Customer profile – Learning with experts

January 22nd 2019

This month, we caught up with the team at Learning with experts, they offer exactly what the name implies!

Learning with Experts

We heard how our OCFI based customer has built a unique collaborative online learning environment and attracted 55 well known tutors globally includes Piet Oudolf – landscape designer (The New York High Line, Olympic Park, RHS Wisley), Michael Freeman (Best Selling Photography Author on Amazon), Joanna Hardy/Marc Allum (Antiques Roadshow Experts) and dozens of other best selling authors and experts.

The latest category they are building is food and drink, with big names like Raymond Blanc and The River Cottage coming on board. They've also just been approved as Royal Horticultural Society's 2019 distance learning provider.

CEO, Elspeth Briscoe, shared with us some of their milestones:

  • Registered Users: 33,000.
  • Social: 100k followers
  • Repeat purchases: 22% (with no marketing loyalty programmes)
  • Courses Sold: 4,500 (students from 58 countries)
  • Lessons Delivered: >10,000+ (by tutors in any country)

With our interest in the science and technology, we also heard from CTO, Dan Rosewarne, about the technology that brings the idea to life. They use a flexible and scalable cloud-hosted infrastructure. Rich React-based mobile first front end, both REST and GraphQL APIs based on Rails, Postgres data storage and a custom built media service for hosting, sharing and processing images and documents.

For more details about this growing business, please take a look at

May 24th 2019

Award applications open for the 2019 Enterprise Awards

The Oxford Trust is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for its prestigious Enterprise Awards 2019. The Oxford Trust Enterprise Award 2019 ceremony will follow on from Venturefest Oxford on the evening of Wednesday 11th September at Oxford Brookes University.

April 30th 2019

Createc wins a Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation

We are delighted to announce that Createc has been named as a winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The awards, announced on the 23rd April, recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses across four categories: Innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

March 29th 2019

Customer profile – Oxford Drug Design

Antibiotics have, for decades, been “wonder drugs” that have saved countless lives. However, as has been much reported in the news, the currently used antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective as bacteria are evolving resistance.