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

Aviation Training Facility Opening in Luton to Address Critical Skills Shortage

As part of the airline industry’s post-pandemic recovery, Resource Group, Europe’s leading aviation skills business, is opening a new regional hub for Apprentice training at London Luton airport. 

The new Apprentice training facility, which is being launched in collaboration with British School of Aviation, will make a vital contribution in providing the aviation maintenance skills needed to sustain the industry in the years ahead.

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BCC welcomes bold growth plan

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Fiscal Statement, Shevaun Havilland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“Businesses will welcome many of the measures announced today that should boost economic growth, relieve cost pressures and encourage investment.

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Five Tips for Small and Medium Business Success in Today’s Challenging Climate

For many UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the road is rough at the moment. We’ve spoken to our own expert members, and found some of the best resources on the web, to bring you these five tips for staying successful in a new and unpredictable world.


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Peli BioThermal Launches Crēdo™ Go Cold Chain Shipping Solution

Newest product is designed with the commercial pharmaceutical market in mind

Peli BioThermal, the life science industry’s partner from discovery to distribution, announces its newest reusable, flexible temperature controlled shipping solution. Crēdo™ Go is designed to adapt to unique customer programs, as well as to help pharmaceutical companies reach environmental, social and governance goals, cost reduction targets and operational performance indicators.

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The Accelerated Knowledge Transfer to Innovate (AKT2I) Pilot Scheme has now launched!

**Please note that there is no budget defined to each competition round. Projects deemed fundable will be funded and, if the budget is used up in a given competition round, there will be no further competitions. Therefore, if you are considering applying for this funding, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible

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THSP Celebrates 30 Years

Beds Chamber member, THSP, celebrated their 30th Anniversary on 2nd September.

But this was no ordinary milestone. Not only has it been 30 years since John Thoday and Adrienne Massey founded The Health and Safety People, but it is also one year on from the business becoming Employee Owned.

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Our Local Skills Improvement Plan: Delivering the Workforce Employers and Businesses Need

With the UK employment skills shortage extending across over 30 domains, according to the Government’s own figures, colleges and other institutions have a critical role to play in identifying where skills fall short and what needs to be done about it.

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NEW PRIME MINISTER MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SUPPORT BUSINESS

Reacting to the announcement of the new Prime Minister, Sarah Howard, Chair of the BCC, said: “We would like to congratulate Liz Truss on running a successful campaign to become the UK’s new Prime Minister.

“She must now take immediate steps to support the economy. The last few months have been difficult for everyone, time is running out and urgent action is needed to deal with the costs’ crisis.

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Don’t let the soaring temperatures mean soaring energy usage for your business

This summer we’ve faced scorching temperatures across the UK and Europe.
The recent heatwave has had a real impact on businesses who have seen energy usage increase with the need for additional air conditioning and cooling equipment to keep staff, customers, and products fresh.

Read More

Bedfordshire Chamber to deliver local skills improvement plan for the South East Midlands area.

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce are today confirmed as the Designated Local Employer Representative Body for the development of a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) for our region.

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Pilot funding scheme to deliver business growth through innovation

The government are giving companies up to £35,000 grant funding with a minimum 10% contribution (£3,500) to work with a partner, such as Cranfield University, to evaluate an innovative business idea. This is with a view to stimulating the demand for further innovation, collaboration and accelerating delivery by partnering with a knowledge bases such as Cranfield University.

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Partner Interview: Will Richardson of Compare Your Footprint – Enabling Businesses to Measure and Tackle Carbon Emissions

Compare Your Footprint CEO and founder Will Richardson is on a mission to help smaller businesses measure their carbon emissions, in a partnership that sees ground-breaking carbon measurement software made available to Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce members at no cost.

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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.

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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.

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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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Aviation Training Facility Opening in Luton to Address Critical Skills Shortage

As part of the airline industry’s post-pandemic recovery, Resource Group, Europe’s leading aviation skills business, is opening a new regional hub for Apprentice training at London Luton airport. 

The new Apprentice training facility, which is being launched in collaboration with British School of Aviation, will make a vital contribution in providing the aviation maintenance skills needed to sustain the industry in the years ahead.

Read More

BCC welcomes bold growth plan

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Fiscal Statement, Shevaun Havilland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“Businesses will welcome many of the measures announced today that should boost economic growth, relieve cost pressures and encourage investment.

Read More

Five Tips for Small and Medium Business Success in Today’s Challenging Climate

For many UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the road is rough at the moment. We’ve spoken to our own expert members, and found some of the best resources on the web, to bring you these five tips for staying successful in a new and unpredictable world.


Read More

Peli BioThermal Launches Crēdo™ Go Cold Chain Shipping Solution

Newest product is designed with the commercial pharmaceutical market in mind

Peli BioThermal, the life science industry’s partner from discovery to distribution, announces its newest reusable, flexible temperature controlled shipping solution. Crēdo™ Go is designed to adapt to unique customer programs, as well as to help pharmaceutical companies reach environmental, social and governance goals, cost reduction targets and operational performance indicators.

Read More

The Accelerated Knowledge Transfer to Innovate (AKT2I) Pilot Scheme has now launched!

**Please note that there is no budget defined to each competition round. Projects deemed fundable will be funded and, if the budget is used up in a given competition round, there will be no further competitions. Therefore, if you are considering applying for this funding, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible

Read More

THSP Celebrates 30 Years

Beds Chamber member, THSP, celebrated their 30th Anniversary on 2nd September.

But this was no ordinary milestone. Not only has it been 30 years since John Thoday and Adrienne Massey founded The Health and Safety People, but it is also one year on from the business becoming Employee Owned.

Read More

Our Local Skills Improvement Plan: Delivering the Workforce Employers and Businesses Need

With the UK employment skills shortage extending across over 30 domains, according to the Government’s own figures, colleges and other institutions have a critical role to play in identifying where skills fall short and what needs to be done about it.

Read More

NEW PRIME MINISTER MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SUPPORT BUSINESS

Reacting to the announcement of the new Prime Minister, Sarah Howard, Chair of the BCC, said: “We would like to congratulate Liz Truss on running a successful campaign to become the UK’s new Prime Minister.

“She must now take immediate steps to support the economy. The last few months have been difficult for everyone, time is running out and urgent action is needed to deal with the costs’ crisis.

Read More

Don’t let the soaring temperatures mean soaring energy usage for your business

This summer we’ve faced scorching temperatures across the UK and Europe.
The recent heatwave has had a real impact on businesses who have seen energy usage increase with the need for additional air conditioning and cooling equipment to keep staff, customers, and products fresh.

Read More

Bedfordshire Chamber to deliver local skills improvement plan for the South East Midlands area.

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce are today confirmed as the Designated Local Employer Representative Body for the development of a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) for our region.

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

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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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