Abingdon-on-Thames is a thriving market town on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Our newly-updated inward investment fact sheet for Abingdon details the economic activity, business and tourism within the town, as well as giving an overview of its attractive riverside location. 

The fact sheet can be downloaded here.

In October 2015 the businesses of Abingdon voted to support the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre of Abingdon.   This is the first BID in Oxfordshire.  Further information on the Abingdon BID can be found on the Abingdon BID website.

Following the Abingdon BID, the Visit Abingdon website was launched. The website is a portal for all things Abingdon, including information on local events, visitor attractions and amenities. Abingdon also benefits from two hours free car parking in the Vale Council’s car parks.

Click here to find out more about the Abingdon BID, read board minutes, reports and the latest newsletter.

Independent Shops Project

In July 2017, Vale of White Horse District Council launched the Independent Shops Project which will see key partners working with the council to develop initiatives to support independent businesses in the town centre.

The scheme will develop a target list of the types of businesses which would complement the independent offering in the town centre.  The district council will then work with landlords and agents to identify and overcome issues which may prevent businesses from moving into the town’s empty shops, particularly those in Bath Street, Stert Street and the High Street.

The project will also work to attract pop-up shops to the town to allow potential retailers to test the market and to attract new independent businesses.

The Independent Shops Project will be managed by Iain Nicholson, a town centre specialist who has worked on a number of successful initiatives, including town team projects in Wantage, Banbury, Swindon and Wallingford. Iain’s work in 2014 to help fill shop units in Wantage was instrumental in the town winning a Great British High Street Award.

Businesses interested in the pop-up shop opportunity or discussing initiatives to strengthen independent business should contact Iain on 01869 350322.

Read about the Oxford Etsy pop-up shop, opened with the assistance of Iain and the Vale of White Horse District Council Independent Shop Project, here: http://wp.me/p9jOzj-1Hz.

Aside from the Independent Shops Project, Vale of White Horse District Council continues to support businesses in the town by contributing funds and resources to the Abingdon BID.  In year one (2016/17) the Vale contributed approximately £34,000 towards the scheme, in addition to ongoing support and advice from the council’s Economic Development team.

Chamber of Commerce

Vale4Business also works with Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce. The aim of the chamber is to be the voice of the local business community in the promotion of the businesses, the town and economy of Abingdon-on-Thames and to act as a representative of businesses within Abingdon and surrounding area.

The chamber holds regular social and networking meetings on the 1st Wednesday morning of every month to enable members and their guests to liaise with other chamber members in the professional atmosphere of The Workstation, East Saint Helen’s Street.

You can keep up with the latest news on the Chamber’s twitter page here.

Further Information

For further information about Abingdon please visit Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council or contact the Abingdon Information Centre on 01235 522711.