In a bid to bolster the growth of Oxfordshire businesses, The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) has unveiled an innovative initiative – the Business Super League. This groundbreaking campaign aims to provide indispensable support to local organizations through the introduction of the Business Support Tool, a dynamic resource designed to propel small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to unparalleled success.
At the heart of the Business Super League is the Business Support Tool, a gateway to a wealth of tailored assistance. This tool enables SMEs to unlock exclusive access to the OxLEP Business Super League, where a plethora of fully-funded resources awaits. From mentorship sessions and networking events to workshops and a personalized Business Support Action Plan, the league is a comprehensive package tailored to elevate businesses to the next level.
Darcica Logistics, a family-owned business with a 20-year history in transport logistics and environmental management, stands as a testament to the transformative impact of OxLEP’s initiatives. Their journey commenced with the completion of the online Business Support Tool, opening doors to a series of OxLEP programs that propelled their business to new heights.
Among these programs was the Business Investment Fund, a flagship initiative that concluded in March 2023. Darcica Logistics secured funding for their ‘Greening Logistics’ project, a strategic move that streamlined operations and significantly reduced their carbon footprint. Beyond financial support, the company received invaluable specialist advice, shaping a visionary path for their future endeavors.
Darcica Logistics also actively participated in the eScalate program, seizing the opportunity to engage with peers at the Women in Business event. Company founders, Anthony and Melanie, immersed themselves in general business support webinars, gaining insights into sustaining business growth in a dynamic economic landscape. This commitment to continuous improvement and knowledge acquisition has allowed Darcica Logistics to expand its team from a humble duo to a robust workforce of 25 individuals.
The company’s commitment to sustainability is evident not only in their operational practices but also in their clientele. Actively onboarding local sustainable businesses as customers, Darcica Logistics has positioned itself as a champion of environmentally conscious commerce. Their impact was duly recognized at the June 2023 Business Celebration Event, where they clinched the prestigious ‘Most impactful new product or service organization’ award.
OxLEP, celebrating the success stories emerging from their programs, notes that an impressive 95 percent of start-ups would wholeheartedly endorse their support services. The Business Super League stands as a testament to the power of collaborative initiatives, demonstrating how strategic support can catalyze transformative growth within the local business ecosystem.
As the Oxfordshire business landscape evolves, initiatives like the Business Super League become instrumental in fostering innovation, sustainability, and resilience. With OxLEP leading the charge, local enterprises are not merely surviving but thriving, creating a ripple effect that contributes to the overall economic vitality of the region. The Business Super League is more than a campaign; it’s a catalyst for a new era of business excellence in Oxfordshire.