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Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), is responsible for championing and developing the Oxfordshire economy. Working with businesses, academia and the public sector, OxLEP is driving economic development across the county. Our vision is to strengthen Oxfordshire’s position as a vibrant, sustainable, inclusive, world leading economy driven by innovation, enterprise and research excellence.

“Innovation is at the heart of our strategy to drive economic growth in Oxfordshire and Venturefest provides the perfect platform to nurture new and growing businesses and innovators, connecting them with investors, and support services. Small businesses are the foundation of our local and national economy and OxLEP’s business support team offers a variety of free advice, training, workshops and access to grants to help start-ups to flourish and established small companies to grow. Many of our SMEs here in Oxfordshire truly punch above their weight, trading on a national or even international scale, and are shining examples of the entrepreneurial flair, innovation and dedication that the county needs to continue to thrive.”  Nigel Tipple, OxLEP Chief Executive


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Nigel Nipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive

Nigel has made his mark in Oxfordshire with his energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions. And he is also assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

Richard Byard

Director of Business Development

Richard is an experienced leader who has worked across the public and private sectors including public partnership development to deliver economic, social and community regeneration objectives. He has a track record of delivery demonstrating a strong capacity for innovation, pragmatism and creativity. Experienced in delivering complex transformational programmes Richard was responsible for co-creating Oxfordshire’s growth programmes securing significant government and private sector investment. He currently oversees the Oxfordshire Business Support, Inward Investment and Skills teams that deliver a variety of business support services and products to Oxfordshire businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to this he led a small group of privately owned hotels and leisure venues, with a turnover in excess of £12m employing over 120 staff.

Sarah Cullimore

Skills Manager

Sarah is the skills lead for Oxfordshire LEP and manages the ‘Oxfordshire Apprenticeships’ brand which raises awareness of Apprenticeships as a route for employers to grow their own talent ensuring they have the skills and experience they need to grow. Sarah has extensive experience in the skills sector including roles in both higher and further education. She also spent nine years with the Learning and Skills Council where she led on the implementation of various government skills programs and initiatives across the Thames Valley. Her current role involves understanding the skills needs of Oxfordshire’s employers and influencing delivery of local training to match these needs. She has led the development of local labour market information to ensure that the next generation of young people are aware of their local economy, and the skills needed for the future. She has also supported a range of projects with organisations with an aim to get those furthest away from the labour market into sustained employment.

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