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The Oxfordshire Economic Observatory: promoting the understanding of the Oxfordshire knowledge-economy

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The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine: Realising the growth potential

SQW.

The University of Oxford and Science Oxford wish to ensure that Oxfordshire builds on its position as a leading high technology cluster and that the Oxford brand is more consistently associated with science and innovation. They therefore commissioned SQW to analyse the characteristics of high tech Oxfordshire today, its future growth potential and the challenges involved in realising that potential.

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The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine

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Local Knowledge: Case Studies of Four Innovative Places

NESTA.

This report contains four case studies which show how innovative economic activity can radically transform an area. Rather than trying to create the whole innovation system from scratch, they show that successful regeneration fundamentally involves making the most of existing assets, creating links and exploiting synergy between what is already in place, and then building upon these and plugging the gaps by drawing in resources from outside. The report is available from the NESTA website.

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Local Knowledge: Case Studies of Four Innovative Places

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Final Report on Business Networks in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc

Helen Lawton Smith and Malika Virah-Sawmy.

This study analyses the coverage, function, and effectiveness of business networks in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc (O2C Arc). The report is available from the O2C Arc website.

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Final Report on Business Networks in the Oxford to Cambridge Arc

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The Economic Ecology of Small Businesses in Oxfordshire

John Glasson, Lesley Downing, Andrew Chadwick and Helen Lawton Smith.

Report by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO) for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Oxfordshire Branch.

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The Economic Ecology of Small Businesses in Oxfordshire
[PDF: 604KB]

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Enterprising Oxford: The Oxfordshire Model

In this new volume of Enterprising Oxford, we draw attention to the distinct features of the Oxfordshire Model that make the County into the archetypal knowledge-based economy. We show that Oxfordshire has maintained its position as one of Europe's leading centres of innovation-led economic development. This is due to a combination of factors including an increasingly entrepreneurial science base, growing numbers of enterprises, a high quality labour market and numerous business networks. This is supported by a system of governance in which the objectives of its member organisations reflect national priorities which emphasise the generation and exploitation of knowledge as the predominant part of wealth creation (Competitiveness White Paper, 1998).

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Executive Summary [PDF: 129KB]
Full Report [PDF: 21.7MB]

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High-Tech Spin Offs: Measuring Performance and Growth in Oxfordshire

"Universities, and to a lesser extent, research laboratories funded by the government, are now at the heart of the economy. The most high-profile entrepreneurial activity is the formation of spin-off companies which both create jobs and drive forward technological change by bringing university research into the market place."

A new report, High-Tech Spin Offs: Measuring Performance and Growth in Oxfordshire, focuses on spin-offs from universities and laboratories in Oxfordshire, with a particular focus on technology-based companies. A summary of the key findings is presented on the following flyer.

See below for more information on obtaining a copy.

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Enterprising Oxford: Two reports on the development and growth of Oxfordshire's high-tech economy

"Oxfordshire's high-tech economy is one of the largest and fastest growing in the UK, with an estimated 1,400 high-tech businesses currently located in the county. These companies have a combined workforce of over 36,000 in Oxfordshire, and most have been formed during the last decade. Along with the neighbouring counties of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire forms part of one of the highest concentrations of high-tech employment in Europe."

Two recent reports from the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO) provide important insights into the development and growth of Oxfordshire's high-tech economy.

Enterprising Oxford, Vol. 1 - Growth of the Oxfordshire High-Tech Economy

This report traces the development of Oxfordshire's high-tech economy, outlining the key factors that help to explain its emergence and subsequent rapid growth. The report reviews the major changes in the Oxfordshire economy as a whole and records the increasing importance of high-tech businesses in the county's employment and wealth generation. Comparisons of performance are made with competing areas elsewhere in the UK and internationally.

The report examines the crucial roles played by various actors in shaping the development of high-tech activities in Oxfordshire. These include entrepreneurs and other key individuals; the universities and government laboratories; the county's larger long-established high-tech firms; key organisations such as the Oxford Trust, Oxford Innovation, OEP and SEEDA; and regulatory bodies, particularly those involved in the planning system. The report concludes by looking to the future, identifying challenges to the further development of the county's high-tech economy and drawing policy recommendations.

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Executive Summary: Enterprising Oxford, Vol. 1
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Enterprising Oxford, Vol. 2 - Anatomy of the Oxfordshire High-Tech Economy

This report provides an up-to-date and in-depth profile of high-tech businesses and employment in Oxfordshire, drawing on a new company database developed by OEO. Detailed profiles are provided for each the county's main high-tech sectors, and for each of the five local authority districts in Oxfordshire. The report benchmarks Oxfordshire's high-tech employment against regional and national averages, and makes comparisons with other English counties and competitor European regions. Recent trends in high-tech employment levels in the county are also analysed.

See below for more information on obtaining copies.

How to obtain copies of the reports

Copies of the above reports are available to purchase from:

Cassandra Blake
Publications Secretary, Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, OXFORD, OX3 0BP
tel: +44(0)1865 483453, fax: +44(0)1865 484081
email: cblake@brookes.ac.uk

The reports can also be purchased from:
Blackwells Bookshop at 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Tel: 01865 792792, Fax: 01865 794143.


Briefing Papers

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, April 2009

This briefing paper is the latest in a series of regular updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It has been prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO). The report draws largely on official statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last briefing paper in January 2009.

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, April 2009
[PDF: 149KB]

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, January 2009

This briefing paper is the latest in a series of regular updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It has been prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO). The report draws largely on official statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last briefing paper in October 2008.

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, January 2009
[PDF: 108KB]

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, June 2008

This briefing paper is the latest in a series of regular updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It has been prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO). The report draws largely on official statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last briefing paper in March 2008.

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, June 2008
[PDF: 107KB]

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, October 2007

This report provides the latest in a series of quarterly updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. The report draws largely on official published statistics.

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Oxfordshire Quarterly Economic Update, October 2007
[PDF: 120KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, March 2007

This report provides the latest in a series of quarterly updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It has been prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO). The report draws largely on official published statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last quarterly report in September 2006.

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, March 2007
[PDF: 135KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, September 2006

This report provides the latest in a series of quarterly updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It has been prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO). The report draws largely on official published statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last quarterly report in June 2006.

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, September 2006
[PDF: 195KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, June 2006

This report provides the latest in a series of quarterly updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It has been prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory (OEO). The report draws largely on official published statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last quarterly report at the beginning of April 2006.

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, June 2006
[PDF: 171KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, April 2006

This report provides the latest in a regular series of quarterly updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. The report is based primarily on official published statistics that have been released in the last three months, up to the end of March 2006.

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, April 2006
[PDF: 211KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, January 2006

This paper provides provides the third in a series of quarterly updates looking at recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. It is based on official published statistics that have been released in the last three months, since the completion of the last quarterly report in early October 2005.

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, January 2006
[PDF: 298KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, October 2005

This paper provides provides the second in a series of regular quarterly updates on recent changes in the Oxfordshire economy. The paper draws mainly on official published statistics. Since the preparation of the last quarterly report in June 2005, updated statistics have been released on a number of economic indicators, and these are reported here.

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, October 2005
[PDF: 261KB]

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, June 2005

This paper is the first in a series of regular quarterly updates on recent key changes in the Oxfordshire economy and is intended to complement and update other recent work in profiling the county's economy, including the document An Economic Profile of Oxfordshire, prepared by the County Council in 2004 with assistance from OEO, and the Economy Theme Paper prepared in early 2005 by the Oxfordshire Community Partnership as part of the Understanding Oxfordshire 20:20 work (Understanding Oxfordshire - Theme Paper 4: How is the Economy Doing?).

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Recent Changes in the Oxfordshire Economy, June 2005
[PDF: 97KB]

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Guide to Data Sources for the Oxfordshire Economy

This short guide, prepared by the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, is designed to help those seeking statistical data and analysis on the Oxfordshire economy. The guide is intended as a first "port-of-call" for users needing such information, and it provides guidance on the types of data that are currently available on the Oxfordshire economy and where to find this data.

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Guide to Data Sources for the Oxfordshire Economy
[PDF: 120KB]

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Recent Trends in the Oxfordshire Knowledge Economy

This briefing paper provides an update on recent changes in the knowledge economy in Oxfordshire. The paper is based on an analysis of secondary data on recent employment changes in Oxfordshire (obtained from the Annual Business Inquiry), supplemented by data from a number of recent local and national studies into innovative activity and competitiveness that provide information on Oxfordshire (e.g. Robert Huggins Associates, 2002; King, 2003).

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Recent Trends in the Oxfordshire Knowledge Economy
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Other Output

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Oxfordshire's High-Tech Economy - Firm Survival, Growth and Innovation

Paper presented at Uddevalla Symposium, August 2010.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Oxfordshire's High-Tech Economy - Firm Survival, Growth and Innovation
[PDF: 264KB]

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The Oxfordshire Economic Observatory Project: Relevance of the Model to Developing Countries

Paper presented at the Conference on launching a Program to Transform University-Industry Government Relations to Enhance Capacity Building in Ethiopia, Hosted by the Ethiopian Triple Helix Association, Addis Ababa, 29-30 May 2006.

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The Oxfordshire Economic Observatory Project: Relevance of the Model to Developing Countries
[PDF: 103KB]


Recent publications on Oxfordshire

Copies on request to: helen.lawtonsmith@geog.ox.ac.uk

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Romeo, S. and Lawton Smith, H. (forthcoming) The Biotechnology System in Oxfordshire: A long history. In, Handbook of Research on Global Competitive Advantage through Innovation and Entrepreneurship. IGI Global.
  • Lawton Smith, H. and Glasson, G. (forthcoming) UK university models of technology transfer in a global economy. In, S. Breznitz and H. Eztkowitz (eds.) University Technology Transfer - The globalization of academic innovation. London: Routledge.
  • Lindholm Dahlstrand, A., Lawton Smith, H. and Baines, N. (forthcoming) Academic Entrepreneurship: spin-offs in Sweden and the UK London. In, D. Audretsch, E. Lehmann, S. Visama and M. Meoli (eds.) University Evolution, Entrepreneurial Activity and Regional Competitiveness. Springer.
  • Wood, P. and Lawton Smith, H. (forthcoming) Universities in a metropolitan environment: the case of London. In, D. Audretsch, E. Lehmann, S. Visama and M. Meoli (eds.) University Evolution, Entrepreneurial Activity and Regional Competitiveness. Springer.
  • Lawton Smith, H. and Atter, A. (2015) Entrepreneurship, teaching, research and practice: Birkbeck University of London. In, K. Viaidya (ed.) Entrepreneurship for the Curious: Why study entrepreneurship? The Curious Academic Publishing.
  • Waters, R. and Lawton Smith, H. (2014) Universities and science and engineering labour markets in high technology local economies: the cases of Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Chapter 11 in, C. Karlsson et al (eds.) Knowledge, Innovation and Space. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Lawton Smith, H. and Glasson, J. (2013) Technological Transfer in the perspective of Town Dimension. Chapter 8 in, T. de Noronha Vaz, E. van Leewne and P. Nijkamp (eds.) Towns in a Rural World, Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 175-196. (the case of Oxfordshire)
  • Lawton Smith, H. and Romeo, S. (2013) Business Networking in Oxfordshire: scope and regional dynamics Chapter 5 in, C. Karlsson, B. Johansson and R. Stough (eds.) Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions, London: Routledge. pp. 97-117.
  • Lawton Smith, H. and Romeo, S. (2012) Entrepreneurship and innovation: Oxfordshire's high-tech economy-firm survival, growth and innovation Chapter 2 in, C. Karlsson, B. Johansson and R. Stough (eds.) Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Governance. Chelthenham: Edward Elgar. pp. 27-52.
  • Lawton Smith, H. (2012) The health technologies sector in the Thames Valley: evolution or optimism in regional development? Chapter 6 in, Cooke, P. (ed.) Re-framing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation and Transition. Routledge. 392 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-68646-4.
    - Reflections on stakeholder involvement in driving high tech economic development
  • Waters, R. and Lawton Smith, H. (2012) High Technology Local Economies: geographical mobility of the highly skilled. Chapter 5 in, Hilpert, U. and Lawton Smith, H. (eds.) Networking Regionalised Innovative Labour Markets. Routledge. 206 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-68356-2.
    - Comparing university, industry and research laboratory highly-skilled employee's patterns of mobility in Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Conference papers