Home to over 632,000 residents, Oxfordshire boasts attractive countryside, including the Chilterns, theNorth Wessex Downs, the Cherwell Valley and the world-famous Cotswolds. Oxfordshire is the most rural county in the South East region with over 50% of people in Oxfordshire living in settlements of less than 10,000 people. The numerous historic market towns and the architectural splendour of the City’s dreaming spires make Oxfordshire a popular tourist destination and a highly soughtafter film and TV location.
As a centre of excellence for learning and research, Oxford has earned global recognition. Alongside the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the county plays host to what is widely regarded as the best new university in the country and a range of internationally-regarded research and development institutions, including the new Synchrotron light source, Diamond.
The breadth of enterprise, opportunity and culture makes Oxfordshire a unique and stimulating place in which to live and work. As an employer, Oxfordshire’s highly qualified labour pool facilitates new business growth and development, creating a shared entrepreneurial culture within the county.
Oxfordshire has consistently high levels of employment and the resident workforce is amongst the most highly qualified in the country. Key industries based here include international publishing, high tech business and biotechnology, car manufacture and motorsport.