This year we are celebrating 30 years of supporting ambitious entrepreneurs through our innovation centres, coaching services and investment networks.

To celebrate this milestone we run a national competition to identify the next generation of forward thinking entrepreneurs - the winners will receive a tailored prize package of business support and office space from Oxford Innovation.


History & Heritage

Oxford Innovation has roots in the first commercial spin-out from Oxford University - Oxford Instruments PLC. Founded in 1959 by Martin and Audrey Wood, their experience of developing a spin-out company revealed the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and inspired them to set up The Oxford Trust, a charitable trust which continues to support the region’s science and technology ecosystem and through which Oxford Innovation was born in 1987.

Since then, we have supported over 7,000 SMEs to become sustainable businesses, creating high value jobs, innovative products and services and as a result, enhanced local economies

30 years of innovation and growth

Our first incubation space: Osney Mead Hut 1987


The Oxford Trust opens Science, Technology and Enterprise Project (STEP) centre in old industrial buildings in Osney Mead with only three employees.

Coaching our business
to grow


As the leading operator of incubation space and suitable environments for businesses to prosper, we identify businesses with growth potential and deliver the bespoke support that they need to scale up. By improving commercial competency, businesses become more resilient, create jobs and generate wealth.

Our latest Innovation Centre: Future Space


Located at the heart of the main UWE Bristol campus, Future Space connects entrepreneurs and tech innovators with scientists, researchers and graduate talent – to spark collaboration, innovation and growth. Its services combine flexible lab and workspace alongside access to research and funding schemes, a vibrant community, innovative coaching and business support.

Read our success stories

We have worked with over 7,000 businesses across all sectors, providing incubation space and bespoke dedicated business support. Our network of 23 Innovation Centres, dedicated business coaches and specialists operating across UK provide start-up and established growth businesses with assistance in their growth plans to scale their activities.

Our case studies demonstrate the impact our support has generated.