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Space to think

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

In these times of constant pressure to keep up with the pace of 21st century life, the opportunity to retreat to a place offering calm and tranquility can be precious.

First class travel

The Oxford Times: Martin Cowell

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Martin Cowell has combined a love of travel with a successful business career to find himself running his own niche firm.

Cardboard furniture

The Oxford Times: Time flies clock in cardboard and wood

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

If you think cardboard furniture sounds about as much use as a chocolate teapot, then Nicola Russell would urge you to think again.

Beauty is skin deep

The Oxford Times: Tim Davies of Senzimi

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Allergies and irritations can manifest themselves in all sorts of ways. Skin can be a particularly sensitive organ of the body and the range of diseases and conditions that affect humans seems to grow longer as the years pass by.

Better by design

The Oxford Times: Ripon College, Cuddesdon

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

The Oxford Preservation Trust has two major schemes — the highly successful awards now in their 37th year which celebrate conservation projects, new buildings, landscape and community schemes and Oxford Open Doors which take the general public behind the scenes of buildings that are not normally accessible.

Service with a smile

The Oxford Times: Simon Howell, 62, of the British Dental Health Foundation

4:46pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Simon Howell, 62, of the British Dental Health Foundation, answers our questions

Designs on farming

The Oxford Times: Peter Allen, who designs livestock feeders for farmers

9:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

At 71, Peter Allen says he is “just getting going.” He specialises in the design and manufacture of feeders for all types of farm livestock and can produce bespoke designs to suit the needs of individual clients.

Bread from Poland with love

The Oxford Times: Peter Towpik

8:50am Thursday 20th March 2014

Some of us are old enough to remember visiting Communist countries in eastern Europe before Perestroika in 1989 — the unsmiling service, bread queues, the feeling that as a 'the customer you were always wrong.'

Rural broadband speed

8:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

When the Internet took off in the run-up to the millennium, futurologists were predicting that anyone with an office job would now be able to work from home.

French connection

The Oxford Times: Jane Comyn

10:20am Thursday 20th February 2014

Friends Jane Comyn and Ruthie Watson teamed up more than a decade ago to source antique French furniture and sell it.

Tailored for success

The Oxford Times: Shazad Sheikh

9:20am Thursday 20th February 2014

Independent shops are declining, particularly in Oxford with the rise of the Internet and the dominance of big names on the high street.

Past Perfect for nostalgia

The Oxford Times: Kathy Garner of Past Perfect

9:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

Foot-tapping music from the early 20th century is proving a hit for Past Perfect, an Oxfordshire company specialising in restoring records from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Revamp of Oxford Dictionaries website

The Oxford Times: Judy Pearsall of OUP with Chris Jones of White October

9:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

If you want to know what the word 'lexicography' means, what would you do? If you have a smartphone or computer, these days you ‘Google it’, rather than reaching for the dictionary. So what does that mean for the dictionaries business of Oxford University Press?

Lets Save Some Money

9:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

Sarah Willingham, of Lets Save Some Money, answers our questions

Retirement opens new doors

The Oxford Times: Jane Cranston

9:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

The irony of having failed a French O-Level at school is not lost on Jane Cranston. As financial director of Botley-based wine company Stevens Garnier, she now speaks the language fluently and visits the Loire frequently.

Murder mysteries

9:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

Buckets of blood and a severed head. These are just two of the tools of the trade that actor Alexander Rain keeps in his Witney flat, although he does not consider their presence unusual.

Arms and the Man

The Oxford Times: Fergus Wessel

11:17am Thursday 16th January 2014

Find out what you enjoy doing. Learn how to do it well. Then persuade the world at large to pay you for doing it.

Mumpreneurs start their own businesses

The Oxford Times: Personal trainer Kate Bennett (back) with  Anna de Burca (left with baby Lewis) and Alison Law (with baby  Henry)

11:02am Thursday 16th January 2014

Mother-of-two Kate Bennett swapped a two-hour commute for more time with her family by setting up her own business.

Walking on the wild side

The Oxford Times: Rob Allan and Marcus Waley-Cohen

11:00am Thursday 16th January 2014

Locked in the grip of foul January weather, it is hard to envisage images of flower meadows with wildlife foraging and insects buzzing around in the summer sun.

Shire: driven by nostalgia

The Oxford Times: Shire's Publisher Nick Wright

10:55am Thursday 16th January 2014

Many publishers would sell their grandmothers to be as successful as Shire Books. With titles like Medieval Wall Paintings and Tea and Tea Making, it has proved that people will still buy books, if they are interested enough in the content.

Peter Cookson - director of ladies' barbershop choir Harmony Inspires

The Oxford Times: Peter Cookson - director of ladies' barbershop choir Harmony Inspires

3:48pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Nicola Lisle talks to a man who is inspiring a new tradition

Andrzej Mialkowski: A real mover and shaker, Strictly speaking of course

The Oxford Times: CLASS ACT: Andrzej Mialkowski and Tina Tao rehearse for Strictly Oxford

10:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

As a schoolboy, Andrzej Mialkowski was embarrassed to tell classmates he loved dancing.

All wired up

The Oxford Times: Darren Pond

9:50am Thursday 17th October 2013

He is more familiar to Oxford City fans as a creative spark in midfield, generating goalscoring opportunities for himself and the team.

Literary life

9:40am Thursday 17th October 2013

To authors, a literary agent is many things — adviser on narrative, writing technique and plot, a shoulder to cry on, but above all someone who brings in a living wage.

From Russia with TRIZ

The Oxford Times: Karen Gadd of Oxford Creativity

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, people flooded from East to West, but ideas mainly travelled in the opposite direction, with the spread of market economics into the former Communist bloc.

Hair style counsellor

The Oxford Times: Russell-John Barker

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

Russell-John Barker, of Mahogany Hairdressing, answers our questions about his career

Showcase for art

The Oxford Times: Caroline Marcus in The Oxford Gallery

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

Caroline Marcus has been working in the family jewellery business “since I was tall enough to stand behind the counter”, she says.

Celebration of life

The Oxford Times: Lucy Jane

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

For many people the idea of running a funeral parlour would not be high on the list of business ideas. But for Lucy Jane it is a dream come true.

Small screen success

The Oxford Times: Charlie Price

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

The way we watch television is changing dramatically. A generation ago there were just three channels watched on a wooden-cased set controlled manually with dials.

Making a fresh start

The Oxford Times: From left,Victor Webster, Akin Akinseye, Rod Nixon and Stuart Waddington, Chief Executive Equip  Photograph: David Fleming

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

Finding himself unemployed was the catalyst for Stuart Waddington to launch his own social enterprise to help other jobless people. The former charity worker is the inspiration behind Equip, a not-for-profit company offering paid work experience in catering and cleaning.

Career cast in stone

The Oxford Times: Career cast in stone

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

Company histories can be clouded by the passage of time and changes of ownership. In fact it was only when a client suggested she did some research on the business that the management of Abingdon Stone and Marble discovered it was far older than originally thought.

The next generation

The Oxford Times: The next generation

9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

Do people invest in energy saving devices, such as solar panels, to save themselves money in the long run, or are they primarily motivated by 'doing the right thing' by the planet and by future generations?

Making your money do good

The Oxford Times: Jamie Hartzell

9:10am Thursday 18th July 2013

At the age of 54, Jamie Hartzell is on to his third career – and on the face of it, his three jobs could not be more different.

Spreading the word

12:00am Thursday 18th July 2013

Australian Will Caddy came to Britain as a backpacker. Fast forward a few years and he has a British wife and children — and his own business, an independent TV production company called M&Y Media, in Telford Road, Bicester.

Grassroots training

9:00am Thursday 20th June 2013

Suggest doing business in Africa, and people look bewildered. But Bicester-based Peter Wright, who has just joined Government export body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) South East, believes business people ignore the continent at their peril.

Oxford Brainfoods

9:00am Thursday 20th June 2013

Why hasn't anyone thought of it before? That was the main question in my mind as I cycled to meet the founders of a company called Oxford Brainfood.

Happy Birthday Boswells

The Oxford Times: Happy Birthday Boswells

9:00am Thursday 20th June 2013

Happy birthday Boswells. Oxford’s largest independent department store, standing on the corner of Broad Street and Cornmarket, is celebrating its 275th anniversary this year — and there can be few of us, who grew up in or near the city, who do not have fond memories of the place dating back to our childhoods.

2013 Oxfordshire Business Awards shortlist

9:44am Tuesday 18th June 2013

The Oxfordshire County Council Energy & Environment Award: Nicholsons Nurseries, North Aston; Mapledurham Estates, Mapledurham

Putting down Roots

5:06pm Thursday 13th June 2013

Putting down roots in Africa has become a priority for John Edmonds, director of strategy and marketing and head of training at Pearce Mayfield, based at Grove Technology Park.

Weathering the storm

The Oxford Times: Weathering the storm

10:10am Thursday 16th May 2013

When the economic weather changes, businesses, like plants, need to react fast. And when the real weather changes the same applies — particularly if your business happens to be concerned with swimming pools.

Incredible String Band

The Oxford Times: Bruno Guastalla, Michael Kearns and Mark Yakoushkin

9:50am Thursday 16th May 2013

The violins of the 17th-century master Antonio Stradivarius will be the focus of an exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum this summer, in a display of instruments universally regarded as the height of the musical craftsman’s art.

The real Chipping Norton set

9:00am Thursday 16th May 2013

Chipping Norton usually finds itself in the news because a few celebrity residents live nearby. But as well as Prime Minister David Cameron and TV celebrity Jeremy Clarkson et al, the town is clearly host to a vibrant business community too, with businesses from the north Oxfordshire market town taking five of the nine prizes at the recent West Oxfordshire Business Awards.

Alternative therapy: the great debate

9:00am Thursday 16th May 2013

The debate over the effectiveness of homeopathy that has rumbled on for decades is as strong today as it has ever been. Last month, amidst headlines surrounding the measles outbreak, alternative remedies business Neal’s Yard was criticised for promoting a book advocating homeopathic treatment for the disease.

Getting a better deal

The Oxford Times: Getting a better deal

4:00pm Thursday 18th April 2013

Chris Pomfret believes passionately in what he does, to the point where he has an almost religious zeal about his business.

Embracing change

3:49pm Thursday 18th April 2013

It may seem a long way from bangers and mash to BritArt, but photographer Chris King has been there for the ride. By the age of 27, he had a flourishing commercial studio in London, and at one time employed five staff, taking shots for Fortnum and Mason, Tesco and other blue-chip companies.

What's in a name

3:47pm Thursday 18th April 2013

The Brunsdon family have been making windows in Oxford for more than 80 years but times have changed since Jack Brunsdon first opened his business in Summertown and ran his joinery and DIY shop in St Ebbe's.

Profile: Michael Grange runs a seriously hospitable place

The Oxford Times: His pride and joy: Michael Grange outside The Randolph

1:56pm Thursday 18th April 2013

Tim Hughes talks to the general manager of an Oxford institution, the five-star Randolph Hotel

Get inside the Internet

The Oxford Times: Andrew Turner

11:28am Thursday 21st February 2013

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to taking advantage of small business owners who know they need a website but have little budget, even less time and poor knowledge of technical matters.

Memories are made of this

11:23am Thursday 21st February 2013

W e have all seen the inscriptions on benches in beauty spots, village greens and cricket grounds. Sometimes we have even thought about where our own memorial bench would go as we flop thankfully into the seat to enjoy the view.

Building relationships

11:12am Thursday 21st February 2013

Dr Edward Hope of Business Doctors answers our questions



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