Events Archive

We’ve hosted a range of exciting events and hope to run many more; keep reading to check out some of our past events!

Oxfordshire Greentech was launched on 6 February 2019 at a hugely successful event attended by over 250 delegates. Read more here.

Exceptional Buildings – Showcasing the future of innovative, sustainable building projects (inc. tour of the new Bicester Eco Business Centre)

18 July 2019 | 9 am – 2 pm
Eco Business Centre, Charlotte Avenue, Elmsbrook, Bicester, OX27 8TG

If you want to see the future of sustainability in the Oxfordshire built environment, come on our guided tour of the brand-new ‘Greenest Office Building’ in Oxfordshire – the Bicester Eco Business Centre – and see Elmsbrook, the UK’s first Eco Town development, NW Bicester (Elmsbrook).

Be inspired by local organisations leading the way in low-carbon construction. Network with other like-mind individuals and organisations working in and around the construction and development industry, with presentations delivered in the spacious and impressive foyer area of the Eco Business Centre.

This free session is specifically aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are involved in the built environment sector.

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. 


The role of innovation for social enterprises

9 July 2019 | 8:30 am- 12.30 am
The Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Join us and other like-minded social entrepreneurs for a lively and interactive workshop to explore the significance of innovation for Social Enterprises, community businesses and other socially and environmental impactful organisations.

We will consider how innovation can be accelerated and scaled through genuine collaborations and partnerships and what it takes to make those happen. There will be a chance to examine key themes and agendas that can be leveraged to open up new opportunities and take a look the tools, resources and networks available to provide you with additional support.

What will I learn?

At the end of the session you will have a better understanding of the why your organisation can and should become more innovative and some ways it can, as well more collaborative and open to strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with a view to underpin financial sustainability.

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. 


Creating sustainable and innovative business models

3 July 2019 | 9:30 am- 12.30 am
Education Space, Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PQ

Better business models are essential for tackling the climate crisis. How can companies continue to grow and reduce their environmental impact at the same time?

Who should attend?

Small and medium sized enterprises who wish to learn, and get started, using innovative sustainability to drive competitiveness. Join this event if you’d like to understand more about how you can implement a more sustainable business model and how it can work for your company.

What will I learn?

You will learn about other companies that have successfully adopted innovative, resilient and sustainable business models, the journey those companies have been on – and how to apply their experiences to your company. If you find the session useful you can join the Oxfordshire Greentech special interest group to learn even more.

This is the first event run in partnership with Oxfordshire Greentech and QSA Partners, for the Innovation Support for Business (ISFB) programme, aiming to help Oxfordshire SMEs adopt business models that are better for profit, people and the environment.

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. 


Oxford Electric Vehicle Show

15 June 2019 | 10am – 5pm
Broad Street, Oxford 

The event will showcase a wide selection of electric cars, vans, e-bikes & mopeds, together with associated services like charging, servicing and financing. Also existing owners of electric vehicles will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.

The electrification of our mobility is now a hot topic as we transition away from burning fossil fuels (which are polluting our air, damaging our health and our planet) to cleaner, greener, zero emission vehicles. The UK Government has banned new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040, but there’s growing pressure to bring this forward to 2032. Oxford has set a target to have zero emission transport in the City by 2030 with a Zero Emission Zone, with a gradual roll out starting in 2020.

Electric vehicles have been available in the UK for over 9 years now. All the manufacturers are racing to electrify all their models and the choices improves each year. At the 2019 Oxford Electric Vehicle Show, we hope to have the majority of the current available models on show, with both the local dealerships and existing owners on hand to answer your questions.

Visit the website for more details:

Oxford Electric Vehicle Show is organised by Go Green Autos, Oxford City Council, and Oxfordshire Greentech


Using sustainability to drive innovation and competitiveness for your organisation

23rd May 2019 | 8 am- 11.30 am
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX 

Learn how sustainability can drive innovation and efficiency and get started on using One Planet Living to create your own sustainability plan.

Oxfordshire Greentech and Cherwell District Council’s CPD-certified workshop will equip you with the skills and knowledge to transform your organisation and its sustainability performance, creating market opportunities.

What will I learn?

The ten One Planet Principles will be introduced as a simple and flexible solution to developing sustainability strategies. Compelling case studies will be used to explore the skills and approaches necessary to make change happen.

At the end of the morning you will have the outline of a sustainability strategy in place and have the opportunity to discuss the next steps with Bioregional’s experts. 

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. 


A sustainable future for Oxford, University Colleges and the County

16th May 2019 | 9:30 am – 12pm

St Anne’s College, 56 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HS

Join us to learn more about how the colleges of the University of Oxford can help shape a sustainable future for Oxfordshire and to hear about Oxfordshire Greentech, the new business network to support and grow the low carbon economy for a sustainable future. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network, share ideas and solutions, and plan improvements for a sustainable future.



Cambridge Cleantech & Oxfordshire Greentech Low Carbon Vehicle SIG

1st May 2019 | 4 pm- 7.30 pm
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire 

The New Autonomous Vehicle Network at Cranfield University Campus

Cranfield University is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation with a focus on environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems. The University is a Founder member of Cambridge Cleantech/Oxfordshire Greentech and has created MUEAVI. The Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation MUEAVI (Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation) is co-funded by SEMLEP (South East Midland Local Enterprise Partnership) from the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Cranfield University.

The MUEAVI open innovation facility will integrate R&D, not only in the fields of autonomous technologies, but also in systems engineering, sensing and prognostics, technology diffusion, safety and regulation, complexity science, human factors analysis, risk and policy assessment and ergonomics.

Join us on the day at Cranfield to see and experience the new autonomous vehicles and the newly developed test track as well as hearing about the latest research in advanced vehicle engineering.


One Planet Oxfordshire action planning workshop

30th April 2019 | 9:30am-1pm
St Aldate’s Conference Centre, 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP

This is the second One Planet Oxfordshire collaborative event, hosted by one of our partners, Bioregional. The aim of the workshop is to share how we are working towards a sustainable Oxfordshire, to shine a light on difficult issues, and to find ways to partner and to help each other.

This workshop follows on from the county-wide workshop of November 2018, attracting 100 people from across the county, from wide ranging backgrounds and sectors. We co-created a shared vision for a sustainable Oxfordshire, consisting of 88 aspirations (or “Outcomes”). Since November, these have been circulated, consulted on and refined. A full list of the Outcomes can be found here.

The April workshop will be a vibrant multi-sector gathering. The Oxfordshire context will be understood, inspiring stories will be told, and new collaborations will be found. 

We will discuss the legacy of the One Planet Oxfordshire project, to ensure it continues and grows for many years to come.

Though the formal close of the workshop will be 1pm, there will be further networking opportunities and a drop-in session from 2-4pm for those wishing to discuss the development of their organisation’s action plan with either Bioregional or other organisations present.

We look forward to you joining us for the next stage of making Oxfordshire a One Planet County.

This event is free of charge for members of both Cambridge Cleantech and Oxfordshire Greentech. 

Oxford Electric Vehicle Business Breakfast – eBikes

10th April 2019 | 7:30am-9:30am
The Refectory, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford, OX2 6UD

Oxfordshire Greentech, in partnership with Oxford City Council, is excited to announce our next event, an eBike Business Breakfast on Wednesday 10 April from 07.30 to 09.30 in the refectory of Wolfson College.

There is a lot of energy and talk about EV cars and vans. But what about eBikes? They are already here, are easy to use, and are perhaps more suitable to the city conditions we live and operate in. They don’t take up near as much space, are more mobile, easier to park, don’t come with the same charging restrictions, can carry huge amounts of freight, and are often quicker and not as susceptible to congestion issues. Is our transport/ freight solution already here?


The format of the breakfast is as follows:

  • 07.30 Arrive, breakfast, and networking
  • 8.00 Speakers present informally (standing)
  • 8.30-9.30 Networking and opportunity for delegates to try out eBikes outside

A simple breakfast, coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

This event is free of charge for members of both Cambridge Cleantech and Oxfordshire Greentech.

Oxford Electric Vehicle Business Breakfast – First/ Last Mile Delivery

1 March 2019 | 7.30 am – 9:30 am
Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Following on from the successes of the Oxford EV Summit last July and our first Business Breakfast at Lady Marget Hall last November, we are excited to announce our next Oxford EV Business Breakfast on the morning of Friday 1 March from 07.30 to 09.30 in the mezzanine of the Mathematics Institute.The theme will be First/Last Mile Delivery. We will have experts from EV Van and zero-emission delivery world present short summaries of their offers, experience and the future of First/ Last Mile Delivery, especially how it relates to a future Zero Emission Zone in Oxford. Our line-up of speakers includes Renault, Arrival, and Pedal and Post. They will also be on hand to answer any questions about First/Last Mile Delivery or EV Vans you might have.This event is aimed at local business owners, fleet managers, EV suppliers, policy makers and any individuals involved in the transition to and adoption of EVs.

The format of the Breakfast is as follows:

  • 07.30 – 08.00: Arrival, teas and coffees and networking
  • 08.00 – 08.30: Short informal presentations from our guests from Renault, Arrival, Pedal and Post
  • 08.30 – 09.30: Networking, teas and coffees

A simple breakfast, coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Please feel free to share this invite with any colleagues or other parties you think might be interested in attending.

A future event is planned for April 2019 for local professionals from businesses, the public sector and third sector organisations to meet, network, collaborate and learn from each other as we speed up the transition towards electric vehicles in Oxford. This series of events is delivered by Oxford City Council as part of its Low Carbon Oxford programme. If you can’t attend this time but would like information about the Low Carbon Oxford partnership and events, please sign up for our newsletter here.

Meet the Buyer Event – Meet Japanese construction company Shimizu

13th February 2019 | City Hall, London 

Calling Cleantech Companies in Smart Cities, Building Technologies and Agri-tech Sectors: Pitch your Smart Cities Solutions to Shimizu

Can you provide energy efficient products and reduce carbon emissions in the construction sector? Pitch your ideas to Shimizu Corporation in London on 13 February 2019. Shimizu is primarily looking for solutions in the following areas:

  • High-value added usage of alternative materials derived from wood, such as lignin
  • Microalgae biomass production and its usage for functional food/feed
  • Carbon isolation from CO2 and its usage
  • Highly efficient CO2 emission reduction technologies
  • New technologies for horticulture
  • Microbial characterization of concrete

About the company: Shimizu Corporation has over 210 years history in the general contracting/construction business. Shimizu has aspired to earn the trust of customers by devoting themselves to their work and creating quality products. See more at

To register your interest, please email indicating briefly your offer in terms of products or services to meet the buyer’s needs case. The SME companies with the products which most closely match the corporate needs will be invited to attend the event.  


Oxfordshire Greentech Official Launch

6th February 2019 | 8 am-10.30 am
Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, United Kingdom OX1 1HP


Join us for the official launch of the Oxfordshire Greentech network, bringing together businesses and organisations from all sectors to encourage innovation and support the transition to a low-carbon future.

  • Get insight into the strength of the Greentech cluster in Oxfordshire as we release the results of our recent survey on the sector.
  • Be inspired by the network’s vision of a low-carbon economy in Oxfordshire and find out how you can benefit.
  • Network and collaborate with like-minded people from across business, academia and the public sector.

Finnish-British Matchmaking Event: IoT and Big Data for greener business

27th November 2018 | 10am-2pm
Old Library, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX

Meet three innovative companies from Finland working in Internet of Things (IoT), to find out how cutting-edge management of big data can underpin greener, more efficient systems. Explore joint working, partnerships and commercial opportunities with:

Houston Analytics – an award-winning provider of AI, machine learning and advanced analytics to enable effective decision making, especially in the retail sector.

Distence – an exciting company digitising machines and equipment and connecting them to better manufacturing processes through the ‘internet of industrial assets’.

Gofore – an international innovation consultancy, helping corporates to transform their business processes for the better through strategy, design and technology, including industrial automation, IoT and Industry 4.0.


10am – Registration, networking and refreshments
10.30am – Introduction to Oxfordshire Greentech – Martin Garratt, CEO, Cambridge Cleantech and Tony Hart, Head of Smart Oxford Programme
10:45 – Networking with refreshments
14:00 – Close

To sign up, drop us an email at