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Successful: Oxford Wholefoods directors Rob Perry and Gay Scambler. The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary

Wholefood company toasting 25 naturally rewarding years

Mike Lawton, founder of Oxford Space Systems, who is in discussions with new customers in the US

Man on a new space mission

Dr David Kingham

Energy firm among the most innovative

Jenny Brown’s polo businesss Pampeano is going from strength to strength on the back of a peer-to-peer loan

'Peer-to-peer loan' kick-starts growth for polo clothing firm

Witney author Juliet Souch

Publisher helps tackle EU tax legislation

Business brains: Sir Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, torch, mobile phone charger and MP3 player, talks to Dr Heirani Moghaddam, chairman and executive director of OAED

Entrepreneurial spirit can be taught, and that’s no wind-up

Safety first: Matt and Natalie Williams with one of the drones used on commercial licensing courses

Former RAF pilot’s new drone business is taking off

Trials: Steve Harris, chief executive of Circassia

Plans ahead to introduce asthma drug

No regrets: Richard Manners and son Harry, of Field Farm, near Longcot, sold their herd of dairy cows in March and invested in pig-raising facilities instead

Dairy farmers threatening to quit due to collapse in prices

Rowan Waller looks over the Isis, the inspiration for his original company name

Isis...why it’s all in the name

Nigel Blanchard’s company, which specialises in CGIs, will soon occupy an office ‘pod’ in his garden

Providing a view of the future

Mission: Immunocore chief executive Dr Eliot Forster

Investor delighted to support cancer drug project

Boost: Esplorio chief executive Tim Fernando, left, and chief marketing officer Essa Saulat

App will help chart your dream holiday every step of the way

Stefan Murphy, 24, is owner and managing director of Up and Away Aviation, which cleans corporate jets

How Stefan aims to clean up

Family: Sisters Bronwen Jameson and Sian Perry-Smith have combined their skills to open a gallery selling hand-made silver and gold jewellery

Sisters do it for themselves as they launch a gallery of gems

Nick Bolton

Snapshot of lives in pictures

Up, up and away: Stefan Murphy

Young self-starter expands business

Success story: Circassia, which has come up with a cure for dust mite allergy, also for cat allergy and hayfever, is one of the firms which has received investment

Tech firms reap the benefits of massive investment surge

Breakthrough: Dr Michalis Papadakis, chief executive of Brainomix

Brain scan innovation is set to transform stroke treatments

Cutting edge: ICEoxford managing director Chris Busby, right, and co-director Paul Kelly

Firm says banks’ reluctance to lend is hampering expansion

Richard Peacock, chief executive of Soha housing

‘This policy is very bad news’

David McManus

Times Tech: Ebooks are great, though I still love real thing

Challenge: Travelodge chief executive Peter Gowers with employee Marcia Marriott at the Pear Tree hotel

Jobs boost as hotel chain set to open two new sites in area

‘Difficult year’: Jonathan Flint

Loss for tools firm after trade sanctions

Alternatives: Nigel Tipple, of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, wants more people to consider apprenticeships

Government’s apprenticeship growth targets school leavers

Merger: Richard Skeates, of Bidwells, left, with David Williams, of Meeson Williams Phillips

National consultancy takes over Meeson property firm

Thinking big: Templars Square manager Paul Bentham, who has seen an increase in shoppers and cost savings since he took over

‘Beach’ among ideas to draw families back to Cowley shops

Blenheim Palace chief executive, John Hoy, at the palace

Chinese top county tourist list

Ambitious: Chief executive John Hoy wants to increase the number of international visitors to Blenheim Palace

Palace’s modern art initiative helps it draw in new audience

Stars: Chris Hammond with shop owner David Cooper

Web videos strike chord with customers

Successful: Dr Paul Loeffen, chief executive of Cobalt Light Systems, pictured next to one of his airport scanners

County firms at forefront of UK export drive, survey finds

Farmer David Christensen of Kingston Hill Farm, Kingston Bagpuize

Businesses list their concerns

Competitor: Clare Anderson, from Shared Beauty Secrets, in Bicester

Beauty firm advances in contest

‘Miracle weapon’: Luke Alphey, director of Milton Park-based Oxitec, is the only finalist in the 2015 European Inventor Awards

Scientist plotting to combat disease is up for a top award

Grant Hayward with staff and volunteers from social enterprise Yellow Submarine

Charities are firm opportunity

Performing well: General manager Julian White, reported steadily increasing business at The Oxford Belfry hotel

Hotels boast occupancy rates among highest across the UK

Spreading the message: Oxford City Council apprentice ambassadors Stephanie Rockett, left, and Lucy Longford

Young ambassadors to spread the word for apprenticeships

Peter Meinertzhagen

Soaring rents leave workers no chance to buy own home

Roadworks, congestion and lack of modern offices driving businesses from city centre

Roadworks, congestion and lack of modern offices driving businesses from city centre

High house prices are limiting growth of county’s economy

High house prices are limiting growth of county’s economy

Link: Hugo Pickering set up the Cotswolds Broadband group in 2011 to provide more rural areas with high-speed broadband

More rural homes to receive superfast broadband

Dr Thomas Fellici, front left, and his team at Lambdatek in Osney Mead

Business first for Queen's Awards haul

Edward Collett, Grace Wardle, Sam Goose, Sian Farrington, Tom Allen, Megan Clarke, Jane Phipps, assistant principal for apprenticeships Jacqui Canton, Jacob De Goris Jedrzejowski, Julian Maslanyj and Steve Kirk

Abingdon & Witney College tops country for apprentices

Seven Oxfordshire firms receive Queen's Award for overseas success

Seven Oxfordshire firms receive Queen's Award for overseas success

Amanda Suliman-Bell of the Rainbow and Spoon boutique, right, and Anny Benadel of La Croissanterie pictured by the Frideswide Square roadworks, which are affecting their businesses

Traders say Frideswide Square roadworks pose a big threat to their businesses

Growth: Commercial business flights are on the rise at Oxford Airport

Business flights up 7.5% at city’s airport

Online: Sarah Ingram and Jacqui Seymour met while having their first babies in 1998 and, seven children between them later, have launched mumswarehouse.com

Firm friends set up business selling crafts made by mums

Emily Jones, 38, registered her bakery business Barefoot Kitchen last year

Business boom: spike in number of Oxfordshire companies starting up last year + infographic

Care: NatWest Bank’s Steve Moore with Dr Martin Whitehead and golden retriever Trevor

New animal hospital costs vets £620,000

Revision: From left, Zara O’Reilly, 14, Kate Humphries, 15, Bethan Bache, 15, director of science Rupert Barker and Charley Darbishire

Homework is going mobile as study aids get hi-tech update

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