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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
Life Sciences Business Development Manager
Contact Deborah if you are interested in discussing opportunities to invest in Oxfordshire.
Deborah is a member of the OxLEP Business team with a particular focus on supporting international and UK businesses to invest in Oxfordshire.
Deborah has recently moved to Oxfordshire from Scotland, where she worked for the last 15 years in the life sciences sector in a number of high-profile roles.
She gained a wealth of experience in growing a biotechnology cluster in Dundee and a genomics hub whilst working at the Medical School at the University of Edinburgh.
She has a particular interest in life science clusters with an academic focus on life science intermediaries that add value and provide economic growth. This focus led to a role with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), where Deborah worked on strategy and policy development for their Research and Innovation Campus’s across the UK.
While there, she also worked on strategy development with BIS to support the internationalisation of UK companies through intermediaries.
She has worked for both the public and private sector and has good understanding of the needs and drivers of both sectors. Much of her time in the public sector has been working at the interface between industry and academia and driving the commercialisation agenda. Her private sector experience includes working as a management consultant for PwC and as global head of business development for a clinical trials company.
Deborah has been employed by OxLEP to lead on life sciences across the region and to be a focal point for the sector. Although she works across the region, she has a particular focus on growing the HealthTec Cluster based at Harwell, where a number of technology sectors – including the space and physical sciences cross-over with the life sciences.
She believes that the ecosystem across the region is both dynamic and high-performing, which means growth will be inevitable.
Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector Lead
Contact Natalie if you are interested in discussing opportunities to invest in Oxfordshire.
Natalie is a member of the OxLEP Business team with a particular focus on supporting international and UK businesses to invest in Oxfordshire.
Her main focus is on emerging and enabling technologies, promoting growth in key sectors including electronics, sensors and photonics, robotics and autonomous systems, advanced materials and energy.
Natalie has played a key role in supporting many businesses to set-up home in the county with previous roles including appointments in inward investment and property acquisition.