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


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.

COVID-19: businesses update 21 March

Latest Government announcement

The following businesses and venues have been asked to close with immediate effect:

• Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
• Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars and nightclubs.
• Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and bingo halls.
• Museums and galleries.
• Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
• Casinos and betting shops.
• All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.

Hot food takeaways

The Government had previously announced that it will be relaxing planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as hot food takeaways during the COVID-19 outbreak. They confirmed that this announcement still stands.

The change has not been formally enacted by Parliament yet but we understand that relevant businesses will just need to notify the Council with the date they commenced the change and then again when they revert to normal operation.

Given the urgency of the situation, we want to ensure businesses that need to make this change can do so and operate as a takeaway immediately. Please remember to notify your local Council.

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.


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Brexit!  Are you ready?

Simple guides for business:

19th September Forum Slides
Get Ready Trader export tree
BEIS Brexit A5 booklet
Animal origin meat & dairy flowchart get ready
Chemicals Process get ready
EORI mythbuster
How to export goods into the EU through roll on roll off locations after Brexit
How to import goods from the EU through roll on roll off locations after Brexit
Livestock flowchart get ready
Simple trader checklist to get ready for Brexit
Transporting goods between the UK and EU in a no deal guidance for hauliers

To find more guidance and information on preparing your business for Brexit, please visit here

Green businesses encouraged to apply for prestigious Queen’s Award.

Businesses are encouraged to showcase their achievements and apply for a Queen’s Award in Sustainable Development.
The Queen’s Awards 2020 have been launched, with UK businesses being urged to join more than 7,000 winners of the prestigious Queen’s Award and apply for the Sustainable Development category. Details here.

The six local authorities in Oxfordshire have committed to producing a joint statutory spatial plan for Oxfordshire covering the period up to 2050. This plan will provide a strategic framework for the delivery of new homes, economic development and the anticipated supporting infrastructure the County needs to 2050. Details here.

International Retail and Business Opportunities....

For the most current opportunities please see here.

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