Locating the right help and resources for innovating can be challenging, but Oxfordshire is home to an amazing range of organisations willing to collaborate on innovation and often with resources to offer qualifying SMEs.

This OxLEP Business briefing (recorded on 11 May 2021) explored some of the help available at the University of Oxford’s Begbroke Science Park, including the rapid prototyping equipment, the Oxford Materials Characterisation Service and the facilities available at the Agile Lab.

You may be looking for help with technical analysis, solutions to problems, materials choices, measurement challenges or general scientific or engineering advice.

Several locally-based SMEs have made use of these resources already and the Briefing will include case studies of the help provided.

The briefing included an explanation of The Begbroke Innovation Voucher scheme, which helps qualifying SMEs, operating from the Cherwell district and West Oxfordshire district, to engage with expert academics from one or more of the University’s divisions, or to access facilities or equipment at the University, with the aim that this could lead to future collaborations.

The current round is focusing on companies and/or University expertise broadly across the physical sciences and on developing new relationships. A voucher covers work up to the value of £5,000 including VAT.

The briefing was hosted by OxLEP Business’ Innovation Advisor Peter Russell and supported by Peter Lancaster, Innovation and Growth Relationship Manager at Begbroke Science Park.

Please note that this webinar is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered as part of the Innovation Support for Business programme to help SMEs.

More details can be found via the OxLEP Business website: www.oxlepbusiness.co.uk.