Businesses back Oxfordshire Plan 2050 at BIO 2019

Businesses from across the county have expressed their backing for the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 at Business in Oxford (BIO) 2019.

The Plan is part of the £215m Housing & Growth Deal agreed by the Oxfordshire Growth Board with the Government and is being formed by all Oxfordshire’s authorities.

It will set out aspirations for the county’s future and consider how best to deliver new homes and infrastructure and other improvements to achieve these for a better quality of life for all.

Supporting economic growth is one of the key aspirations outlined in the Plan and so speaking to businesses is key.

That is why we headed to BIO 2019 at Cowley Mini Plant on June 6.

More than 600 business were represented on the day and plenty were keen to engage with us about the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

Improving digital connectivity, reducing congestion, building affordable homes and ensuring the next generation have the right skills were all on the agenda as we spoke to businesses from a wide variety of sectors.

An Oxfordshire Plan 2050 spokesman said: “It was great to meet some of the fantastic people working in business across Oxfordshire and discuss how the Plan can help them.

“We recognise the vital role they will play in securing a better future for all of the county and so it’s key we listen to their concerns and aspirations.”

An Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) spokesperson added: “Business-facing events such as BIO are vitally-important to ensure our business community are engaged in the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

“As the Local Enterprise Partnership for the county, we are keen to ensure all businesses – however big or small – continue to have real input into the Plan’s development.”

Our presence at the event was part of our ongoing engagement with different communities across Oxfordshire as we continue with the Plan-making process.

Work includes working with school children, young people, and students to get their views on what they want for Oxfordshire in 2050.

And further business and stakeholder events will take place in due course.