Three organisations are joining forces to launch Oxfordshire's first responsible business network.

Oxfordshire Business First, Business in the Community and Unipart will bring together business leaders from across the county for the half-day conference to launch the initiative on April 3, beginning at 9am.

The conference will feature speakers from across a wide spectrum of business sectors and will discuss a new initiative bringing together the leading companies from across the county.

The event is part of Responsible Business Week (March 31-April 4), the UK’s largest annual conversation about responsible business.

The week will include events across the UK, and social media will enable contributors from around the world to join the conversation.

Speakers at the Oxford event will include Unipart chairman and chief executive John Neill, who will discuss the commercial realities behind acting as a responsible business; Professor David Grayson, director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, who will explore how the notion of responsible business applies to small and medium-size enterprises; and Tony Stratton, chairman emeritus at CPM, who will announce plans to start a responsible business network for Oxfordshire.

Other speakers at the conference include Miranda Markham, community relations director for Value Retail (Bicester Village), Adrian Lockwood, managing director of Integration Technology Ltd., Shirin Welham from Business in the Community, and Stuart Miller, co-founder and chief executive of ByBox.

The event at Unipart House in Cowley is free, but guests are asked to pre-register by e-mailing Denise Moffatt at or call 01865 384232.