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Networking Focus looks to establish a second group in South Oxford.

In September this year The Oxfordshire Project launched a new networking group in Witney. The idea was to bring businesses together fortnightly with extra emphasis on knowledge sharing, support and collaboration. The same group of people come together in a confidential space and share issues they are experiencing and learn through the collective knowledge of the group.

After high demand for this first group in Witney, we are now looking to launch a second group in South Oxford in early 2017. If you would like to find out more about this new group, please contact Ben via email




BYHP looking for Scholarship support


Yesterday at the Banbury meeting of the Oxfordshire project I stood up and spoke about how the Oxfordshire project isn’t just a networking group it’s a community that actually helps to change lives.

Sounds a bit extreme?

Well, I can personally attest to the fact that the Oxfordshire project and members of the group have had a direct impact on my life – from Ben Molyneux who has inspired my increased focus on community as part of business, to Tanya Collins who really helped me when I was quite lost, to Simon Guilliard who shared the thoughts of Simon Sinek with me which made me really focus on my “why”.

They are not the only ones – I’ve experienced friendship, kindness & insight from many of you.

Consequently, I was able to jump from corporate guy via volunteer community activities with Visit Banbury to a full on charity manager role at BYHP – the best thing I have ever done and the Oxfordshire project has really played a part in my journey.

The Oxfordshire Project has also had a big impact on BYHP, TOP’s first charity scholarship

In addition to free attendance at monthly networking meetings TOP has helped BYHP with graphic design & brochure production for our Employability programme, marketing & brand insight from a number of you who have done free consultancy and free training and development for our team.

In addition, a five week photography course run for our young people by Becky Moyce & Ivor McCulloch of Vine House Studios has just concluded and you can see the photos in the old Moss Bros window in Banbury High Street and vote on your favourite.

These things have truly helped us in our work supporting over 200 young people – helping to change their lives too.

Sadly our year-long scholarship has now come to an end but in line with his and TOP’s ethos, Ben has stated his wish that BYHP remains part of the group, something we would be delighted with!

However it costs £275 to be a TOP scholarship charity and so we are appealing for your help to find the funds to allow us to remain for another year.

Ben said he will accept donations as small as £5 to help raise the sum so that means 55 of you could keep us in with a £5 donation each or of course larger donations from a smaller number of you would do the trick too!

Please let me or Ben know if you would like to help BYHP.

Thanks in advance and for everything you special people have done so far for me personally and BYHP more widely.

Tim Tarby Donald

Networking Focus launches in September – an additional format and focus for The Oxfordshire Project.

Are you looking to get more out of business networking?

Then this group may be just what you’ve been waiting for.

What is it?

A group of 22 businesses in a ‘locked in’ networking group for members of The Oxfordshire Project.

The focus is to help each other to grow their businesses.

A fortnightly evening meeting lasting 2 hours from 19.30 – 21.30 at Hackett’s in Witney on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Each member will be committed to the group, and committed to attend as many meetings as possible. However we appreciated that it will not always be possible.

People will be encouraged and shown how to support each other, through advice, expertise and referrals.

There will be a 1 in and 1 out policy, with no more than 2 businesses per industry. The Oxfordshire Project will remain the right to ask you to step down from your position in the group if your attendance falls below 50% at the time of your next renewal.

We will not have a regular speaker’s slot, but instead use the time for 2 businesses per meeting to bring their business challenges to the table for others to offer advice. What is said will be strictly confidential. The group may choose to bring in an occasional speaker if they wish, or allow its members to share experiences and knowledge with an extended pitch.

The group will work together to help support one of our Scholarship Charities chosen by the group. The area of help will also be chosen by the group.

The group will choose its own chair once they have gotten to know each other and understand the dynamics of the group.

We will always look to have a balanced number of men and women in the group where possible.

The cost will just be £14 per meeting including an evening meal plus normal membership fees. Meeting fees will be paid in advance for a 4 month period. At which point, members can choose to continue or move on.

If you are interested, please get in touch, just 5 places remain