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Support for businesses in Chipping Norton

Business start-ups in the Chipping Norton area will soon be able to get free one-to-one expert advice on their door steps.

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises (OBE) will run business mentoring sessions in Chipping Norton, thanks to the generosity of locally-based CETA Insurance.

CETA has agreed that OBE can use one of their offices, free of charge, to meet their clients. The office is in the Stones Business Centre in Chipping Norton’s Market Place. Until recently, clients needed to travel to either Witney or Banbury to meet their OBE business mentor.

Jan Hendricks, the OBE mentor covering Chipping Norton is delighted with the arrangement. He said, “A local meeting place in Chipping Norton will be much more convenient for residents. It will help build relationships with local companies so that they understand how OBE can help them.”

West Oxfordshire District Council has financially supported OBE from its establishment in 2004 and already provides premises for OBE and Business Link to work out of in Witney. The Council set up the deal between CETA and OBE.

Cllr Warwick Robinson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “Supporting West Oxfordshire’s economy to remain prosperous with full employment is a priority for the District Council. We are, therefore, very pleased to have facilitated a new business venue for OBE. Their advisors have helped hundreds of people set up in businesses in Oxfordshire over the last 5 years. CETA Insurance must be applauded for their role in supporting new businesses in Chipping Norton.”

Mentoring sessions are free and by appointment. Anyone who needs help setting up a business or is in the early stages of running one can arrange an appointment by contacting OBE on 01295 227082 or visiting

Posted : 02/07/2009 12:48:19

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