Helping organisations thrive and deliver economic and social value

Oxygen Finance specialise in payments control, the procurement process and public sector market insight. We are also the UK’s leading provider of Early Payment programmes.

Our organisation exists to help businesses thrive, and deliver a wider benefit by funding public services within the local community.

Since 2004, we’ve created financial benefits and improved social value outcomes for the NHS, local and central government, and FTSE 100 companies.

Read the Oxygen Group Annual Report for 2022

Our products and services all work together to make things run smoothly. Oxygen’s early payment platforms get businesses paid faster, improve how public sector organisations buy and keep them compliant.

That includes FreePay which lets organisations pay their small and micro suppliers early for free. And for sales and marketing teams, our Insight Solutions help you understand how the public sector spends public money, so their prospecting time is wisely spent.

Oxygen Finance help public and private organisations do business with each other. We make payments easier and faster, so organisations can trade more effectively, and use big data and payment expertise to deliver a better social outcome.

At the heart of our work is a skilled, dedicated team, who are committed to great service and expertise in the public sector procurement process. We are determined to create a positive social impact for our clients and the people they serve.

James van den Bergh

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Ben Jackson

Chief Executive
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Andrew Price

Chief Financial Officer
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Rob Parker

Chief Technology Officer
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Vicki Sloane

Chief Client Officer
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Clive Boddington

Chief Innovation Officer
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Alistdair Smith

Technical Delivery Manager
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Becky Dyer

Service Manager
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Ben Callaghan

Lead Analyst
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Cameron Major

Insights Sales Team
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Ellie Gould

Shared Service Centre Analyst
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Martin Holmes

Research & Information Officer
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Nichola Azazy

Project Manager
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David W Roudebush

EVP & GM Americas
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Lesley Eaton

Operations Director
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Libby Daniels

Director of Client Services
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Simon Whittle

Early Payment Sales Director
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Stuart Nichols

Business Engagement Director
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Jack Emery

Business Improvement Director
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John Newton

Marketing Director
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Chris Williamson

Sales Director, Insights
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London Borough of Bexley Council, Early Payment

The council believes the success to date is down to the effective collaboration of several teams, as well as the robust technology and on-the-ground support provided by Oxygen Finance to transform processes.

“This programme is a win-win. Businesses get paid quicker and the council generates an income stream that helps us protect the delivery of frontline services to residents. It is also part of our ongoing commitment to support small and medium sized enterprises and another way we get behind our local businesses. We’d encourage suppliers who haven’t signed up yet to get in touch to find out more. We chose to work with Oxygen Finance because there are no upfront costs for the Council – all of the implementation investment is made by them and they don’t get paid unless the programme succeeds. That kind of guarantee is essential when funding is so stretched.”

Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE

South Tyneside Council

Making sure we deliver value for money while maintaining quality is more important than ever. Effective procurement is fundamental to achieving our vision, protecting our front line services and supporting a socially sustainable economic environment.

“I’m pleased that the Social Value Act has been included as a key element of our new Procurement Strategy. Encompassing social value enables us to ensure that bidders bring a social or environmental benefit to SouthTyneside where possible. This can often include apprenticeship or local employment opportunities, which supports our strategic objective of economic growth.”

Councillor Ed Malcolm – Lead Member for Resources & Innovation

Cumbria County Council, Early Payment

Balancing the budget for local authorities is more acute than ever before. Councils now need to develop new income channels which are both sustainable and supportive of the local economy.

“We engaged with Oxygen Finance, as we were looking for innovative ideas to save money for the council, due to being set very high savings targets that required our department to make efficiency savings.

Oxygen Finance brought to bear their expertise, experience and a suite of tools which have enabled us to get the programme up and running in a relatively short time. The programme is now embedded into our ways of working and is complementary to our other procurement and commissioning priorities.”

Conway Stewart – Senior Manager, Commissioning, Procurement & Contract Management

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

“The UK’s SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy, employing 16m people and accounting for £1.9tn of turnover. That is why this government’s modern Industrial Strategy is fully behind them”

Kelly Tollhurst

Small Business Commissioner, Early Payment

“Paying early makes a real difference to the supply chain and makes it sustainable. The buyer wins, the supplier wins and the economy wins.”

Philip King

Shropshire Council, Insights

We spend over £300 million with external contractors. To meet funding gaps, we’re trying to drive savings from our contract arrangements.

“We use Oxygen Insights to inform our commissioning and procurement decisions. It provides us with good, clean, and quick data, and gives us assurance around our contracting arrangements. I would certainly recommend Oxygen Insights to other local authorities to gain the same efficiencies.”

Nigel Denton, Commissioning Development & Procurement Manager, Shropshire Council

YPO, Insights

I use Insights Pre-Procurement personally around the Health and Social Care market.

“A lot of commissioning is planned way in advance, so understanding the intentions of those commissioners without having to sift through hours of committee papers and speculative looking on councils’ websites, Insights Pre-Procurement really helps to draw that information together and save hours of time and trouble.
Recently, I was looking at the council’s intentions around purchasing equipment to support people in their own homes and Insights Pre-Procurement identified a particular council, who we’ve since contacted and secured as a direct result of this intelligence. Typically, those sorts of contracts are worth several hundred thousand pounds upwards, which means that we will speed up their potential procurement process and earn some reasonable rebate from that.”

Andy Perrins. Category Manager.

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