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Chemists Mean Business with help from the Royal Society of Chemistry and Begbroke Science Park

9 December 2015

RSC LOGOAn audience of research and development chemistry professionals heard from two of Oxford’s emerging businesses, and from the Royal Society of Chemistry, how its Enterprise Plus Scheme has helped their organisations develop and grow.

Dr Clare Wilson, the RSC’s Small Companies Programme Manager, and Katie Dryden Holt, Membership Recruitment Supervisor gave an illuminating seminar at Oxford University Begbroke Science Park, as part of Begbroke’s  ongoing mentoring programme of talks aimed at science-based start-ups. They explored the variety of support on offer, from industrial placement grants; useful events and training programmes for small companies; networking opportunities to help develop new contacts into potential clients, to awards helping to raise individual and company profiles outside the chemical industry.

Several of Begbroke’s tenant companies are already reaping the benefits of connections with the RSC – Energenics Europe, manufacturer of the nano-catalyst diesel fuel additive Envirox™, and process engineering firm CCm Research are both members of its Enterprise Plus Scheme; whilst photovoltaics pioneer Oxford PV has taken advantage of its industrial placement scheme to add an extra person to their workforce.

Elizabeth Driscoll,  one of the successful applicants this year, said  “Being one of the current students on the Enterprise Plus scheme I am directly benefiting from the RSC efforts to support small businesses.  The breakfast seminar, hosted at Begbroke Science Park, offered me greater insight into the RSC and provided an opportunity to network and hear how other businesses have prospered from their schemes and awards.”enterpriseplus logo

Jim Watts, Head of Product Engineering at Oxford PV, commented “I found the RSC event hosted at the Begbroke Science Park both extremely informative and a great opportunity for networking with other local scientists.  I hadn’t appreciated the extent at which the RSC are supporting small businesses, from the high-profile publicity associated with winning one of their annual awards, to the more direct benefit of their Enterprise Plus scheme (where undergraduate students are provided grants to fulfil industrial placements).  Overall I found it to be a great success and an event worth attending.  Thank you RSC and Begbroke Science Park.”

Jon-Paul GriffithsDr Jon-Paul Griffiths, of Begbroke tenant and Oxford University Chemistry Department spin-out Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS), (pictured in 2010), drew on his personal experience as a past winner of the prestigious RSC Young Industrialist of the Year Award to urge his fellow professionals to join the Society and use its panoply of resources.

Dr Caroline Livingstone, General Manager of Begbroke Science Park professed that she was “delighted with the attendance”, adding ” we had lots of comments that it was a very enjoyable way to have breakfast and at the same time add to your knowledge.We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and have already been discussing future tie-ups with them in 2016.”

For more information about Begbroke Science Park’s events programme visit our web page.

For more information about Enterprise Plus and the Royal Society of Chemistry visit their website.

Joanna Grant