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Oxford Innovation’s 100th Employee will boost Innovation Services in East of England

Oxford Innovation Ltd is celebrating the arrival of its 100th employee, Dr Alex Smeets, who joins as Regional Director of Innovation Services and will assist with the planned expansion of the Company’s Innovation Services and Innovation Centres in Cambridge and the East of England.

Dr Smeets joins from St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge, where he was Executive Director for seven years. He was also involved in establishing the China-UK Cambridge Venture Park and the East of England Innovation Relay Centre.

Oxford Innovation is the UK’s leading operator of innovation centres and manages 13 centres across the country that provide flexible office and lab space for over 350 high growth technology companies, a number of whom have floated on AIM. The firm also runs three business angel investment networks providing funding for start-up and growing companies throughout the UK. These include Oxford Investment Opportunity Network, Europe’s most successful technology investment network.

The Innovation Services division delivers a range of advisory services designed to boost the growth of small and medium-sized firms. The Innovation Advisory Service South East provides specialist innovation advisors who assist companies in the region to commercialise their innovations and facilitate collaborations with larger businesses and research organisations. A Design Advisory Service, run in collaboration with the Design Council, provides advice on product design while a Leadership Development Advisory Service offers access to leadership training. These services are delivered on behalf of the South East England Development Agency. The Innovation Services division also delivers fundraising services, such as an investment readiness programme, an R&D grants service, investment networks and access to an Enterprise Capital Fund.

Dr Smeets will be based in the Cambridge office of Oxford Innovation’s sister company, SQW Consulting, which is one of the largest and best known UK providers of public policy consultancy services for economic development and regeneration.
Dr Smeets said: “I am pleased to be joining Oxford Innovation at this exciting time as the Company seeks to expand its Innovation Services and develop new locations for Innovation Centres.

“I look forward to raising awareness of the unique business support services that Oxford Innovation offers to growing companies and also to government organisations that wish to support and encourage innovative ventures in the East of England because of the key role they can play in generating continued economic prosperity for the region.”

Dr David Kingham, Chief Operating Officer of Oxford Innovation, said: “I am delighted to welcome Alex Smeets to Oxford Innovation as our 100th staff member.

Alex brings broad expertise in a range of services, from advice on the establishment of new innovation centres to access to funding and advisory services for growing companies as well as the management of international consultancy projects focusing on the development of clusters of innovative SMEs. His experience gained at the highly respected St John’s Innovation Centre will be invaluable.

“Whilst he will be based in the SQW Cambridge office, Alex will also work closely with projects and consultancy colleagues in our Oxford office and I am sure that he will play a valuable role helping to expand our Innovation Services and Centres into the East of England and beyond.”

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L-R: Dr Alex Smeets, the new Regional Director of Innovation Services, receives a bottle of champagne presented by Dr David Kingham, Chief Operating Officer of Oxford Innovation, to mark Dr Smeets’ arrival as Oxford Innovation’s 100th employee.

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