Host for Enterprise Awards announced

We are excited to announce that Charles Leadbeater – renowned author and independent adviser on innovation to governments, cities and organisations both public and private – is to host our 2017 Enterprise Awards on June 20th 2017.

Charles is the author of several internationally recognised books, among them Living on Thin Air, which explored the rise of the knowledge driven economy and The Frugal Innovator, an account of how lean, simple, clean and social self help innovations are providing new solutions in health, energy, water and housing in the developing world.

His 1997 Demos report The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur was one of the first in the UK to predict the rise of the social entrepreneurship movement, with which he has been closely involved ever since.

Leadbeater was an advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and his governments, including writing the 1998 White Paper Building the Knowledge Driven Economy. He had a ten-year career at the Financial Times, where he was Labour Editor, Industrial Editor and Tokyo Bureau Chief before becoming Features Editor. He then became assistant editor at The Independent, where amongst other things he helped Helen Fielding devise Bridget Jones’s Diary, before becoming an independent writer and advisor in 1996.

Established in 2005, The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards recognise and celebrate the breadth of innovative companies and individual science entrepreneurs working in the region. The awards are generously supported by Barclays, Triteq and Marks & Clerk.

Enterprise Awards 2017