Decision details

Decision details

Submission to ERDF Innovation Call for Oxfordshire

Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019), Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To brief members on officer’s work with partners to deliver a specific element of the county-wide ERDF Innovation call, namely the Smart Oxford initiative initiated by OSP, of which the council is a leading partner ( The approach is two-fold and includes capital and revenue elements, generally match funded 1-1:

• The ‘Smart Oxford Incubator’ - a collaborative co-working space that will be used to nurture and accelerate business growth related to ‘Smart City’ products, services and applications. In turn, this potentially enhances the development of digital and perhaps social enterprise sectors, and promotes public sector innovation and commercialisation.

• Dedicated, fixed-term (3 years), staff resourcing for Smart Oxford to ensure closer collaboration with business in order to boost sector development, and deliver projects, products and services that will benefit the public sector and city residents, as well as create business new opportunities.

A business case has been prepared by the Oxfordshire consortium and is with DCLG for agreement. Members are asked to decide whether to give officers authority to accept the grant, if successful, identify the required match funding, and agree contractual details to deliver the project.


Council considered a report to the City Executive Board on 15 September 2016 requesting approval to commit match funding towards the Oxford City Council led element of the ERDF Innovation allocation for Oxfordshire if funds are successfully awarded.


Council resolved toapprove the required match funding to deliver the capital (£33,939) and revenue (£45,000) elements of the projects detailed in this report.

Publication date: 17/10/2016

Date of decision: 29/09/2016

Decided at meeting: 29/09/2016 - Council

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