What does the OIBC do?

The OIBC is a non-profit forum and community that helps businesses in Oxfordshire to operate effectively in international markets – in import, export and investment. We provide expertise and connections to help Oxfordshire businesses contribute to a positive international balance of trade and to increased prosperity throughout the county.

OIBC’s vision is to see Oxfordshire’s reputation as an international business hub match its renown as an academic centre.

Who is it for?

Are you trying to export, possibly doing a bit already, but finding it hard to wade through the legislative, financial and practical minefields?

Are you already trading internationally and want to expand into more markets?

Or do you represent an organisation that can help other businesses to trade internationally through links with private and public institutions and networks?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you'll benefit from being involved with OIBC.

How does it work?

OIBC hold events to bring people interested in international trade together. Events are often focused on a specific geographical area - recent ones have shared information about trade with China, Latin America, and the USA

At these events speakers from organisations successfully trading internationally share their experiences. Organisations such as UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Knowledge Transfer Network often join us.

Knowledge gained from these events and other sources will be shared among members and interested parties, building up an enviable resource to be shared through this website.

There is no better place to share best practice with people and organisations who can help increase international trade - whether it's information, practical help or financial assistance.

Who is behind OIBC?

OIBC was setup in 2013 after the Board of Oxfordshire Business First www.obfirst.org.uk realised that the county: "possesses a great deal of international expertise within individuals and companies. With the right kind of forumthis expertise could be made more available to mutual advantage across different sectors."

The OIBC was formed to provide that forum and quickly gained support from local business and government although as yet it has no government funding.

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Committee members are listed below.

All positions are honorary. Their own businesses or employers are shown in brackets.


Chair: Tony Daly


Other Directors:

Alison Haill (Oxford Professional Consulting)

John Knights (LeaderShape Global Limited)

Jenny Plaister-Ten (10 Consulting)

Claire Snowdon (Expat Know How)

Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan (OxCopy)

Steering Committee Members (in addition to the above):

Maiqi "Maggie" Ma (MOLAES Chinese Business Consultancy)

Paul Wenman (InvestAssure)

David Burrows (Invest in Oxfordshire)


Our Sponsors

We sincerely appreciate the contributions from all our sponsors for their regular contributions to our activities via accounting services and legal services.

Cowper Kreston

Everyman Legal



Company Secretary:

Rob Jonckheer (Everyman Legal)


Sue Staunton (James Cowper)


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