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Latest updates and stories from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and its Members

Wyboston Lakes Resort reports record results with strong outlook for 2023

Wyboston Lakes Resorts has delivered a record six months of Meetings and Events business for the first half of 2022, despite restrictions around events in January and February following the Omicron outbreak.

Business on the books at the six-month point is up by 47% on 2019 with a solid base already in place for 2023.

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How We Connect You to Expertise to Solve Your Business Challenges

Whatever the size of your business, it is likely that at some stage you will face multiple challenges that can feel impossible to overcome. In fact, you will typically experience these at every stage of the business’s growth.

In this piece, we take a look at what we, as a member of the British Chambers of Commerce, offer to make it easier for business owners in our region to get advice and support when they need it most.

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BCC CALLS FOR ACTION AS EXPORTS REMAIN IN LIMBO

 

• Percentage of UK businesses reporting increased export sales remains flat for the 5th quarter in a row at 29%
• A quarter (25%) of exporters saw decreased sales, while 46% report no change
• Concerns over manufacturing recovery as exporters report unprecedented cost pressures and inflation worries

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How Firms Can Tackle The Rising Cost of Doing Business

We’re all now familiar with the cost of living crisis - how households are struggling to keep up with bills and afford the rapidly rising cost of food, fuel and other essentials.

But there’s another crisis, similar to the struggle households are going through, which is dramatically hitting businesses, and that’s the ‘cost of doing business’ crisis. Firms across the country are being confronted by rapidly rising costs of vital raw materials, fuel, wages and, of course, energy.

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Member Interview: Victoria Dale of Inclusion 365 – Helping Businesses at Every Step of Their Diversity Journey

Inclusion 365 owner and Chamber member Victoria Dale helps businesses champion Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), to improve employee wellbeing and business performance, and to help them become an employer of choice.

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Going Digital to Grow Your Business

Read any report or study into how businesses can remain competitive today and you will come across the recommendation of ‘digital transformation’. Technology is now a growing part of our economy, attracting worldwide investment. According to the government, the UK tech sector attracted £6.3 billion in venture capital investment in 2018. It is therefore no surprise that they are keen for businesses to undergo digital transformation.


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SHEVAUN HAVILAND: TIME RUNNING OUT FOR GOVERNMENT TO ACT

Director General of the BCC, Shevaun Haviland, is to urge the Government to take action to save the economy as the cost of doing business crisis continues to worsen.

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JALTEK ADDS NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY

Jaltek has increased its manufacturing space by 50 percent and is recruiting Production, Engineering, and Account Management, to meet increased demand for electronic assembly.

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BCC: Economy on a Knife Edge as Inflation Keeps Climbing

Commenting on the Office for National Statistics inflation figures for May 2022, Head of Research at the BCC, David Bharier, said:  
“The further increase in Consumer Prices Index inflation to 9.1% underscores the severe pressure that businesses and households are under.

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A steady hand through years of change: why the Chamber and the Queen have much in common

On 6th February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne when the UK was exhausted from war and rationing. But on her watch, the economy soon began to boom. New shopping centres and housing were built, followed by the first motorway.

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Bedfordshire Lieutenancy

HM The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mrs Susan Lousada DL as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Bedfordshire on the retirement of Mrs Helen Nellis on Tuesday 06 September 2022.

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The John Bunyan Community Boat receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The John Bunyan Community Boat, a completely volunteer based group in Bedford have just been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

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Peli BioThermal Completes Innovation Webinar Series Hosted by Industry Experts

Best practice focused webinars remain available on demand

Peli BioThermal, the life science industry’s partner from discovery to distribution, recently concluded its InnovationShare webinar series.

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Global Trade: Reversal of Planned Changes, and What You Still Need to Do

Companies that import and export are having a tough time recently with the disruption of Brexit, spiralling prices, and the war in Ukraine, so some positive news would be welcome. And on the surface, the recent reversal of planned import controls delivers this.

Read More

Ongoing national recognition for Bonfire Creative intelligence

Following an annual agency review process by DrumRecommends, 21 year old Chamber member Bonfire Creative Intelligence has been listed in their Top 40 UK recommended agencies for building brilliant brands, and their Top 50 recommended agencies for Digital Marketing. DrumRecommends is an agency rating platform and is part of thedrum.com, a global media platform and the biggest marketing website in Europe.

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Members collaborate to drive innovation and business growth – Warden Plastics Ltd and Cranfield University

Warden Plastics Ltd. have over 60 years of experience in plastic injection moulding and extrusion. With the in-house capabilities to manufacture a vast array of recycled plastic components to customer specifications, Warden Plastics serves customers in diverse industrial sectors, from automotive, medical, DIY, furniture and wastewater.

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The UK’s Skills Shortage and How Employers Can Overcome It

If you’ve been struggling to recruit the right people into your business recently, then you’re not alone. There is a ‘skills shortage’ in the UK, and between January and March 2022, vacancies rose to a record 1,288,000. This also comes against a backdrop of Brexit and a pandemic, both of which have been blamed for labour shortages. Some sectors have received particular attention, for example, the shortage of HGV drivers following the UK’s exit from the EU, and the difficulties in finding hospitality staff since the pandemic.

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5 tips to protect your business against cyber-attacks

Did you know that:

  • One in 10 firms have been the victim of a cyber-attack in the last year
  • More than 50% of businesses believe their exposure to a cyber-attack had increased due to staff working from home
  • 80% of companies do not have cyber-security accreditations in place
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THSP wins NFDC Supplier of the Year Award!

Beds Chamber members, THSP are delighted to announce that they won the Supplier of the Year award at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) AGM and Awards on Friday 25th March 2022. This is a wonderful accolade for THSP in an industry that they have worked with for the past 30 years.  

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Wyboston Lakes Resort commits to Real Living Wage

 

Wyboston Lakes Resort is now accredited as a Real Living Wage Employer.

The Resort’s Living Wage commitment will confirm that everyone working there receives a minimum hourly wage

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EXPORT GROWTH NOW STAGNANT FOR 1 YEAR AS BCC SOUNDS WARNING ON TRADE



• Proportion of UK exporters reporting increased export sales (29%) was largely unchanged for the 4th quarter running

• Proportion reporting decreased sales historically high at 25%, also little changed since 1 year ago in Q1 2021

• Exporters more likely that non-exporters to expect increases to their prices in coming months

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How to make your business pitch perfect

Every business owner will need to deliver a short pitch at some point, which sums up the basics of your business in under a minute. It is a powerful tool and here are our top 5 tips to make sure your pitch hits the right note.

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Bedford PR company launches ‘social value’ package for Sizewell C supply chain applicants

A Bedfordshire PR company has launched a package aimed at helping contractors pitching for work on the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.

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THE JOHN BUNYAN BOAT ANNOUNCES NEW CRUISES FOR THIS SPRING

April draws near which signals the start of the John Bunyan Community Boat’s cruising season. This year we have a number of new cruises which encompass the delight of cruising with another activity be it dining, learning of the History of Bedford or even Gin.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort promotes Simon McMahon to Director of Operations

Wyboston Lakes Resort has promoted Simon McMahon to the position of Director of Operations. He will oversee all the assets at the 400-bedroom Resort, including the recently refurbished Waterfront Hotel, Y Spa, 18-hole golf course and 60,000 sq ft of serviced offices.

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Streets Chartered Accountants appoint Martyn Shakespear as Head of Banking & Finance

Streets Chartered Accountants, a top 40 UK accountancy and advisory practice, are delighted to announce the appointment of experienced banking and advisory specialist, Martyn Shakespear, as its new Head of Banking & Finance.

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Why use a commercial property agent?

There are a wide range of benefits when using a commercial property agent, such as Robinson & Hall, to assist you with the disposal of a property, by lease or sale, or when acquiring a property, either as a purchaser or a tenant. We have detailed a number of these key advantages below.

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Peli BioThermal Hires New Director of Sales in the Americas

Patrick McGrath brings more than 20 years of cold chain industry experience to the role

Peli BioThermal, the life science industry’s cold chain partner from discovery to distribution, announces Patrick McGrath as its new Director of Sales, Americas.

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Spring Statement: Chancellor must act now to ease ‘cost of doing business crisis’

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is urging the Chancellor to take bold and decisive action in his Spring Statement to tackle the escalating cost of doing business crisis.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort reports record results with strong outlook for 2023

Wyboston Lakes Resorts has delivered a record six months of Meetings and Events business for the first half of 2022, despite restrictions around events in January and February following the Omicron outbreak.

Business on the books at the six-month point is up by 47% on 2019 with a solid base already in place for 2023.

Read More

How We Connect You to Expertise to Solve Your Business Challenges

Whatever the size of your business, it is likely that at some stage you will face multiple challenges that can feel impossible to overcome. In fact, you will typically experience these at every stage of the business’s growth.

In this piece, we take a look at what we, as a member of the British Chambers of Commerce, offer to make it easier for business owners in our region to get advice and support when they need it most.

Read More

BCC CALLS FOR ACTION AS EXPORTS REMAIN IN LIMBO

 

• Percentage of UK businesses reporting increased export sales remains flat for the 5th quarter in a row at 29%
• A quarter (25%) of exporters saw decreased sales, while 46% report no change
• Concerns over manufacturing recovery as exporters report unprecedented cost pressures and inflation worries

Read More

How Firms Can Tackle The Rising Cost of Doing Business

We’re all now familiar with the cost of living crisis - how households are struggling to keep up with bills and afford the rapidly rising cost of food, fuel and other essentials.

But there’s another crisis, similar to the struggle households are going through, which is dramatically hitting businesses, and that’s the ‘cost of doing business’ crisis. Firms across the country are being confronted by rapidly rising costs of vital raw materials, fuel, wages and, of course, energy.

Read More

Member Interview: Victoria Dale of Inclusion 365 – Helping Businesses at Every Step of Their Diversity Journey

Inclusion 365 owner and Chamber member Victoria Dale helps businesses champion Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), to improve employee wellbeing and business performance, and to help them become an employer of choice.

Read More

Going Digital to Grow Your Business

Read any report or study into how businesses can remain competitive today and you will come across the recommendation of ‘digital transformation’. Technology is now a growing part of our economy, attracting worldwide investment. According to the government, the UK tech sector attracted £6.3 billion in venture capital investment in 2018. It is therefore no surprise that they are keen for businesses to undergo digital transformation.


Read More

SHEVAUN HAVILAND: TIME RUNNING OUT FOR GOVERNMENT TO ACT

Director General of the BCC, Shevaun Haviland, is to urge the Government to take action to save the economy as the cost of doing business crisis continues to worsen.

Read More

JALTEK ADDS NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY

Jaltek has increased its manufacturing space by 50 percent and is recruiting Production, Engineering, and Account Management, to meet increased demand for electronic assembly.

Read More

BCC: Economy on a Knife Edge as Inflation Keeps Climbing

Commenting on the Office for National Statistics inflation figures for May 2022, Head of Research at the BCC, David Bharier, said:  
“The further increase in Consumer Prices Index inflation to 9.1% underscores the severe pressure that businesses and households are under.

Read More

Peli BioThermal Completes Innovation Webinar Series Hosted by Industry Experts

Best practice focused webinars remain available on demand

Peli BioThermal, the life science industry’s partner from discovery to distribution, recently concluded its InnovationShare webinar series.

Read More

Global Trade: Reversal of Planned Changes, and What You Still Need to Do

Companies that import and export are having a tough time recently with the disruption of Brexit, spiralling prices, and the war in Ukraine, so some positive news would be welcome. And on the surface, the recent reversal of planned import controls delivers this.

Read More

Ongoing national recognition for Bonfire Creative intelligence

Following an annual agency review process by DrumRecommends, 21 year old Chamber member Bonfire Creative Intelligence has been listed in their Top 40 UK recommended agencies for building brilliant brands, and their Top 50 recommended agencies for Digital Marketing. DrumRecommends is an agency rating platform and is part of thedrum.com, a global media platform and the biggest marketing website in Europe.

Read More

Members collaborate to drive innovation and business growth – Warden Plastics Ltd and Cranfield University

Warden Plastics Ltd. have over 60 years of experience in plastic injection moulding and extrusion. With the in-house capabilities to manufacture a vast array of recycled plastic components to customer specifications, Warden Plastics serves customers in diverse industrial sectors, from automotive, medical, DIY, furniture and wastewater.

Read More

The UK’s Skills Shortage and How Employers Can Overcome It

If you’ve been struggling to recruit the right people into your business recently, then you’re not alone. There is a ‘skills shortage’ in the UK, and between January and March 2022, vacancies rose to a record 1,288,000. This also comes against a backdrop of Brexit and a pandemic, both of which have been blamed for labour shortages. Some sectors have received particular attention, for example, the shortage of HGV drivers following the UK’s exit from the EU, and the difficulties in finding hospitality staff since the pandemic.

Read More

5 tips to protect your business against cyber-attacks

Did you know that:

  • One in 10 firms have been the victim of a cyber-attack in the last year
  • More than 50% of businesses believe their exposure to a cyber-attack had increased due to staff working from home
  • 80% of companies do not have cyber-security accreditations in place
Read More

THSP wins NFDC Supplier of the Year Award!

Beds Chamber members, THSP are delighted to announce that they won the Supplier of the Year award at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) AGM and Awards on Friday 25th March 2022. This is a wonderful accolade for THSP in an industry that they have worked with for the past 30 years.  

Read More

Wyboston Lakes Resort commits to Real Living Wage

 

Wyboston Lakes Resort is now accredited as a Real Living Wage Employer.

The Resort’s Living Wage commitment will confirm that everyone working there receives a minimum hourly wage

Read More

EXPORT GROWTH NOW STAGNANT FOR 1 YEAR AS BCC SOUNDS WARNING ON TRADE



• Proportion of UK exporters reporting increased export sales (29%) was largely unchanged for the 4th quarter running

• Proportion reporting decreased sales historically high at 25%, also little changed since 1 year ago in Q1 2021

• Exporters more likely that non-exporters to expect increases to their prices in coming months

Read More

How to make your business pitch perfect

Every business owner will need to deliver a short pitch at some point, which sums up the basics of your business in under a minute. It is a powerful tool and here are our top 5 tips to make sure your pitch hits the right note.

Read More

Bedford PR company launches ‘social value’ package for Sizewell C supply chain applicants

A Bedfordshire PR company has launched a package aimed at helping contractors pitching for work on the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.

Read More

THE JOHN BUNYAN BOAT ANNOUNCES NEW CRUISES FOR THIS SPRING

April draws near which signals the start of the John Bunyan Community Boat’s cruising season. This year we have a number of new cruises which encompass the delight of cruising with another activity be it dining, learning of the History of Bedford or even Gin.

Read More

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