Bicester Better Business Expo

March 21, 2024 10:00 AM


What makes a business better in today’s fiercely competitive market?

Join us at the UK's first Passivhaus Plus workspace to find out how doing well goes hand in hand with doing good at the Better Business Expo.

This event aims to help you foster new, positive connections in the local area. Join us for networking, inspiration, lunch and an expo highlighting businesses that are paving the way for purpose in Oxfordshire.

A chance to get your business in front of over 70 other local businesses, partners, founders and support providers. A chance to find new suppliers and connect with new clients from across Bicester and the wider Oxfordshire area.

Covering a wide range of industries, it's the place to bring people together, ideal for those who are starting or growing a business and looking to grow their network.

Stalls available for only £25 and general admission is just £5. Early Bird tickets are available until 15th February.

10.00-12.00 - Coffee, networking & Better Business Expo

12.00-12.15 - Talk from Grant Hayward "Why you should be interested in B Corp"

12.15 - 12.30 - Talk from Roy Magara

12.30 -13.00 - Lunch

13.00 - 14.00 - Networking & Better Business Expo

Our Speakers

Grant Hayward

Talk Title - What is a B Corp and why should you be interested?

Bio - Grant has trained with the B Corp movement and is a “B Leader”, he is also Co-Chair of the Oxfordshire+ B Local, a growing group of local B Corps.

Grant has championed the B Corp movement even before it launched in the UK. He now focuses almost all of his activities through OSEP, a community Interest company, which has established itself across Oxfordshire to provide support for impactful businesses and also works closely with other key stakeholders across sectors in the county including the Oxfordshire Inclusive Economy Partnership, the universities, local authorities, OxLEP and voluntary sector support organisations to help ensure the strong local economy we enjoy is even more inclusive and one that works for everyone.

Roy Magara

Talk Title - What’s mental about health in the workplace?

Bio - Did you know that we statistically spend most of our time thinking about, talking about and in many cases worrying about our work. As an Employment Solicitor Advocate at Magara Law, Roy works hard to help you through the legalities and complexities of your 'every day' and take the "worry" out of your statistics. People are at the heart of Roy’s practice – whether employer or employee – and Roy’s aim is to ensure that whichever side of the relationship you are, your employment rights and obligations are in check.Talk title: What’s mental about health in the workplace?

Better Business Expo

There are 8 stands still available. If you are interested in exhibiting, get in touch with the organiser.

Check below for more information on the businesses that will be showcasing their services and products.

B-Hive Living

Living well starts at home. Where you live and who you live with have an immense impact on your daily wellbeing. With that in mind, B-Hive Living builds spaces featuring biophilic design for a new, wellness-led rental experience. We offer coliving rooms to rent in Oxford, Bicester, Porto and Lisbon. Staying in a private ensuite room, you will share a range of beautiful communal spaces, facilities and services with an exciting vetted international community of professionals. Our homes and communities offer everything you need to truly live well.

Darcica Logistics

Award-winning Darcica Logistics offers sustainable and cost-effective delivery solutions. The brand, inspired by our daughters Darcey and Jessica, centres on family values and environmental care. Operating from our 15,000 sq. ft. facility in Bicester, featuring a fulfilment centre and secure storage, we specialise in plastic-free Ecommerce fulfilment, stock management, pick and pack, same-day/next-day courier services, and eco-friendly deliveries with electric vehicles.

Our commitment extends to providing CO2 saving reports, showcasing your positive environmental impact. Additionally, we provide parcel and pallet storage, tracking, and streamlined courier management for local, national, and international deliveries on a unified platform.

With a dedicated team that has over 20 years’ experience in the transport logistics and environmental management, Darcica Logistics provides services for several high-profile organisations, working with over 100 organisations across Oxfordshire, last year alone we delivered over 2 million parcels and 30,000 pallets.


OSEP CIC is a social enterprise, set up to support social entrepreneurs, Social Enterprises, enterprising charities and purposeful business across Oxfordshire – All trading as a way to address social and environmental challenges.


PLANQ UK specialises in importing sustainable and circular furniture from PLANQ B.V. in the Netherlands. Our primary goal is to assist clients in achieving their sustainable objectives by providing sustainable and circular products for their offices.

Our diverse sustainable collection encompasses chairs, stools, tables, cubics and locker systems. While our current production in the UK focuses on tabletops crafted from sustainable materials, the broader collection is manufactured in the Netherlands. This tabletop production represents the initial step in replicating manufacturing processes locally to better serve the UK market. As a company, we are commited to becoming carbon neutral and reducing the carbon footprint associated with importing products from the EU.

A distinctive feature of our offerings is the Rezign® material derived from post-consumer textile waste. Utilising biobased binders, this material is both sustainable and circular ensuring it avoids ending up in landfills. Notably, the textile industry contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than the combined impact of the shipping and aviation sectors. The UK alone generates approximately 350,000 tonnes of tex4le waste annually, with a staggering 11 million garments disposed of in landfills each week.

In the face of these challenges, PLANQ UK is on a mission to transform the narrative within the interiors industry. We encourage our clients to view post-consumer textile waste as a valuable resource rather than mere waste. Our objective is to significantly reduce the volume of post-consumer textile waste designed for landfills and incineraon, thereby positively impacting our delicate ecosystem and the environment at large.

The Nurture Works

The Nurture Works provides evidence based therapy for mental health difficulties. The core delivery is based on protocols from Cognitive Behavioral Pyschotherapy and EMDR. Jenna's approach is gentle, creativem playful, evidence based and empathetic.

Delivering for Oxfordshire: faster, cheaper, greener!

Reducing the emissions associated with your business deliveries is a simple way to improve your company’s environmental performance. Velocity Cycle Couriers, an independent local business, can help achieve this with our fleet of e-cargo bikes and fully electric vans. We deliver quickly, efficiently and sustainably around the county and within Oxford.

Whether it’s bakery, catering, coffee, flowers, stationery, medical samples or other items, Velocity’s friendly, flexible and responsive courier service can meet your same day or next day delivery needs for small to large packages, while reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion and improving safety and air quality across our county.

Who is this event for?

This event is aimed at Oxfordshire SMEs looking to make a difference. Whether you are a social enterprise, social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities or just a company who is looking to do business…better. This is the event for you!