Oxford Innovation

The UK’s largest Innovation Centre operator

Founded by the Oxford Trust in 1987, Oxford Innovation are now the UK’s leading operator of innovation centres – providing flexible workspace and support for early stage science, technology and innovative SMEs.

Our founding mission was to provide three crucial areas of support for technology start-ups – as experienced by our founders Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, when they spun out Oxford Instruments from the University of Oxford in the 1950’s. That was:

(Really) flexible and affordable workspace…

whether that’s an office, workshop or laboratory.

Access to funding that fills the gap…

between what an entrepreneur can raise themselves through family and friends and what a Venture Capital firm might fund.

Support from highly qualified mentors…

coaches and other entrepreneurs through part-funded business support programmes.

Though much has changed in the past 30 years, our mission hasn’t, and along the way we have built up a wealth of experience and stories of success – for us and the SMEs we support.

We now operate 25 incubation and innovation centres across the UK

Supporting more than 1,000 innovative early stage and growth businesses in a wide range of sectors: space, pharma, creative and digital, social and health, professional services and emerging sectors such as Internet of Things, big data and Blockchain technologies.

All our centres, managed on behalf of local authorities, universities, research institutes and private sector landlords, provide not only space for businesses to grow but more importantly, highly impactful business support that transforms start-ups into scale ups creating high value jobs and new technologies and innovations that positively impact on their local and national economies.

Our Centres

Our centres are at the heart of their local business eco-systems and act as a catalyst for change in improving the success and sustainability of innovative SMEs and in forging collaborations and connections not only within the individual centres but across the UK. The interactive map details the locations of our existing centres.

Oxford Centre for Innovation

New Road, Oxford, OX1 1BY, UK Visit the website

Harwell Innovation Centre

Building 173, Curie Avenue, Didcot, OX11 0QG, UK Visit the website

Scott Bader Innovation Centre

High St, Wollaston, Wellingborough, NN29 7AE, UK Visit the website

Newark Beacon

Beacon Hill Office Park, Cafferata Way, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2TN, UK Visit the website

One St Aldates

St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DE, UK Visit the website

Future Space

North Gate (UWE), Filton Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8RB, UK Visit the website

Worksop Turbine

Shireoaks Triangle Business Park, Coach Close, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 8AP, UK Visit the website

Merchants House

25 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EU, UK Visit the website

Stockport Business & Innovation Centre

Broadstone Mill, Stockport, SK5 7DL, UK Visit the website

Mansfield i-Center

Oakham Business Park, Hamilton Way, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5BR, UK Visit the website

Bicester Innovation Centre

Commerce House, Telford Road, Bicester, OX26 4LD, UK Visit the website

Witney Business and Innovation Centre

Windrush Industrial Park Burford Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7DX, UK Visit the website

Cherwell Innovation Centre

77 Hayford Park, Upper Hayford, OX25 5HD, UK Visit the website

Harborough Innovation Centre

Wellington Way, Airfield Business Park, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7WB, UK Visit the website

Culham Innovation Centre

D5 Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB, UK Visit the website

The Nucleus

Brunel Way, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5GA, UK Visit the website

CEME Innovation Centre

Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8EU, UK Visit the website

Bracknell Enterprise and Innovation Hub

Ocean House, The Ring, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1AX, UK Visit the website

BASE Bordon Innovation Centre

Broxhead House, Louisburg Barracks, 60 Barbados Road, Bordon, GU35 0FX, UK Visit the website

Ocean Village Innovation Centre

Ocean Way, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3JZ, UK Visit the website

Ashton Old Baths

Portland Street South, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0PR, UK
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Innovation Factory

Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7DG, UK Visit the website

Portsmouth Technopole

Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8FA, UK Visit the website

Fareham Innovation Centre

4 Meteor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9FU, UK Visit the website

The OI Space Incubator will be hosted at two of our Hampshire innovation centres:

Lee-on the-Solent

Fareham Innovation Centre

(new centre in 2015 – opening major extension of workshops and offices soon in 2018). One of our goals is to manifest and create Space Downstream cluster at the centre on an regional airfield – drone licensed – overlooking the Solent. This centre achieved 100% occupancy within 10 months and is now doubling in size to host 55 offices, 33 workshops/ labs and a 100-seat conference centre – in time for the core elements of this programme.


BASE Bordon Innovation Centre

(new centre in late 2017). Again, one of goals is to augment the already present Space cluster in the East Hampshire and Surrey border with proximity to London.