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TBS Oxford relocates to Harwell Innovation Centre

Richard and Sandie at Harwell Centre

The county’s only specialist distributor of high performance cutting tools used in many science labs and engineering companies, has relocated from East Challow near Wantage to Harwell Innovation Centre due to the scope for continued business growth in the surrounding area.

Following the recent announcement of £67million investment into four Oxfordshire science hubs including Harwell and Culham, TBS Oxford is now in a prime location to continue the growth of its existing client base covering organisations involved in science, research and development, engineering and Formula 1.

TBS Oxford was founded by Richard Hare four years ago, who identified a niche for the demand of specialist tools required for cutting metal. The tools help organisations to manufacture components for a wide range of uses including satellites, road cars and hip joints.

Commenting on the move to Harwell, Richard Hare, Director of TBS Oxford said: “When looking at where to relocate, the investment in the area played a key role in my decision as it is evident that the scope for new customers will undoubtedly increase.

“As part of my decision making process, I assessed a number of factors including proximity to existing customers, transport links to the A34, M4 and M40 in addition to the fact there isn’t a need for a lease or long term agreement meaning a more flexible approach. I was also assured by no additional charges such as energy, security and buildings insurance, which are included in my set monthly fee.”

TBS Oxford has a sister company in Reading and between them they cover Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire, employing 12 full time members of staff.

To help facilitate additional growth, TBS Oxford is looking to hire an apprentice later this year. The successful candidate will be trained in all areas of the business but a technical background is essential for the role.

Richard Hare comments: “Our core area of expertise is adding value to businesses by really getting to grips with and understanding their processes to help increase productivity. That’s the benefit of them working with a distributor, as we have a wider selection of solutions from key manufacturers. If a product doesn’t exist off the shelf, we work with them to create a bespoke tool. Therefore, it’s important for our potential apprentice to be ‘technically minded’ from the outset. The rest, we can teach.”

TBS Oxford is an approved distributor for leading manufacturers including ARNO, SGS, M A Ford and D C Swiss, and is planning to host training sessions at Harwell Innovation Centre to provide customers with greater product knowledge.

The Centre has a wide range of conference and meeting room facilities available for companies within Harwell Innovation Centre in addition to external businesses.

Sandie Alcock, Centre Manager, Harwell Innovation Centre, said: “We would like to officially welcome Richard and his team to the centre and look forward to hosting TBS Oxford guests in the future. One of the benefits of being part of the Centre is that our front of house team essentially become an extension of our customers’ business providing a professional appearance to help fulfil business aims.”

Harwell Innovation Centre, on the Harwell Oxford Campus near Didcot, opened in 2000 with support from the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is managed by Oxford Innovation, the leading operator of business and innovation centres in the UK.

Harwell Innovation Centre plays a key role in the innovation ecosystem in Oxfordshire - with just over 25,000 sq. ft. of office space and accommodation ranging from 100 sq. ft. to 1,700 sq. ft.

TBS Oxford has taken a 110 sq. ft. office for two team members and are looking to expand within the Centre, which has developed the business facilities and commercial infrastructure to support over 60 companies, each with between one and 20 employees.

Serviced offices are available to let at short notice and the Centre’s flexible approach means businesses can take more space within the Innovation Centre as they expand. For further information, visit: