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Oxfordshire Greentech

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 6 February, 2019
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Berkshire
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Cambridge Cleantech
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Knight
Lewis
Cluster Manager
+441295221640
lewis.knight@bioregional.com
Male
Goodall
Sam
Project Manager
+441295221640
sam.goodall@cambridgecleantech.org.uk
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Clean Production / Green Technologies
Environmental Engineering / Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Intelligent inter-modal & sustainable urban areas (e.g. smart cities)
Eco-innovations
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
90
Number of SME members: 
75
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
60
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Oxford City Council
University of Oxford
University
Oxford Brookes University
University
Low Carbon Hub
SME
Bioregional
Larger Company
Cherwell District Council
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 
  • Create jobs and economic growth by promoting Oxfordshire as a centre for low-carbon solutions.
  • Support local organisations to develop services and products that enable low-carbon, resilient lifestyles.
  • Facilitate cross-sector collaborations through a forum for innovation and partnership-working.
  • Provide a platform for our members to showcase how they are creating a low-carbon, sustainable world

Our goal is to make Oxfordshire Greentech a nodal centre for innovation in the low carbon sector, through:

  • Creating a platform for research and innovation: We believe that by bringing people and organisations together, we can enable collaborative funding bids and practical problem solving
  • Facilitating networking and collaborations: We provide an exciting forum for networking with other key players and organisations in the low-carbon sector in Oxfordshire, through peer-to-peer introductions, workshops and events.
  • Inspire and showcase – Using the One Planet Living framework, we can help organisations develop their own strategies and action plans towards reducing their environmental impact
  • Increase the visibility of the low carbon sector in Oxfordshire – We represent the low carbon sector across Oxfordshire and work hard to celebrate and show its impact and strength
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Details of support services: 

We provide 

Amongst the many opportunities we offer, we also run three Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Electric Vehicles, Social Enterprise, and Built Environment. These groups afford a vital forum for meeting with others within your specific sector to explore commercial collaborations, share knowledge, and network. To help you further your impact, we host roundtable events, business breakfasts, technology tours, after-work drinks, and more!

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
None
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Denmark
France
Netherlands
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
INTERREG

Scale-Up

As a part of Cambridge Cleantech, Oxfordshire Greentech is also involved in the Scale-Up project, which helps corporates and cleantech innovators meet and build partnerships together.connecting five successful cleantech clusters in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Together, SCALE UP partners have successfully connected more than 500 innovative SMEs to corporate buyers.

 

We are also involved in the Sci-Fi (Smart Cities Innovation Framework Implementation) project:

Smart Cities Innovation Framework Implementation (SCIFI) is an EU-funded project built around the use of open data to solve urban problems such as transportation, waste management and maintenance of infrastructure. SCIFI aims to design and establish an innovation framework for collaboration across partner cities; and between public service providers, citizens, innovators and experts. By acting together, medium-sized cities can better pool the innovative potential of the 2-Seas region and leverage the world-class knowledge institutions in the region.

Oxfordshire Greentech is part of the OxFutures programme, which is a £3.2m project to boost low carbon economic development in Oxfordshire. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and run through a collaborative partnership between the Low Carbon Hub, Cherwell District Council, Bioregional, Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University. For more information please see here.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Launch of Oxfordshire Greentech – Said Business School, Oxford, 6 February 2019

Over 250 attendees from local businesses and organisations all over the county flooded through the doors at Oxford University’s Said Business School on 6 February for the highly anticipated launch of Oxfordshire Greentech. Our aim is to accelerate growth by bringing like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators together and create a space for unprecedented levels of collaboration, innovation, and knowledge-transfer.

Against the backdrop of a foyer buzzing with exhibitors, speakers and delegates, attendees had the chance to network with their peers and hear from influential speakers on topics ranging from the urgency of climate action post last year’s IPCC report, to the strength of the Greentech cluster in Oxfordshire. 

Highlights included presentations from Gareth Dinnage, MD of the award-winning environmentally conscious printing company Seacourt; Dave Beesley, CEO of Oxford Office Furniture, who showcased his fleet of electric vehicles on the plaza outside; and Phil Shadbolt, Chairman of Zeta Lighting, revealing an innovative solar tile his company has been working on.

There is huge appetite in Oxfordshire for this network, as according to a 2014 report by Oxford University Environmental Change Institute and Low Carbon Oxford, with adequate support and initiative, Oxfordshire has the potential to become a leader in the global low-carbon economy.