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

Deroiste Natural Beauty Receives a Commendation at the Woman Who Achieves Awards

Deemed the ‘One to Watch’ by the Judges at the Woman Who Achieves & Solopreneur Awards 2021, Esther Roche received a Commendation award for her natural plant-based skincare range DeRoiste Natural Beauty.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort sees demand for events surge for 2022, well ahead of pre-pandemic years

Bookings for conferences, meetings and training events at Wyboston Lakes Resort for 2022 are currently over 140% ahead of 2019, alongside a record number of large events from leading pharmaceutical companies taking place this Autumn.

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Work smarter and be more productive with a smart meter

Are you seeking smart solutions for your business? A smart meter could be just the ticket for you.

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which can be an invaluable asset for firms in Legal services, Accounting and bookkeeping, Marketing consultancy, Architecture, IT services, and more.

Read More

Peli BioThermal Launches Updated Website


New website further unifies the brand and streamlines customer experience

Peli BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging solutions, announces the launch of its newly designed website. Located at www.pelibiothermal.com, the new site offers a wide variety of resources to support the worldwide business of its life sciences customers.

Read More

Dunstable Town Mayor’s Annual Charity Golf Day raised £350 for Home Start, supported by Essential Workwear

It was all smiles at a charity golf day supported by family business Essential Workwear – even the weather was above par! The well-supported event at Dunstable Downs Golf Club on Thursday September 16, 2021, was the Dunstable town mayor’s annual charity golf day, and the sun was out and truly shining.

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Back to School and Work Amid the ‘New Normal’: Continuing Consequences of the Pandemic on Our Health and Wellbeing

What Does the ‘New Normal’ Mean for Our Wellbeing?

Children have returned to school, many people are returning to the office and we’re living the ‘new normal’ – but what impact have recent events really had on our community?

The pandemic has caused considerable changes in our lives, especially for children and young people. While some have adjusted easily, others have struggled with the challenges, and experienced unwanted feelings, low mood, and anxiety.

Read More

Merger of accountancy practices is a welcome boost to businesses in Luton and the surrounding area

Streets Chartered Accountants are delighted to announce the founding of the new Luton firm, Streets S J Males.

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Helapet wins Investors in People GOLD recognition

Helapet Limited, local manufacturer and distributor of high quality medical and cleanroom consumables based in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, are delighted to be recently awarded the coveted Investors in People ‘We invest in people, gold accreditation’.

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The Climate Change Challenge and Its Effect on SMEs

The 2019 Climate Change Act commits the UK to ‘net zero’ by 2050, increasing the UK’s duty to a 100% cutback in emissions by 2050.

But what does it mean for businesses? What can SMEs do to ensure they are meeting targets?

Read More

BCC Forecast: business investment set to be left behind in record economic recovery

UK business investment is expected to decline this year despite the prospect of record economic growth, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) economic forecast.

The leading business group predicts UK GDP growth for 2021 of 7.1%, which, if realised, would be the strongest outturn since official records began in 1949.1

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Central Bedfordshire College celebrates its diamond anniversary

Central Bedfordshire College is delighted to be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021.

Founded as the College of Further Education Kingsway in 1961, the local institution has seen many changes over the years, being known as Dunstable College for many years before finally becoming Central Bedfordshire College in 2010. Current Principal and CEO, Dr Ali Hadawi CBE, has been at the helm of the college for over 10 years.

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DIT/UKEF helping Bedfordshire companies export

Jo Archer (UKEF) and Mathilde Murphy (DIT) talk about some positive stories behind exporting in Bedfordshire and some of the support the government can offer to companies looking to explore new markets.

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Do you have enough on your plate running a business?  A smart meter could help

Running your very own restaurant, coffee shop or bar might be a dream, but you are up against huge competition, and it can be tough out there. For survival and success, you may want to consider the following:

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Import, Export, International Trade – the Chamber is Ready to Help

With the UK’s exit from the EU now officially achieved, (ongoing wrinkles and wrangles notwithstanding!), many businesses are revisiting the prospects for international trade both within and outside the EU.

For us at the Chamber, international trade is now scheduled to become a year-long focus, and we have added extensive content to our website to give your business access to the international trade resources and services it needs now more than ever, as we explore briefly below.

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Planning and Local Plan Update

Robinson & Hall, Land and Property Professionals have a few points they want to share with you on the ever changing world of planning.

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It pays to be a Chamber member!

If you own a business in Bedfordshire or are looking for customers in Beds, you should certainly consider joining the Chamber.

Why? Because there’s a whole raft of benefits, explained below, from company promotion, to online networking and face-to-face events, to support and training, to global services – and much more besides.

(And if you’re an existing member, make sure you read this to ensure you are using your membership to its full advantage and not missing out!)

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Streets Leaps Into Top Ten Digital Firms Following Partnership With Distract

Streets Chartered Accountants and marketing experts Distract are celebrating after bursting into the top ten UK accountancy firms for marketing, brand and digital intelligence.

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Essential Workwear lead the way with NEW Uniform Recycling Service ‘A sustainable solution to textile waste’

Essential Workwear has launched a brand-new garment recycling initiative to help clients become more sustainable and support the target of achieving the government’s net-zero emissions by 2050.

Read More

Carbon footprint a mystery to 9 out of 10 small businesses

• National business survey finds vast majority of small businesses have yet to put targets in place to reduce their emissions – with the pandemic pushing climate action down the agenda

• Just 11% of respondents measure their carbon footprint, although half of respondents acknowledge their customers are worried about the environment

• Larger firms are far more likely to be taking environmental action than microbusinesses

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Could you trim, clip, and shave the costs of business energy bills with a smart meter

Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close contact services have made a welcome return in recent months, bringing much-needed services back to towns and cities across the UK. 

While the impact of the pandemic is still being felt, business owners and managers have embraced the changes and adapted to new ways of working to protect their clients, their staff, their business and their bottom line.

Read More

Oxford to Cambridge Arc - Spatial Framework consultation launches

The Government has launched a consultation on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc which is aimed to inform their approach and vision to the future of the Arc. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 20th July to 12th October 2021.
Land and Property Professionals, Robinson & Hall, explain further…

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Developing Your Workforce

Three in four employers are experiencing recruitment difficulties, changes to immigration policies following Brexit have presented further barriers, and the evident skills shortage seen across sectors is forcing companies to look at different ways to fill the skills gap. Whilst training and up-skilling existing employees is an obvious and effective solution, it can only go some of the way, and more practical solutions need to be identified and implemented.

Read More

Challenging times and material shortages affecting the construction industry

As construction activity has surged in 2021, the availability of some materials has become extremely difficult. Many contractors are reporting issues regarding purchasing critical materials such as steel, cement, timber, roof tiles and plasterboard.

Robert Franklin, Head of Architecture & Building Surveying at Robinson & Hall provides an update…

Read More

Women in Engineering

International Women in Engineering Day was celebrated across the globe on 23rd June. Launched by the Women's Engineering Society, who have been supporting women in engineering for 102 years, this day aims to raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all.

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Success for Imagefix at the SME Luton and Bedfordshire Business Awards

Imagefix is delighted to have been the recipient of two awards at the recent SME Luton and Bedfordshire Business Awards. Our wonderful apprentice, Reece Hornblower, won the Gold Winner Award for ‘Apprentice of the Year’, and Imagefix won the Silver Winner Award for Bedford Business of the Year. It means a good deal to us to be honoured in this way by the place we live and work in.

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Major new funding for woodland planting in the Marston Vale, Bedfordshire

The Forest of Marston Vale Trust has secured unprecedented levels of funding from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to accelerate tree planting activity within the Marston Vale area of Bedfordshire over the next four years. Under this new “Trees for Climate” scheme, up to £8 million is available to support new tree planting projects up until April 2025. It presents an excellent opportunity for landowners looking at options for their land going forwards, and a chance to explore how trees can be part of their plans.

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Quarterly Recruitment Outlook – 70% Face Difficulty Finding Staff as Workforce Growth Expectations Surge


• Over half (52%) of firms say they attempted to recruit in Q2, highest since last pre-pandemic quarter

• Nearly two fifths (38%) expect to grow their workforce in next quarter, higher than pre-pandemic 2018-19 average of 29%

• 70% of those who attempted to recruit now report difficulty finding staff, a 7-point rise from the previous quarter 

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How smaller retailers can avoid spending more than they have to

The outlook is tough; however here’s one simple step to control your outgoings

We have all heard about how the high street is under immense pressure, with smaller retailers taking the brunt of the impact of challenging trading conditions.

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Jaltek selects Aegis’ FactoryLogix IIoT-based manufacturing operations platform

Electronics manufacturing company Jaltek, have chosen Aegis Software’s digital Manufacturing Execution System (MES) platform FactoryLogix (FLx) to support all aspects of production at their facility in Luton.

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Deroiste Natural Beauty Receives a Commendation at the Woman Who Achieves Awards

Deemed the ‘One to Watch’ by the Judges at the Woman Who Achieves & Solopreneur Awards 2021, Esther Roche received a Commendation award for her natural plant-based skincare range DeRoiste Natural Beauty.

Read More

Wyboston Lakes Resort sees demand for events surge for 2022, well ahead of pre-pandemic years

Bookings for conferences, meetings and training events at Wyboston Lakes Resort for 2022 are currently over 140% ahead of 2019, alongside a record number of large events from leading pharmaceutical companies taking place this Autumn.

Read More

Work smarter and be more productive with a smart meter

Are you seeking smart solutions for your business? A smart meter could be just the ticket for you.

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which can be an invaluable asset for firms in Legal services, Accounting and bookkeeping, Marketing consultancy, Architecture, IT services, and more.

Read More

Peli BioThermal Launches Updated Website


New website further unifies the brand and streamlines customer experience

Peli BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging solutions, announces the launch of its newly designed website. Located at www.pelibiothermal.com, the new site offers a wide variety of resources to support the worldwide business of its life sciences customers.

Read More

Dunstable Town Mayor’s Annual Charity Golf Day raised £350 for Home Start, supported by Essential Workwear

It was all smiles at a charity golf day supported by family business Essential Workwear – even the weather was above par! The well-supported event at Dunstable Downs Golf Club on Thursday September 16, 2021, was the Dunstable town mayor’s annual charity golf day, and the sun was out and truly shining.

Read More

Back to School and Work Amid the ‘New Normal’: Continuing Consequences of the Pandemic on Our Health and Wellbeing

What Does the ‘New Normal’ Mean for Our Wellbeing?

Children have returned to school, many people are returning to the office and we’re living the ‘new normal’ – but what impact have recent events really had on our community?

The pandemic has caused considerable changes in our lives, especially for children and young people. While some have adjusted easily, others have struggled with the challenges, and experienced unwanted feelings, low mood, and anxiety.

Read More

Merger of accountancy practices is a welcome boost to businesses in Luton and the surrounding area

Streets Chartered Accountants are delighted to announce the founding of the new Luton firm, Streets S J Males.

Read More

Helapet wins Investors in People GOLD recognition

Helapet Limited, local manufacturer and distributor of high quality medical and cleanroom consumables based in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, are delighted to be recently awarded the coveted Investors in People ‘We invest in people, gold accreditation’.

Read More

The Climate Change Challenge and Its Effect on SMEs

The 2019 Climate Change Act commits the UK to ‘net zero’ by 2050, increasing the UK’s duty to a 100% cutback in emissions by 2050.

But what does it mean for businesses? What can SMEs do to ensure they are meeting targets?

Read More

BCC Forecast: business investment set to be left behind in record economic recovery

UK business investment is expected to decline this year despite the prospect of record economic growth, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) economic forecast.

The leading business group predicts UK GDP growth for 2021 of 7.1%, which, if realised, would be the strongest outturn since official records began in 1949.1

Read More

Import, Export, International Trade – the Chamber is Ready to Help

With the UK’s exit from the EU now officially achieved, (ongoing wrinkles and wrangles notwithstanding!), many businesses are revisiting the prospects for international trade both within and outside the EU.

For us at the Chamber, international trade is now scheduled to become a year-long focus, and we have added extensive content to our website to give your business access to the international trade resources and services it needs now more than ever, as we explore briefly below.

Read More

Planning and Local Plan Update

Robinson & Hall, Land and Property Professionals have a few points they want to share with you on the ever changing world of planning.

Read More

It pays to be a Chamber member!

If you own a business in Bedfordshire or are looking for customers in Beds, you should certainly consider joining the Chamber.

Why? Because there’s a whole raft of benefits, explained below, from company promotion, to online networking and face-to-face events, to support and training, to global services – and much more besides.

(And if you’re an existing member, make sure you read this to ensure you are using your membership to its full advantage and not missing out!)

Read More

Streets Leaps Into Top Ten Digital Firms Following Partnership With Distract

Streets Chartered Accountants and marketing experts Distract are celebrating after bursting into the top ten UK accountancy firms for marketing, brand and digital intelligence.

Read More

Essential Workwear lead the way with NEW Uniform Recycling Service ‘A sustainable solution to textile waste’

Essential Workwear has launched a brand-new garment recycling initiative to help clients become more sustainable and support the target of achieving the government’s net-zero emissions by 2050.

Read More

Carbon footprint a mystery to 9 out of 10 small businesses

• National business survey finds vast majority of small businesses have yet to put targets in place to reduce their emissions – with the pandemic pushing climate action down the agenda

• Just 11% of respondents measure their carbon footprint, although half of respondents acknowledge their customers are worried about the environment

• Larger firms are far more likely to be taking environmental action than microbusinesses

Read More

Could you trim, clip, and shave the costs of business energy bills with a smart meter

Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close contact services have made a welcome return in recent months, bringing much-needed services back to towns and cities across the UK. 

While the impact of the pandemic is still being felt, business owners and managers have embraced the changes and adapted to new ways of working to protect their clients, their staff, their business and their bottom line.

Read More

Oxford to Cambridge Arc - Spatial Framework consultation launches

The Government has launched a consultation on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc which is aimed to inform their approach and vision to the future of the Arc. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 20th July to 12th October 2021.
Land and Property Professionals, Robinson & Hall, explain further…

Read More

Developing Your Workforce

Three in four employers are experiencing recruitment difficulties, changes to immigration policies following Brexit have presented further barriers, and the evident skills shortage seen across sectors is forcing companies to look at different ways to fill the skills gap. Whilst training and up-skilling existing employees is an obvious and effective solution, it can only go some of the way, and more practical solutions need to be identified and implemented.

Read More

Challenging times and material shortages affecting the construction industry

As construction activity has surged in 2021, the availability of some materials has become extremely difficult. Many contractors are reporting issues regarding purchasing critical materials such as steel, cement, timber, roof tiles and plasterboard.

Robert Franklin, Head of Architecture & Building Surveying at Robinson & Hall provides an update…

Read More

Women in Engineering

International Women in Engineering Day was celebrated across the globe on 23rd June. Launched by the Women's Engineering Society, who have been supporting women in engineering for 102 years, this day aims to raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all.

Read More

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