Westgate revamp to be scaled down

10:30am Thursday 10th February 2011By Chris Buratta » OXFORD’S Westgate shopping centre will get a revamp but it is likely to be a scaled back version of previous plans. The Crown Estate and Land Securities Group PLC consortium is discussing a new scheme and will meet Oxford City Council planning chiefs next week. The OxfordContinue reading “Westgate revamp to be scaled down”


More than 100 business people from across the county attended the annual Oxfordshire Business Leaders Event hosted by the Oxfordshire Economic Partnership and sponsored by Unipart Group Each year, Oxfordshire Economic Partnership brings together the leading business people from across the county for a formal dinner to recognise the achievements of our partners in creatingContinue reading “BUSINESS LEADERS GATHER IN OXFORDSHIRE”

Oxfordshire wins enterprise battle

    5:25pm Thursday 28th October 2010 By Maggie Hartford » OXFORDSHIRE has won the battle to have its own standalone ‘Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’, which will replace the South East England Development Agency Seeda by 2012. Council leader Keith Mitchell masterminded the successful bid for an Oxfordshire ‘City Region’ enterprise partnership with boundaries followingContinue reading “Oxfordshire wins enterprise battle”

Focus on Oxfordshire broadband

4:25pm Thursday 23rd September 2010 By Chris Koenig OXFORDSHIRE’S ‘digital future’ will come under the spotlight this weekend at a conference called OxOnline 2010: Connecting Oxfordshire. The Euro MEP for the South-East Region, James Elles, will join communication minister and Wantage MP Ed Vaizey on Saturday for the event at the Culham Conference Centre, organisedContinue reading “Focus on Oxfordshire broadband”

Fight over quango shake-up

4:23pm Thursday 23rd September 2010 By Chris Koenig » COUNCIL leaders are battling it out over who should control the new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) — which the Government would like to see replacing Regional Development Agencies. The deadline for bids to form LEPs was last week. Now business secretary Vince Cable and Communities andContinue reading “Fight over quango shake-up”

Is Oxfordshire special?

9:00am Thursday 5th August 2010 By Chris Koenig » The fight is on for Oxfordshire to be recognised by central government as a stand-alone, single, viable economic area rather than part of a larger development region — according to the leader of the county council, Keith Mitchell. A joint letter sent to council and businessContinue reading “Is Oxfordshire special?”

Funding row hits £22m Oxford shops arcade

Oxford Times 8:10am Thursday 29th July 2010  By Reg Little » A £22m shopping precinct in the city centre is under threat following the collapse of talks with Oxford City Council. The global equity firm, the Carlyle Group, submitted plans to create a new open-air shopping centre running from St Aldates Tavern archway to QueenContinue reading “Funding row hits £22m Oxford shops arcade”

PM urged to save £88m traffic plan

Oxford Times 8:32am Thursday 10th June 2010 By Reg Little » A PERSONAL appeal has been made to David Cameron to allow Oxfordshire to keep £88m for road and rail improvements promised under Labour. The Access to Oxford money was to fund major ring road and transport schemes, including a contribution to the expansion ofContinue reading “PM urged to save £88m traffic plan”