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Our Story

Why are we here?

Globally the world’s cities are faced with severe strains on their infrastructure, public services and their local and regional resources. Many are creating programmes to consider ways to redesign and reorganise to ensure that citizens get a better level of service, a better quality of life and the city prospers economically.

Exeter’s economic success means its population is growing, attracting commuters from across Devon and beyond, affecting and increasing the region’s energy use and costs. Without change, the strain on our roads and energy resources has the potential to negatively affect the well-being of citizens and our future sustainability.

The region’s challenge is to find solutions to reduce energy consumption and remove congestion in the face of increasing population and roads which are already at maximum capacity.

Who is behind Exeter City Futures?

Exeter City Futures was founded by Glenn Woodcock, a director at Oxygen House, in November 2015 with the aim of making Exeter and the surrounding region sustainable for the future. Our goal is to make Exeter and the region congestion free and energy independent by 2025.

I can’t from here look into the future. I know that for us to have a bright future, some pretty big changes have to happen.



Exeter City Futures is a Community Interest Company (CIC) funded by Oxygen House Investments Limited and working in partnership with Exeter City Council.

Oxygen House is a group of companies, containing both established companies and start-ups, with a strong and diverse portfolio of interests. These include analytics, innovative technology, education, renewable energy, private equity, property and statistical research. Complementary themes and strategies run through the entire group, despite it spanning a number of different sectors, and all of the businesses are underpinned by a strong set of values and have a clear agenda of sustainability and impact investment.

Exeter City Futures CIC is controlled by a board of directors to ensure we operate within the rules of the CIC and deliver impact in the region to meet our goals and to support investment, jobs and growth. Our current board includes Oxygen House and Exeter City Council.

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Our Theory of Change

We believe that analytics, leadership and access to capital are fundamental to delivering change on a city scale.

If we combine our regional research excellence with high quality data and analytics then we will be able to define the areas that we can address to make a real, positive difference.

If we provide leadership to bring together citizens, entrepreneurs and public and private sectors around a shared understanding of the real challenges and the types of solutions that we need to find for our communities.

If we provide innovators with access to capital then we can accelerate the validation and deployment of optimised solutions that can deliver impact on our goals and provide a better quality of life for our citizens.

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