Support for your Business

Whether you are a newly established start-up, or a long established business, this page provides a complete listing of all newsletters, networks and support services that may be of use to you and your business.

Market Town Coordinator

Thame Town Council employs a Market Town Coordinator, part funded by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC). The role works in partnership with the private sector and relevant community groups, in order to maintain and improve the vitality of Thame Town Centre, developing and coordinating initiatives outlined in the MTCO Action plan for 2018-19

The Market Town Coordinator is Becky Reid who can be contacted on becky.reid@thametowncouncil.gov.uk at any time with suggestions, or for support.

Training in Thame for your Staff

Businesses in Thame sometimes have opportunities for joint training, to share costs and resources. Currently opportunities are displayed below. If you have one you would like to add, please email becky.reid@thametowncouncil.gov.uk

Current Opportunities: 

  • there are no joint training opportunities available at this time.
  • Remember to also explore the training offered through So Business and OBS (see below), 

SO Business

So Business is a one-stop shop for business information in South Oxfordshire, providing businesses across the district with support, advice and up to date business information. Services they provide includes: 

  • acting as a point of contact for new and existing businesses needing impartial advice
  • supporting businesses through the planning process
  • signposting to relevant advice on funding and grants
  • advising on relevant contacts for permissions and licences
  • helping to find premises for new and existing businesses
  • disseminating the latest business news and information
  • holding networking events and an annual business breakfast

It is worth signing up to their newsletter.

Oxfordshire Business Support

Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS) is the Growth Hub for Oxfordshire provided through the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP). They help businesses to navigate around the complicated and often confusing business support landscape, and find the support they need to start up and grow. They do this by:

Their services are completely free for businesses and start-ups in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises helps businesses through the early stages of planning and starting a business by providing the opportunity to meet face to face with experienced business owners, directors and professionals who can advise you on all aspects of starting a new business. Support includes:

  • Cutting through the jargon to take away some of the fears you may have;
  • Acting as a sounding board for business plans;
  • Directing you to experts to help with specific issues you may have, perhaps marketing, finance, ecommerce, legal or property;
  • Helping with some of the formalities of starting a business – taxation, VAT, registering a company, self-employment.

Advice is free, independent, confidential and impartial and the service is available to anyone in Oxfordshire who is either planning a new business or is in the first two years of trading.

 

Jennings Business Mentors

Running your own business is an emotional rollercoaster which only people who have experienced it can understand Jennings Business Mentors off a FREE service for business owners, by business owners. Business owners who have shared the same journey you are currently on, give their time as volunteer mentors to act as a sounding board for you if you have an issue or decision that you would like to work through. They don’t tell you have to do, but rather aim to help you to work out your own solutions by listening, sharing their experiences – both good and bad – and trying to help you see things differently. 

Funding for your business

Whenever we hear about funding opportunities for businesses they will be displayed here. You can also stay up to date by signing up to our Business Newsletter. LINK

Current Opportunities: 

  • LEADER funding delivers European funding for rural development using a community-led approach Oxfordshire LEADER local priorities are to:
    • Grow, sell and eat more local food.
    • Create vibrant villages.
    • Revive our rivers and canal.
    • Unlock the potential of woodlands.
  • The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. We have grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit 
  • Elevate  Funding for the Elevate initiative comes from the European Regional Development Fund. Extra resources are provided by the UK government’s department of Business Energy, & Industry Strategy and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP). If you are interested in gaining a slice of this crucial funding, there will be five more competitive rounds of applications up to summer 2019.