INVENTORS and investors will have a chance to mix year-round thanks to plans to extend an annual networking event.

Up until now, Venturefest – which attracts more than 1,000 scientists, entrepreneurs and academics – has been a one-day event in July.

But executive chairwoman Lynn Shepherd announced a number of new events at Oxford Brookes on Monday, including a week-long Oxford Business Festival which will run from June 30 to July 8.

The festival will start with Business in Oxford on June 30 and end with Venturefest on July 8, both at the Said Business School.

In between, there will be workshops, visits, exhibitions and networking events all over the county. Ms Shepherd, group communications director at Oxford Instruments, said: “There’s a lot of energy around the idea of an Oxford Business Festival already. What we want to do now is extend it through the year.”

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