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Richard Peacock, chief executive of Soha housing

‘This policy is very bad news’

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

Firm says banks’ reluctance to lend is hampering expansion

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

‘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

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

Beauty firm advances in contest

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

James Morris, left, and Bob Sayers of Jimbob’s Baguettes

Cafe owners make a bit of coin from digital currency

Impact: Timon Colegrove is marking the second anniversary of his role as chairman of the Institute of Directors, Oxfordshire

Business leader vows to "rock the boat"

100 people facing redundancy at Agilent Technologies

100 people facing redundancy at Agilent Technologies

Hairdressing apprentice Kelly Luckett watches as trainee builder Robbie Powell has a go at applying hair dye. Pictures: Mark Hemsworth

Youngsters encouraged to go for construction sector places

Business minister Matthew Hancock and Oxford West & Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood visit ACE Training to see hairdressers and bricklayers swap jobs

Business minister hints at apprenticeship wage rise during Kidlington visit

Circassia chief executive Steve Harris

Firm's cure for cat allergy 'at the double'

Alex Siret, front, with Robert Hill, Edgar Francisco, Luke Holmes, Ben Franklin, Jamie Morgan and Ewan McCullagh. Picture OX72561 Marc West

Apprentices raring to explain how good it is to learn a trade

Oliver Ward was helped by the Fredericks Foundation to set up his own business teaching acrobatics, trapeze and tumbling.  Picture: OX72870 Damien Halliwell

Save last resort for businesses in need

Family owned contstruction firm wins master builder award

Family owned contstruction firm wins master builder award

Onfido founders, left to right, Husayn Kassai, Ruhul Amin and Eamon Jubbawy. Picture: Paul Clarke Photographer

Students' firm Onfido grows with £2.6m boost

The new Williams car in testing

New Williams F1 finance chief believes team well set for new season

Oxfordshire 15th most economically productive sub-region in UK

Oxfordshire 15th most economically productive sub-region in UK

Trader welcomes Covered Market £300k

Trader welcomes Covered Market £300k

Award: Robin Sporn outside the house his firm renovated in Norham Road, North Oxford

Firm takes top award for home restoration

Mike Murray

Science area plans call for rail upgrade and a bridge

From left, Ruth Finar, Saskya Huggins and Barbara Hammond with a model of the scheme in April 2013

Hydro-electric system is ready to start powering area offices

Mon Barbour of SS20

Oxford skater shop SS20 named one of best in country

They love Botley: From left, Valerie Mead, Lorna Berrett, and Mary Gill

Residents share their views on I Love Botley day

Jobs: Councillor David Henwood

Premier Inn wants to build 63 extra rooms at Cowley hotel

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