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

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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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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How to Make the Most of Networking Events

The benefits of networking are well established. When businesses come together, they can share knowledge, build connections, discover new opportunities and raise their profile. However, this only happens if you approach networking in the right way. Networking is like much else in life: you get out what you put in. But how can you make the most of networking events?


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Navigating Rising Costs and the Impact on your Business

Over the last few months, there has been much talk about rising costs and these are now filtering through to consumers with the UK’s annual inflation rate hitting 5.5% in January. However, this hides the truth of what is happening in some sectors. For example, the wholesale price of gas in January 2022 was almost four times higher than it was in early 2021. Plus, the current horrific situation in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia are adding more pressure. Yet it’s not only consumers that are feeling the pinch. Rising costs are also affecting many businesses, with numerous factors contributing to the problem.

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Supporting Your Business Growth in 2022

We have built Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce on five pillars: growth, grants and funding, export, referrals and introductions, networking and connections, and voice. We believe in giving businesses the support they need, whether that’s through introductions or funding, to grow and expand.

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BCC Forecast: UK economic growth to halve this year as domestic & global headwinds soar

UK economic growth is expected to halve this year amid soaring inflation, major tax rises, and global shocks - including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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The John Bunyan Community Boat announces the 2022 Cruise Programme

April to September will see the familiar sight of the blue and white John Bunyan Community Boat gracing the River Great Ouse in and around Bedford. Over 50,000 passengers have enjoyed cruising on the vessel in the past 9 years on various trips, from Kempston in the West to Great Barford in the East. Manned entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the residents of Bedford and surrounding districts.

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Reduce your carbon footprint, grow your bottom line! Here’s how.

Carbon emissions are an increasing concern for businesses and individuals alike. From a legal standpoint, mandatory carbon compliance requirements now apply to many more companies than before – but it is no longer simply a legal issue.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

How to Make the Most of Networking Events

The benefits of networking are well established. When businesses come together, they can share knowledge, build connections, discover new opportunities and raise their profile. However, this only happens if you approach networking in the right way. Networking is like much else in life: you get out what you put in. But how can you make the most of networking events?


Read More

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