Banbury Charlbury Business Community Eynsham Business Network Carterton Chamber of Commerce Watlington Business Association Monument Park Chalgrove Bicester and District Chamber of Commerce Kidlington Wake Up To Woodstock Thame First The Henley Business Partnership Goring Business Network Wallingford in Business Didcot Abingdon Wantage and District Chamber of Commerce Faringdon Chamber of Commerce Chipping Norton Witney Chamber of Commerce Oxford City & Suburbs Burford Chamber of Trade Shrivenham Neighbours
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Founded as a network of Oxfordshire’s chambers of commerce,  OTCN (The Oxfordshire Town Chambers Network) now covers town chambers, business parks, shopping centres, business networking events and other membership organisations and business groups across Oxfordshire.


BUSINESS NEWS
 
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018.

The data protection act is getting a European-wide upgrade and will become the GDPR. The ICO (.gov site) has a good section covering the major points businesses will have to worry about. See it here.

On the same website, you will also find an online test to see if you need to register under the current data protection act  What does it mean for you? If you handle a customer's personal data you may need to be registered depending on how you process that data (do the test to find out) but keep in mind you may need to register under the new act when it comes into force.

With thanks to Computer Repair Oxford.
 
If you are a cash handling business, you may be interested in the Banknote Checking Scheme. Any retailer or business can sign up as a supporter of the Scheme which is free to join. Since the launch of the Scheme in October, we have received pledges of support from over 60 organisations including some well know high street brands. You can find out more on the Bank of England website. The 2018 WOBA winners were announced at the Awards Dinner.

Details & pictures are on the WOBA website.

Congratulations to the winners, a massive well done to all the finalists and a huge thank you to everyone who entered WOBA 2018 and came to our events. Bring on WOBA 2019!
 

An innovative scheme
to encourage and support local suppliers. Startups for Blenheim is open to new businesses that are less than 2 years old, must be based within 20 miles of the Palace and produce something that Blenheim could stock in their retail catering outlets. Details here.
 

Ultrafast broadband on its way!

West Oxfordshire District Council has taken a massive step towards fulfilling its ambition of full superfast broadband coverage.
Details here.
Le Twin Town Challenge.
Have you heard about the Twin Town Challenge? Twin towns, 100 cars, 1 amazing weekend in May. The Twin Town Challenge is a fun, team-based car challenge that brings businesses together for a common cause.
Details here.
 

Subsidised broadband installation for businesses that can't access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2MB per second.
Details here.

A £13 million fund
to help landowners will soon open for applications. Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and protect more trees when application forms are made available in September. Details here.
 
£2,000 Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers for Businesses to Improve Information Management.

If you are a micro, small or medium-sized business, local authority, charity, or not-for-profit-organisation, and you need help with your data analytics, then apply now for one of our Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIVs)! Details here.
 

International Retail and Business Opportunities....

For the most current opportunities please click here.



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