Joy as 120 jobs are saved at Witney bakery

Bicester Advertiser: Back to School with The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Competition

8:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE jobs of more than 100 workers at a cake-making business have been saved after it was bought out of administration.

Determined apprentice joins hi-tech innovation unit

Bicester Advertiser: Stephanie Henwood, left, manager of Witney Business and Innovation Centre, with Jemma Parsloe

2:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A HI-TECH innovation centre has appointed its first apprentice.

Protesters fear for market town after bank’s closure

Bicester Advertiser: Outside the Woodstock NatWest bank, front, Chris Bayliss and Louise Maybury. Back, from left: Mike Sharland, Beth Felstead, Faye Parker, Ann McEwen, Kate Richards, Hillary Williams and Cerys Williams. Seated, from left: Brenda Cripps and Joy Pomfret

2:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

BUSINESSES say Woodstock’s future as a market town is threatened by the closure of one of its two remaining banks.

Radioactive waste specialists plan major expansion

Bicester Advertiser: The Culham Science Centre

2:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A SPECIALIST engineering firm is set to almost double in size after it announced a major investment programme.

Didcot A power station site developers told ‘no homes’

Bicester Advertiser: Cllr Des Healy

6:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

THE developer that has bought a large area of the former Didcot A power station has been warned it should not build houses on the site.

Developer Clowes buys part of Didcot A power station

Bicester Advertiser: Didcot Power Station

8:32am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A DEVELOPER has bought part of Didcot A Power Station.

'Tremendous potential' of Oxford Business Park a draw for new Audi dealership

Bicester Advertiser: The Audi RS Q3: A sporty package to make you smile

5:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

WORK on a state-of-the-art car dealership in Cowley is under way.

Three key questions in the bitter battle to save pubs

Bicester Advertiser: Tony Goulding

6:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

PLANS to turn pubs into supermarkets and other businesses in the city will have to come under closer scrutiny in the future.

Trouble’s in store for the robbers of shops

Bicester Advertiser: Shopkeeper Vijaya Karunaratne talks to crime prevention and reduction adviser Julie Young. Pictures: OX66198 Mark Hemsworth

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

THAMES Valley Police last month launched a scheme to spread online crime prevention messages and information about suspicious activity among businesses.

Town gets a Subway

Bicester Advertiser: Orpington Subway sandwich shop blaze under investigation

6:30am Monday 7th April 2014

SANDWICH chain Subway is to open a shop at Witney's Marriotts Walk shopping centre.

Firm guilty over death of forklift truck driver

Bicester Advertiser: Mark Williams

6:40am Friday 4th April 2014

A construction firm has been found guilty of health and safety breaches following the death of forklift driver Mark Williams.

Working together a natural fit for mother and daughter

Bicester Advertiser: Anna Halloran and mother Monique who have set up garden design firm Spiering & Co

11:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

As a child, Anna Halloran was rarely separated from her mother Monique, until she went on a gap year.

Estate agencies merge to improve competitiveness

Bicester Advertiser: estate agents signs stock

11:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Cotswolds-based estate agent Butler Sherborn has joined forces with Oxford agency Kemp & Kemp Residential, to expand into the city.

Florist sows seeds of a blossoming career

Bicester Advertiser: Lucy Bartlett outside her pop-up shop.  Picture: OX66020 Marc West

10:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Florist Lucy Bartlett has sown the seeds of a future career after running her own pop-shop.

Boost for Mini sales

Bicester Advertiser: mini logo

8:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014

The European Union will remain the largest market for UK car manufacturers and continue to be a major market for the Cowley-built Mini.

World Cup: Government allows 1am licences for England’s night-time matches

Bicester Advertiser: GOAL: The Boundary House pub assistant manager Jodie Pepperell is ready for World Cup action

8:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PUB landlords across Oxfordshire are celebrating over a Government U-turn letting them open later for England’s World Cup matches this summer.

Supermarket giant pulls out of shopping revamp

Bicester Advertiser: Sainsbury's

6:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

SAINSBURY’S has confirmed it has pulled out of the much-delayed £50m Charter redevelopment for Abingdon.

A fourth bid to build flats and shops refused

Bicester Advertiser: vale of white horse logo

6:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

BUSINESSES have spoken of their frustration after a fourth bid to build shops and flats in Wallingford Street, Wantage, was thrown out.

Tattoo parlour inks up 40 years in the trade

Bicester Advertiser: From left, Lionel Titchener, Barny Titchener and Curly Moore at Lionel’s Tattoo Studio. Picture: OX66161 Ed Nix

10:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

LAUNCHED on a whim after Lionel Titchener got his first tattoo, his parlour is now celebrating its 40th birthday.

Holly Bush's new owner says he is there to stay

Bicester Advertiser: New landlord Ray Lees at the Holly Bush pub

7:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A REVAMP of The Holly Bush pub in West Oxford is under way as new owners try to make the business a success.

Pay deal for BMW workers

Bicester Advertiser: Unite union convenor at BMW Cowley Chris Bond

9:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

WORKERS at Oxford’s Cowley Mini plant are to receive an inflation-busting pay rise.

Cafe claims a 'first' in Bitcoin market

Bicester Advertiser: James Morris, right, and Bob Sayers at JimBob’s baguette shop. Picture: OX66142 Ed Nix

9:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A NEW café believes it will be the first shop in Oxford that will accept the digital currency Bitcoin over the counter.

Best paid jobs in east

7:40am Tuesday 1st April 2014

The Oxford East constituency is one of the areas in the South East where workers get the best pay, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Hitting back at rogue traders

Bicester Advertiser: Trading standards team manager Richard Webb, left, with Mark Eagle, of Eagle Plastering

7:30am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A LIST of trustworthy traders is building up as figures show doorstep scams have reached a five-year high.

Meat firm forced into liquidation over debts

Bicester Advertiser: Taxpayers face £1.5m bill as parking dispute goes to High Court (Pic: Elliott Brown)

6:30am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A MEAT firm was forced into liquidation yesterday after not being able to pay its debts.

West Way development plan delayed

Bicester Advertiser: An artist’s impression of part of the proposed redevelopment

8:40am Monday 31st March 2014

A decision on whether the £100m planned revamp of West Way shopping centre will be given planning permission has been delayed.

Baker rises to the occasion

Bicester Advertiser: Graham Nash

6:00am Monday 31st March 2014

IT MAY have taken more than 80 years, but an Oxfordshire bakery is now the proud holder of a prestigious award.

Business bid to save Pools site

Bicester Advertiser: Save Temple Cowley Pools’ Nigel Gibson

12:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

CAMPAIGNERS in Oxford say they have come up with a viable business plan to save a threatened leisure centre.

Engine problem hits launch of new Mini

Bicester Advertiser: The Mini

7:30am Saturday 29th March 2014

The high-profile launch of the new version of the Cowley-built Mini has been dogged by an engine problem.

House prices rise again

12:16pm Friday 28th March 2014

House prices in the county continued to rise last month to a new record high of £254,414.

No to Gateway appeal

Bicester Advertiser: Cherwell district council logo

8:30am Friday 28th March 2014

A bid to stop the Banbury Gateway retail development was dismissed at the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Wood you believe it? This cardboard furniture works

Bicester Advertiser: Nicola Russell with a chest of drawers she made out of recycled cardboard. Picture: OX66032 Antony Moore

4:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

If you think cardboard furniture sounds about as much use as a chocolate teapot, then Nicola Russell would urge you to think again.

Enterprising students get knitted out

Bicester Advertiser: Some of the Toucan team, clockwise from front centre, Hannah Hawken, Jemima Gassom, Sephe Tapper, Jenny Dingwall, Hannah Darnton, Sanjana Kini, Abi Church, Emily Fung, Ella Jones and Kirsty Luk. Picture: OX66166 Antony Moore

12:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A GROUP of young entrepreneurs have designs on the future after coming up with their own range of scarves.

Rate relief too little, too late, say traders

Bicester Advertiser: Wesley Walk traders, from left, Jeanne Chattoe of Renaissance clothing, florists Jim and Rosa Ashby, and Sharon Buck, of Chomsky’s cafe

4:30pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

AT FIRST sight, things are coming up roses for Rosa Ashby.

So far, so good after post office switches to shop

Bicester Advertiser: The new postal counter at WH Smith in Witney

12:30pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE relocation of Witney’s post office to WH Smith’s shop has been “positively” received, according to the newsagent and stationery company.

Struggling bar's owner issues 'use it or lose it' warning

Bicester Advertiser: CONCERN: Nortons manager Tilly Wates is worried that the bar might close if trade doesn’t pick up in the new year

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE landlord of Witney’s Nortons cafe-bar has told his customers to “use it or lose it”.

Business parks welcome new tax incentives

Bicester Advertiser: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds up his red Ministerial Box outside 11 Downing Street before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his annual Budget statement.

5:40am Wednesday 26th March 2014

THE heads of Milton Park and Harwell Oxford science centres welcomed the Budget last week as a boost to businesses.

Cornmarket HMV will now close in June says firm

Bicester Advertiser: The HMV store

8:40am Tuesday 25th March 2014

STAFF at HMV Oxford have been told the shop will now stay open until the end of June.

Pub reopens after firm’s administration

Bicester Advertiser: Despite the widely-known perils of too much alcohol, for some, a drink gets the creative juices flowing

7:30am Tuesday 25th March 2014

A VILLAGE pub near Abingdon which closed when its management company went into administration has now reopened.

Raja rings up till for last time after 35 years’ trade

Bicester Advertiser: Nawaz Raja has been the owner of Best One shop in Blackbird Leys for 35 years, and yesterday was his last day in charge, as he prepared for retirement

7:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

NAWAZ RAJA closed his shop for the final time last night after 35 years in Blackbird Leys and admitted: “My heart is weeping.”

Phoenix-like rise of pub from the ashes

Bicester Advertiser: Charles and Anna Gaunt, landlords of the Horse and Jockey, in the rebuilt pub. Picture: OX66022 David Fleming

10:00am Monday 24th March 2014

LIKE the mythical Phoenix, the Horse and Jockey has risen from the ashes following a devastating fire.

Bicester Village plan hits troubling delay

Bicester Advertiser: CLOSED: The Hugo Boss store at Bicester Village

10:00am Friday 21st March 2014

PLANS to expand Bicester Village and build a new Tesco have been delayed.

Market traders angry after council refuses rent figure

Bicester Advertiser: Joy Hetherington of Oxford Aromatics with Oxford Covered Market traders, who are angry at the city council, which they say is failing to honour an agreement about rent arbitration. Picture: OX66091  Damian Halliwe

7:00am Friday 21st March 2014

TRADERS in Oxford’s historic Covered Market face months more of uncertainty as a row over a proposed rent rise continues.

Fast forward to get our rural communities on broadband

Bicester Advertiser: Nick Carter,  cabinet member for business and customers

5:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Nick Carter cabinet member for business and customers, Oxfordshire County Council outlines the benefits of the Better Broadband programme

Circassia hits a £200m milestone on stock market

Bicester Advertiser: Market report

2:10pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Biotech firm Circassia has raised £200m after launching on the stock market.

Cryogenics boss thanks staff as company lifts two trophies

Bicester Advertiser: PRIZES: Front from left, Chris Busby, managing director of ICEoxford, with Paul Kelly, technology director, and his team

2:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A BRIGHT marketing move has propelled a hi-tech engineering firm to a top award.

Council is knocked off top spot for county employers

Bicester Advertiser: Managing director Jarl Severn

2:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE shape of Oxfordshire’s biggest employers is changing, a major new report has revealed.

Firms to create up to 70 posts in Thame with new premises plan

Bicester Advertiser: Opening date for John Lewis

2:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

UP to 70 jobs could be created in Thame if a major development is approved.

Farmer looks out at literal green shoots of recovery

Bicester Advertiser: Farmer David Christensen

2:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014


Businesswoman ditched stressful job and replaced it with a dog’s life

Bicester Advertiser: Julie Shepherd with her flat-coat German pointer Hector

2:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Julie Shepherd was communications manager for a software development company when her midlife crisis hit.

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