park. The visit included a tour of the office, a short presentation and a round table discussion about the charities new business alliance programme.

It was surprising to many members how much more work the charity actually do across the globe beyond what they are perhaps best known for. A fantastic visit.

9th January 2015

After watching a wonderful sunrise across the Oxford Spires from the offices of Blake Morgan, we today enjoyed an excellent start to 2015.

Another great breakfast with another good number in attendance and a wonderful speaker. Sam Lipscombe, 156th Brit to summit Mount Everest, shared his experience and photos together with the link of achieving our goals.

16th December 2014

The members celebrated the festive season with an enjoyable social drinks event at the Fishes in North Hinksey. We also presented the cheque for £1000 from our event on the 5th December to the CEO of Headway, Oxfordshire.

Merry Christmas one and all

5th December 2014

This Christmas breakfast was slightly different, as we organised the Oxford Big Business Breakfast in aid of the charity, Headway, Oxfordshire.

Over 50 people attended to enjoy the usuall good networking, before listening to an excellent presentation from the Charity.

It was opened by CEO, Jamie Miller, who asked us to consider a few questions such as our fondest memory, our favourite taste, but most relevant how we got to the event. Although the response was car or bike, Jamie expanded to demonstrate we did much more than that to think, plan and prepare before even leaving the house. This was then linked to suddenly suffering a brain injury and perhaps not having the memory, taste or abilities to plan. A very emotive and powerful presentation enjoyed by all that attended.

We hope to have raised £1000, thanks to the attendees and in part match funded by Barclays for the personal fund raising effort of Rob Wilkinson, local business banking manager.

7th November 2014

Again good number of members and guests enjoyed the networking over a great breakfast at the offices of Blake Morgan. We were then given a thought provoking presentation by Dylis Guyan on the subject of Finding more clientss and growing your business. She got us thinking about our Market, Message and Media used to promote of offering. Dylis also shared some of her tips from her ’21 Sure-fire ways to find your ideal client’, before offering members a free personal consultation.

16th October 2014

Today we were given a presentation and tour at St John’s College, Oxford. The archivist, Michael Riorden, gave the members a insightful presentation of the history of the college and took many questions of interest. We were then given an extensive tour of the college buildings and grounds, seeing how the old and the new blend so well across such a large area.

3rd October 2014

After another fantastic breakfast at the offices of Blake Morgan, with some networking whilst enjoying the lovely misty views of the Oxford Spires, we enjoyed a presentation from Helen Fraser. Helen from Orchard House IFA’s gave a very thought provoking presentation on the importance of considering ourselves as much as our business. Looking at the facts we insure our assets but not always ourselves.

24th September 2014

Today the members were given a behind the scenes, no stone unturned, tour of the Sanctuary residential and care home in Iffley. The feedback was fantastic and changed many perceptions about care facilities. Three floors of rooms, many social areas, friendly staff and some lovely residents were experienced. We were shown the areas used by residents, but also the kitchens, offices and laundry room. An exceptional commitment to a standard and focus on cleanliness was observed. Recommended.

5th September 2014

A record breaking number of attendees at this mornings breakfast.

Our speaker was David Stretch, MD of Utilitas and he spoke on the subject of the Energy market. He shared his extensive knowledge and experience in a thought provoking manner. No longer will a member leave on an unnessary item, not check their bill or choose to use a fan heater!

14th August 2014

Today was our Summer Social Drinks, attended by 22 members and guests.

The event was held at the offices of Blake Morgan, overlooking the spires of Oxford and an ideal location for networking and socialising.

1st August 2014

The Oxford Business Network is built around the theme of ‘people buy people’, so this months breakfast meeting was a more lighted hearted event that provided each attendee with a further opportunity to get to know their fellow members. Along the theme of ‘Would I lie to you’ and ‘Call my bluff’ the group split up to consider a statement from each individual and establish if it was Fact or Fib. A great activity organised by member, Mayy Wardle.

10th July 2014

Today we were invited to meet the team at the charity, Headway Oxfordshire, who support people affected by acquired brain injury, across the county. Although part of a national network, the Oxfordshire branch is a stand alone, local charity doing some excellent work and with great plans.

As well as having a tour of the premises in Kennigton, following a presentation we discussed ways in which members of the network can work in collaboration with the charity offering our skills and knowledge.

The members were also motivated to consider a group activity and fund raising event.

4th July 2014

We are delighted to hold our meetings at the offices of Blake Lapthorn. The view over the Oxford spires this time of year is most spectacular. This was our first meeting at the Oxford office since the exciting merger, which results in the law firm now being known as Blake Morgan.

Todays meeting continued the excellent networking and relationship building, with our speakers from David Cadwallader and Co accountants, showing us the ‘sexy’ side of accounts and VAT.

23rd June 2014

The members visited Windsor for a night at the races. A good number of the members and partners, travelled over to Windsor Racetrack for the first Monday night race meeting of the season. An enjoyable social event, although the tips could have been better!

6th June 2014

Todays breakfast meeting saw another good number of attendees including many members that have renewed their membership and more new visitors.

Our speaker for the event was member, Tim Halfhead, who shared his experience and knowledge of working for Auditel to discuss the topic of cost management under the title of ‘Are your profits draining away’. This was a thought provoking presentation for all members.

7th May 2014

We were lucky enough today to have a guided tour of the Ashmolean Museum by the Head of Exhibitions, Agnes Valencak. The tour included an overview of the new exhibit ‘Cezanne and the modern’.

2nd May 2014

Our latest breakfast saw another good number of members and visitors. Our speaker this month was Grant Hayward of Collaborent who shared his expertise and knowledge with a talk under the heading of ‘Growing your business through collaboration’. This presentation was inspirational and thought provoking. The members are looking to combine their resource and support a project in the near future.

4th April 2014

The Oxford Business Network Member, Nikhilesh Haval was the speaker for todays breakfast meeting.

Nikhilesh has a close working relationship with Google as a 360 Tour producer and demonstrated his knowledge of Google places and search rankings with an informative presentation to the members and visitors. Feedback was ‘excellent’.

20th March 2014

The members were given a presentation and tour of Oxford Science Park, including the origins, history, environmental considerations and plans for the future.

Many of us drive past on the A4074 many times a year and it was truly interesting to hear some of the background to the partnership between Magdalen college and Prudential in the development and growth of the park.

We were also shown the Magdalen centre and Sadler building, which non tenants can use or hire meeting space.

7th March 2014

Jonathan Elder from Square 2 Marketing was our speaker for this latest breakfast meeting following the usual networking at the splendid location with Blake Lapthorn.

Jonathan spoke on the subject of “How to make your Business Remarkable
with Inbound Marketing”, exploring with us his thoughts around online marketing.

25th February 2014

This latest tour event, took us to the historic site of the old Oxford Prison.

It is now the most beautiful Malmaison hotel.

We were taken on a tour around the hotel to view the conversion, listen to the history and view many of the areas that have been so perfectly converted from the visitors room (now a lounge bar) to the cells (bedrooms). We also saw the comparison of an old cell, as it was when it was ran as a prison, to now how 3 cells have been converted to luxurious bedrooms. The tour, which finished with refreshements in the bar, left the members all thinking, when can I book!

7th Febraury 2014

Another well attended breakfast hosted by Blake Lapthorn. Our speaker was Simon Oswin from Spires Consulting, who are a Performance consultancy – helping organisations to select suitably talented people, spot and develop future leadership potential and enhance their bottom line by creating a culture of high performance.

Simon gave us a thought provoking presentation on whether our people are assets or liabilities and how we contribute to this. He covered areas including people, performance, Psychometrics, Potential and Predicting.

17th January 2014

Our first meeting in the new year was focused on members one to one meetings and extended introductions. People buy people and with a greater understanding of each other business, we are able to generate cross referrals to fellow members.

10th December 2013

The members were delighted to receive a tour of Oxford Instruments at Tubney Woods. After seeing the corporate video, the members were taken on a tour of the premises and had the opportuniy to see a number of projects including magnets in preparation.

Their business is ‘the business of science’. Ouir members were surprised just how much the business is involved in much of the technology we see today.

6th December 2013

‘Are you fit for business’. Barry Grinham, an experienced and respected personal trainer gave us a light hearted look at our personal health.

we were challenged why many business owners have strategies for their business, sales, marketing, etc but no such plan for themselves.

We also saw how healthy eating and exercise (no not all gym based) can help improve our personal performance in the workplace.

8th November 2013

‘A woman scourned’ was the theme of the presentation at todays breakfast meeting from our hosts and speakers, Blake Lapthorn Solicitors. The speakers provided details of a case study that linked the defence of a businessman who was caught drink driving, seperating from his girlfriend and the complications linked to this from the perspective of the house they shared, the business shares he had given her and her rights as an employee.

A thought provoking link of all the areas of law in which Blake Lapthorn expertly support their clients.

31st October 2013

We were able to enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Oxford Thames Four Pillars hotel in Sandford on Thames. This is truly a delightful venue, with a great atmosphere and the rooms in the new extension with a garden or river theme and the college hall bedrooms are truly beautiful. Part of the new extension is the new Bistro type area, where you can drop in for Afternoon tea or a coffee and relaxation or work. The design is nothing short of awesome and used the old courtyard space perfectly.

We were also able to meet the team behind the scenes, including the chefs preparing for an event that evening. Truly organised for so many covers.

Definately recommend this hotel and shame we live so close to justify staying there so much!

4th October 2013

Thanks to member, Paul Mabbutt for helping organise a great breakfast meeting this morning at the Jennings, Monument park site.
It is a lovely location and of excellent appearance.
After another superb breakfast in the Picnic Hamper, we were kindly hosted by Simon Bayley for a spot of ‘nearest the pin’ competition using the golf simulators at Golf Tech or had the option to experience the Batman movie in High Definition surround sound. In my opinion, this was a great meeting and demonstrates the different way we approach networking at The Oxford Business Network.

19th September 2013

Another fantastic tour, this time of the Oxford Childrens Hospital.

We enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the hospital, plus an experience of some of the front line work in the wards. This is a special place and one which we should be thankful to have on our doorstep. The design is so thoughtful of all the family, but especially the poorly children. From the wards and play areas to parent rest rooms and school. Amazing to hear and see the details of what was considered when designing a functional but enjoyable environment.

6th September 2013

Our breakfast meeting speaker was Greg Inge, MD from CQR in Cassington.

Greg gave another thought provoking presentation on the topic of information security and business continuity.

15th August 2013

For this years Summer drinks, we visited the George at Littllemore, ran by a potential member, Nigel Woodley. It was the first rain in many days, but the weather did not dampen the networking and enjoyment of catching up with other members in an informal way whilst enjoying some light refreshment.

5th August 2013

A number of the members enjoyed a round of golf at North Oxford Golf Club.

The non-competitive visit was won by David Cadwallader of Shaw Gibbs.

The forecast was terrible, but in fact held out until the 16th, so nearly perfect. The course was in excellent condition.

19th July 2013

Our breakfast meeting speaker was Mike Foster from GH Safety who spoke on the corrolation between an effective H&S management system to our day to day business planning, then gave a demonstration of First Aid and Basic Life Support.

10th July 2013

The members and guest from Didcot Chamber, enjoyed a tour of Asda’a distribution centre at Milton Park. The tour was hosted by the Operations Manager, Chris Betts, who have a most informative talk during the tour to explain the ease at which Asda manage the complex logistics of receiving supplies, orders from stores and distribution so that the local shelves are full. We also learnt how the business manages peak times such as Christmas or periods when product demand changes such as in the hot weather.

It was also interesting to learn the culture at Asda, the management of their people and performance and also simply seeing first hand the size of the operations.

21st June 2013

Our breakfast meeting with speaker Chris Burton of Better Business Coaching, who gave a thought provoking presentation and interactive session on leadership and high performance teams.

24th April 2013

Our breakfast meeting with speaker Suzi Lewis of Spires HR sharing her experience on the subject of HR Priorities for SME’s. Suzi gave a very thought provoking presentation including some interesting employment law developments.

14th April 2013

Members enjoyed an behind the scenes match day experience at London Welsh Rugby. The great day started with a tour of the Kassam, including the changing room, drug testing area and pitch side. We then joined members of the clubs 71 club for a hospitality and lunch. Unfortunatley the match vs Northampton Saints was not the right outcome for the club to cap a memorable day with the club.

6th March 2013

Our speaker this breakfast meeting was Su Copeland from Lingo Telemarketing, who shared with us why people hate telemarketing and also her experience to help us all think how we use the telephone as a tool in our business.

12th February 2013

The members were treated to a behind the scenes tour of Said business school, part of Oxford University. It was interesting to learn some of the history and background and to establish that areas of the facility were available to hire, such as meeting rooms and lecture theatres.

10th December 2012

Christmas drinks at the Fishes in Botley was again an enjoyable last event of the year.

15th November 2012

Our speaker for this breakfast meeting was Belinda Clapp from Thomas International. Belinda spoke on the interesting topic of psychometric testing and the benefits it brings to our people and team management.

17th October 2012

We were treated to a behind the doors tour of the Playhouse theatre in Oxford. Enjoyed by many of the members. It was good to hear the history and see the stage being set for a new show.

5th October 2012

Another fantastic breakfast meeting with our speaker, Carlos Dean from Drumworks. Carlos shared his experience and skill to ask the members to reintroduce themselves demonstrating the true passion for their business.

6th September 2012
It was good to return from the holiday season with another thought provoking speaker.

Lee Rudd from CIS, took us on the journey of ‘Embracing Technology’ looking at technology through the years since 1970, reviewing some of the useful apps we can use for the benefit of our business and also an overview of how ‘cloud computing’ can make a difference to the way we work today.

To see a copy of the presentation just click on the picture link below.

22nd June 2012

The Oxford Business Network Coordinator, Mike Foster, spoke on the Maximise your networking & generate referrals. Mike presented his thoughts based on his many years experience in networking, whilst highlighting that networking is not simply about the next breakfast meeting.
In a short workshop style presentation we looked at who is in our ideal network, what does our business really offer, our 60 sec pitch and ways we can be proactive in generating referrals.

4th May 2012

Breakfast meeting at North Oxford Golf Club

The topic was sharing our ‘ideal’ customer and networking

It was good to hear about the amount of referrals that had been passed between members and how they are working together.

2nd May 2012

Water Polo in Oxford

Our member, Matt Wardle, took part in the match between Oxford town and Oxford university. Members could watch the match to support Matt, who we are pleased to say was on the winning team!

10th April 2012

A tour of London Oxford Airport

We were lucky enough to be given a behind the scenes tour of the airport at Kidlington by James Dillon-Godfray, the business development Director. From starting in the plush new departures lounge, we then were taken on a tour of the airport. We saw many planes and helicopters, the emergency services centre, other businesses on the site and finally we were privalged to be invited onto the owners private jet.

23rd March 2012

A tour of Silverstone race circuit

Starting from the new innovation centre, the Managing Director of Silverstone took us on a minibus tour of the site. We saw the old pit lane and the brand new conference centre and pit lane. We were taken into the garages to see some of the cars up close and stopped to watch the Porchse testing area being put through its paces.

8th March 2012

Breakfast meeting at North Oxford Golf Club

The topic from our speaker, John Harris of SMI UK, was on time management.

20th September 2011

On the day when The Oxford Business Network administrator Mike Foster went into hospital for an operation to repair a detached retina, the remaining members enjoyed a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the New Theatre in Oxford, including a chance to see the new bar and VIP areas.

4th August 2011

A Tour of Egrove Park, part of Siad Business School

The members enjoyed a tour of the education and conference centre at Egrove park.

7th July 2011

The The Oxford Business Network Golf day 2011

A dozen played the course at North Oxford Golf Club in fine weather.

The course was in great condition and for most of us it was an enjoyable round of golf scored using stableford rules.

The event winner was Jim Moore of Chapman Robinson & Moore accountants.

1st June 2011

Today is renewal day and we are pleased to announce that every member is renewing again this year, which shows the value of the network.

There is no longer considered the requirement for a committee and the network will continue to be lead and admiistered by Mike Foster