Life in Oxford.
Oxford is famous worldwide as being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford. The city’s thriving job scene, however, reaches way beyond academia: industries as diverse as motor manufacturing, education and publishing are all well-represented - together with a large number of technology and science-based businesses. Oxford’s 150,000 inhabitants are ethnically diverse, and 28% of inhabitants hail from outside the UK. The city is located within easy reach of London, a 90 minute drive.
Anyone with an interest in history will find plenty to discover amongst the city’s excellent offering of museums - which includes the Pitt Rivers Museum, widely recognised as one of the world's best archaeology and anthropology collections, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The cultural scene is extremely vibrant with an enticing range of art galleries, theatres and independent cinemas from which to choose. It’s also hard not to be delighted by Oxford’s architectural landscape displaying buildings representative of every period of English architecture since the arrival of the Saxons - the famous 18th-century Radcliffe Camera is a particular highlight.
Those fond of good food will enjoy Oxford's Covered Market, which offers a range of stalls and restaurants - from Thai food, to cheese vendors, to butchers selling the distinctive Oxford sausage (based on a Victorian recipe). Queen's Lane Coffee House is another must-visit as Europe's oldest coffee house, having been established in 1654.
Surrounded by meadows and full of parks and gardens, Oxford offers a wide range of green spaces. Whether you’re picnicking amongst peacocks at Harcourt Arboretum, or sampling the ‘finest view in England’ over the lake at Blenheim Palace, you’ll be sure to enjoy your leisure time outdoors.
BMW Group Plant Oxford, situated just off the Oxford ring road approximately three miles from the city centre, is home to more than 4,000 BMW associates - and the plant represents the final destination in the manufacturing journey of a new MINI.
Inside the bright and airy assembly spaces, robot arms twist and turn dexterously - bringing together the parts that come in from BMW Group Plant Hams Hall and BMW Group Plant Swindon. Each car is manufactured to individual customer specifications, and hundreds of MINIs leave the plant's assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world.
BMW Group Plant Oxford incorporates cutting edge car-making technology. Alongside a state-of-the-art bodyshop, the plant has also developed a new bespoke training facility - used primarily for apprentices. Opened in 2012, it enables the company to tailor the education of our apprentices, both academic and practical, to better match the needs of the business in the future.
In the last few years, BMW Group Plant Oxford has hit two significant landmarks: the world premiere of the new MINI Hatch on 18 November 2013, and a first for Oxford on 1 July 2014 with the production launch of the first five-door hatch.
The BMW Group in the United Kingdom.
The BMW Group in the United Kingdom consists of marketing, sales and financial service organisations - as well as manufacturing plants for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Three UK plants have a part to play in MINI production - BMW Group Plant Hams Hall manufactures engines, BMW Group Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and the parts come together at BMW Group Plant Oxford - where body shell production, paint and final assembly takes place. BMW Group Plant Oxford, therefore, is the heart of MINI production.
Also under BMW Group’s UK umbrella are BMW UK Ltd. and BMW Financial Services in Farnborough and Dublin, the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood and Alphabet (GB) Limited as Europe’s leading provider of Business Mobility Services in Farnborough.
The manufacturing launch of MINI in April 2001 marked the start of a remarkable new phase in the history of the BMW Group. The very latest car production facilities were introduced in a £230 million investment programme for the new car range. Since 2000, around £1.75 billion has been invested in the group's UK manufacturing sites.
The United Kingdom is the only country where BMW Group is represented by production plants for all three of our premium brands.