Our innovation centres

The Oxford Trust owns two innovation centres: the Oxford Centre for Innovation, right in the heart of Oxford, and the Wood Centre for Innovation in Headington’s Health and Life Sciences District, east of the city centre.

We help science and tech start-ups and spin-outs by providing cost effective, flexible workspace from virtual offices and co-working right through to licenced and leased office space, R&D labs and technical workspace. We also offer flexible meeting and conference rooms and expert business support from our on-site Innovation Director.

If you want to find out more about our innovation centres, contact Oxford Innovation who run our centres on 01865 261 400 or 01865 945 200.

Oxford Centre for Innovation

Right in the heart of Oxford, next to Oxford Castle, the Oxford Centre for Innovation is home to 200+ entrepreneurs working in science and tech start-ups.

Wood Centre for Innovation

The Wood Centre for Innovation provides 20,000 sq-ft of office, R&D lab and technical workshop space for start-up and grow-on companies working in science and tech.

Our innovation community

Businesses that join us also become part of a thriving community of like-minded science and tech start-ups (see interviews with some of our businesses below) with events, networking and collaboration opportunities.

Set up by entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, the Trust has been running innovation centres in Oxford for 35 plus years. Our first innovation centre on Osney Mead was the first in the region and, in fact, the UK, and a catalyst for Oxfordshire’s ecosystem of innovation incubators and science parks that we see today. We have seen many businesses – like Navenio, Perspectum, Mirada Medical and, more recently, Ultromics – flourish under our roof and we hope to see many more expand and grow.

Escalator Support Programme

The Trust supports local science and tech start-ups and spin-outs by providing cost effective, flexible office, technical workspace and R&D labs in our innovation centres as well as access to 1:1 business support. We also run an Escalator Support Programme for fledgling tech businesses.


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