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Cherwell Innovation Centre

Cherwell Innovation Centre


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At the DiagnOx laboratory I have the support network and access to business contacts to give my company the best chance of success”


Cherwell Innovation Centre provides the ideal workspace for start-up and growing companies, offering flexible, professional premises with a range of business support services, including the DiagnOx Laboratory, a fully equipped, managed laboratory and office facility ideal for companies within the Bio Technology industry.

Serviced offices and lab facilities are available to let on flexible terms, with as little as one month’s notice. The on-site meeting and conference rooms are ideal for client appointments or presentations and there’s a welcoming reception team to greet guests. The centre also provides shared offices, hot desks and virtual offices for those not ready for office space. The centre differs from a standard business centre by offering a range of practical innovation and growth support that proactively encourages the development of start-ups, entrepreneurial and high-growth companies.

Supportive Office Environment

Cherwell Innovation Centre provides a nurturing base to work from, allowing businesses to grow within a lively environment where they will have access to the skills, knowledge and experience of similar individuals and companies.

The centre plays a key role in the innovation ecosystem in North Oxfordshire, with just under 20,000 square feet of office and laboratory space ranging from 100 to 700 square feet. The centre has the business facilities and commercial infrastructure to support over 40 companies, each with between 1 and 25 employees.

The centre is the ideal environment for start-up and early-stage companies. The costs are tightly controlled, there are no long term contracts and the day to day running of the offices is in safe hands, leaving companies to concentrate on growing their business.

Companies at Cherwell Innovation Centre can benefit from the following:

  • On-site Staff services and facilities management so the day to day running issues are taken care of
  • Licence agreement with as little as one month’s notice period
  • Easy to predict, clear and transparent monthly charges  
  • Ability to upscale and downsize quickly
  • Receptionists service to answer calls in your company name and greet visitors, helping to provide a professional image
  • On-site conference and meeting facilities available to hire on a daily and hourly rate
  • Access to superfast internet and telephony connections
  • 24/7 office access and on-site security for peace of mind
  • Free on-site parking


Licence fee charges for the office space include all of the following:

  • Service charges
  • Business rates
  • Heating, water and electricity
  • Site management
  • Reception services
  • Buildings insurance and maintenance

DiagnOx Laboratory

DiagnOx Laboratory is a fully equipped, 4,500 sq ft managed laboratory and office facility that allows researchers or companies within the Bio Technology industry to undertake both research and development and proof-of concept work cost-effectively and in a supportive environment; helping you turn innovation based research into new business. Licences include lab bench space, an office desk with internet access and shared lab facilities.

The laboratory was established to help improve the commercialisation of the UK’s world-class biomedical research through the development of a programme of services tailored to meet needs of the sector.

Hot Desks

Hot desks are ideal for people who are always on the go, rarely in the same place two days running. They are available to hire by the hour, day or week; providing access to a desk and fast internet connection. In addition to these practical facilities there is access to a wide range of other services, including business support and networking opportunities.

Virtual Office

Cherwell Innovation Centre offers virtual office packages designed to provide you with a professional image for your business, without incurring the cost of renting office space. Ideal for start-up companies, those on the road or working from home. There really isn’t a better way to get your business off the ground

Meeting and Conference Facilities

Cherwell Innovation Centre has a range of superb conference and meeting rooms available to hire by the hour or the day by internal or external companies, accommodating between 2 and 20 delegates. Whether space is needed for a conference, product launch, board meeting or interview; there is a room to meet the requirements.

The rooms are fully equipped with presentation equipment, free WiFi, ample parking, break-out space and catering facilities are available on request. The experienced, professional reception team support bookings from start to finish; from arranging the catering to welcoming guests. 

Business Support

As part of the supportive environment within Cherwell Innovation Centre, networking amongst customers is encouraged. Regular business networking events, as well as a range of training and learning events on relevant business topics in conjunction with partners, are held at the centre.

Heyford Park

Cherwell Innovation Centre is located in Upper Heyford on the site of the former RAF Heyford, which was used by the US Air Forces Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. Today, Heyford Park is a growing business location, with many former buildings, aircraft hangers and even a runway now being used by the businesses on the park

Oxford Innovation

Cherwell Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading business and innovation centre operator. Part of the SQW Group, which employs 180 staff, Oxford Innovation provide flexible office, laboratory, workshop and studio space to over 900 start-up and growing companies throughout a UK-wide network of business and innovation centres. For a full listing of Oxford Innovation’s centres, please visit the website at www.oxin-centres.co.uk.

Oxford Innovation also runs a range of business support programmes across the UK and three highly successful investment networks that link investors with entrepreneurs.

How to Find Us

The Cherwell Innovation Centre is just 5 minutes’ drive from the A34, A43 and junction 10 of the M40, giving easy access to London, Midlands, South and North. Only 15 minute drive from Bicester’s two rail stations, giving easy access to London Marylebone, Oxford, Reading and Birmingham by rail.


Cherwell Innovation Centre
77 Heyford Park
Upper Heyford
OX25 5HD

Contact:   Tom Hanney
Job title:   Regional Manager
Tel:   01869 238000
Email:   cherwell@oxin.co.uk
Website:   www.cherwell-ic.co.uk

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