The Indie Oxford Compendium Launch
After 10 months, and a whole lot of beavering away behind the scenes, we have launched the Indie Oxford Compendium, a guide book we have put together with Bitten Oxford. It’s a really gorgeous guide to indies in the city featuring shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. We’ve worked with over 80 businesses to put the book together and used Bounce on Magdalen Road to print the book.
It’s been great to support so many brilliant local businesses and help to build a community around them. As you know, Anna and I are passionate about supporting people and businesses that offer us something unique, genuine and that appeals to our sense of individuality. We built up the Independent Oxford website to do this, and the Indie Oxford Compendium project underpins the work we do at Indie Oxford and helps to further promote Oxford as a city with a multi faceted independent scene.
On Wednesday we held a launch party to celebrate the book with a whole host of the indie businesses involved. Pint Shop, on George Street, very kindly hosted the event and provided delicious nibbles for the occasion.
We were very lucky to have Richard Hammond, author of best-selling book ‘Smart Retail’ open the evening with a rousing and inspiring speech on the exciting and important role independents have in the market place, and on the importance of banding together as a group to support each other and work together to promote and engage with the people in our community.
Here is a sneak peek at what we got up to at the launch – thank you to Fisher Studios for capturing the evening for us:
If you fancy grabbing yourself a copy of the book, you can pick one up at a wide selection of indies across the city, as well as Blackwells, Oxford Bus Company and Tourist Information. You can also buy online from our Compendium website here. Books cost just £4. We really hope that tourist, students and locals alike will find this book useful and unearth some hidden gems too.
Love, Rosie xxx