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

Peli BioThermal Opens New Strasbourg Service Centre

New facility expands European network providing support services for Crēdo Cube™ reusable shippers

Peli BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announces the opening of a new Service Centre in Strasbourg.

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BCC responds to updated Border Operating Model

Commenting on the government’s updated Border Operating Model, published today, BCC Director of Trade Facilitation Liam Smyth said: 

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90 days to Brexit: Are you ready? Here's your Brexit Checklist

With just 90 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, it’s remarkable to think that we still don’t know whether Britain will be leaving the EU with a deal. The chances of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ are rising, but an agreement is still possible.

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Why it's time for businesses to refocus on their employees

In these uncertain times, many businesses will be focused on survival. But while it's all hands on deck to 'get business done', things like people development and making sure staff feel valued, may fall by the wayside.

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BCC responds to Chancellor’s Winter Economic Plan

Responding to The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP’s announcement of a Winter Economic Plan, including a new raft of measures to support businesses and the economy as the pandemic continues, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

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The UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme - A guide for employers

This month the UK Government launched a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to create thousands of jobs for young people.

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BSA expands its training portfolio with latest CAA approval

London Luton Airport based training specialist, the British School of Aviation (BSA), has secured approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to deliver face to face and online synchronous engineer type rating training for the Boeing 737 Classic, NG and MAX aircraft.

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BCC announces future change of Director General

The Board of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today announced that Director General Dr Adam Marshall will leave the organisation in the Spring of 2021.

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Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce partners with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Wenta to help local businesses access Kickstart Scheme

Bedfordshire Chamber , in collaboration with Hertfordshire Chamber and Wenta, will break down barriers for small businesses to access the Kickstart scheme.

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BCC President warns PM of “difficult winter ahead” without bolder action to restart UK economy

In a letter to the Prime Minister, BCC President Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith has said businesses face “the most difficult trading conditions in post-war history” and set out a series of measures

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The true cost for Brits of each supermarket visit - Signature Masks to cut back costs

As Government guidance means that face coverings will be part of the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future, a 19-year-old British entrepreneur is doing what he can to make everyday activities as cost-effective and easy

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How to use LinkedIn to grow your small business

LinkedIn is a valuable business tool for connecting with like-minded business owners, clients and suppliers.

Leigh Frost, Managing Director of Truesilver Marketing & Web Design, describes LinkedIn as “the most accurate business to business database there is” and “a really powerful way to connect with people”.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort completes comprehensive transformation of The Willows Training Centre

The Willows Training Centre at Wyboston Lakes Resort has been refurbished to meet the current and future needs of learning & development professionals and those being trained with a comprehensive restyling of its interiors.

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Uni connect aspire higher meet the employer virtual student webinar

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, schools across the UK have been unable to meet the requirement to provide students with at least one meaningful encounter with an employer per year,

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How to create a great onboarding process for remote employees

Now is a strange time to be starting a new job. Any new hire about to start in your company will most likely have never stepped foot in your office. Nor will they have had the opportunity to meet their manager or co-workers in person.

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AA identifies top five breakdown issues

Research by the AA has revealed the five most common causes of callouts for their patrols.

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5 steps for managing a safe return to work after Covid-19

Templers Safety and Security Ltd provide advice and guidance to SMEs to help them meet their health and safety responsibilities. The company was co-founded by Adam Schwalm, who has over fourteen years’ experience in the health and safety industry within a wide range of working environments, from government departments and local authorities to construction, excavation and utilities.

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Hands off - Touchless Access Control Security

Returning from furlough to the “new normal” raises the question of how buildings can stay secure while people remain safe in an attempt to mitigate the threat of Covid-19?

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Top tips on tyres - staying safe and compliant

Figures from the DfT show that between 2013 and 2018, illegal, defective or underinflated tyres contributed to nearly 3,500 accidents nationwide, while in mid-February a vehicle was seized by Lothian Police with tyres so worn down, the inside wires were showing through.

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Privacy Helper secures exclusive contract to  bring even more data protection to UK businesses

Bedford/UK based data protection experts Privacy Helper have secured an exclusive contract to supply the UK with Spy-Fy privacy products.

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Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - it's not too late

If you're still considering taking out a bounce back loan, it's not too late.

Far more affordable and flexible than any loan you normally get from a private sector lender, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is a great option for many SMEs who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Charging ahead: AA issues top tips on getting the most out of vehicle batteries

Issues with batteries are consistently in the top five causes of vehicle breakdowns in the UK and, with electric vehicle 

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4 business IT tips for working safely from home

Working from home has become the new normal for many businesses across the country. But although much of our daily lives have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, cyber threats and phishing scams haven’t. They remain as much of a threat to businesses as ever. In fact, there is some evidence of an increase in phishing and other cybercrime activity now people are working at home.

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BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Summer Statement schemes fall short in protecting firms and jobs

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that businesses are still facing significant cashflow challenges

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No more Transition at the UK Border

By Liam Smyth, ChamberCustoms
@chambercustoms www.chambercustoms.co.uk

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020, and the transition period comes to an end in December this year. It is vital that businesses take action now to get ready for a new border operating environment from 1st January 2021.

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Ensure drivers are accident management aware, says AA

Many drivers have been off the roads for several weeks or more, it’s important they take it carefully when they return to more regular driving.

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Wyboston Lakes Resort achieves triple accreditation to reassure event planners

Wyboston Lakes Resort has been recognised by three prestigious organisations for its first-class event facilities and commitment to health, hygiene and safety standards, which have become paramount following Covid-19. 

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Peli BioThermal Survey Reveals Biopharma Companies’ Focus on Sustainability in Cold Chain Partnerships

Sustainability is moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have, putting sustainable temperature-controlled shippers in high demand

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From furlough to un-furlough and beyond; important tips for employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to end on October 31, and is already being tapered out to help get the economy back on track. So for many businesses, if they haven’t already, now is the time to start considering if, when and how they can bring back their furloughed employees.

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Peli BioThermal Opens New Strasbourg Service Centre

New facility expands European network providing support services for Crēdo Cube™ reusable shippers

Peli BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, announces the opening of a new Service Centre in Strasbourg.

Read More

BCC responds to updated Border Operating Model

Commenting on the government’s updated Border Operating Model, published today, BCC Director of Trade Facilitation Liam Smyth said: 

Read More

90 days to Brexit: Are you ready? Here's your Brexit Checklist

With just 90 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, it’s remarkable to think that we still don’t know whether Britain will be leaving the EU with a deal. The chances of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ are rising, but an agreement is still possible.

Read More

Why it's time for businesses to refocus on their employees

In these uncertain times, many businesses will be focused on survival. But while it's all hands on deck to 'get business done', things like people development and making sure staff feel valued, may fall by the wayside.

Read More

BCC responds to Chancellor’s Winter Economic Plan

Responding to The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP’s announcement of a Winter Economic Plan, including a new raft of measures to support businesses and the economy as the pandemic continues, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

Read More

The UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme - A guide for employers

This month the UK Government launched a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to create thousands of jobs for young people.

Read More

BSA expands its training portfolio with latest CAA approval

London Luton Airport based training specialist, the British School of Aviation (BSA), has secured approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to deliver face to face and online synchronous engineer type rating training for the Boeing 737 Classic, NG and MAX aircraft.

Read More

BCC announces future change of Director General

The Board of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today announced that Director General Dr Adam Marshall will leave the organisation in the Spring of 2021.

Read More

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce partners with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Wenta to help local businesses access Kickstart Scheme

Bedfordshire Chamber , in collaboration with Hertfordshire Chamber and Wenta, will break down barriers for small businesses to access the Kickstart scheme.

Read More

Wyboston Lakes Resort completes comprehensive transformation of The Willows Training Centre

The Willows Training Centre at Wyboston Lakes Resort has been refurbished to meet the current and future needs of learning & development professionals and those being trained with a comprehensive restyling of its interiors.

Read More

Uni connect aspire higher meet the employer virtual student webinar

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, schools across the UK have been unable to meet the requirement to provide students with at least one meaningful encounter with an employer per year,

Read More

How to create a great onboarding process for remote employees

Now is a strange time to be starting a new job. Any new hire about to start in your company will most likely have never stepped foot in your office. Nor will they have had the opportunity to meet their manager or co-workers in person.

Read More

AA identifies top five breakdown issues

Research by the AA has revealed the five most common causes of callouts for their patrols.

Read More

5 steps for managing a safe return to work after Covid-19

Templers Safety and Security Ltd provide advice and guidance to SMEs to help them meet their health and safety responsibilities. The company was co-founded by Adam Schwalm, who has over fourteen years’ experience in the health and safety industry within a wide range of working environments, from government departments and local authorities to construction, excavation and utilities.

Read More

Hands off - Touchless Access Control Security

Returning from furlough to the “new normal” raises the question of how buildings can stay secure while people remain safe in an attempt to mitigate the threat of Covid-19?

Read More

Top tips on tyres - staying safe and compliant

Figures from the DfT show that between 2013 and 2018, illegal, defective or underinflated tyres contributed to nearly 3,500 accidents nationwide, while in mid-February a vehicle was seized by Lothian Police with tyres so worn down, the inside wires were showing through.

Read More

Privacy Helper secures exclusive contract to  bring even more data protection to UK businesses

Bedford/UK based data protection experts Privacy Helper have secured an exclusive contract to supply the UK with Spy-Fy privacy products.

Read More

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) - it's not too late

If you're still considering taking out a bounce back loan, it's not too late.

Far more affordable and flexible than any loan you normally get from a private sector lender, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) is a great option for many SMEs who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More

Charging ahead: AA issues top tips on getting the most out of vehicle batteries

Issues with batteries are consistently in the top five causes of vehicle breakdowns in the UK and, with electric vehicle 

Read More

4 business IT tips for working safely from home

Working from home has become the new normal for many businesses across the country. But although much of our daily lives have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, cyber threats and phishing scams haven’t. They remain as much of a threat to businesses as ever. In fact, there is some evidence of an increase in phishing and other cybercrime activity now people are working at home.

Read More

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Summer Statement schemes fall short in protecting firms and jobs

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that businesses are still facing significant cashflow challenges

Read More

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