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Johnson Matthey announces sale of its Battery Materials business
Technology

Johnson Matthey announces sale of its Battery Materials business

The sale includes Johnson Matthey’s assets at the Battery Technology Centre in Oxford & Battery Technology Centre and pilot plant in Billingham, a research centre in Moosburg, Germany and the partly constructed site in Konin, Poland.
UK’s Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) bought by USA’s Catalent
Real Estate

UK’s Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) bought by USA’s Catalent

Catalent plans to invest up to £120 million to complete the building of the facility and equip it with “state-of-the-art capabilities, but many have called the sale by the UK Government ‘short-sighted’.
Tom Barton of VSL & Partners
Real Estate

CBRE acquires independent Oxfordshire property agency VSL

CBRE is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas has acquired leading independent commercial property agency VSL & Partners.
Oxford bookseller Blackwell’s is acquired by Waterstones. Image: Blackwell’s Art & Poster Store on Oxford’s Broad Street
Retail & Leisure

Oxford bookseller Blackwell’s is acquired by Waterstones

Oxford’s iconic academic and specialist bookseller which started trading 143 years ago was acquired by Waterstones after it scrapped plans to transfer the company’s ownership to its staff.
Electric Assisted Vehicles EAV completes funding round to scale up production
Technology

Electric Assisted Vehicles EAV completes funding round to scale up production

The Oxfordshire-based eCargo and urban micro-mobility manufacturer will use the funds to accelerate growth plans based on rising market demand.
Hospitality mogul Alastair Storey purchases award-winning The Star Inn in Sparsholt
Food & Drink

Hospitality mogul Alastair Storey purchases award-winning The Star Inn in Sparsholt

The 80-cover pub, with a detached converted barn providing eight letting bedrooms, was extensively renovated and refurbished when it was bought by Ian and Caron Williams nine years ago.
Grafton Land & Property sells key site in Burford to Porthaven Care Homes
Real Estate

Grafton Land & Property sells key site in Burford to Porthaven Care Homes

The site in Burford, which has planning permission for a 60-bed care home, will be the latest addition to the growing Porthaven Care Home portfolio.
Eskumir Properties completes sale of Nuffield Trade Park for over £20m

Eskumir Properties has sold Nuffield Trade Park for over £20m

The site, on the south side of Oxford’s Eastern By-Pass Ring Road, comprises 18 trade counter and industrial units, providing a total gross internal area of 88,117 sq ft.
German-based ZF invests in Oxbotica to deploy passenger shuttles globally
Technology

German-based ZF invests in Oxbotica to deploy passenger shuttles globally

In a strategic partnership agreement with Oxbotica, the global automotive technology company will take a seat on the company’s advisory board with a 5% share.
Oxfordshire-based Forensic Access Group acquires Faraday Forensics
Business Services

Oxfordshire-based Forensic Access Group acquires Faraday Forensics

This is the latest acquisition by the business, as part of an ambitious growth strategy aimed at creating a leading international forensic and criminal justice services organisation.