Better Business Summer Meet Up

17:00-19:00pm Perch @ The Eco Business Centre, Charlotte Avenue, Elmsbrook, OX27 8BL

An informal meet up & BBQ sharing better business experience, and discussing small changes you can make to have a positive impact.

About this event
Business is changing - just like in our personal lives, there are things we can all do to make a difference. From the way we do business, to who we work with and how; small changes collectively build to a bigger impact.

Join us on Tuesday 12th July for a summer meet up & BBQ to celebrate better business, where we’ll be sharing stories and discussing ideas about how businesses have made, often small changes which have had a positive impact.

Hear from a panel of Better Business experts including Grant Hayward, Gareth Jones, Georgia Alston and Gerrard Fisher before having a chance to ask questions and chat to other local businesses, striving to make positive change.

Focusing efforts towards being socially and environmentally conscious within your business is an achievable target for any business. Whether you’re looking to ensure your business is conscious of the secondary effects of its actions or you’re looking to take it to the next level and become BCorp certified*, this event will enlighten achievable routes you can take to have a positive impact.

*Working to create a better environment for all lines of business, BCorp is a network of businesses who believe in change for good - for more information about BCorp visit

Who is it for?
• Micro, small and medium size business owners in the local Oxfordshire area who are looking to make positive change to their business.

What will I learn?
• Inspiration for how to effect positive change in your organisation.

• Small achievable changes for how to change your business for the better.

• Learn more about the B Corp movement and how it could help your business achieve its overall mission.

Lucy Wendon - Community Manager of the Perch Eco Business Centre

Grant Hayward - B Leader and Enterprise Support Manager for the eScalate Programme

Gareth I. Jones - Founder & CEO of Town Sq

The venue

Town Square is a certified B Corporation, committed to helping people to start and run their own businesses.

In September 2019 they launched a co-working community at the Eco Business Centre, based in the eco village of Elmsbrook, near Bicester.

About eScalate

eScalate, is a three-year project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which runs until September 2022 to support Social Enterprises, social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities and purposeful businesses in Oxfordshire. Support includes one to ones, workshops and peer support sessions.

For more information about the eScalate programme, visit

Please note that this event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered as part of the eScalate programme to help SMEs. By engaging in this programme you are being offered assistance under the De Minimis regulation which allows a company to receive up to but not exceeding €200,000 of public funding (at the applicable exchange rate) of De Minimis aid over a rolling three-tax year fiscal period. This De Minimis declaration does not cover undertakings engaged in: the primary production of agricultural goods and fisheries/aquaculture, road freight, services of general economic interest and export related activities and activities favouring domestic over imported goods. Please note, support cannot be given to undertakings (businesses) in difficulty. In order to receive support from this programme, you will be required to complete an application form and other relevant documentation. If you need to check your current position for state aid please contact us. If you would like any further information on De Minimis aid and Special Drawing Rights (SDR) subsidies, please see the state aid page on the OxLEP Business website:


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