Witney BIC Newsletter – Autumn 2020
Welcome to the Autumn issue of the Witney BIC Newsletter.
SimCentric’s pioneering Oxfordshire defence simulation company is now settled in at the Witney Business & Innovation Centre. SimCentric is currently working with governments across the world to focus on ways to better train and help save the lives of soldiers. Using cutting-edge technology, the fast-growing company is committed to providing best-in-class simulation software to facilitate safe, effective and realistic training in specialised, safety-critical domains.
Since launching the company in 2008, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Adam Easton, a Rhodes Scholar and former Officer in the Australian Army has joined forces with Tom Constable, a former officer in the British Army and Gareth Collier, Special Forces Commando Unit Officer in the Australian Army to grow the company.
Recent recipients of a tri-service contract from the UK MoD’s The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the company is looking to recruit people with Unreal Engine 4 across multiple roles. “We blend cutting-edge technology, domain knowledge expertise, agile development and customer engagement, create world-leading software products. We have two product pillars of Safety/Accreditation and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.”
MEETING ROOM HIRE
Although we are not using the meeting rooms for external visitors yet they are still open to residents. Maximum capacity however is currently 4 people in F11. Should you wish to book please contact the team. We are unable to provide refreshments but you are welcome to take your tea or coffee in with you. Please note we will require a meeting room risk assessment to be completed.
We asked Alyson Flynn from Zipply a few questions, these were her answers:
- What does your company do? Zipply is a members platform for independent businesses offering discounts and loyalty points for customers. Customers are able to collect loyalty points at any Zipply location and spend their loyalty points where they choose.
- How did you start your company? Zipply started as an aviation based business, launched in January 2020 but due to Covid 19, we had to shut our doors and 'rethink and restart again'. So after much thinking and re-engineeering, we are relaunching in a completely different sector and business model
- What are you working on at the moment? Finalising the tech behind our new business and planning for launch.
- What do you like best about the Innovation Centre? I love being based in Witney BIC, the team are great, friendly and welcoming. Meeting other like minded people in business is great and look forward to being able to integrate and mix a bit more, now life is heading back to 'normal'
- What projects/next steps are you planning for the future? To launch the app/website and grow the business again.
- What would be your top tip for any new entrepreneur? Never give up, step back, take a look and just go for it.
We say a sad goodbye to Clare Winter who was with us as our front of house Centre Experience Assistant for over 5 years. Clare has been paramount to the centre’s success and her friendly and outgoing character has been appreciated by many. Clare has moved onto pastures new in Tewkesbury and we wish her all the very best in her new role.
We have no immediate plans to replace this position at the moment.
CAN YOU HELP?
One of our customers, Graham from Fuel 3D, decided to dedicate some of his time to charity and recently month joined forces with West Oxfordshire and Witney Foodbank to assist with their foodbank service. Of course, mention that to any of the staff here and we immediately wanted to be a part of this.
The first shipping has been collected and we must say how very generous everyone has been. Within just 2 days the collection tin was full.
In light of the second Government announcement on COVID-19 we would like to continue this at least until the New Year so please continue to bring in dry items, there is a list on the front of the tin.
The Munch Box proceeds, and other events have been great again over the last couple of months and our customers have donated £100 to Blue Cross. Please continue to help us to help others.
Can you help the WOBA charity of the year with the Big Give Christmas Challenge with Guideposts ?
Did you know that you can recommend a friend and if they take an office in one of our centres you will receive £200 worth of vouchers or £50 if they sign up as a virtual office.
The lovely ladies in Bluebird Care held a cake sale in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness and raised a staggering £168. This was then doubled by Bluebird's Robert Mezo. They held a raffle and many people donated some fabulous prizes.
Hallowe'en at Witney BIC
Our very own Assistant Centre Manager Denise Upson did a sterling job of decorating the centre and noticeboards in the Hallowe'en theme. Great to someone on board with an artistic flair.
We Welcome to the Centre:
Entrepreneur offers life-changing jobs to school leavers
Young people across Oxfordshire and surrounding counties are being given the chance to transfer their knowledge of multi-media platforms and devices into a high-earning career where they can even take a nap in the office, thanks to a rapidly expanding digital PR and SEO agency based at Witney Business & Innovation Centre (Witney BIC).
Oxfordshire healthtech company will help NHS cope with increased pressure
Healthtech company, Visiba, has set-up its UK headquarters at Witney Business & Innovation Centre (Witney BIC) and is poised to play a pivotal role in helping the NHS free-up clinician time in addition to offering a streamlined approach to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine.
Witney BIC Newsletter – Spring 2020
Welcome to the Winter issue of the Witney BIC Newsletter. […]