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Meet the Oxford Capital team – Oliver Norman, Analyst, Private Clients

Meet the Oxford Capital team – Oliver Norman, Analyst, Private Clients

By Oxford Capital |

1. What’s a typical day like for you at Oxford Capital?

I’d start by saying there’s no such thing as a ‘typical day’ at Oxford Capital. We are a small team, so we all help each other out with different parts of the business. Whether its writing newsletters, making phone calls to clients, servicing existing clients, or doing deep dives into some data: its all important and all a team effort! Being part of such a fast-moving business and industry means that you have to be on your toes, so very rarely will two days look the same.

2. Can you tell us a bit more about your role?

I sit within the Investor Relations team with a focus on private clients. My job is wide ranging but predominately its focusing on bringing in new clients to the business, servicing existing clients, and working with our experienced Co-Investor Circle investors.

3. What have your learnt working through the Covid-19 pandemic?

Having started in December 2020, I was actually onboarded during one of our many lockdowns. It was a challenge as I was new to the industry and learning everything through Zoom/Teams rather than in an office environment was a challenge. However, I was given all the resource and contact time I could possibly need. So, what have I learnt working through the Covid-19 pandemic, well I would say everything!

4. Which of our portfolio companies is your favourite and why?

My favourite company within our portfolio is probably Bower Collective. I think consumer focused businesses who place a big emphasis upon the environmental impact of their products is the way forward. The number of people using refillable in all formats is growing massively and I think Bower have timed their run perfectly. Plus, the fact that they’re a B-Corp only credentialises them further.

5. What most interests you about working with early-stage companies and the processes behind this?

Meeting the founders. They’re such bright and switched-on people and you can see their brains working a million miles per hour. You meet people who have founded multiple successful businesses and you can always see them learning from their experiences, as they continue to build their businesses. The EIS scheme is fantastic for supporting the next generation of British start-ups through investment from private individuals. It’s a privilege to be working within the sector, at the coal face, experiencing it first hand.

Quickfire round

1. Favourite pastime/hobby

Sport. Cricket, football and cycling are my main passions. As well as avidly following Chelsea FC and Surrey CC.  It often leads to disappointment.

2. Favourite holiday destination

That I’ve been to: Austria (skiing)

That I want to go to: New Zealand (Lord of the Rings).

3. Favourite meal

Chicken, sweetcorn, and mushroom pie with shortcrust pastry. Yes please.

4. Favourite film/TV show

The West Wing. I think I’m a Josh but I’m probably a Toby.

Awards

  • BEST EIS
    FUND MANAGER
    2013,2012,2010 AND 2006

  • VENTURE CAPITAL
    HOUSE OF THE YEAR
    WINNER 2013 AND 2005

  • MOST IMPACTFUL
    INVESTMENT
    WINNER 2017

  • BEST ANGEL
    SYNDICATE
    WINNER 2018

  • BVCA Excellence in ESG
    GP CATEGORY
    COMMENDED 2020

  • VC INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
    GIANT HEALTH AWARDS
    WINNER 2020

  • EXIT OF THE YEAR
    ONE TO WATCH
    2020

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    EXIT OF THE YEAR 2021 (FINALIST)UK BAA AWARDS