Oxfordshire boasts a wealth of cultural and heritage sites, from the Ashmolean Museum to Blenheim Palace, while as a centre of excellence for learning and research, it has earned global recognition. Alongside the world-renowned University of Oxford, and one of the best new universities in the country Oxford Brookes University, the county has a range of internationally regarded research and development institutions, including the new Synchrotron light source, Diamond.
The Oxfordshire economy generates £21.9bn of output per year from 400,000 jobs and more than 30,000 businesses. It is defined by a concentration of knowledge-intensive clusters and high-tech firms, with global strengths in the life sciences, physics, engineering, creative and digital, electronics, telecoms and computing enterprises. These strengths define the county’s knowledge-based economy and help make the county one of only three net contributors to the UK Exchequer.