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.

Supercharge your SME performance & build sustainable competitive advantage

5th March 2020 | 8:30am – 1pm

Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP

Organisations who invest in employee experience have found that they are more profitable, have lower employee turnover, generate more revenue, and have far superior stock price performance over their peers. The return on investment on employee experience has proven to be very significant.

Attendees of LCMB’s “Supercharge your SME performance” workshop, in partnership with Oxfordshire Greentech, will hear how to maximise the return on investment they get from two critical drivers of performance: their people and their real estate.

 

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus – Site Visit – Exclusive Event

27th March 2020 | 9:15am – 12:15pm

Harwell Campus

Join us on a visit to one of Europe’s largest hi-tech campus locations. Meet with the Energy Sector Cluster Manager and hear from both the Head of Estates and the Campus Director on the ambitious plans and also some of the challenges, for the future large scale development of the Campus which is at the forefront of technology development in the UK and part of the Oxford to Cambridge Corridor. Please come armed with your ideas and solutions for the future sustainable development of the infrastructure and the built environment for the Campus.

Please note: this event is exclusively for our associate founder and founder members.

Thriving and innovative businesses: developing a sustainability strategy

25th February 2020 | 9am – 1pm
Eco Business Centre, Charlotte Avenue, Elmsbrook, Bicester, OX27 8TG

Join us at the greenest office building in Oxfordshire – the Eco Business Centre on the NW Bicester Eco Site – for our workshop on business and sustainability. This workshop teaches you can drive innovation and efficiency, while putting the fight against climate change at the centre of your operation. Get started on using One Planet Living to create a sustainability action plan that your whole organisation can engage with, all within a stylish and modern Passivhaus Plus and BREEAM Excellent-rated building.

Oxfordshire Greentech and Cherwell District Council’s CPD-certified training 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.

 

Cleantech Venture Day

11-12 February 2020 | 
KPMG, Number Twenty Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4QJ

We are currently inviting applications for Cleantech Venture Day, a pitching-and-investment day geared to the cleantech sector, where 24 of the most promising cleantech companies from across the UK and Europe will get to pitch their ideas before experienced investors and corporate innovation leaders.

To apply to pitch, please click here.

 

Oxford Electric Vehicle Business Breakfast – The Real Cost of EV Ownership

4 February 2020 | 7:30am – 9:30am
Saïd Business School, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP

You are invited to our next Oxford EV Business Breakfast, looking at The Real Cost of EV Ownership on the morning of Tuesday 4 February from 07.30 to 09.30 at the Saïd Business School. We will be hearing about the challenges and the opportunities in purchasing/leasing cars, the costs of charging infrastructure, and accessing insurance for electric vehicles. At this event, both industry experts and EV users who have real-world experience in this area will be offering their useful (and truthful!) insights.

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

Agenda TBC.

 

Meet the Buyer – GreenCape

Cape Town, South Africa | April/May 2020

DEADLINE: January 13th 2020

Cambridge Cleantech is partnering with GreenCape in order to help the city of Cape Town in South Africa find innovative cost-effective solutions in brine management.

If interested, companies should register their interest through this form. More detailed information will be given to the selected companies in early 2020.

Meet the Buyer events offer interesting opportunities for your company to get in touch with the leading enterprises in a variety of business sectors. The event is invite only and will give you the chance to have an individual one-to-one meeting with key decision makers. Join the event, establish valuable collaborations, pitch your products and services, and discuss business partnerships that can fast-forward your company’s growth.

Meet the Buyer – LafargeHolcim and Schneider Electric

Residence de France, 11 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4QP (United Kingdom) | 11 February 2020

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 10th 2020

As part of Cleantech Venture Day, you have the opportunity to pitch your ideas to Schneider Electric, LafargeHolcim , Capgemini and Société du Grand Paris at a Meet the Buyer event on 11th February, 2020. Meet the Buyer events offer interesting opportunities for your company to get in touch with the leading enterprises in a variety of business sectors. The event is invite only and will give you the chance to have an individual one-to-one meeting with key decision makers.

Schneider Electric is looking for new solutions in Smart Grid, Data analytics on commercial and residential buildings, Energy distribution and E-mobility, while LafargeHolcim is keen on solutions in CO2 footprint reduction, innovative concrete and construction process, construction waste management and reduction, quality improvement, performances monitoring, automation and digitalization.

Oxford Electric Vehicle Business Breakfast – Charging and Infrastructure

19 November 2019 | 7:30am – 9:30am
Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford

You are invited to our next Oxford EV Business Breakfast, focusing on Charging and Infrastructure on the morning of Tuesday 19 November from 07.30 to 09.30 at Lady Margaret Hall.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers to cover the basic issues associated with electric vehicle charging infrastructure:

This is perfect opportunity to ask questions and understand more about what you need to know about installing electric vehicle charging equipment – from the grants available, to certified installers, to load constraints, process, etc.

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.

Access to finance for Innovative SMEs from across sectors, focusing on Space, Health, Energy and Cleantech and held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on Harwell Campus

16 October 2019 | 9am – 5:30pm
Science and Technologies Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Lab, Pickavance Theatre, Harwell, OX11 0QX

Join the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Oxfordshire Greentech in collaboration with the Cambridge Cleantech for an incisive and informative day on the key issue of access to finance for SMEs, as part of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) ERDF programme. Focused on innovators from across the Space, Health, Energy and Cleantech  sectors, held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the Harwell Campus.

This event will bring together innovative SMEs, investors and academics.

The day will start with a range of experienced investors including; business angels, corporate investors and public sector grants specialists, followed by dynamic pitches from local SMEs looking for future investment. In the afternoon there will be a range of inspiring speakers exploring top tips for applying for funding and an interactive business-2-business networking session.

The future of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings and the drive for zero carbon

16 October 2019 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX

This session will look in detail at current and future progression of the statutory Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for non-domestic buildings. Topics covered include detailed information on MEES itself, landlord and Council perspectives, potential solution providers and importantly gives delegates the chance to feed back to Government on current issues with non-domestic MEES and the future proposals for it.

What will you learn?

At this event, you will:

  • Hear more about these proposed updates to the MEES regulations from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Be able to feed back your learning and concerns to shape the future of MEES.
  • Learn more about MEES itself; utilising Oxford City Council’s experience and existing examples of non-domestic energy efficiency retrofit
  • Hear from potential solution providers
  • Find out more about why a climate emergency is important to your business

Who should attend?

The target audience for this event is anyone who has an interest in the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. This includes non-domestic landlords, facility management companies, estate agents, non-domestic EPC assessors, local government professionals, energy specialists and a range of retrofit providers.

OxFutures II Conference

27 September 2019 | 9:30 am – 4pm
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX

Please join us to hear about the growing low carbon economy in Oxfordshire and how you can be a part of it.

Oxfordshire is nationally at the forefront of the low carbon energy transition and its businesses are playing a leading role. Our speakers will explain how this is being achieved and what exciting developments are coming next.

We’ll hear from SMEs who are embarking on some innovative projects in the low carbon space and those making their contribution to lower energy demand by installing energy saving measures. There will also be plenty of time for networking and meeting new contacts.

This is a free event is for anyone involved in a SME in Oxfordshire plus anyone interested in the low carbon economy.

Agenda and speakers to be announced.

 

The role of innovation for social enterprises (repeat event)

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

If you missed the first event, join us and other like-minded social entrepreneurs for a lively and interactive workshop (as a repeat of the first) 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. 

 

Thinking circular whilst doing business: making innovation work for you

12 September 2019 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Said Business School, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP

If you keep hearing about the circular economy but aren’t really sure what it means for you and your business, then join this fantastic session over breakfast, delivered by Oxfordshire Greentech: the county-wide business network to support and grow the low carbon economy. You’ll learn more about the circular economy, the opportunities it presents for small and medium-sized businesses and bust some of the jargon used.

We will explore some case studies to see how businesses are implementing it in practice and provide inspiration. It will be an interactive morning giving you the tools and know-how to start on your own journey towards more circular thinking and a chance to share experiences and ideas with other local businesses.

The session is specifically aimed at small and medium enterprises who wish to better understand the circular economy and use the principles to innovate in their product and service offer and/or operations.

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. 

 

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:  https://www.oxfordevshow.org/

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?

Speakers:

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 https://www.shimz.co.jp/en/

To register your interest, please email cinthya.anand@cambridgecleantech.org.uk 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.

AGENDA

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 info@oxfordshiregreentech.co.uk.