TechPixies expands to Banbury and Bicester

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Press Release 14 September 2017

A social enterprise that helps women return to work by teaching them new tech skills is branching out across Oxfordshire thanks to two new partnerships that will enable courses to commence in Banbury and Bicester later this year.

TechPixies, founded by successful entrepreneur and working mum of two, Joy Foster, has enlisted the support of Bloxham Mill Business Centre near Banbury, and Stack & Jones Accountants near Bicester, to provide complimentary meeting room space so that women from the surrounding areas can build a local support network at the same time as acquiring new skills.  

TechPixies is hosting three digital marketing taster sessions in Oxfordshire over the next month with twelve-week courses due to commence in October 2017 (Oxford), November 2017 (Banbury) and February 2018 (Bicester).  

The taster sessions will take place on the dates below and will be FREE if the code TPNEWS is used when registering at techpixies.eventbrite.co.uk:

  • Friday 22nd September (12-2pm) hosted by Grant Thornton in Oxford
  • Wednesday 11th October (12-2pm) hosted by Bloxham Mill Business Centre near Banbury
  • Friday 17th November (12-2pm) hosted by Stack & Jones Accountants in Stratton Audley near Bicester

Joy Foster, founder of TechPixies, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome two new partners to the TechPixies family.  The use of Bloxham Mill Business Centre meeting room space and Stack & Jones offices will enable us to reach out to more Oxfordshire women who have a desire to return to work but feel they could benefit from new tech skills taught in a fun and supportive environment.”

Helping women re-enter the workforce is something Michael Stack, founder and director of Stack & Jones feels passionate about.  He said:

“When I set-up the business in 1992, I employed mostly women who needed flexible hours to fit either side of the school run.  As their children have grown-up, their job role has developed and so has the business.  I believe in what TechPixies is doing and am pleased to be able to help.”

Nadine Jones, manager at Stack & Jones added: 

“During my six years at Stack & Jones I have seen many of the team benefit from flexible working hours as we feel it’s important for work to fit with life at home. We have also seen a positive impact on the business as a happy work place is good for morale and ensures our clients always receive a first class service.” 

Ray Avery, managing director of Bloxham Mill Business Centre recognises that women who have taken a career break to have children or who wish to retrain have a lot of transferable skills.  He added:

“Bloxham Mill has a heart for community and the people who live and work in it. I was impressed by the drive and passion that TechPixies are applying into the initiative to retrain women who have taken career breaks. As such, I am donating meeting room space for them to use for some of their retraining sessions and wish them the best of luck.”  

Earlier this year, TechPixies hosted a visit from Prime Minister, Theresa May and exceeded its crowdfunding target to help more Oxfordshire women return to work.   

This month also sees the TechPixies programme launch in London with its first London digital marketing course due to commence in November 2017 thanks to national award winning tech business, Azoomee.

The TechPixies programme is also looking for companies who would like to provide returnships for the women who have completed the programme. Companies interested in offering returnships should go to techpixies.com/help-us

To sign up for a free TechPixies taster session using code TPNEWS, register on a course or to donate to the programme, visit: techpixies.com.

Photo Credit: Louise Bailey | L to R: Michael Stack, Nadine Jones, Joy Foster, Ray Avery
Photo Credit: Louise Bailey | L to R: Michael Stack, Nadine Jones, Joy Foster, Ray Avery
Photo Credit: Louise Bailey | L to R: Michael Stack, Nadine Jones, Joy Foster, Ray Avery

ENDS

For further information, contact:

Kelly Lea, PR Consultant, KellyLea PR, M: 07988 195 262; E: Kelly@kellyleapr.com

About TechPixies

TechPixies is a social enterprise aiming to help women return to work by teaching them tech and was founded by Joy Foster in 2015 following the award of a grant from the Government’s Equalities Office.  The TechPixies programme runs face-to-face digital courses during term time, which are affordable.

Partners include:

  • Grant Thornton (free office space)
  • 923jobs.com (CV and job application advice)
  • Special Effect (free Dropbox space)
  • FiDUS Power (£2,500 donation)
  • Stack & Jones (free office space)
  • Bloxham Mill Business Centre (complimentary meeting room space)
  • Azoomee (free office space)