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1 South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Councils’ annual business breakfast Welcome Councillor Matthew Barber, Vale of White Horse District Council

2 The local government world is changing....and it will impact on businesses David Buckle Chief Executive, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

3 Economic development activities 2011/12 Suzanne Malcolm Shared Economic Development Manager

4 4 Aims to strengthen and support the current strong base of local business to encourage an appropriately skilled workforce and local job opportunities, prioritising high value employment to promoting the area as an attractive place to do businesses

5 5 Key successes 2011/12 enterprise zone status for Science Vale signed development agreements for major regeneration schemes in Didcot and Abingdon secured £40,000 funding for neighbourhood planning pilots in Thame and Woodcote

6 6 Supporting vibrant market towns SEEDA small rural towns projects – over £800,000 spent in Faringdon, Thame, Wallingford and Wantage Wallingford won AMT award for partnership and strategic working

7 7 Supporting vibrant market towns development and delivery of annual action plans for each town reviewed roles of market town co- ordinators in South towns annual footfall survey & vacant retail units survey

8 8 Supporting vibrant market towns supported events and festivals launched “52 Things to Do” book developed visitmidsomer.com

9 9 Vibrant local economy committed £1.1 million of LEADER funding to support rural communities annual networking events maximising benefits to businesses from Olympics monthly “Vision” e- newsletter/ vacant property registers

10 10 Vibrant local economy Launched loyalty card schemes in Thame and Wantage/Grove creation of “Let’s do Business” inward investment factsheets lobbying for improved broadband

11 11 Plans for 2012/13 joint tourism website economic development framework and action plan piloting free Wi-Fi scheme in Wantage comprehensive redevelopment of website pages & exploring use of social media re-development of Abingdon town centre GMCUwpgA

12 Is your security as good as you think it is? Malcolm Wills and Alison Smith Crime Prevention and Reduction Advisers, Thames Valley Police

13 13 Ian Parkes 2012 Business Lead for the South East

14 & 211 days to go 25 Wednesdays

15 15 It’s now all about Games time What will the South East be like?

16 16 ARE BUSINESSES READY?

17 17 OPPORTUNITY PREPARE CELEBRATE

18 18 OPPORTUNITY Supply Torch Tourism Trade

19 19 Supply chain opportunities COMPETEFOR.COM Over 1,100 Olympic and CompeteFor contracts won in the South East Worth an estimated £2bn+ 49% of all LOCOG Tier 1 contractors are small businesses employing less than 50 people Still circa £10m LOCOG contracts to be awarded BUT the deadlines are very, very tight – less than a week CompeteFor has new buyers – CrossRail, Olympic Legacy Company, Met Police

20 20 Torch Relay Arrives in the UK mid May 95% of the population within 1 hours journey 9 overnight stops in South East from 9 th July to 20 th July

21 21 Visitors and tourism Tourism and hospitality sector forecast to be the biggest winner Peak days – 750,000 extra people Previous host nations experience the peak in visitors after the Games 20,000 unaccredited media people looking for stories

22 22 International trade This the year to go international British Business embassy during Games time British Business Club Major events Directory Make it in Britain “Great Campaign”

23 23 And another thing….

24 24 PREPARE 14 week period: 2 June to 9 September Queen’s Jubilee Euro 2012 Henley Regatta Cowes Week Wimbledon tennis championships Local carnivals and festivals Torch relay Olympics opening and closing ceremonies Paralympic Torch relay Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies

25 25 Transport Are we ready? 60% of businesses think they will not be affected in any way be the Olympics and Paralympics

26 26 Transport Staff travel and absence Supplies Deliveries Business travel Customer travel Businesses and tourism destinations need to plan NOW london2012.com

27 27 Staffing Staff travel Staff absences Casual staff – may be hard to find

28 28 Students

29 29 Helping businesses prepare

30 30 CELEBRATE Use the Torch and the Games to inspire and motivate staff Get involved in the wider community celebrations Be proud – take your share of the credit for what British business has achieved

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32 32 Local Leaders

33 33 Local Leaders “You may organise activities for colleagues and host these within your place of work, but if you work for a business or other commercial entity the activities should not be promoted externally (for example to clients and customers). Nor should your employer do any PR about the activities, as this could create an association between your employer and the Games”

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35 Key note speech Stuart Miller- Bybox "3 conundrums, 4 questions, 1 answer"

36 Q & A session with the panel of speakers Chaired by Councillor Matthew Barber

37 37 Close and networking opportunity


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