Whilst Oxford conjures up images of ancient scholars and historical architecture, with a population of around 165,000, Oxford is a good example of economic dynamism in the UK. It takes advantage of its historical edge in education whilst embracing aspects of the manufacturing sectors.

The city’s diverse economy includes manufacturing, publishing and science/IT-based industries, as well as the more obvious education, research and tourism.

Indeed, not many people realise that the main production site for the iconic Mini cars (famed from the 1960s movie, The Italian Job) is in the Oxford suburb of Cowley. Oxford has been an important home for British motor manufacturing for over 100 years now, since Morris Motors established there.

So if you ever see a Mini roaming through the streets of your town, raise a hat towards Oxford, where that car may have seen its birth!

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