Carter Jonas Brings Residential Development Site in Aston Tirrold, Oxfordshire, to Market

Carter Jonas has brought a 1.85 acre (0.75 ha) freehold development opportunity to the market in Aston Tirrold, Oxfordshire, on behalf of a private landowner. Lower Ham Farm consists of planning permission for eight new dwellings, the conversion of two listed barns together with an existing farmhouse.
The property is available as a whole, with alternative proposals for the purchase of part also considered (including the farmhouse in isolation).
Located to the east of Moreton Road, the property benefits from excellent transport links, via the A417, to the A34 and the national motorway network.
The village of Aston Tirrold offers a range of amenities including a village hall (with an outreach post office), cricket club, three churches and The Chequers public house. A Waitrose supermarket is located in nearby Wallingford and a full range of national retailers, restaurants and leisure facilities are available in Oxford and Newbury, which are 19 and 18 miles from the site respectively.
The local area benefits from a number of independent schools, including preparatory at Moulsford, Chandlings, Cranford House and Cothill. Senior schools include Radley, Abingdon, Downe House, The Oratory and St Helen & St Katherine.
Mark Charter, Partner, Carter Jonas Oxford said: “Lower Ham Farm offers an exciting development opportunity, in an ideal location, to create a unique and visually striking residential scheme. It is perfectly located for the region’s business, retail and leisure hubs, and many excellent schools. The property is also in close proximity to Didcot Parkway train station, which is just four miles away, as such it is also an ideal location to commute into London Paddington.  The site’s location and potential make it an extremely appealing proposition for those looking to benefit from easy transport links amidst the pure tranquillity of the Oxfordshire landscape.”
Unconditional offers are currently being sought. Further information and bidding guidance is available from Carter Jonas Oxford.

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Park and Ride Satisfaction

Park and Ride service achieves ‘outstanding’ passenger satisfaction

The Oxford Bus Company’s Park & Ride service has achieved a ‘world class’ 96% overall satisfaction, in a survey of passengers by an independent watchdog. This places it equal first in England alongside another operator.

Research conducted by Transport Focus revealed passengers using Oxford’s Park & Ride services were highly satisfied in 2018, up 3% on the previous year. Passengers were asked questions regarding punctuality, journey time, value for money and the overall journey experience.

Other Oxford Bus Company city services achieved a 92% overall satisfaction in the passenger survey, an improvement of 3% on the previous year.

The news follows significant investment in the Park & Ride service ahead of the opening of the Westgate shopping centre in 2017.

Improvements included the introduction of a single ticket solution to cover parking costs and bus fares, and new payment machines. New bus shelters and stops were also installed in the city centre- plus, the introduction of distinctive purple Park & Ride branding and new signage making it easier for passengers to identify their stops.

Oxford Bus Company also invested in training for its 80 Park & Ride staff to enable them to act as ambassadors for the shopping centre and Oxford.

Oxford Bus Company Managing Director, Phil Southall, said: “The Park & Ride service has gone from strength to strength, thanks to significant investment in the fleet and branding, along with improved timetables and colleague training.

“The service represents fantastic value for money for people visiting Oxford and is part our of pledge to help ensure a ‘world-class’ welcome to the city. We’re pleased with the Park & Ride results and the higher rating achieved reflects the hard work put in by our team to consistently maintain high standards.”

The Oxford Bus Company invested £4.5m in the fleet of Park & Ride buses in 2017. Each bus has free Wi-Fi, social seating layouts, audio visual next stop information systems, USB and conductive charging points and Euro VI micro-hybrid engines with the cleanest available vehicle emissions standards.

A further £1m was invested in rolling out contactless payment functionality to the fleet to make the boarding experience as frictionless as possible.

The Park & Ride single fare ticket, costs £6.80 and covers parking for one car plus two adults and three children travelling by bus.

Mr Southall added: “It’s pleasing to have improved in many areas overall for our customers. However, it’s vital we continue to strive for improvement and seek solutions in partnership with key stakeholders to the bigger challenges in the city.

“Our journey times have increased on many services due to worsening congestion in Oxford, which remains a real issue.”

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Blenheim Business Entrepreneurs

Blenheim launches new search for business entrepreneurs

Blenheim is inviting entrepreneurs and new businesses to take part in a start-up scheme aimed at boosting their chances of success.

Working in partnership with the FAB Accelerator team, the Oxfordshire estate has put together its own programme designed to support locally-based firms.

The opportunity is open to any business which is less than two years old or has fewer than five employees, is based within 20 miles of Blenheim, and can provide something which could be stocked in their shops.

Applications will need to be submitted by the 10th of May and the successful candidates will be notified by 24th May.

They will then have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Blenheim’s senior management team over the summer.

After undergoing presentation training, they will take part in a final pitch on 26th June when the winning applicant will be selected and awarded with a contract to supply their products to the Estate’s retail outlets.

In addition to the contract, the winner will also receive ongoing tips and advice from members of the Blenheim management team.

“As part of our stated goal to triple our economic contribution to the local community within 10 years Blenheim is committed to providing start-up businesses with support and a busy marketplace to showcase their products,” said Blenheim CEO Dominic Hare.

“By using the expertise and experience of the FAB Accelerator team we’ve been able to set up our own programme to identify, support and develop exciting new businesses in the area,” he added.

Last year’s competition attracted more than 50 entrants of which eight went through to the final pitching process.

Neve’s Bees, which produces 100% natural beeswax skincare products, and designer and artist Kathryn Croxson, who creates a range of clothing accessories and homeware, were both selected and had their products go on sale at Blenheim Palace.

Julie Macken, Neves Bees says: “I would highly recommend entering the Blenheim Start-up Competition: the exposure we have gained from being in the shop has increased our brand awareness many-fold and the kudos of being associated with such a ‘high-end’ outlet has opened many doors.

“In addition to this, the extra revenue from selling in a large outlet has enabled us to invest in our new gift packaging, allowing us to enter a far bigger marketplace. We are now developing a range of Neve’s Bees products using Cotswold Lavender with exclusive designs for Blenheim Palace which we hope will secure a longer-term future for us with Blenheim.”

The brainchild of Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ founder Gary Frank, FAB was Oxford’s first accelerator programme for ambitious entrepreneurs and startups.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Blenheim Accelerator competition can find out full details and enter online here

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Alex Sayers | Your Voice

Alex Sayers of XIST2 tells us about an issue his business contends with daily. Public transport access and getting his employees to work safely.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim bursary boost for local good causes

A number of local charities and good causes are set to benefit from a £50,000 charity and community bursary set up by Blenheim.
The bursary, which was launched at the end of 2018, is available to all charities and organisations based within a 20-mile radius of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Among groups receiving funds, ranging from £160 to £4,500, are Freeland Primary School, WUFA Child Care Facility, Oxford Churches Debt Centre, Bladon & Woodstock Elderly Day Care Centre, Hanborough Scout Group and Charlbury Preschool.
Blenheim’s Head of Marketing and PR, Stephanie Duncan, said: “One of our key goals over the next 10 years is to double our charitable contributions to the local community.
“We’re proud to be able to provide funding to local charity and community projects and the bursary allows us to learn about the great work people are doing and support the positive impact it’s having,” she added.
Some of the other successful applications include; Combe Preschool Playground, Hanborough Bowls Club, YoungDementia UK, Charlbury Sports Club, Ramsden Play Park, Hanborough, Freeland and North Leigh Brownies, Rainbow and Guides, Wooton-byWoodstock Primary School, 1st Stonesfield Scout Group, Hanborough Youth Club, Elderberries, Combe Primary School, Woodstock Quake Youth Group and Stonesfield Preschool.
Applications were welcome across charity and community projects, including education, infrastructure, transport, health and wellbeing.
Applications for next year’s bursary will open in November and close at the end of January 2020 with successful applicants being notified in March and receiving funds in April.
Last year the bursary supported a number of projects including the new Woodstock Youth Club, Wooton-by-Woodstock Playground renovations, Long Hanborough Playgroup equipment and Cassington Village Sports Pavilion renovations.
• To find out more about the bursary scheme, and to apply, click here


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Jennie Cartwright - James Cowper Kreston

James Cowper Kreston welcome new Business Development Manager

James Cowper Kreston are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Business Development Manager, Jennie Cartwright. Jennie will be joining the central marketing team and operating from the Southampton office.

With a background in the financial sector, Jennie joins the firm having previously worked for Lloyds Bank, bringing with her a wealth of banking expertise. Not only this, Jennie is a keen clay pigeon shooter, competing both nationally and internationally, and is currently one of the top ten female shooters in the UK.

Andy Cowie, Business Development Director at James Cowper Kreston said: ‘We are thrilled to have Jennie join the team and assist with our expansion into the Southampton market. I am excited to work alongside her and look forward to the future.”

When asked about joining the firm Jennie said: “It’s been a pleasure getting to know the team and I am looking forward to working with them. Working in the accounting sector will be a new experience and I hope that I can help the firm to grow.”

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Tom Barton - VSL Director

Building contractor set to develop its own new home

A construction firm is set to develop its own headquarters building after purchasing land in Eynsham.

SDC Contractors has bought the 2.7-acre site from Clockwork Components for £1.55m in a deal agreed by commercial property agents VSL.

The company aims to develop bespoke offices and storage accommodation and is relocating from nearby Long Hanborough.

SDC is actively developing a number of high profile buildings and schemes around the Oxfordshire area including the Botley retail development, West Way Place and science buildings at Harwell.

VSL director Tom Barton said: “This site is in an excellent location for this extremely busy firm needing good access to the A34 and beyond while remaining close to its core client base.

“It also means the company will be well placed to benefit from rapid development in the area in the near future and we wish them every success going forward.”

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the vitaccess team

Huge growth helps digital health start-up land place in business awards final

An Oxford-based digital health business has been identified as one of the region’s top three tech start-ups, having grown its workforce by 500 per cent in just 18 months.

Vitaccess, based at the Oxford Centre for Innovation in New Road, has been shortlisted for the Tech Nation Rising Stars Awards.

This comes on the back of sustained success during 2018 in which Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mark Larkin, was named Regulatory Tech Founder of the Year in the BMWi UK Tech Founder Awards.

He was also named runner-up in the CIS Technology Excellence Awards in the Oxfordshire Business Awards and shortlisted as Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 in the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

A trusted research partner of pharmaceutical companies, clinicians and patient associations, Vitaccess produces real-time data on how diseases and treatments impact people’s everyday lives based on information from tailor-made smartphone apps.

Having launched the business single-handedly in Switzerland in 2014,  Dr Mark Larkin set up its headquarters at the Oxford Centre for Innovation in 2017, expanding his team from three employees to 18 in just 18 months.

Dr Helen Williams, Director of Operations at Vitaccess, said: “We initially set up camp in a shared drop-in workspace at The POD, at the Oxford Centre for Innovation. We were fighting for desks, there was not enough room. The fantastic facilities at the Oxford Centre for Innovation meant we could expand and remain on site.”

Working in the oncology and rare diseases fields, Vitaccess has developed a real-world evidence generation platform currently applied to five live apps gathering wider evidence of peoples’ everyday lives outside of clinical trials. Localised and accessible from all over the world, each app contains reliable knowledge features as well as symptom diaries allowing people to easily note changes in their condition and relay the information to their healthcare team as they wish.

Successful partnerships with clients including Pharnext and bluebird bio led to an internal move into a new 280 sq ft base. Further expansion into another 650 sq ft office will take place in March.

Helen added: “Reaching the final of the Tech Nation Rising Stars awards is a perfect example of why the Oxford Centre for Innovation has been so good for us. Being recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting tech start-ups and named as one of the top three tech start-ups in the South East is testament to the quality of the ground-breaking work we are carrying out from our Oxford base.

From the cost-effective facilities to the central location we are delighted with our set-up here in Oxford. We have received invaluable support from the team at the Oxford Centre for Innovation.

Our revenue tripled last year and since moving into OCFI 18 months ago, we are planning a move into our third office and have grown to a team of 18. Early indications show we are in for a good year – January revenue was 30 per cent up on the whole of last year.”

Mike Foster, Director of the Oxford Centre for Innovation, said: “It is amazing to be involved in a successful 18 months of growth for a business that has been built up through passion and determination.

“This success story is testament to the support provided for all of the businesses based at the Oxford Centre for Innovation.”

Vitaccess is one of 20 companies invited to pitch to a panel of renowned judges, including Warwick Hill, Senior MD and Head of Microsoft for Startups,at a Grand Final taking place at London’s Rich Mix on Tuesday 5 March.

The Oxford Centre for Innovation provides serviced office space solutions for growing and start-up businesses. As well as this, tenants can take advantage of on-site business growth coaching services and training workshops.

About Vitaccess

Vitaccess is an award-winning digital health and strategic consultancy, founded in 2014. Based in Oxford, UK, but with a truly global reach,Vitaccess offers a world-class real-world evidence (RWE) data portfolio and data science research via MyRealWorld™, our state-of-the-art digital platform, and experience-based Market Access and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) solutions.

Our heritage in HEOR and Market Access makes us a trusted partner to the pharmaceutical industry. We understand the importance of scientific rigour in RWE studies, as well as the complexities of information governance – including GDPR and HIPAA. Industry standards have been applied to the creation of our pioneering and flexible digital platform, MyRealWorld™, through which we capture RWE in real-time, to be transmitted in aggregated, anonymized form to customizable and interactive research dashboards.

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Silverstone Park

Silverstone Park “the place to be to grow and succeed as a business”

Carter Jonas helps secure seven businesses to Silverstone Park.

Dragon Racing along with six other companies have located to MEPC’s Silverstone Park, the business estate on the Bucks-Northants border, in the first few weeks of 2019. Combined, the seven lettings total 35,000 sq ft of commercial accommodation.

Dragon Racing is a team competing in the world’s premier electric motor racing championship, FIA Formula E. It is the second Formula E team to make Silverstone Park its home – Envision Virgin Racing already occupies over 10,000 sq ft of property on the site.

“We are delighted to have located to Silverstone Park,” commented Dragon Team Manager Gary Holland.

“There’s a lot of innovation and future thinking with the technologies we are developing in Formula E and, importantly, Silverstone Park offers us the correct infrastructure to achieve this.

“The estate is at the heart of the Silverstone Technology Cluster so has an enviable supply of world class engineers and technicians and high-tech and manufacturing expertise which is now right on our doorstep. Its connections to the business community are also first rate.

“For us it is absolutely the place to be if we are to grow and succeed as a business.”

All seven new leases (including Dragon’s) were completed in the first few weeks of 2019, ranging from large industrial units and R&D workshops to office space.

The companies concerned operate in a variety of sectors including high-tech engineering (electric vehicles, motorsport, esports and security), travel/ logistics and recruitment/headhunting. They are: Dragon Racing; Lunaz Design; AF Corse UK; Edge Tech; Pro-vide Global Ltd; Virtually Entertained; Supernova 360 Ltd.

Lunaz Design and AF Corse UK have moved into a total of 22,500 sq ft of industrial premises which form part of MEPC’s latest speculative development totalling 125,000 sq ft and benefit from Enterprise Zone status.

Edge Tech, Pro-vide Global Ltd, Virtually Entertained and Supernova 360 Ltd have taken new flexible leases on serviced offices (260 sq ft to 550 sq ft) in the estate’s Innovation Centre.

Further to this new growth, MEPC has confirmed that all companies with lease breaks and expiries in the first few weeks of 2019 have chosen to stay and grow at Silverstone Park, based on market deals.

MEPC is currently working on a reserved matters application for a further 255,000 sq ft of new accommodation on its development land at the estate, which is already serviced with 21 MVAs of new power and benefits from business rates relief as a result of continuing Enterprise Zone status.

MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director at Silverstone Park, said: “This latest influx of seven new companies and retention of current occupiers is a great start to 2019, especially following so quickly after more than 40,000 sq ft of property was let to four businesses who located here in August 2018.

“It again highlights how MEPC’s development of the estate in terms of infrastructure, facilities, presentation, networking and connectivity with industry is acting as a magnet for innovative businesses with growth ambitions.

“We are delighted to be working on plans to bring forward further accommodation at Silverstone Park, to meet market demand. Any company interested in the Silverstone Park address is encouraged to make contact and arrange a meeting or viewing.

“We are keen to hear from all companies, including those only scenario planning, and also to find out more about a company’s needs and aspirations for the future, so we can start planning accordingly.”

Local and national letting agents for Silverstone Park are Carter Jonas and DTRE.

Jon Silversides, Commercial Partner at Carter Jonas, enthused: “We are delighted to have played an important role in securing these new occupiers for Silverstone Park.

“Since instruction we have quickly come to appreciate the draw of both Silverstone and the growing technology cluster to occupiers.

“Whilst two of the new occupiers are in the motorsport industry, nevertheless we are seeing growing levels of interest from a much wider scope of companies which bodes well for the future phases of development under consideration. We very much look forward to the next few months as we are able to release plans for these developments.”

DTRE’s Jamie Catherall added: “The latest lettings highlight occupiers’ continued demand for high quality space at Silverstone Park.

“We look forward to welcoming these new occupiers to site and continue to work hard on expanding the Park with more development planned for the near future.”

Click here for all current Availability options at Silverstone Park.

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Salman Khan

James Cowper Kreston partners Visit India

Managing Partner, Robert Holland, alongside partners Alex Peal and Meera Rajah, have recently returned from an excursion to meet with both new and current clients in India.

The firm has a strong pipeline in South East Asia, which is headed up by Meera, and involves many sectors of the firm. This particular trip involved visiting the sets of several upcoming full length feature films where the team were able to witness first-hand the work that goes into each project.

The Media team at James Cowper Kreston work closely with film producers to ensure all international tax liabilities are managed effectively and assist production teams to claim available film tax reliefs in the UK. The team also provide support in many other financial areas.

“We secured eight new projects during this visit,” says Meera. “And were fortunate enough to visit the sets of a few of the projects we are currently working on. Alex and I were given the opportunity to meet Salman Khan, who is one of the biggest stars in Indian cinema today, along with his co-stars. Being on set allows us to gain a first-hand look at the films on which we are working and means we can speak to our clients face to face, allowing for better communication.”

“It’s always fascinating to visit the set of projects,” says Alex. “The amount of work that goes into making a production of this magnitude is astonishing and we are very proud to be a part of it. Working with international clients allows us to gain a better understanding of the country’s tax and VAT legislation which in turn helps us to provide a better service in the long run.”

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