Meet the Team

Chris Oliver

Business Advisor

Access to Finance (FRP)

Originally analysing investment opportunities and managing a significant portfolio of South West invested companies for a fund management firm based in Cornwall, Chris previously sat on the opposite side of the table to applicant businesses; analysing the plans and proposals of hopeful recipients of debt, equity & grant monies. Further to investment, Chris would actively monitor monthly financial data from live positions; ensuring the portfolio performed against objectives and businesses received the appropriate support required to continue hitting their growth projections. Chris continued to amass experience spending the following years as an analyst within several financial sub-sectors including; private equity, accountancy, restructuring and acquisitions. Having spent significant time away from home, Chris decided that it was time to return to Cornwall full time and now works as a Finance Specialist for the Access to Finance team where he puts his skills and knowledge towards helping SMEs secure the funding required to take them to the next level.

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Oxford Innovation Advice offers Insights into SME needs and policy effectiveness for policy makers, funders and business support commissioners. It draws on our 30 years’ experience of delivering positive economic growth by enabling scale-ups to achieve their full potential. Each edition concludes with an ‘Implications for funders and Policy makers’ section.

Covid-19 Statement

Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.